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What Did Charlotte Look Like 100 Years Ago?

Atkins Library's Special Collections is pleased to present two new digital collections added to our database: Sketches of Charlotte, 1904 and the Knox Family Papers, 1762-1945.  Links to the entire collections follow:

Sketches of Charlotte, 1904 (
This book, published by Wade H. Harris, illustrates Charlotte as it stood in 1904. The subtitle calls Charlotte "North Carolina's finest city and the recognized cotton milling centre of the southern states." The publisher notes that the book was "issued for the purpose of advertising the manufacturing, commericial, industrial and agricultural resources of the city of Charlotte and county of Mecklenburg." Sketches of Charlotte comprises seventy-eight images and accompanying text.

Knox Family Papers, 1762-1945 (
The Knox Family Papers digital collection features 37 items from the collection generated by the Knox and related families (including the Dunlap, Lowrie, and Porter families) documenting much of their daily activities, mostly from the mid nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. Most of the papers in this collection are letters to and from family members, promissory notes that document short-term loans between friends and family members, papers concerning the settlement of estates of deceased people, the ownership of slaves and events during the Civil War.

Special thanks to Julie Henry for her work on the Knox Family Papers and to Marilyn Schuster for her work on Sketches. Many more digital collections are coming soon!