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Sue Myrick Papers

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Myrick (Sue) Papers

Inventory of the Sue Myrick papers
MS0204

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Myrick, Sue, 1941-
Title
Sue Myrick papers
ID
MS0204
Date [inclusive]
1987-1991
Extent
5.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
ca. 9,000 items
Language
English
Mixed materials [Box]
5
Container
21
Abstract
Papers documenting the two mayoral terms (1987-91) of the first female mayor of Charlotte, N.C. The collection contains no records concerning her city council tenure (1983-85), her campaigns for the U.S. Senate (1992) and the U.S. House of Representative (1994), or her professional career as an advertising executive.

Preferred Citation note

Sue Myrick Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Suellen Wilkins Myrick was born in Tiffin, Ohio, on August 1, 1941. She attended Heidelberg College for a year, 1959-60. Myrick began her political career as a Republican at-large member of the Charlotte City Council, 1983-85. In 1987, she ran for mayor of Charlotte and defeated to the two-term incumbent, Harvey Gantt. Myrick was re-elected to a second term in 1989. She did not seek a third term in 1991. Myrick campaigned unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1992, losing to eventual winner Lauch Faircloth in the Republican primary. In 1994, as the Republican nominee, she ran and won the vacant seat for the U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina 9th district, which includes much of Mecklenburg County. Myrick is president and chief executive officer of Myrick Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations. A resident of Charlotte since 1970, she and her husband, Ed, have five children.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised exclusively of items documenting Myrick's service as mayor of Charlotte from 1987 to 1991. The papers highlight the mayor's drug prevention efforts, traffic congestion, the new convention center, Charlotte's bid for a National Football League team, and the related football stadium controversy. The collection contains no records documenting Myrick's earlier city council tenure, her 1992 U.S. Senate campaign or her professional career as an advertising executive.

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Arrangement note

The Sue Myrick Papers are divided into four series: 1. Subject Files (1987-1991); 2. Speeches (1987-1991); 3. Correspondence (1987-1991); 4. Newspaper Clippings (1987-1991).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1994

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

Permanent deposit by the City of Charlotte and the N.C. Division of Archives and History, 1993.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alan Litehizer, March, 1994.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports (Mss 77). Timothy D. Mead Papers (Mss 181). H. Milton Short Papers (Mss 182).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--20th century
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Politics and government
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)--20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Myrick, Sue, 1941-

Subject(s)

  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: SUBJECT FILES 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series represents Myrick's subject files as she kept them during her two terms as mayor. They are organized alphabetically according to headings designated by the mayor's office. The files contain correspondence and related material on the functions of the city government with which Myrick was most directly involved, and on her national, state, and local activities as mayor of Charlotte.

Box Folder

ADULT DAY CARE 1987-1988

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to the Family Outreach and Counseling Center and the Plaza Adult Living Service, Inc.

1 1

AIRPORT--CHARLOTTE/DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence relating to the major airlines is filed in alphabetical order as follows: Alitalia, American, Eastern, Lufthansa, Piedmont, Northwestern, United, and US Air (folders 4-5). Also contains studies and correspondence relating to airport problems such as expansion, noise, parking, phones, signs, and airport policies on cab services, drug-sniffing dogs, smoking, and terrorism (folders 2-3)

1 2-5

AMERICARES 1990-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence with the national organization to provide aid to the Kurdish people of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. The organization also provided aid to the earthquake victims in Iran

1 6

ANIMAL CONTROL 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence concerning animal control, the animal shelter, and city-county policies

1 7

ANNEXATION 1987-1990

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from citizens concerned with being annexed by the city

1 8

ARTS AND SCIENCE COUNCIL 1990-1991

Scope and Contents note

Documents relating to the infrastructure of the council and correspondence dealing with the Cultural Action Plan, state and federal grants, and an admission tax

1 9

BOARD OF EDUCATION 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports concerning the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, including material about the Dropout Prevention Council and the Youth Violence Task Force

1 10-11

BOND CAMPAIGN 1988-1990

Scope and Contents note

Information and correspondence relating to bond issues, especially the financing of the construction for the Charlotte Coliseum and the Charlotte Convention Center. [See also box 2:7-9, Coliseum--New; and box 1:20-22, Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau]

1 12

BUDGET 1987-1991

1 13-14

CAROLINAS COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Includes organizational minutes, financial material, and correspondence

1 15

CENSUS 1989-1990

1 16

CENTRALINA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS 1988-1991

1 17

CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1987-1989

1 18

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports primarily concerning the commercial development of Charlotte. Includes a fax (7/31/90) from Texas businessman T. Boone Pickens to Myrick in which he expresses his concern about the failure of American business to gain significant entry to Japanese markets

