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"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.

Dean W. Colvard Papers

Dean W. Colvard Papers

The Colvard Building opened in 1979. It was named after Dean Wallace Colvard, UNC Charlotte’s first chancellor in 1966. Dean Colvard was born July 10, 1913 in Grassy Creek, North Carolina. To learn more about Dean Colvard, visit Special Collections.

Special Collections Hours Changed for Week of January 23

A Room with a View

When we turn over the past in our hands, breathe it in, feast on it with our eyes, we develop a better understanding of the present, and quite possibly, a more profound appreciation for the forces that shape our future. For a sensory journey of this sort, start in UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library Special Collections, located on the 10th floor.

Life in a New South City: Charlotte, NC 1865-1929

Life in a New South City: Charlotte, NC 1865-1929 is a digital exhibit created by the Fall 2010 History in the Digital Age students at UNC Charlotte. Explore the exhibit at

The goal of this project was to develop a multifaceted web exhibit illustrating Charlotte's growth and major changes from post-Civil War through present day.

Presidential Visits to Charlotte Exhibit Available Online

Through J. Murrey Atkins Special Collections, the online exhibit The President Comes To Town: Presidential Visits to Charlotte was created in the fall semester of 2010. Graduate Assistant Evan Faulkenbury, under the guidance of Katie McCormick, Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections, researched and constructed this project as part of a physical exhibit within the J. Murrey Atkins Library.
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