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Jimmie Lewallen Collection

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Lewallen (Jimmie) Collection

Inventory of the Jimmie Lewallen collection

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Lewallen, Jimmie, 1919-1995
Jimmie Lewallen collection
1.0 Items
Mixed materials [Folder]
Collection consists of one black-and-white photograph of Jimmie Lewallen, with his stock car, ca. 1955.

Preferred Citation note

Jimmie Lewallen Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

During World War II, Jimmie Lewallen served in General Patten’s Third Army. Lewallen was twice wounded and earned the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. After the war, Lewallen was one of the founding members of NASCAR, participating in the earliest of its formative meetings at the Rex Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on October 12, 1947. This meeting predates a better known meeting at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona in December of that year. It was at the Daytona meeting where the bylaws and rules of NASCAR were established. Lewallen raced in the first NASCAR Grand National Division race in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 19, 1949; finishing in sixteenth place, for which he won $25.00. Through 1960, Lewallen went on to compete in 139 Grand National races, though he never won any of those competitions. When not behind the wheel on the race track, Lewallen worked for the Vann York Pontiac dealership for 39 years. Lewallen finished his racing career in 1975, and later became a founding member of the Old Timer Racing Club. Lewallen died of cancer in Archdale, North Carolina on Monday, October 16, 1995.

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Scope and Contents note

The Jimmie Lewallen “collection” consists of a single black-and-white photograph of Lewallen, standing next to his race car. The date of this photograph is unknown, but could be around 1955.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2008

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

Acquired from Cary Lewallen, November 2006.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, March 2007.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • NASCAR (Association)

Personal Name(s)

  • Lewallen, Jimmie, 1919-1995


  • Stock car drivers
  • Stock car racing--United States--History

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