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University Archives

University Archives is the collective memory of UNC Charlotte. Our goal is to ensure the preservation of documents, photos, and other materials that document the university's origins and activities as well as the achievements of its faculty, students, staff, and alumni. To do that, we collect, preserve, and make available official university records that are permanently and historically valuable. We also collect the stories and records of our students and alumni so that their experiences are represented in the archives. 

The University Archives includes official University records, publications, photographs, oral histories, and audiovisual materials in all formats. We also collect the records of faculty committees, student government, and student organizations. Materials date from 1946 to the present and include historical records from our predecessor institutions: the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina and Charlotte College.

The personal papers of individuals who were instrumental in the University’s early growth are also part of University Archives. These collections include the papers of Bonnie E. Cone, Elmer Garinger, W. A. (Woody) Kennedy, Oliver Rowe, Hoyt Galvin, Addison Reese, and Robert Reike. 

Catalogs, Yearbooks, and Student Newspapers

Several University publications have been digitized and made available online by the DigitalNC Project. These publications include Charlotte College and UNC Charlotte catalogs, student newspapers, and yearbooks.

To view inventories of materials held by the University Archives please explore our finding aids

Donating Student Org Records

Student activities are an important part of the UNC Charlotte community and are key to understanding the university’s history. The University Archives will help your organization preserve and share its history for current and future Forty-Niners

Why Donate?

When your group donates its records to University Archives you are helping future members to:

  • Answer questions about past projects

  • Find historical facts and photos.

  • Make connections to group alumni.

  • Get inspired by previous initiatives.

What to Donate?

We want to help you preserve records that showcase your organization’s decisions, activities, and role on campus. Materials that can be donated to the archives include:

  • Founding documents like charters and by-laws

  • Meeting minutes and agendas

  • Publications

  • Correspondence (including email!)

  • Photos and videos of events

  • Promotional materials

  • Websites and social media content

Tips on Archiving Records

Keep minutes and save copies of publications, promotional materials, and correspondence that document your group’s activities. Label all records and keep them in a safe, central location. Make a plan for how records will be handed off to new officers. This includes electronic documents on Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

Ready to Share?

Email spec-coll@uncc.edu if your organization is ready to donate its records. We can assist you with both physical and digital records. Let us help you make a plan to get and stay organized!  

Records Management Services

University Archives staff also provides consultations and guidance on records management topics to staff and faculty across campus. Topics include:

  • Using the North Carolina University General Records Retention and Disposition schedule

  • Tips for organizing your office’s paper and digital records

  • Preparing records for transfer to the archives

  • Retrieving materials from records center storage

  • And more!

 For more information, please visit our Records Management Services page.

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