1 19

CHARLOTTE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Primarily information on the new convention center (scheduled to open in late 1994/early 1995), including studies, reports, and letters of opinion. Also contains letters about tourism in Charlotte, as well as the operations of the current convention center and visitors center

1 20-22

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Letters to editor and mayor's opinion on various issues. [See also series 5, Newspaper Clippings]

1 23

CHARLOTTE UPTOWN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 1990-1991

Scope and Contents note

Minutes, resolutions, and correspondence involving the direction of the planning and development of Charlotte's uptown area. The group included local business, residents, developers, City Council, and the mayor

1 24

CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG CITIZENS FORUM 1987-1988

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and booklets related to a voluntary coalition of political, business, and civic leaders that attempted to forge consensus on community issues

2 3

CITIZENS FOR DRUG FREE AMERICA 1989

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence relating to the national program, "Coupons for Drugs."

2 1

CITIZENS FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Material related to a watchdog organization that questions many policies and issues within the city-county government

2 2

CITY ATTORNEY 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Reports on litigation for and against City of Charlotte

2 4

CITY COUNCIL 1987-1991

2 5

CITY FAIR 1988-1991

2 6

COLISEUM--NEW 1985-1991

2 7-9

COLISEUM--OLD/INDEPENDENCE ARENA 1985-1991

2 10

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

This agency oversees several other city agencies and coordinates city projects such as the Cherry Community Organization, Ford Motor Company Parts Distribution Center, Harper-Crawford Bag Company, Hoskins Mill, and Thermal Road Project. [See also box 2:13, Community Relations; boxes 2:19, 3:1-7, Drugs; box 3:14, Historic Properties; box 3:17-18, Homeless; and box 4:1-5, Housing]

2 11-12

COMMUNITY RELATIONS 1989-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports related primarily to activities of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee. Includes material about the City Within A City Program and police activity. [See also box 4:19-20, Police Department; and boxes 2:19, 3:1-7, Drugs]

2 13

CONSOLIDATION 1989-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports documenting the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Consolidation Charter Study Commission (1990-91), which was established to evaluate the issue of political consolidation of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. [See also box 2:4, City Attorney; box 2:15-16, County; box 2:17-18, Criminal Justice Committee; box 4:19-20, Police; and box 1:10-11, Board of Education]

2 14

Correspondence 1987-1991

2 15

COUNTY 1988-1991

2 16-17

CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Reports and correspondence pertaining to consolidation and other suggestions to create a more efficient criminal justice system in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

2 18-19

Disabilities Committee 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports related primarily to activities of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Disabilities Committee

2 20-22

DRUGS--CHARLOTTE DRUG AND ALCOHOL COMMISSION 1989-1990

Scope and Contents note

Minutes and correspondence of a task force formed by Myrick from several agencies to study the drug problems in Charlotte and offer combined efforts to fight drug use

2 23

DRUGS--CONSTITUENT CORRESPONDENCE 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Charlotteans concerning the drug problem. The letters express the concerns, support, and suggestions of citizens about drug-related issues, as well as criticism for Myrick's suggestion of a local sales tax to be used exclusively for drug programs

3 1-3

DRUGS--PROGRAMS 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports on programs initiated in Charlotte, including "Do Drugs, Do Time," as well as material about anti-drug marches. [See also box 2:13, Community Relations; series 2, Speeches; and series 4, Newspaper Clippings]

3 4-7

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

Primarily correspondence concerning notification of plant closings or lay-offs in accordance with WARN, the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Act (P.L. 100-379)

3 8

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Primarily correspondence with the Federal Emergency Management Agency concerning the proposed closing of the National Weather Service office in Charlotte. Also includes correspondence with local radio and television stations concerning emergency broadcasting and testing, especially hurricane alerts

3 9

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Material relating to a committee responsible for the Teen Summer Employment program and other job training programs. The committee also worked with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Private Industry Council

3 10

ENGINEERING 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence between the engineering department and developers and/or private citizens concerning building, tree, and storm drainage ordinances

3 11

FIRE DEPARTMENT 1988-1991

3 12

GUN CONTROL 1989

Scope and Contents note

[See also box 2:4, City Attorney; box 4:19-20, Police Department; and box 1:10-11, Board of Education]

3 13

HISTORIC PROPERTIES--CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG HISTORIC LAND-MARKS COMMISSION 1990-1991

3 14

HISTORIC PROPERTIES--HEZEKIAH ALEXANDER HOMESITE 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports on the homesite and museum operations. Also includes material concerning the controversy over the creation of the Hezekiah Alexander Foundation and the transfer of authority from the city to the foundation in regards to the operation of the homesite and museum

