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Reading Room Closings

The Special Collections Reading Room will be closed on the following date:

Friday August 29 9:00 - 11:00

We apologize for any inconvenience.

A History Note

On July 12, 1984, nearly thirty years ago, Walter Mondale, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, announced that he had chosen Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate. Ferraro, a daughter of Italian immigrants, had previously gained notoriety as a vocal advocate of women's rights in Congress.

Visit Special Collections and explore the many manuscript collections related to “Women and Politics.”  Here are just a few.

A History Note

For Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, June is a time for high school graduations. The Charlotte, NC public school system began in 1880. Visit Special Collections to view a 1918 high school diploma from Charlotte High School.

Robert M. Wearn Diploma

May 20th is Meck Deck Day!

To learn more, explore the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Papers in Special Collections.

Celebrate National Library Week

April 14-20, 2013 is National Library Week. 

"Chains & Champions" Exhibit Continues Through March

If you’ve visited the Atkins Library recently you may have walked past the display cases in the atrium without realizing their contents. Inside are letters, books, photos and other items which illustrate the progress of African Americans since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

A History Note

Today, we recognize Frederick Douglas Alexander who was born on this date, February 21, 1910.
Alexander was Charlotte's first African American member of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the first African American city councilmen.

To learn more about Frederick Douglass Alexander, visit Special Collections.

A History Note

January 1, 2013, marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Visit Special Collections to explore the many collections containing slave related material.
  • Torrance & Banks Family Papers
  • J. Walter Potts Family Papers
  • Patterson Family Papers
  • Betty L. Means Collection
  • Jetton Family Papers

October is American Archives Month. Celebrate with us! Visit Special Collections to explore our hidden treasures.

Reginald Hawkins Papers
Papers of a Charlotte dentist, minister, and civil rights activist, who was the first African-American to run for governor of North Carolina.

This newspaper clipping relates to the YMCA, the segregation of the organization's facilities and Hawkins's attempt to gain membership.
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