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Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Papers

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Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Papers

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence papers
MS0321

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
J. Murrey Atkins Library (University of North Carolina at Charlotte).
Title
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence papers
ID
MS0321
Date [inclusive]
1775-1975
Extent
2.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Mixed materials [Box]
1
Abstract
The collection contains an assortment of papers concerning the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (1775), the Mecklenburg County Resolves (1775) and hand-drawn sketches of historic landmarks in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Preferred Citation note

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was a document allegedly produced by prominent men in Mecklenburg County, NC in May of 1775, for the purpose of separating the county from British rule early in the Revolutionary period. Though no original copy of the "Meck-Dec" is known to exist, there are numerous "reproductions."

Some historians believe that around the year 1800, when those men who were supposed to have participated in the composition of the "Meck-Dec" reminisced back to the Revolutionary days, they were actually remembering the document incorrectly; and that they were actually thinking of the Mecklenburg County Resolves--a document whose existance is verifiable. A book on this subject, entitled "Chain of Error" expounds on the matter.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains an assortment of papers concerning the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, the Mecklenburg County Resolves and artwork of historical landmarks in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

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Arrangement note

The collection is divided into three series: Series I contains papers concerning the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (including "facsimiles" of the Meck Dec); Series II contains papers related to the Mecklenburg County Resolves; and Series III contains reproductions of art work produced by Teresa Beth Hough and Al Fincher.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte March 2011

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.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)--History
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)--History--Illustrations

Personal Name(s)

  • Fincher, Al
  • Hough, Teresa Beth

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Collection Inventory

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

Box
1
Folder
1

Meck-Dec

Harper's Weekly June 12, 1875 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

The Mecklenburg Centennial--Charlotte, NC. (photostat copy)

Harper's Weekly 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Charlotte, NC

North Carolina Review June 2, 1912 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

photostat copy of pages 1 and 2 of the North Carolina Review

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Mecklenburg County Resolves 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of what appears to be a printed facsimile of the North Carolina Gazette, June 16, 1775

Box
1
Folder
2

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Illustrations

Box
1
Folder
3

Teresa Beth Hough's illustrations

Thompson Orphanage Chapel

Latta Place

Philanthropic Hall

Robert Grier House

Biddle Hall

Berryhill House

Liddell-McNinch House

"Victoria"

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Fire Station No. 7

James Knox Polk Birthplace

Seaboard Train Station

Al Fincher's illustrations

Cedar Grove Plantation, built in 1831 by James G. Torrance

The Latta House, Circa 1800, Charlotte, NC

The Rosedale, Circa 1800, Charlotte, NC

Maxwell Chambers Administrative Building, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Hezekiah Alexander, "Rock House," Charlotte, NC

Mecklenburg County Court House, Charlotte, NC

Cowans Ford Dam--Forming Lake Norman--North Carolina's "Inland Sea"

The American Doughboy Statue--Charlotte, NC

The Old Inn, Davidson, NC

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina

Battle of Cowan's Ford, February 1, 1781, by Dave Teague

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Maps

Box
Oversize box 10
Folder
11

Plan of the City of New Bern, NC, by Baron Christoph von Graffenreid, 1710

Scope and Contents note

Photostat copy of the original.

D. Carolina nebsteinem Theil von Florida, 1712

Scope and Contents note

Photostat copy of the original

Map of Mecklenburg County, 1789

Scope and Contents note

Original map from which this was compiled bore this inscription: "A plan of Mecklenburg and portions of adjoining counties...January 16, 1789, by major Joseph Graham.

Centennial Map of Charlotte, NC, 1875

Scope and Contents note

The map shows the four wards of Charlotte in 1875.

Butler's Map made 1892

Map of Mecklenburg County, NC, 1911

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Map in two sheets

[Historical map of Mecklenburg County, ca. 1975]

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Copyright: Mecklenburg Furniture Shops, Inc.

Historic Sites in Charlotte circa 1975

Scope and Contents note

Copyright: Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Co. (2 copies)

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