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Thomas G. Lane Papers

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Lane (Thomas G.) Papers

Thomas G. Lane papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Lane, Thomas G., 1921-2007
Thomas G. Lane papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1949-1996
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Linear foot
Collection 386 is a small, single-file collection of materials accumulated by Thomas G. Lane, of Charlotte, NC. Most of the materials concern local history, such as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, and the Museum of the New South. This collection’s only photograph is a circuit photo of the Charlotte Police Department, dated 1949, that shows the whole police force.

Preferred Citation note

Thomas G. Lane papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Thomas G. Lane, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, was born on May 16, 1921, to Thomas G. Lane, senior and Orabella Rogan Lane. Tom’s parents sent him to a private boarding school in Owings Mills, Maryland—the McDonogh School. He later matriculated through Hampden-Sydney College and the University of North Carolina Law School, where he earned a J.D. degree. During World War II, Lane served on active duty with the US Navy Reserve. On H hour on D-Day, he piloted landing craft that carried tanks and infantry to Omaha beach at Normandy, during the thickest fighting. Later, in the war, he brought the USS LSM 425 back to the Port of Seattle from the Marianas for decommissioning in 1946. It was while he was in Seattle that he met and later married Mary Caroline Stahlberg. After finishing law school, the Lane returned to Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, where he starting practicing law. From 1949 to 1953, Lane worked as the Solicitor of the Charlotte City Recorders Court, and the Judge Pro tem of that court from 1957 to 1958. From 1955 to 1983 he served as the Public Administrator of Mecklenburg County. In 1961 he formed a legal practice with H. Parks Helms, until 1988, when he retired. Lane was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities. He was an active member of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church since he joined in 1933. He served as a deacon, an elder, Sunday school teacher and president of the Men’s Bible Class, and was active with the visitation program. He also volunteered at the Presbyterian Hospital, was a member of the Sharon Civitan Club, the Charlotte Rotary Club and the Olde Providence Racket Club, the Mecklenburg Historical Association, Hugh Torrence House and Store, Inc., the Museum of the New South, the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society and the Navajo Club. Lane was also active with the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the United Way. Lane died on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is small and contains a few items, mostly pertaining to local history and local public history for such institutions as the Historic Rosedale plantation house and the Museum of the New South. One of the more noteworthy items in the collection is a 1949 circuit photo of the Charlotte Police Department that shows the whole police force, which included Thomas Lane. The collection also has a complete list of names of those pictured. Information on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is also found in the collection.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged chronologically. Oversize items are marked with an asterisk (*) and have been placed in oversize storage.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

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 Thomas G. Lane in 2007.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2007.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Redd, F. Marion papers, 1882-1962. Mss 249.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United Confederate Veterans. North Carolina Division.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
  • North Carolina--1775-1865
  • North Carolina--Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Lane, Thomas G., 1921-2007

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Official Program: 39th Annual Reunion, United Confederate Veterans, Charlotte, NC. 1929 

SFC3 386

“Draft of a Proposed Talk on Summary of Charlotte and Mecklenburg History.” 1975 December 23 

SFC3 386

Speech, concerning the American Bicentennial. circa 1976 

SFC3 386

Poster from Rotary, International. Sister City—Krefeld, West Germany. 1986 

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OF10 9

Newspaper clipping from Mecklenburg Neighbors 1992 May 17 

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“Rosedale’s restoration wins landmarks award.”

SFC3 386

Letter from H. Parks Helms to Thomas G. Lane 1992 May 19 

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Concerning the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.

SFC3 386

Letter from Sally D. Robinson to Thomas G. Lane 1995 November 3 

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concerning the Museum of the New South.

SFC3 386

Poster of the Museum of the New South. 1996 January 

OF10 9

Poster of a painting of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford, Feb 1, 1781, by Dave Teague.Poster of a painting of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford, Feb 1, 1781, by Dave Teague. Undated 

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OF10 9

Photograph of the Charlotte Police Department 1949 

Scope and Contents note

(includes complete list of all of the officers).

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