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E. K. Fretwell Papers

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Fretwell (E. K.) Papers

E. K. Fretwell papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Fretwell, E. K., 1923-2012
E. K. Fretwell papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1981-1985
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Linear foot
Personal papers of the second chancellor of UNC Charlotte (1979-90). Includes files regarding his chairing of the 1984 City-County Consolidation Study Committee and his involvement in the Boy Scouts and Rotary.

Preferred Citation note

E. K. Fretwell Jr. Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Born in New York City, E. K. Fretwell Jr. earned a B.A. with distinction at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., M.A.T. at Harvard University, and Ph.D. at Columbia University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Wroclaw (Poland) in 1976. Fretwell became the second chancellor of UNC Charlotte in 1979, following 11 years as president of the State University College at Buffalo, N.Y. Prior to that, he served as Dean for Academic Development at the City University of New York (1964-67) and as New York State's Assistant Commissioner for Higher Education (1956-64). In addition, he taught in the public schools of Brookline, Mass., and Evanston, Ill.; at Columbia University (where he also served as Assistant to the Dean of Teachers College); and at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1990, Fretwell retired from UNC Charlotte, where he still maintains an office as Chancellor Emeritus. Following his retirement, he served terms as interim president of the University of Massachusetts and of the University of North Florida. He served as chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (1980-81) and as president of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (1978-79). After World War II, Fretwell served as U.S. Vice Consul in Czechoslovakia (1945-47). Fretwell was married to Dorrie Shearer Fretwell and they had three daughters and one son. The Fretwells resided in Charlotte.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised primarily of non-academic related material received and generated by Fretwell during his chancellorship at UNC Charlotte. Includes material on the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club International, and consolidation of city-county governments in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The E. K. Fretwell Papers are arranged in a single alphabetical subject series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

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

Transfer from University Archives, 1989.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • City-County Consolidation Study Committee (Mecklenburg County, N.C.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Social life and customs--20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Fretwell, E. K., 1923-2012

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Biographical 1992 

Scope and Contents note

copy of Fretwell's resume and handwritten family tree.

1 1

Boy Scouts of America 1981-1985 

Scope and Contents note

Fretwell served as a member of the executive board. Primarily correspondence.

1 2

Consolidation 1984-1985 

Scope and Contents note

Fretwell served as chair of the Consolidation Study Committee, which studied the feasibility of consolidation of the governments of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Includes correspondence and the final report of the committee.

1 3-5

Rotary International 1981-1985 

1 6-7

Trolleys 1977 

Scope and Contents note

Copy of the Bicentennial Edition of Colony Visitor, publication of the Old Amherst Colony Museum Park, Amherst, N.Y. Includes Fretwell's article, "Trolleys to Tomorrow?," which provides a history of trolley service in Buffalo.

1 8