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Richard Vinroot Papers

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Vinroot (Richard) Papers

Richard Vinroot Papers
MS0259

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Vinroot, Richard
Title
Richard Vinroot papers
ID
MS0259
Date [inclusive]
1990-1995
Extent
13.5 Cubic feet 13 record center cartons and one manuscript box
Language
English
Abstract
Papers documenting the two mayoral terms (1991-95) of Richard Vinroot as the mayor of Charlotte, N.C. The papers highlight the city council, the chamber of commerce, community development, consolidation of city and county government and services, crime (including drug enforcement and the police department), cultural relations (especially Charlotte's interaction with its "sister cities"), education, housing, municipal services (including compensation of city employees, reorganization of departments, and privatization of services), and sports (especially professional teams and facilities). The collection contains no records documenting Vinroot's city council tenure, his campaigns for North Carolina governor (1996, 2000), or his professional career as an attorney.

Preferred Citation note

Richard Vinroot Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Richard Vinroot was born in Charlotte on April 14, 1941. He attended Mecklenburg County public schools, and in high school he served as president of the student body and as captain of the football and basketball teams. He was an Eagle Scout who later served as a scout master for an inner-city troop. Vinroot was awarded a Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as class president and played varsity basketball under Coach Dean Smith. He graduated in 1963 with a degree in business administration and remained at Chapel Hill, where he earned a law degree in 1966. While in law school, Vinroot married Judy Allen, who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1965 with a degree in education. In 1966 he declined a military service deferment and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. When he returned from Vietnam, Vinroot joined the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, specializing in corporate litigation. He served on the Charlotte City Council from 1983 to 1991, was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1991, and was re-elected in 1993. As mayor of Charlotte, Vinroot enforced the Taxpayer Protection Act, which limited the growth of the city's budget to the annual percentage increase in population and the rate of inflation. The city set spending limits, establishing spending priorities, and 28 municipal departments were reorganized. Several municipal services were privatized, including sidewalk construction, tree-trimming, and residential garbage collection in parts of the city. The city hired 200 new police officers and established North Carolina's first "drug court" to facilitate the prosecution of drug criminals. In 1995, he was named "Municipal Leader of the Year" by American City and County magazine. In 1999, Vinroot helped establish the Sugar Creek Charter School, a rehabilitated retail store in one of Charlotte's poorer neighborhoods. The school served 500 students, mostly African-American, whose parents were unhappy with the public school system. Richard Vinroot is an elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, where he has been a senior high Sunday school teacher since 1969. His wife, Judy Vinroot, teaches adult literacy at Central Piedmont Community College.

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Scope and Contents note

Comprised primarily of municipal records documenting Vinroot's service as mayor of Charlotte from 1991 to 1995. The papers highlight the city council, the chamber of commerce, community development, consolidation of city and county government and services, crime (especially boot camps, drug enforcement, and the police department), cultural relations (especially Charlotte's interaction with its "sister cities"), education, housing, municipal services (especially compensation of city employees, reorganization of departments, and privatization of services), and sports (especially professional teams and facilities). The collection contains no records documenting Vinroot's earlier city council tenure, his 1996 and 2000 North Carolina gubernatorial campaigns, or his career as an attorney.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized in a single subject file series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1999-2000

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 North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1999.

Processing Information note

Processed by Marilyn Schuster, 1999, and James Kusik and Deborah Lunsford, 2000.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Sue Myrick Papers (UNCC Manuscript 204).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • Vinroot, Richard

Subject(s)

  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Municipal government--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Advanced Training Institute 1993-94 

Box
1
Folder
1

Afro-American Children's Theatre 1992 

Box
1
Folder
2

Animal Control 1992-93 

Box
1
Folder
3

Annexation 1993-95 

Box
1
Folder
4

Arts 1992-94 

Box
1
Folder
5

Atlantic Coast Conference 1994-95 

Box
1
Folder
6

Aviation 1990-95 

Box
1
Folder
7-12

Bond Committee 1993-94 

Box
1
Folder
13

Bond Issues 1993-94 

Box
1
Folder
14

Boot Camps 1993-94 

Box
1
Folder
15

Boot Camps (see also Crime) 

