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J. Alex McMillan Papers

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McMillan (J. Alex) Papers

Papers of J. Alex McMillan
MS0263

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
McMillan, J. Alex, 1932-
Title
J. Alex McMillan papers
ID
MS0263
Date [inclusive]
1952, 1972-1982
Extent
3.0 Linear feet circa 5,400 items
Language
English
Abstract
Papers relating to his services as a member of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (1972-74) and as the principal organizer and president of the Spirit Square Development Group (1975-82). Includes correspondence, campaign material, reports, and newspaper clippings.

Preferred Citation note

J. Alex McMillan Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

McMillan, J(ohn) Alex(ander), III, (prominent Charlotte businessman, Mecklenburg County Commission, U.S. House of Representatives) was born in Charlotte, NC on May 9, 1932 to John Alexander Jr. and Mildred Shepherd McMillan. He graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Central Virginia in 1950. In 1954, he received his B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the United States Army as a special intelligence agent from 1954-1956. In 1958, he received his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. On November 21, 1959, he married Caroline Hill Houston. They have two children, Elizabeth Houston and John A. IV. McMillan III was an active member of the Charlotte business community. He served as vice president of Carolina Paper Board Company from 1958-1960. From 1960-1963, he was vice president of the Charlotte-based John C. Shepherd Lumber Company, and as the vice president of R.S. Dickson & Co. from 1963-1968.

From 1968-1983, he served as secretary vice president, and vice president of finance for the Ruddick Corporation of Charlotte. He also served as CEO of Harris Teeter Food Stores, a subsidiary of the Ruddick Corporation, in 1984. In 1972, J. Alex McMillan III ran as a Republican candidate for the Mecklenburg County Commission. He was elected and served from 1973-1975. McMillan served as chairman of the board for the Mecklenburg board of social services from 1974-1977. He also served as chairman of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Broadcasting Authority from 1978-1983. In 1985, he was elected to the 99th Congress and a member of the House of Representatives. He served five consecutive terms until his retirement in 1995.

McMillan III was very active in community affairs and instrumental in the development of Spirit Square. He served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg arts and sciences council from 1974-1979 and was a proponent of county funding for the support of the arts. He and his wife were key figures in the fundraising effort to purchase and restore the First Baptist Church at the corner of North Tryon and 7th street into what is now Spirit Square.

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Scope and Contents note

The J. Alex McMillan Papers, 1952, 1972-1982 (Mss 263), include the papers of a prominent politician and businessman from Charlotte, North Carolina. This collection contains papers related to McMillan’s career as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner, and especially his work in promoting and developing Spirit Square as a performing arts venue. Some of the issues he dealt with and generated documentation for as a county commissioner are his positions on: education, long range financial planning, the physical environment, social services, public schools, county-city consolidation, educational television, and public television. His work with Spirit Square resulted in the greatest amount of documentation and constitute about half of this collection. In addition to papers, there are also nineteen photographs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1999

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

Gift of J. Alex McMillan III, August, 1999.

Processing Information note

Processed by Chris Knott, 1999.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Martin Evans Boyer Papers (UNC Charlotte Manuscript 94) ; Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education, Inc. Records (UNCC Manuscript 241) ; J. Alex McMillan Commercials, University of Oklahoma ; J. Alex McMillan Papers, UNC-Chapel Hill (SHC #4741).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools--Management.
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.). Board of Commissioners.
  • Spirit Square Arts Center. Board of Directors--Records and correspondence..

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • McMillan, J. Alex, 1932-

Subject(s)

  • Public schools--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Base positions on education, written and used by McMillan during his campaign for county commission in 1972.

1 2

Base positions on general policy, written and used by McMillan during his campaign for county commission in 1972.

1 2

Base positions on long range financial planning, written and used by McMillan during his campaign for county commission in 1972.

1 3

Base positions on planning and physical environment, written and used by McMillan during his campaign for county commission in 1972. 1970-1972

1 4

Base positions on research and goals, written and used by McMillan during his campaign for county commission in 1972.

1 5

Base positions on Social Services, written and used by McMillan during his campaign for county commission in 1972.

1 6

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Management I -- Papers of a businessmen's group designed to study the organization of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools 1973-1978

1 7

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Management II. 1978

1 8

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Budget I -- Information relating to school budget, teacher salaries, facilities, and capital outlay. 1969-1973

1 9

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Budget II. 1973

1 10

County Commision: Consolidation I -- Notes of the 1973-1974 commission to study the effects of merging county and city governments.

