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Robert M. Wearn Diploma

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Wearn (Robert M.) Diploma

Robert M. Wearn diploma

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Wearn, Robert Morrison, 1900-1953
Robert M. Wearn diploma
1918 June 14
1.0 Items One oversize item, measuring 20 x 16 inches
Manuscripts [Box]
A diploma issued by the Charlotte [NC] High School to Robert M. Wearn on June 14, 1918.

Preferred Citation note

Robert M. Wearn diploma. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Robert Morrison Wearn was born to William Richard and Frances Cenie Stafford Wearn in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 4, 1900. He matriculated through Charlotte High School, graduating with a diploma from that school on June 14, 1918. He later married Aileen Hough on April 15, 1930; and with her had a son, named Robert Morrison Wearn, junior. Robert senior died on October 10, 1953. Robert junior married Mary Lou Creech on February 21, 1954, and had four sons, Robert Morrison Wearn III (born on October 5, 1954), Richard Hough (born in December of 1956 and died later that same month), William Scott (born on Feb 13, 1958), and Mark Edward (born on July 5, 1960). Robert, junior and Mary Lou later divorced. Elsewhere in the Wearn family tree, Joseph Henry Wearn (brother to Robert senior) owned a successful lumber company, the Wearn Lumber Company in Charlotte for many years; and Arthur H. Wearn (a cousin to Robert, junior) was mayor of Charlotte in the 1930s.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Charlotte, NC public school system began in 1880 when voters approved a special school tax and elected a board of school commissioners. Convincing taxpayers to vote in favor of the establishment of a school board and financing public schools was very difficult in the early years, as taxpayers were resistant to paying additional taxes on their property, and the vote on the school board was a close one. Separate schools for white and black children opened in 1882. Construction and expansion of the school system proceeded steadily over the years and new schools were usually built as new neighborhoods and housing developments were built. By the spring 1908, the system only offered schooling through the tenth grade. The school system organized the eleventh grade starting in the fall term of that year, and a high school on the north side of Charlotte by 1912. The establishment of the high school consolidated grades nine through twelve in the North School beginning that year. In the 1920s, the Charlotte City Board of Education approved funding for the construction of its first junior high school, Piedmont Junior High, which was the first purpose-built junior high school in North Carolina. In 1957, the Board of School Commissioners changed its name to the Charlotte City Board of Education. Three years later, in 1960, the city and county systems combined to form the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. From approximately 1948 to 1958, this was the board that governed Charlotte Center, which later became known as Charlotte College, and still later, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This jurisdiction ended in 1958, when the North Carolina Community College System was established.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a single item: a Charlotte High School diploma, dated June 14, 1918, issued to Robert M. Wearn. One of the things featured on this document is an illustration of the school, one of the earliest known of that building.

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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 Robin Brabham on July 23, 2008.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, July 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte High School (N.C.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Wearn, Robert Morrison, 1900-1953


  • Education, Higher--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • High schools--North Carolina--Charlotte

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