Boot Camps, Federal Report 1991 

Box
1
Folder
16

Boot Camps, About Face Evaluation 1993 

Box
1
Folder
17

Budget 1992-95 

Box
1
Folder
18

Cable Television Service 1992-94 

Box
1
Folder
19

Carolina's Partnership 1991-95 

Box
1
Folder
20-21

Carolina's Transportation Compact 1991-94 

Box
1
Folder
22

Cassidy & Associates 1992-93 

Box
1
Folder
23-24

Centralina Council of Government (COG) 1992-95 

Box
1
Folder
25

Chamber of Commerce 1992-95 

Box
2
Folder
1

Chamber of Commerce 1992-95 

Box
1
Folder
26-29

Charlotte Certified Development Corporation 1993 

Box
2
Folder
2

Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau 1992-95 

Box
2
Folder
3

Charlotte Uptown Development Corporation 1992-95 

Box
2
Folder
4

Children's Services Network 1994 

Box
2
Folder
5

Citizens For Effective Government 1992 

Box
2
Folder
6

City Attorney 1992-95 

Box
2
Folder
7-10

City Council 1990-95 

Box
2
Folder
11-18

City-County Schools 1990-93 

Box
2
Folder
19

City Fair 1991-95 

Box
2
Folder
20

City Within a City 1991-95 

Box
2
Folder
21-22

Coliseum 1991-95 

Box
2
Folder
23-25

Commission on the Future of the South 1992-93 

Box
3
Folder
1-7

Common Ground 1993-95 

Box
3
Folder
8

Community Development 1991-95 

Box
3
Folder
9-12

Community Policing Film 1993-94 

Box
3
Folder
13

Community Relations 1992-95 

Box
3
Folder
14

Community Vision Process 1991 

Box
3
Folder
15

Compensation Committee 1992-93 

Box
3
Folder
16

Compensation Task Force 

Box
3
Folder
17-18

Congratulations 1991-93 

Box
3
Folder
19

Consolidation 1990-95 

Box
3
Folder
20-27

Consolidation Reports 1985, 1989 

Box
4
Folder
1

Contracts 1992 

Box
4
Folder
2

Convention Center 1992-95 

Box
4
Folder
3-4

County 1992-95 

Box
4
Folder
5-6

Courts 1990-95 

Box
4
Folder
7-8

Crime 1992-95 

Box
4
Folder
9

Crime/Boot Camps 1992-93 

Box
4
Folder
10-13

Criminal Justice System 1989-92 

Box
4
Folder
14-15

Criminal Justice System Reports 1989-91 

Box
4
Folder
16

Criminal Task Force 1993-95 

Box
4
Folder
17-19

Drugs 1991-95 

Box
4
Folder
20-21

Drugs/Alcohol Committee/Fighting Back 1989, 1990-95 

Box
5
Folder
1-4

Economic Development 1992-95 

Box
5
Folder
5-6

Education 1991-95 

Box
5
Folder
7-10

Emergency Management 1991-93 

Box
5
Folder
11

Employment & Training 1992-95 

Box
5
Folder
12-13

Engineering 1992-95 

Box
5
Folder
14-16

Federal Issues 1991-95 

Box
5
Folder
17-19

Film Commission 1995 

Box
5
Folder
20

Fire Department 1991-95 

Box
5
Folder
21

FOCUS 2010 1993-94 

Box
5
Folder
22

Gay/Lesbian Issues 1995 

Box
5
Folder
23

General Services 1992-94 

Box
5
Folder
24

Good Suggestions/Readings, Etc. 1991 

Box
5
Folder
25

Gorbachev Foundation (undated) 

