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Jack O. Boyte Collection

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Boyte (Jack O.) Collection

Jack O. Boyte collection

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Boyte, Jack O. (Jack Orr), 1920-2005
Jack O. Boyte collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1968-1985
Date [inclusive]
5.0 Linear inches
Collection 367 is a small arrangement of papers, concerning primarily Jack Boyte’s career in architectural preservation in Charlotte, North Carolina in the late twentieth century.

Preferred Citation note

Jack O. Boyte Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Jack O. Boyte, the son of William Franklin and Daisy Viola Boyte, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in either 1919 or 1920. After graduating from Central High School in 1938, he moved in with his elder brother, Harry in Charleston, South Carolina. By 1940 he landed a job with the US Department of Agriculture, earning $29.00 a week. When war broke out, he was soon drafted into the army. In the service he was trained to fly B-17s and B-24s and spent the duration flying in the Pacific theatre. On his way back home he met an architect in Manila—a chance meeting that would influence the rest of his life. Once he returned state-side, he and Harry moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Jack applied for and was accepted into the Georgia Tech School of Architecture, using money provided from the GI Bill which paid for both his tuition and living expenses. In 1946, Jack married Martha Moore Yandle, and the couple had two children—John and Betsy. After Jack graduated from Georgia Tech in 1951, he returned to Charlotte to work for the Louis Asbury Architectural firm, and later for Walter Hook’s firm. Eventually, he and another architect founded their own firm, Boyte-Williams. In addition to his passion for architecture, Jack also acquired an interest in historic preservation. As a result of this interest, Boyte became acquainted with Walter Toy and Dan Morrill, who organized the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Boyte’s first work in historic preservation was the development of the architectural drawings for the restoration of the Bogan-Hammond House in Wadesboro. Another well-known historic landmark in the Charlotte area was the restoration of the Latta Plantation House. With these and other architectural restoration projects, Boyte eventually accumulated enough projects to compile his work into a book, which he first published in 1992, entitled “Houses of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.” Boyte later published an updated edition in 1998. This book was a great success and earned him a number of awards, including a merit award from the North Carolina Historical Society and a commendation from the American Association for State and Local History. Jack Boyte died in Charlotte in 2005. [Sources: Around Carolina.]

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Scope and Contents note

The collection concerns primarily architectural work of Jack O. Boyte, in and around Charlotte, North Carolina in the latter part of the twentieth century. Boyte’s career in architecture centered on historic preservation, and this collection contains the building specifications for several of his restoration projects. In addition to building specifications, the collection also includes a significant quantity of photographs of Charlotte street scenes, public buildings and residences dating from the late nineteenth century. Other items of note concern Charlotte’s Central High School (Boyte and his future wife, Martha Moore Yandle, both graduated from Central High) and a booklet concerning the fifty year high school reunion, dated 1991. There is also a letter from Floyd Macon Simmons, concerning several photographs of Fort Caswell on the southeast coast of North Carolina from the 1930s (the photographs of Ft. Caswell are also a part of the collection). Lastly, there is a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings of several different historic sites in and around the Charlotte area, dating from 1968 to 1972. Included in these clippings is a considerable amount of information about Ladybird Johnson’s visit to Charlotte in 1968.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2010

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

Donated from the estate of the late Jack O. Boyte, in August 2006.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Hugh Torance House and Store records, Mss 157 ; Louis Asbury collection, Mss 145 ; Latta Family papers, Mss 235.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

Personal Name(s)

  • Boyte, Jack O. (Jack Orr), 1920-2005


  • Architects--North Carolina
  • Architects--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Historic buildings--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Plantations--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County

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Collection Inventory

Architectural specifications 1979-1988 

Box Folder

Brevard Court undated 

1 1

Builders’ Building undated 

1 2

Carolina Theatre Preservation undated 

1 3

Chester Town Hall 1980 

1 4

Coliseum Renovation 1983 

1 5

Cornelius – Random Selections of significant historic structures undated 

1 6

Fifth Avenue Town Houses undated 

1 7

Historic Choate House 1988 

1 8

Hugh Torance House and Store undated 

1 9

Latta Plantation Park 1979 

1 10

R.Y. McAden Memorial Hall undated 

1 11

Snyder House (J. Luther Snyder) undated 

1 12

Winnie Davis Hall 1979 

1 13-14

York Town Hall undated 

1 15

YMCA-McCrory Branch 1983 

1 16

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Cedar Grove 


Central High School papers 1938-1941 

Box Folder

Class Day Exercises 1938 

1 17

Commencement Program 1938 June 1 

1 17

Diploma for Jack O. Boyte 1939 

1 17

Diploma for Martha Moore Yandle 1941 

1 17

Reunion, “Snips and Cuts: Nineteen Forty One” 1991 

1 18

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Correspondence concerning the Fort Caswell property undated 

Related Archival Materials note

See also P367/179-197


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Newspaper clippings regarding Jack Boyte’s career in architecture undated 


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Scrapbook 1968-1972 

Scope and Contents note

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings dating from 1968 to 1972, and concerns historic sites and events in the Charlotte area, including the Polk Homestead, the Hezekiah Alexander House, the Latta Plantation, the Davidson College Campus and the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.


