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Hugh Torrance House & Store, Inc. Records

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Hugh Torrance House & Store, Inc. Records

Inventory of the Hugh Torrance House & Store, Inc. records
MS0157

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Hugh Torrance House and Store (N.C.)
Title
Hugh Torrance House & Store, Inc. records
ID
MS0157
Date [inclusive]
1974-1996
Extent
2.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Records of an organization established in 1977 to preserve the northern Mecklenburg County home of Hugh Torance (1743-1816), which was built in the 1770s or 1780s. Includes information on the history and restoration of the house, board minutes, financial records, correspondence, legal documents, fund raising material, and photographs.

Preferred Citation note

Hugh Torrance House & Store, Inc. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Hugh Torance House and Store, located at 8231 Gilead Road in Huntersville, is the oldest existing mercantile building in Mecklenburg County, dating from the late 18th century. The house and log store were built in phases. The original log structure, which later became the store, is believed to have been built around 1780, with a storage addition made around 1787. Hugh Torance bought the property in 1779 and moved his family into the log building in 1787. He built the federal-style, two-story addition, of the building in 1796. Hugh's son, James Galbraith Torrance (he changed the spelling of the family name), opened a dry goods store in the log structure portion in 1805. He operated the store until 1825, when the contents were purchased by Samuel McCombs of Charlotte. By that time, James had acquired all of the Mecklenburg County holdings of his father, who died in 1816. [For additional information about the family and the property, see folder 2:1 in this collection; the Torrance and Banks Family Papers; and the survey and research report on Cedar Grove and the Hugh Torance House and Store in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports.] The Hugh Torance House & Store, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was established in 1977 in order to carry out the intent of an easement granted that same year to the Mecklenburg Historical Association by the property's owners, Richard T. and Belle P. Banks. The corporation's primary roles include oversight of the restoration of the property, maintenance and operation as an historical site, and the promotion and encouragement of historical research of the house and store. Through the acquisition of grants and other monies, the restoration of the property was completed in 1989. The Hugh Torance House and Store, as well as the adjacent Cedar Grove plantation home, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and have been designated local historic landmarks through the recommendation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. [Files related to the corporation are also available in the Mecklenburg Historical Association Records, which are also a part of the UNC Charlotte Manuscript Collections.]

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of the official archives of the Hugh Torance House & Store, Inc., which include incorporation records, board minutes, correspondence, financial and fundraising records, notes concerning the architecture of the restoration, publicity papers, photographs, and more. When the first accession was processed in 1999, it was arranged in a single series of alphabetized files. Another accession, which came to the UNCC Special Collections at a later time, had to be integrated into the collection; a process that necessitated the formation of a more sophistocated arrangement.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

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

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

Gift of Hugh Torance House & Store, Inc., 1988, 1992, 1999. Gift of Carolyn Nelson, 1989. Gift of Helen Kinney, 1993.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 1999, 2006; encoded by Robert A. McInnes, September, 2006.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Hugh Torrance House and Store (N.C.)
  • Mecklenburg Historical Association

Subject(s)

  • Buildings--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County
  • General stores

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Incorporation

Box Folder

Articles of Incorporation

1 1

Board of Directors-Officers-Comittees

1 2

Bylaws

1 3

Deed of Easement

Scope and Contents note

(See also plat plan in MC 3.10.4) Internal Revenue Service

1 4

Correspondence June-October 1990

1 5

Correspondence Dec. 1990-2000

1 6

Tax-free 501 (c) (3) Status

1 7

Membership Records

1 8

Minutes of Meetings 1977-1998

1 9-13

Correspondence 1974-1998

1 14-15

Dedication April 21, 1989

1 16

Docents Financial Records

1 17

Fundraising

1 18

Attic Sale


Box Folder
Mixed materials 1 18
Box Folder
Mixed materials 1 19

Box Folder

Contributions

1 20

Grant applications-State Grants Program

1 21-22

Invoices and receipts for general expenses

1 23

Tax Returns 1976-1990

1 24

Treasurer’s Notes

1 25

Treasurer’s Reports

1 26

Guest Registry 1988-1992

1 27

Historical Research

2 1-2

Archeological Survey 1985

2 2-3

Ledger Transcription

2 4-5

Miscellaneous

2 6
Map-case Drawer Folder

Plat Plan: survey of property 1985

3 10 4
Box Folder

Publicity

2 7

Regional History Site Program Restoration

2 8

Architect – Boyte-Williams

2 9
Map-case Drawer Folder

Blue Prints circa early 1980s

Scope and Contents note

Drawings by architect Jack O. Boyte for restoration work

3 10 4
Box Folder

Invoices and receipts for architectural and construction costs

2 10

Torrance Mill 1977-1978

2 11
Box Folder item

Hugh Torance House and Store before restoration circa 1978

P32 2 1-4

Hugh Torance House and Store during restoration Feb. 1981

32 2 5-12

Hugh Torance House and Store during restoration circa 1983

32 2 13-15

Cedar Grove Jan. 22, 1986

Scope and Contents note

Male members of the HTH&S

32 2 16

Cedar Grove Board meeting

Scope and Contents note

Members: Robin Brabham, Roy Bradley, Dick, Banes, Jim Hunter, Tom Lane, Jim Nicholson & Cecil Gadsden.

