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Mecklenburg County Health Dept. Records

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Mecklenburg County Health Dept. Records

Mecklenburg County Health Department collection

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Mecklenburg County (N.C.). Health Dept..
Mecklenburg County Health Department records
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear feet  circa 200 items, including 36 photographs and 4 volumes
Annual reports, minutes, and photographs of department staff and clientele.

Preferred Citation note

Mecklenburg County Health Department Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Mecklenburg County Health Department traces its origins back to the 1890s when the office of County Physician became an elective office. Dr. S. W. Bratton was chosen by the County Commission as the first physician to fill this post. Prior to the creation of this office, the sheriff coroner would solicit the services of a doctor at a specified rate per day. A severe smallpox epidemic precipitated the creation of the office of City Physician in 1896. Dr. F. O. Hawley was elected to fill that post and he served until his death in 1916.

The Health Department was organized in 1917 and Dr. C. C. Hudson was hired as the first health officer. In addition to a staff of four full-time and two part-time people, the Red Cross sent a unit of five nurses to assist in the Department's work. During the 1920s, the city and county departments were consolidated. By 1960, the Charlotte and Mecklenburg Health Department had been placed under one health director; the staff expanded to 128 for the city and 36 for the county. The Mecklenburg County Health Department currently operates out of facilities at 249 Billingsley Road and 2845 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.

In 1973, the North Carolina General Assembly transferred all duties and responsibilities of a local policy Board of Health to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. As such, the Mecklenburg County Board of Health was officially terminated on December 17, 1973. When the County Commissioners assumed control on January 31, 1974, it created the Mecklenburg County Health Commission. The Commissioners mandated the Health Commission to review and consider all health matters and to make suitable recommenda¬tions to the Commissioners. The Health Commission held its first meeting on May 7, 1974, with dental surgeon E. U. Austin, serving as the first chair.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised chiefly of annual reports and minutes. Also includes evaluation of public health programs in Charlotte by the American Public Health Association and photographs.

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Arrangement note

The Mecklenburg County Health Department Records are organized into a single, alphabetical folder title series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1996

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

Gifts of Mecklenburg County Health Department through Gary Black, 1995.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger and Brooke Fox, August, 1996.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Charlotte (N.C.) Records (UNCC Manuscript 127).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.). Board of Commissioners.
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.). Dept. of Public Health.
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.). Health Dept..

Geographic Name(s)

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


  • Public health--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Public health--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Administrative manuals 1992-1993 

1 1-2

Allocation of funds 

1 3

Annual reports 1932-1970, 1977-1983, 1985-1988 

1 4-25

Appraisal of health facilities 1934 

Scope and Contents note

Evaluations of Charlotte public health programs by the American Public Health Association.

1 26

Appriasals - Evaluation schedules 1945-1946 

1 27

Correspondence related to photographs 

2 1

Health Commission membership 1974-1979 

2 2

Job descriptions - Mecklenburg County Health Department 

2 3

Library Committee 1977-1982 

2 4

Membership directory, Mecklenburg County Medical Society 1993-1994 

2 5

Minute Books--Charlotte Board of Health, vols. 1-4 1943-1973 

2 6-9

Minutes 1974-1984 

Scope and Contents note

Comprised of minutes of the Health Commission.

2 10-20

Minutes - Planning and Advisory Group 1977-1986 

2 21

Annual report (1922, 1925-32) 

3 1

Miscellaneous announcements 1983-1987 

3 2

Newsletters 1978-1987 

3 3

Rules and regulations 1950-1974 

3 4

Regulations 1974 

Scope and Contents note

As set forth by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

3 5

Scrapbook 1976-1979 

3 6

Scrapbook 1983-1986 

3 7

Status report fiscal year 1979-1980 

3 8

Newspaper clippings 

Scope and Contents note

(some photocopies)

Box Folder

County Commissioners/City Council 

4 9

County-City Consolidation 

4 10

County, City, State Professionals 

4 11

Dental, Teeth 

4 12


4 13

Healthcare, Hygiene 

4 14

Health programs, Health boards, Health clinics 

4 15

Infants, Children 

4 16

Medical professionals 

4 17


4 18


4 19


4 20


4 21


4 22-23


4 24

Social Services 

4 25

State, North Carolina 

4 26


4 27

VD-Venereal Diseases 

4 28


4 29


4 30

Clippings (1934-35, 1937, 1939) 

5 1

Clippings (1940, 1942, 1944) 

5 2

Clippings 1945-1946 

5 3

Clippings 1947 

5 4

Clippings 1948-1949 

5 5

Clippings (1950-51, 1953) 

5 6

Clippings 1954-1956 

5 7

Clippings 1957-1959 

5 8

Photographs 1924-1965, undated 

Scope and Contents note

36 photographs (P224/1-36) of staff members, clients, clinics, and buildings.

