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Richard Rankin Papers

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Rankin (Richard) Papers

Richard Rankin papers
MS0344

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Rankin, Richard E., (Richard Eugene), 1921-2007
Title
Richard Rankin papers
ID
MS0344
Date [inclusive]
1991-2004
Extent
0.05 Linear feet
Language
English
Mixed materials [Box]
SFC3
Container
344
Abstract
Diary documenting Rankin’s care of land on Stanley Creek in Gaston County that has been owned by his family since the late eighteenth century and his establishment of the Rankintown Nature preserve.

Preferred Citation note

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

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Biographical/Historical note

The history of the Rankin’s in Gaston County, North Carolina begins in 1762, with the arrival of Samuel and Ellen Alexander Rankin. This couple was among the thousands of Scots-Irish immigrants who settled the Carolina back country. Their land grant for the acreage they secured was written by the authority of King George II. One of their descendants, Richard Rankin (born in 1803) was not only a successful farmer, but was also one of the leaders in local politics. He purchased additional land, increasing the family property to over 2000 acres. One of Richard’s descendants, another Richard, purchased the shares of land owned by his siblings. It was his son, Richard Rankin, who, in the interest of conservation in an era of commercial and residential “development,” joined the Catawba Land Conservancy, and established the Rankintown Nature Preserve, late in the twentieth century.

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Scope and Contents note

The Richard Rankin Diary, 1991-2004, concerns the activities that Rankin spent on the family property. Some of his entries concern things like fishing trips; land surveying; picnicking; maintaining barns and other buildings on the property; harvesting Christmas trees; planting trees, flowers and bushes; and his intention to manage the land as a nature preserve. Rankin seems to have been somewhat of a botanist, making notes of the plants and flowers that he saw on different trips.

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Arrangement note

In addition to the 136 page typescript diary are four other items. These are:

A letter, October 18, 2001, written by Gene B. Cross, to Mr. Ron Altmann, concerning the North Carolina Conservation Board.

An agenda, November 16, 2001, for a joint, meeting of the NC Department Plant Conservation Board, and the North Carolina Plant Conservation Scientific Committee.

An outline Presentation to the Plant Protection Board, November 16, 2001, concerning the Estelle Rankin Forest (2 pp).

Letter, March 20, 2002, from Senator David W. Doyle, to the Mt. Holly City Council, concerning a proposal to purchase the Estelle Rankin Property, for use as a passive recreation park for Mt. Holly.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2006

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

Dr. Richard E. Rankin, 2004.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2006.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Catawba Lands Conservancy Records, mss 273; Rankin Family Papers, mss 365.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Catawba Lands Conservancy
  • North Carolina. Plant Conservation Board

Family Name(s)

  • Rankin family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Catawba River (N.C. and S.C.)--Environmental conditions
  • Gaston County (N.C.)--Environmental conditions
  • Rankintown Nature Preserve

Personal Name(s)

  • Rankin, Richard E., (Richard Eugene), 1921-2007

Subject(s)

  • Conservation biology--North Carolina--Gaston County
  • Plant conservation--North Carolina--Gaston County
  • Wildlife conservation--North Carolina--Gaston County

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder item

Diary 1991-2004

Scope and Contents note

[136 page typescript]

SFC3 344 1

A letter written by Gene B. Cross, to Mr. Ron Altmann, concerning the North Carolina Conservation Board. 2001-10-18

SFC3 344 2

An agenda for a joint meeting of the NC Department Plant Conservation Board, and the North Carolina Plant Conservation Scientific Committee. 2001-11-16

SFC3 344 3

An outline presentation to the Plant Protection Board concerning the Estelle Rankin Forest (2 pp). 2001-11-16

SFC3 344 4

Letter from Senator David W. Doyle to the Mt. Holly City Council 2002-03-20

Scope and Contents note

Concerning a proposal to purchase the Estelle Rankin Property, for use as a passive recreation park for Mt. Holly.

SFC3 344 5