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Daughters of the American Revolution - Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter Records

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Daughters of the American Revolution, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, Records

Inventory of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter Records
MS0146

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Daughters of the American Revolution. Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter (Charlotte, N.C.).
Title
Daughters of the American Revolution, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, records
ID
MS0146
Date [inclusive]
1912-1992
Extent
2.67 Linear feet
Location note
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Language
English
Abstract
Records of a DAR chapter founded in 1912 by descendents of the signers of the disputed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Includes membership applications, minutes, yearbooks, financial records, memorials to deceased members, information on historical markers erected by the chapter, scrapbooks, and material concerning the Mecklenburg Declaration and the preservation of the home of Hezekiah Alexander.

Preferred Citation note

Daughters of the American Revolution - Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized in Charlotte on February 22, 1912 with 27 charter members. The chapter's name commemorates the signing of the disputed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in Charlotte on May 20, 1775. A major aim of the chapter is to honor and perpetuate the memory of the signers of the Declaration. Membership was initially contingent upon being a lineal descendent of a signer. Early on, the chapter worked to locate and mark the graves of the signers of the Declaration. By 1975, the graves of 22 of the 27 signers had been marked. Other projects have included the restoration of the Hezekiah Alexander House, a local historic landmark built in 1774 by a signer. [For additional information, see box 2:22, History.]

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the official records of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, founded in 1912 by descendents of the signers of the disputed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Includes membership applications, minutes, yearbooks, financial records, memorials to deceased members, information on historical markers erected by the chapter, scrapbooks, and material concerning the Mecklenburg Declaration and the preservation of the home of Hezekiah Alexander.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into five series: 1) Membership, 1912-1990; 2) Minutes, 1898-1990; 3) Subject Files, 1923-1991; 4) Scrapbooks, 1922-1941, 1963-1983; and 5) Photographs, 1922-1972.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1992

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Revision Description

Finding Aid revised by Robert McInnes. 2010

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gifts of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter, 1987-89 and 1992.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, June 1992; encoded August 2010

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter (Charlotte, N.C.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--History
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)--History

Subject(s)

  • Clubs--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Women--North Carolina--Charlotte--Societies, clubs, etc.
  • Women--Southern States--History

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Collection Inventory

MEMBERSHIP 1912-1990

Scope and Contents note

This series includes applications of charter members and many applications of other early members. There is a detailed genealogy on each of the forms and often a narrative of the ancestor's part in the Revolu¬tionary War. Each form is signed by the applicant. Arranged alphabetically by applicant name, with applications of charter members separately filed at beginning of series. Also includes correspondence related to membership.

Box Folder

MEMBERSHIP--APPLICATIONS, CHARTER

1 1-4

MEMBERSHIP--APPLICATIONS, A-Q

1 5-14

MEMBERSHIP--APPLICATIONS, R-Z

2 1-4

MEMBERSHIP--CORRESPONDENCE 1915-1990, undated

2 15

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MINUTES 1898-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series contains minutes of chapter meetings and execu¬tive board meetings. Most of the minutes were recorded in minute books. [NOTE: Minutes unavailable for 1912-August, 1916].

Box Folder

MINUTES 1916-1969, 1979-1991

2 5-12
Volume

MINUTES--BOOK 1969-1984 [unboxed]

1

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SUBJECT FILES 1923-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series contains subject files, including history of the chapter. Primarily correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reports.

Box Folder

BYLAWS 1923, 1965, 1974, undated

2 20

FINANCIAL MATERIAL 1926-1936, 1949-1991

Scope and Contents note

primarily treasurer's reports and budgets.

2 20
Box

FINANCIAL MATERIAL 1936-1962, 1969-1984

Scope and Contents note

TREASURER BOOKS

Unboxed
Box Folder

HEZEKIAH ALEXANDER HOUSE 1962-1970, undated

2 22

MECKLENBURG DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 1879, 1924, 1935-1939, 1956-1958, 1967-1972, 1980-1982, 1990, undated

Scope and Contents note

includes copy of speech on history of Declaration by Dr. Alexander Graham to chapter (5-20-24) and a list of historical markers erected by chapter.

2 23

PROGRAMS 1952-1955, 1975-1977

2 19

SCHOLARSHIPS/SCHOOLS 1941-1957, 1966, 1975-1977, undated

Scope and Contents note

includes material concerning chapter's loan fund at Queens College, scholarship fund at Crossnore School, and Good Citizen and ROTC awards for Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school students.

2 24
Volume

TREASURER'S BOOK 1936-1962

Scope and Contents note

[unboxed] includes membership rosters.

2
Box Folder

YEARBOOKS 1947, 1953-1991

2 16-17

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SCRAPBOOKS 1922-1941, 1963-1983

Scope and Contents note

This series contains scrapbooks compiled by members to document the activities of the chapter, as well as documentation about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. [NOTE: These items are unboxed]

Box

SCRAPBOOK 1963-1974

3

SCRAPBOOK 1974-1983

4

SCRAPBOOK 1922-1941

Scope and Contents note

includes a plan, prepared by Earle Sumner Draper, for an amphitheater at Independence Park for the Charlotte Pageant Association's "Pageant of Charlotte and Old Mecklenburg," 1925.

5

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MECKLENBURG DECLARATION CHAPTER, DAR RECORDS--PHOTOGRAPHS

Box Photographs-Prints

Mrs. George A. Morris, Mrs. S. F. Webster, and Mrs. W. Dillon Chambers (left to right?) beside the Valley Forge Monument at Valley Forge, Pa. 1972

P146 1

Unveiling of markers at the graves of General George Graham, Colonel Thomas Polk, Margaret Polk Alexander, and Governor Nathaniel Alexander at Old Settler's Cemetary behind First Presbyterian Church 1936

Scope and Contents note

(photo #2: Mrs. D. A. Johnson and Alice Caldwell Davidson in the center; photo #5A: Mrs. James T. Porter, Miss Louise Alexander, and Mrs. David F. Hunter (left to right)

P146 2-5B

Mecklenburg Independence Day Parade 1922

Scope and Contents note

First Place Float (won $100) entered by Chapter

P146 6

Unidentified men and women at a registration table for the "Share - The - Home, Help Furnish Living Quarters For Service Men And Civilans" event undated

P146 7

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