Box Folder item

Exhibit by Miss Clinkscales, nutritionist at Orthopedic Clinic, Charlotte 1953 

P18 1 P224/1

Exhibit for Public Health Nurse Week 1963 

P18 1 P224/2

Public health nurse's car and her friends undated 

P18 1 P224/3

Unidentified women and children undated 

P18 1 P224/4-5

One of group conferences (?) 1924 

P18 1 P224/6

Little Mother's Club at community house undated 

P18 1 P224/7

"John" (undated) 

Scope and Contents note

Caption: "John, too crippled to go to school for the blind: Blindness kept him from the Orthopedic Hospital. Carried to the City Clinic for treatment by the school nurse, operated on by Dr. Alonzo Myers (orthopedic doctor). May be able to go to school next year."

P18 1 P224/8

Knights undated 

P18 1 P224/9

Aunt Jennie Grissum undated 

Scope and Contents note

Caption: "Aunt Jennie Grissum has a grateful heart for the C.C.N.A."

P18 1 P224/10

Caption: "One of the well babies that has been kept well." undated 

P18 1 P224/11

Caption: "While the nurse cared for the new arrived she found the knee baby couldn't use his feet or walk - she later had him brought to Orthopedic Clinic and arranged for Hospital treatment and he is now in hospital having treatment for T.B. of spine which caused the paralyses." undated 

P18 1 P224/12

Caption: "Another unsafe place for children." undated 

P18 1 P224/13

Caption: "Found by the C.C.N.A." undated 

P18 1 P224/14

Bad housing undated 

P18 1 P224/15

Unsanitary place found by nurses undated 

P18 1 P224/16

Civitan Baby Clinic, Health Department, Charlotte 1926 

P18 1 P224/17

Unidentified nurse and female patient undated 

P18 1 P224/18

Unidentified nurse undated 

P18 1 P224/19

First Ward School Well Child Clinic, including: Mrs. Plyler, Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Lawing, Mrs. Hargetti, Mrs. Caskey, and Mrs. C. N. Christenbury undated 

P18 1 P224/20

Health Department Building, Charlotte undated 

P18 1 P224/21

Dr. Isa C. Grant undated 

P18 1 P224/22

Dr. Robert Green (?) undated 

P18 1 P224/23

Mrs. G. Henry and baby undated 

P18 1 P224/24

Mabel Loc, P.H.N., with baby at Piedmont Court housing undated 

P18 1 P224/25

Miss Mary Hayes, health educator with schools during 1950s undated 

P18 1 P224/26

Dr. C. Arden Miller undated 

P18 1 P224/27

Vivian Ellis and Faye McConnell, Warm Springs, Ga. undated 

P18 1 P224/28

Faye McConnell, staff P.H. nurse 1941 

P18 1 P224/29

Bethune School, including Miss Willis, principal, and Miss Faye McConnell, P.H.N. 1935 

P18 1 P224/30

Miss Ann Barentine, director of Public Health nurses, 1941-58 undated 

P18 1 P224/31

Alcoholic Institute, Chapel Hill, N.C. 1965 

P18 1 P224/32

Paul Whittock, David Ovens, and Miss Clara Ross undated 

P18 1 P224/33

Group at Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal Church South: Clara Ross, May McLaughtin, Dr. Hand (?), and Birdie Moore undated 

P18 1 P224/34

Dr. M. B. Bethel (Health Director, 1959), Mrs. Blanche Samson, P.H.N., midwives, and unidentified little boy undated 

P18 1 P224/35

Teacher class practiced nurses and Cleo Yongue, P.H.N., Second Ward High School 1946 

P18 1 P224/36

Photographs P224/37-68--no titles or descriptions 

P24 6 P224/37-68

Photographs P224/69-111--no titles or descriptions 

P24 7 P224/69-111
Map-case Drawer Folder

Posters circa 1949-1975 

Scope and Contents note

Collection of photographs mounted on 9 laminated posters for display. The posters describe a range of affiliated individuals and groups, as well as programs and services offered by the Health Department.

MC4 6 3