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Photographs-Prints 1880-1970 

Box Folder item

Boyte Family Photos undated 

P44 1 P367/1-2

Buildings and Architectural photographs 

Box Folder item


P44 1 P367/3-5


P44 1 P367/6-13

Cedar Grove Plantation 

P44 1 P367/14-27

Charlotte City Hall 

P44 1 P367/28-30

Charlotte Fire Department 

P44 1 P367/31-36

[vacant numbers]   P367/37-38

Box Folder item

Charlotte Police Department 

P44 1 P367/39-40


P44 1 P367/41-58

Colleges and universities 

P44 1 P367/59-66


P44 1 P367/67-69


P44 2 P367/70-75


P44 2 P367/76-78

Mecklenburg County Court houses 

P44 2 P367/79-84


P44 2 P367/85-86


P44 2 P367/87-91

Office buildings 

P44 2 P367/92-100

Post Offices 

P44 2 P367/101-102

Railroad stations 

P44 2 P367/103-105

Residences - Alphabetical 

Box Folder item

Alexander, Isaac Newton 

P44 2 P367/106

Barry, Richard house 

P44 2 P367/107

Baxter, Herbert house 

P44 2 P367/108-110

Beaver Dam, Davidson, NC 

P44 2 P367/111

Boogan-Hammond house 

P44 2 P367/112

Dowd Apartment houses 

P44 2 P367/113

Graham Apartments 

P44 2 P367/114

Grier, Robert house 

P44 2 P367/115

Grier, Robert plantation 

P44 2 P367/116

Hall house 

P44 2 P367/117

Hook, Charles C. 

P44 2 P367/118

Holly Bend 

P44 2 P367/119-120

Irwin house 

P44 2 P367/121

Jackson, “Stonewall” 

P44 2 P367/122

Lambeth, W. H. 

P44 2 P367/123

Lee house 

P44 2 P367/124

McAden house 

P44 2 P367/125

Miller, R.M. 

P44 2 P367/126

Potts, Robert 

P44 2 P367/127

Oak Row dormitory, Davidson College 

P44 2 P367/128

Polk, Thomas (General Cornwallis’s headquarters) 

P44 2 P367/129 a & b

Rogers, W.G. 

P44 2 P367/130

Ryder Flats, East Morehead Street 

P44 2 P367/131

Stowe log house 

P44 2 P367/132

Torance house and store, Hugh 

P44 2 P367/133

Wittkowsky house 

P44 2 P367/134

Vinson house 

P44 2 P367/135

Ziem house 

P44 2 P367/136
Box Folder item

Residences - Unidentified 

P44 3 P367/137-147

United States Assay Office & Mint 

P44 3 P367/148-150


P44 3 P367/151

Charlotte Street scenes 


Fort Caswell, NC 1935 September 11 

Box Folder item

Looking east across Parade Ground, Fort Caswell, NC; showing observation with officers residence beyond. 

P44 3 P367/179 - 1

Looking east from observation tower, Fort Caswell, NC. Fort Caswell Harbor in background beyond officers residences. Power plant smoke stack at right. 

P44 3 P367/180 - 2

Looking east down walk in front of officers residences facing parade ground. Fort Caswell, NC. 

P44 3 P367/181 - 3

View looking northeast from observation towers, Fort Caswell, NC, showing a few of the officers residences. At extreme left is the mouth of the Elizabeth River. 

P44 3 P367/182 - 4

One of the several well constructed officers’ residences with steam heat, Fort Caswell, NC 

P44 3 P367/183 - 5

West end of large Barracks building. Fort Caswell, NC, showing also a few smaller community buildings. 

P44 3 P367/184 - 6

Gymnasium. Fort Caswell, NC. Large barracks building at extreme left. 

P44 3 P367/185 - 7

Bakery at Fort Caswell, NC 

P44 3 P367/186 - 8

Power and mine plants, Fort Caswell, NC 

P44 3 P367/187 - 9

Rear of Power Plants, Fort Caswell, NC 

P44 3 P367/188 - 10

Part of Power plant, Fort Caswell, NC 

P44 3 P367/189 - 11

A corner of the power plant, Fort Caswell, NC 

P44 3 P367/190 - 12

In power plant, Fort Caswell, NC 

P44 3 P367/191 - 13

Massive seawall fronting on the confluence of the Elizabeth and Cape Fear rivers, Fort Caswell, NC. 

P44 3 P367/192 - 14

View looking northeast across Fort Caswell Harbor from Fort Caswell wharf. Southport, NC shown across Harbor about 2 miles away. 

P44 3 P367/193 - 15
Box Folder Folder

One of the only two 5-master schooners afloat, the “Edna W. Hoyt”, under tow passing Fort Caswell wharf bound for Wilmington, NC. 

P44 3 P367/194 - 17
Box Folder item

East end of Fort Caswell, NC, showing diary and other buildings. Power plant in rear. 

P44 3 P367/195 - 18
Box Folder item

Tramp steamer passing Ft. Caswell 1932 June 

P44 3 P367/196

US Coast Guard - Cape Lookout Station undated 

P44 3 P367/197

Miscellaneous circa 1880-circa 1970 

Box Folder item

Vance Park circa 1880 

P44 3 P367/198

Rudisill Gold Mine circa 1880 

P44 3 P367/199

Pavilion and Theatre in Dilworth circa 1890 

P44 3 P367/200

Rural Village Scene circa 1900 

Box 44 3 P367/201

Mountain Island Dam circa 1920 

P44 3 P367/202

Settlers’ Cemetery, 5th and Church Streets 

P44 3 P367/203

Suttle Swimming Pool circa 1940 

P44 3 P367/204

TV-WSOC Interview with Grant Whitney circa 1970 

P44 3 P367/205

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