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Cornelia Wearn Henderson Papers

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Henderson (Cornelia Wearn) Papers

Inventory of the Cornelia Wearn Henderson papers
MS0171

Summary Information

Repository
University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives
Creator
Henderson, Cornelia Wearn, 1902-1989
Title
Cornelia Wearn Henderson papers
ID
MS0171
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1965-1986
Date [inclusive]
1923-1986
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Primarily material relating to her book, Early Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for Children (1968). Also includes clippings and notes on local history.

Preferred Citation note

Cornelia Wearn Henderson Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Cornelia Wearn Henderson (1902-90) maintained close ties to her native home in Mecklenburg County. Her father's family arrived in Mecklenburg in the 1820s, and her mother's family (Wearn) traced its roots back to the 1750s. Henderson's interest in local history began when she received a B.A. in history from Queens College. She continued her education with an M.A. in History at UNC at Chapel Hill, basing her thesis on domestic life in the early Carolinas. Henderson worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system for 26 years as both teacher and principal. In 1968, she wrote Early Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for Children, which stemmed from her concern on the lack of local history material available for third graders. Henderson also worked as a curator at Charlotte Nature Museum. As a very active member of the Mecklenburg Historical Association, she contributed much of her knowledge of Mecklenburg history by directing tours of historical landmarks and giving lectures. Her love of children and history never ceased as she often visited schools to lecture or have groups come to the museum to make soap or bread. Henderson even said once, "Some of them think I was there when the settlers came."

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Cornelia Wearn Henderson consist primarily of material she collected on the history of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and North Carolina.

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Arrangement note

Series: 1. Correspondence (1976-1986); 2. History (1923-1986); 3. Tours and Lectures (undated); 4. Biographical (1976).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives 1993

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 Mr. and Mrs. Graeme Wearn Henderson and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Briggs Henderson, Jr., 1989.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alan Litehizer, December, 1993.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports (Mss 77); Mecklenburg Historical Association Records (Mss 158).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • Henderson, Cornelia Wearn, 1902-1989

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Bibliography

"She Gives Life to Local History," The Charlotte Observer. 4/18/76: 1E.]

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE 1976-1986

Scope and Contents note

This series contains letters written to Cornelia Henderson from the Charlotte-Mecklen¬burg School Board, the Science Museum of Charlotte, Inc., and various letter from teachers giving thanks for her lectures.

Box
1
Folder
1

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Series 2: HISTORY 1923-1986

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the historical information collected by Henderson for her book, tours, and lectures. The material consists primarily of her notes and newspaper articles. The original organization used by Henderson has been preserved in an alphabetical listing by subject matter.

Box Folder

COURT RECORDS

1 2

MECKLENBURG DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 1954-1974

Scope and Contents note

includes a copy of Lest We Forget Our Heritage: The Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Indepen¬dence and the song A Salute to Charlotte written by Brenda Lowman in 1971.

1 3

EDUCATION 1965-1970

Scope and Contents note

includes information on Biddle University, Charlotte College, Liberty Hall Academy, and Queens College.

1 4

GENERAL

1 5

GOLD/GOLD MINES 1967-1985

Scope and Contents note

includes Brent Hughes' article "John Reeds' Gold Mine: First Proven Discovery of Gold in the U.S.A," Progress (12/1985), published by the Concord Telephone Company.

1 6

MILITARY 1965-1980

Scope and Contents note

material covers the Revolutionary War, the Civil War (including the Charlotte Navy Yard), and Camp Greene during World War I.

1 8
Box item

NORTH CAROLINA HISTORIC MARKERS 1975-1986

1 7
Box Folder

POPULATION 1899-1983

Scope and Contents note

includes information on Catawba Indians, the Scotch-Irish, and significant individu¬als and families in Mecklenburg history such as: Dr. Annie Lowrie Alexander; Hezekiah Alexander; Waightstill Avery; Davidson Family; James B. Duke; Sugar Dulin; Harry Golden; and Harriet M. Irwin. Also includes a copy of Eric Montgomery's The Scotch-Irish in America's History (1965).

1 9

PROPERTIES 1949-1983

Scope and Contents note

comprised primarily of magazine and newspapers articles. Includes information on the Hezekiah Alexander House; Court House; Cowan's Ford Dam; Major John Davidson House; Dr. William Davidson's Hospital; Mint; Mt. Tirzah; and Dr. John Tylor Williams House. The material also includes information on the First Ward, Biddleville, Dilworth, and Myers Park neighborhoods.

1 10

RELIGION 1923-1976

Scope and Contents note

contains information on local churches and cemeteries, including: Hopewell Presbyteri¬an; Poplar Tent Presbyterian; Providence Presbyteri¬an; Rocky River Presbyterian; Second Presbyterian; Sugaw Creek Presbyterian; Steele Creek Burial Ground; and Old Waxhaw Cemetery.

1 11

SOCIAL LIFE 1791-1921

Scope and Contents note

includes a copy of a letter from Amaryllis Sitgreaves (12/8/1791) and stage show programs (9/16/1920, 8/29-30/1921).

1 12

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Series 3: TOURS AND LECTURES

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the notes and maps used by Cornelia Henderson for directing tours in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. There are also copies of lectures given to third and fourth graders.

Box
1
Folder
13

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Series 4: BIOGRAPHICAL 1976

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the article "She Gives Life to Local History," (The Charlotte Observer. April 18, 1976. Section E) which gives the best background on Cornelia Wearn Henderson.

Box
1
Folder
14

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