1 11

County Commission: Consolidation II. 1974

1 12

Dimensions for Charlotte Mecklenburg: recommendations for the future of Charlotte. 1973-1974

1 13

Educational Television I: reports and recommendations of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Broadcast Authority. 1973-1975

1 14

Educational Television II. 1975-1977

1 15

Educational Television III. 1975-1977

1 16

Governmental Philosophy -- Newspaper clippings on the philosophy of city/county government. 1972-1973

1 17

Newspaper Clippings and Campaign Publicity -- Advertisements, endorsements, and results from the 1972 election. 1972-1977

1 18

Public Televison Committee -- Budgets, notes, and reports on public television and WTVI. 1975-1976

1 19

Spirit Square/ Capital Budgets I -- Proposed and working budgets for Spirit Square 1976-1977

2 1

Spirit Square/Capital Budgets II 1978-1981

2 2

Spirit Square/Childrens Bonds -- Reports and memos on the 1977 Childrens Bond package. 1977

2 3

Spirit Square/ Committee Members (Arts Council)- includes several list of council members and prospective council members. 1976-1980

2 4

Spirit Square/ Fundraising -- Contains a list of donors, prospective donors, pledges, and financial commitments to Spirit Square. 1976-1981

2 5

Spirit Square/ General policies of the Arts and Science Council -- By-laws, personnel policies, and leave policies. 1976-1979

2 6

Spirit Square/ Lease Agreement -- Copies of the lease agreements regarding Spirit Square. 1975-1977

2 7

Spirit Square/ Letters of J. Alex McMillan -- Correspondence pertaining to Spirit Square and the Arts Council 1975-1976

2 8

Spirit Square/ Letters of J. Alex McMillan August - December 1976

2 9

Spirit Square/ Letters of J. Alex McMillan January - May 1977

2 10

Spirit Square/ Letters of J. Alex McMillan 1977-1982

2 11

Spirit Square/ Memos -- Contains memos on a wide variety of issues regarding Spirit Square, its' planning and development, and the Arts and Science Council. 1975-1977

2 12

Spirit Square/ Memos 1977

2 13

Spirit Square/ Memos 1977-1979

2 14

Spirit Square/ Memos 1979-1982

2 15

Spirit Square/ Minutes and Agendas -- Minutes and agendas from the Spirit Square board of directors and the Arts Council. 1976-1980

2 16

Spirit Square/ Notes -- Notes taken by J. Alex McMillan during meetings and notes prepared by Mr. McMillan for use during meeting.

2 17

Spirit Square/ Planning and Development I -- Proposals, drawings, and guidelines for the development of Spirit Square. Includes phase by phase plans. 1976-1979

2 18

Spirit Square/ Planning and Development II 1976-1979

2 19

Spirit Square/ Planning and Development III 1976-1979

2 20

Spirit Square/ Publicity -- Wide variety of public notices, flyers, and newspaper clippings promoting Spirit Square. 1977-1979

2 21

Spirit Square/ Speeches and Presentations of J. Alex McMillan -- Written speeches promoting Spirit Square, Discovery Place, and the Arts. 1976-1979

2 22

Spirit Square/ Outreach Programs 1994

2 23

Spirit Square/ Memos 1977-1979

2 13

Photographs--Prints

Box Folder item

SPIRIT SQUARE: a place of urban agreement

P28 20 P263/1

SCIENCE & NATURE MUSEUM / LIBRARY / UNITED ARTS CENTER

P28 20 P263/2

SPIRIT SQUARE

P28 20 P263/3

[unidentified outside view, parking lot]

P28 20 P263/4

[outside view of Tryon Street, looking southwest from Spirit Square] circa 1978

P28 20 P263/5

[unidentified outside view, parking lot]

P28 20 P263/6

[exterior view of Spirit Square]

P28 20 P263/7

[aerial view of a scale model of Spirit Square and its environs]

P28 20 P263/8

[aerial view of a scale model of Spirit Square and its environs]

P28 20 P263/9

Photograph of a technical drawing: Sawtooth Building

P28 20 P263/10

Photograph of a technical drawing: Basement Floor Plan – 1923 Education Building

P28 20 P263/11

Photograph of a technical drawing: First Floor Plan – 1952 Education Building

P28 20 P263/12

Photograph of a technical drawing: Main Floor Plan – 1923 Education Building

P28 20 P263/13

Photograph of a technical drawing: Second Floor Plan – 1923 Education Building

P28 20 P263/14

Photograph of a technical drawing: Second Floor Plan – 1952 Education Building

P28 20 P263/15

Photograph of a technical drawing: Third Floor Plan – 1923 Education Building

P28 20 P263/16

Photograph of a technical drawing: Third Floor Plan – 1952 Education Building

P28 20 P263/17

Photograph of a technical drawing: Fourth Floor Plan – 1952 Education Building

P28 20 P263/18

[Unidentified group photo] circa 1978

P28 20 P263/19