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Mark Bernstein papers

Identifier: MS0544

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material from many different aspects of Bernstein's life. There is a large collection of correspondence from family members, particulary his mother, Evelyn Bernstein Spielman. There is also correspondence with politicians and important figures in the Charlotte community, including Jim Hunt, I.D. Blumenthal, Rolfe Neill and Roy Cooper. Bernstein's twenty-plus years correspondence with Dr. Jack Perry is also included. In addition, there is a history of Shalom Park and documentation of how the complex came together. There are materials documenting Bernstein's work in the Charlotte arts community and his efforts to establish the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Finally, there is a large collection of journals Bernstein kept from 1952-2015 that cover a wide range of topics, including his travels around the world, religion, history, politics and philosophy.


  • Creation: 1943 - 2015


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mark Bernstein papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. 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.

Biographical History

Mark Richard Bernstein was born on April 7, 1930 in York, Pennsylvania to Phillip and Evelyn Greenfield Bernstein. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated cum laude with honors in History. After graduation, Mark served in the Army in Korea. Upon his return, he entered Yale Law School and graduated with his law degree in 1957. He then moved to Charlotte to start his career and began his relationship with the city that he would have such a large impact on over the next fifty years.

Mark Bernstein was a patron of the arts and served on a number of community boards that focused on the arts, religion, social services and the law. He was instrumental in the growth of the Charlotte Symphony and played a major role in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. His numerous organizations include the Foundation for the Carolinas and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Bernstein also helped facilitate the creation of a 54-acre campus, Shalom Park, which opened in 1986 and has since become a national model. He died on April 27, 2015 in Charlotte.


9 Linear Feet (24 document boxes and 1 oversize box)


Papers documenting Bernstein's work in the Charlotte arts community (including the Charlotte Symphony, Bechtler Museum and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center), Shalom Park and its constituent organizations and the Charlotte law community. Contains correspondence, newspaper articles, deeds, awards, lectures, journals and printed works.


The collection is arranged into the following nine series: Early Life, Correspondence, Shalom Park, The Arts, Law, Journals, Writings and Printed Materials, Photographs and Assorted.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Adam Bernstein in 2016.

Related Materials

Arts & Science Council (MS 448), Blumenthal Family (MS 394), Charlotte Performing Arts (MS 150)

Separated Materials

Leon Levine and Family Dollar: An American Success Story by Sandra Levine (HF5465.U64 F36 1997) was separated from the collection and cataloged in Rare

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2017 by Andrew Pack.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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