P32 2 17-18

Hugh Torance House and Store during restoration undated

32 2 19-26

Hugh Torance House and Store after restoration, April 1991

32 2 27-45

Hugh Torance House and Store on clean-up day April 1992

32 2 46-49

Hugh Torance House and Store undated

32 2 50

Letitia Torrance and Dr. Edward Samuel Bratton Sept 1847

Scope and Contents note

[Black and white photograph, painted in color.

Conditions Governing Access note

Courtesy of Historic Brattonville: Do not provide copies].

32 2 51

Black and white photographs of the Hugh Torance House and Store prior to restoration

Scope and Contents note

Photos made for Jack Boyte, restoration architect.

32 2 52-68

Hugh Torance House and Store after restoration.

32 2 69

A ledger book undated

Scope and Contents note

robably nineteenth century, probably owned by Hugh Torance.

32 2 70

Contact prints of an archeological dig, conducted by Robin Rhodes circa 1985

Scope and Contents note

These photos have their own numbering scheme, which is separate from that of the UNCC Special Collections.

P32 2 71-130

Hugh Torance House and Store prior to restoration undated


Box Folder
Photographs PL8 3
Box Folder item
Photographs PL 8 3 1-3

Box Folder item

Hugh Torance House and Store after restoration undated

PL 8 3 4
Box Folder

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY undated. 1985

1 1

ATTIC SALE 1983

Scope and Contents note

Relates to a fundraiser held to secure funding in order to continue restoration efforts

1 2
Map-case Drawer Folder

BLUE PRINTS circa early 1980s

Scope and Contents note

Drawings by architect Jack O. Boyte for restoration work.

3 10
Box Folder

CORRESPONDENCE 1974-87, 1990-98

Scope and Contents note

Primarily correspondence among board members, as well as with the Mecklenburg Historical Association and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

1 3-4

DOCENTS undated

Scope and Contents note

List of docents and typewritten histories for use by docents.

1 5

FINANCIAL MATERIAL--BANK STATEMENTS 1976-1989

Scope and Contents note

Records from accounts with First Federal and First Union banks.

2 1-3

GRANT PROPOSAL 1983-1984

1 6
Box

GUEST BOOK 1988-1992

Scope and Contents note

Register for visitors to the Hugh Torance House and Store.

2
Box Folder

HISTORICAL MATERIAL 1987, 1991, undated

Scope and Contents note

Primarily essays by Richard T. Banks concerning the Torrance family, the original log house, and the operation of the store. Also includes an analysis (ca. 1987) by Alice D. Abel of pottery shards found on the property; an essay by Mary Christian Stemkowksi, "The Torance Store: The Contributions of Generations" (n.d.); and the printed remarks of Robin Brabham at a meeting (9/23/1991) of the Mecklenburg Historical Association, "When Cotton was King at Cedar Grove."

1 7

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE--CORRESPONDENCE 1990-1992

Scope and Contents note

Material relating to the organization's application for federal tax-exempt status.

1 8-9

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE--TAX RETURNS 1976-1990

1 10

INVOICES 1977-1989

Scope and Contents note

For services and materials involved in the restoration of the house and its operation as an historic site.

1 11

LEGAL DOCUMENTS 1976-1991

Scope and Contents note

Includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, charter, and amendments thereto. Also includes the original (1977) and revised (1991) deeds of easement, as well as material (1976-78) on the Mecklenburg Historical Association's request for a ruling on the effect of the easement on tax exempt status.

1 12

MEMBERSHIP LISTS 1977, 1979, 1982-88, 1990-95, 1997-98

Scope and Contents note

Includes lists of board of directors, committee members, and general membership rosters.

1 13

MINUTES 1976-87, 1990-98

Scope and Contents note

[See also Correspondence (folders 1:3-4) and Treasurer Reports (folder 1:21)]

1 14-16
Map-case Drawer Folder

PLAT PLAN 1985

Scope and Contents note

Survey of property

3 10 4
Box Folder

PUBLICITY 1978-1992

Scope and Contents note

Comprised primarily of newspaper clippings

1 17

RESTORATION 1980, 1983, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes design proposal and schedule for restoration work. [See also Blue Prints]

1 18

STORE INVENTORY 1986-87, 1990, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes listings and analyses for the goods sold in the store by James Galbraith Torrance.

1 19

TORRANCE MILL 1977-1978

Scope and Contents note

Information on the grist and saw mill built in 1824-25 by James Torrance.

1 20

TREASURER REPORTS 1981, 1983-87, 1990-95, 1998

1 21