Box
5
Folder
26

Governor 1991-95 

Box
5
Folder
27

Greetings 1991-94 

Box
5
Folder
28

Historic Properties 1991-93 

Box
6
Folder
1

Homeless 1990-94 

Box
6
Folder
2-3

Housing 1992-95 

Box
6
Folder
4-5

Housing Authority 1991-95 

Box
6
Folder
6-9

Housing and Urban Development 1992-93 

Box
6
Folder
10

Human Resources 1992-95 

Box
6
Folder
11-12

Independence Arena 1991-92 

Box
6
Folder
13

Institute of Politics 1990-93 

Box
6
Folder
14-15

International Cabinet 1990-93 

Box
6
Folder
16-23

International Committee 1994-95 

Box
7
Folder
1-4

Jail, County 1992 

Box
7
Folder
5

Law Enforcement Center 1993 

Box
7
Folder
6

Legislature 1992-95 

Box
7
Folder
7-8

Light Rail 1989-93 

Box
7
Folder
9-10

McGill Rose Garden 

Box
7
Folder
11

Mayor's International Cabinet 1994-95 

Box
7
Folder
12

Metropolitan Planning Organization 1992-95 

Box
7
Folder
13

Minority/Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) 1992-94 

Box
7
Folder
14

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1991-95 

Box
7
Folder
15-21

National Football League (NFL) 1992 

Box
7
Folder
22-23

National League of Cities 1994-95 

Box
7
Folder
24

National Policy Forum 1994 

Box
7
Folder
25

Newsclippings 1991-93 

Box
7
Folder
26-28

Newsclippings 1991-93 

Box
8
Folder
1-3

News Releases 1992-96 

Box
8
Folder
4

Nominations & Appointments 1991 

Box
8
Folder
5

North Carolina Entrepreneurial Development Board, Report 1994 

Box
8
Folder
6

North Carolina League of Municipalities 1992-95 

Box
8
Folder
7

North Carolina Railroad Company 1991-93 

Box
8
Folder
8

North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission 1993 

Box
8
Folder
9

Organizational Structure Task Force, Reports 1988 

Box
8
Folder
10

Organizational Structure Task Force 1992-93 

Box
8
Folder
11

Olympic Organizing Committee 1994-95 

Box
8
Folder
12

Parks & Recreation 1992-95 

Box
8
Folder
13-14

Paw Creek 1993 

Box
8
Folder
15-16

Photographs 1992-95 

Box
14
Folder
1-2

Planning 1991-95 

Box
8
Folder
17-18

Police 1991-95 

Box
8
Folder
19-25

Police 1991-95 

Box
9
Folder
1-2

Police, Charleston, S.C. 1994 

Box
9
Folder
3

Police Consolidation 1992-93 

Box
9
Folder
4

Police Crack Houses 1994-95 

Box
9
Folder
5

Political Consolidation 1968, 1971-91 

Box
9
Folder
6-7

Pre-Olympic/German Teams 1992-94 

Box
9
Folder
8-9

President's Committee on Policy for Urban Areas 1992 

Box
9
Folder
10

Privatization Committee 1990-93 

Box
9
Folder
11-14

Privatization Oversite Committee 1994-95 

Box
9
Folder
15

Privatization Task Force 1988, 1993-95 

Box
9
Folder
16-18

Proclamations 1992, 1994-95 

Box
9
Folder
19

Public Service and Information 1995 

Box
9
Folder
20

Purchasing 1995 

Box
9
Folder
21

Recommendations/Endorsements 1991-95 

Box
9
Folder
22-26

Recommendations/Endorsements 1991-95 

Box
10
Folder
1-4

Regional Issues 1989, 1990-93 

Box
10
Folder
5-6

Regional Transportation Authority 1992-93 

Box
10
Folder
7

Schools 1992-94 

Box
10
Folder
8

Service Requests 1993-95 

Box
10
Folder
9

Seversville 1994-95 

Box
10
Folder
10

Sister Cities Program 1992-95 

Box
10
Folder
11-14

Smoking 1993 

Box
10
Folder
15

Solid Waste Services 1992-95 

Box
10
Folder
16-17

Southern Growth Policies Board 1992-93 

Box
10
Folder
18

Special Internet Groups 1992-94 

Box
10
Folder
19

Sports 1992-94 

Box
10
Folder
20-25

Sports 1992-94 

Box
11
Folder
1-2

Swearing in 1991, 1993 

Box
11
Folder
3

Taxes 1992-95 

Box
11
Folder
4-5

Thank You Letters 1991-95 

Box
11
Folder
6-11

Transportation Committee of 100 1992-95 

Box
12
Folder
1-3

United Way 1992-94 

Box
12
Folder
4

Urbanization 1994 

Box
12
Folder
5

United States Conference of Mayors 1991-95 

Box
12
Folder
6-14

USS Charlotte 1992-95 

Box
12
Folder
15-16

Utilities 1992-95 

Box
12
Folder
17-18

Veteran's Day 1994 

Box
12
Folder
19

Vinroot Files 1991-95 

Box
12
Folder
20-24

Vinroot Files 1991-95 

Box
13
Folder
1

Vision Committee 1992-93 

Box
13
Folder
2-5

Washington Representation 1994 

Box
13
Folder
6

West Charlotte Triennial/Film 1995 

Box
13
Folder
7

West Side Neighborhoods 1992 

Box
13
Folder
8

Whitehouse Correspondence 1992-94 

Box
13
Folder
9