3 15-16

HOMELESS 1983-1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports concerning the homeless situation in Charlotte, including the controversial Uptown Shelter (The George Shinn Center). [See also box 4:11, Military; box 5:15, United States Conference of Mayors; box 4:1-5, Housing; and series 4, Newspaper Clippings]

3 17-19

HOUSING 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Concerns affordable housing in Charlotte. Includes plans for development (Pied-mont Courts, Spring Harbor Apartments, Plaza/Fairmarket, Stonehaven (Thermal Road), and Merrywood), as well as material related to the Charlotte Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, and the Housing and Urban Development

4 1-5

HURRICANE HUGO 1989-1990

Scope and Contents note

Includes the "Declaration of State of Emergency for Charlotte," progress reports of clean up, information on military and civilian aid, newsletters, and minutes of the Hugo Taskforce

4 1-5

JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY 1988-1991

4 8

LEARNING HOW INC. 1989-1991

4 9

LEGISLATION--CITY OF CHARLOTTE 1988-1990

4 10

MILITARY 1988-1990

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence pertaining to military branches and their activities, such as the use of the National Guard during Hurricane Hugo; drug interdiction; the City's proposed use of the Navy Reserve Building as a homeless shelter; Patriotic Celebration for Gulf War Veterans; and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. [See also box 3:4-7, Drugs--Programs; box 3:17-18, Homeless; box 4:6-7, Hurricane Hugo; box 4:17, Patriotic Celebration; and series 3, Correspondence]

4 11

MINORITY AND WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM 1988-1991

4 12

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES 1988-1991

4 13

NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS 1988-1989

4 14

Newsclippings 1987-1989

4 15

NORTH CAROLINA LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES 1988-1991

4 16

PARKS AND RECREATION 1988-1991

4 17

PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION 1991

Scope and Contents note

Information about the parade on July 4 to honor the returning Persian Gulf War troops. [See also box 4:11, Military; and series 3, Correspondence]

4 18

Photographs undated

4 19

PLANNING COMMISSION 1988-1991

4 20

POLICE DEPARTMENT 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

Includes crime reports, information on the consolidation with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department, a copy of the "Police Officer Bill of Rights," and the departmental newsletter, "Behind the Mike". [See also box 2:17-18, Criminal Justice Committee]

4 21-22

PROCLAMATIONS 1987-1991

5 1-2

PRODUCTIVITY TASK FORCE 1988

Scope and Contents note

Material concerning Myrick's appointment of this committee to analyze the operations of City Government. Hugh McColl Jr. of NationsBank chaired the committee.

5 3

Service Requests 1987-1990

5 4-5

SISTER CITIES 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

Material relating to Charlotte's "Sister Cities" of Krefeld, Germany; Boading, China; Arequipa, Peru; Wroclaw, Poland; and Voronezh, Russia (formerly USSR).

5 6-7

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT 1988-1991

5 8

Speeches 1987-1991

5 9

SPORTS--BASKETBALL

Scope and Contents note

Material on the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament and the Charlotte Hornets NBA team. Also includes documentation of the Hornets' services to the community. [See also box 2:7-10, Coliseum]

5 10

SPORTS--FOOTBALL 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

Material concerning the bid for a National Football League expansion team in Charlotte and the building of the stadium in the downtown area.

5 11

TAXES 1988-1991

5 12

TELEVISION SHOW 1990-1991

Scope and Contents note

Outlines for discussion and guest lists for Spectrum, which aired on the government access channel in Charlotte. The show informed citizens of city projects and policies. [The background information used by Myrick is filed under the appropriate subject file.]

5 13

TRANSPORTATION 1988-1991

Scope and Contents note

Quarterly Project Reports, information on the Outer Belt (I-485), and the Special Steering Committee for Uptown Transportation Center Feasibility Study.

5 14-17

TRANSPORTATION--LIGHT RAIL 1985-1991

5 18

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYORS 1988-1991

5 19

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE 1988-1991

5 20

UTILITIES 1988-1991

5 21

WEST CHARLOTTE FIGHTING BACK PROGRAM 1988-1991

5 22

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Series 2: SPEECHES 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series contains copies of speeches, statements, and introductions given by Myrick during her terms as mayor. The speeches are filed chronologically and cover a variety of topics [see list in folder].

Box
5
Folder
19

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Series 3: CORRESPONDENCE 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series contains letters of congratulations received and written by Myrick. Also includes letters greeting visitors to Charlotte and thank you letters.

Box
5
Folder
20

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Series 4: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS 1987-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series contains articles from local, state, and national newspapers and journals concerning Myrick and key political issues. [NOTE: does not contain every article or editorial from The Charlotte Observer during her mayoral tenure]

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