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Charlotte Civitan Club Records

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Charlotte Civitan Club Records

Charlotte Civitan Club records

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Charlotte Civitan Club (Charlotte, N.C.).
Charlotte Civitan Club records
Date [inclusive]
1948-1956, 1965-1996
1.5 Linear feet 1 records center carton and 1 manuscript box
Records of the club, founded in 1921. Includes reports, financial material, membership information, minutes, bound volumes of Civi-Chats (the club’s newsletter), and an essay on the club's fiftieth anniversary in 1971.

Preferred Citation note

Charlotte Civitan Club Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Civitan Club in Charlotte came about when a group of 73 young Charlotte business and professional men founded the Charlotte Civitan Club in 1921. They had decided that the time was ripe for the younger men to have a civic club of their own. Civitan was chosen because of its Southern beginnings (Birmingham, Ala.); because of its motto, "Builders of Good Citizenship," and because the organization's philosophy is based on the Golden Rule. The Charlotte Club's charter was presented by Civitan International on July 27, 1921. Governor Cameron Morrison was the principal speaker. The charter members included Basil Boyd, Henry Harper, Claude B. Squires, M. D., A. L. Faul, Randolph Scott, "Dick" Young, Frank O. Sherrill, and Henry Benoit, Sr. Over the years, in order to meet its service mission, the club helped to provide school lunches and free medical care to needy children, supported the Salavation Army, sponsored Little League baseball teams and Boy Scout troops, and contributed to Boys Home of North Carolina, the North Carolina Special Olympics, and similar charities. The club also sponsored the organization of new Civitan clubs in the greater Charlotte area and Junior Civinette clubs in high schools. The parent Civitan Club sponsored formation of the Myers Park Club in 1951. Other local Civitan Clubs include: Providence Civitan Club (1958), Sharon Civitan Club (1957), West Mecklenburg Civitan Club (1951), Moore's Park Civitan Club (1956). Initially all male, the organization began admitting women in 1983. Notably successful among the long list of good deeds performed by the Civitan Club was the sponsorship of the Lakewood School for mentally retarded children. The Civitan Club has also been largely responsible for the annual Youth Converence on Human Relations at Wildacres; for operation of the Little League Baseball program; for donation of Good Citizenship awards to high school students; for providing an assembly hall and huts for the Boy Scout camp.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains records pertaining primarily to the uptown Charlotte Civitan Club. It includes newsletters, minutes, membership information, correspondence, financial material, programs, and reports. There is also a small amount of material about the regional organization, North Carolina District West. Much of the jewelry and plaques, etc. belonged to J. Will Patterson, president and active member of the Charlotte Club in the early 1960s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1994, 2001

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

Gift of Clarence O. Kuester Jr. and the Charlotte Civitan Club, 1994.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1994; and James Kusik and Deborah Lunsford, 2001.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Bonnie E. Cone Papers (UNCC Manuscript 112). Oliver Reagan Rowe Papers (UNCC Manuscript 47).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte Civitan Club (Charlotte, N.C.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Patterson, J. Will


  • Charities--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Clubs--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Activities 1975-94 

2 1

Administrative materials 1972-88 

1 1

Civi-Chats 1948-1949 

1 2

Civi-Chats 1965-1970 

    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3-5
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2-3

Box Folder

Civi-Chats 1970-1975 

1 6-10

Civi-Chats 1980-1984, 1985-1992 

    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11-16
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4-5

Box Folder

Civitan jewelry 

Scope and Contents note

Jewelry with Civitan emblem or logo, several with years of service and office held. Includes bolo ties, cuff links, money clip, lapel pins, tie bars, tie clips one tie tack, and a Masonic tie clasp.

2 10

Constitution and By-laws 1969-88 

2 6

Correspondence 1985-1993 

1 17

Financial materials 1976-1993 

1 18

Distinguished Citizen Award winners photo circa 1978 

Scope and Contents note

Framed photograph, notes on back: front row: 3rd from left Bishop Herbert Spaugh, 4th from left Rev. Dr. Warner Hall, 5th from left Dr. Bonnie Cone ; back row: 2nd from left: Loomis McGlowen, 5th from left Oliver Rowe, 6th from left Joseph W. Grier, jr.

2 7

Historical materials 

2 8

J. Will Patterson plaques and personal photographs 

Scope and Contents note

Distinguished membership awards and recruiting awards are among the plaques given to Patterson for his valuable service to the Charlotte Civitan Club and to the International Civitans. Includes 2 plaques awarded to Patterson from the American Cancer Society, local unit. One folder of photographs of J. Will Patterson and unidentified individuals.


J. Will Patterson scrapbook 

Scope and Contents note

Patterson was president of Charlotte Civitan Club 1961/62 and this is his personal scrapbook reflecting that year in office. Contains photographs of unidentified individuals.

Box Folder

J. Will Patterson scrapbook photocopy 

1 24

Membership records 1985-1995 

1 19

Minutes 1976-1992 

1 20-22

Officers, History, Constitution and By-Laws and Roster of members 

2 9

Programs/Meetings 1979-1996 

1 23

Scrapbook of Charlotte Civitan Club 

Box Folder

Yearbook 1983-1984 

2 9