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Harvey Gantt papers

Identifier: MS0543

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is comprised of audiovisual materials from Gantt's 1996 campaign against Jesse Helms for U.S. Senate. Also included are 2.5 inches of typescript speeches from 1997-2014.


  • Creation: 1996-2014


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Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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 Note

Harvey Bernard Gantt was born in Charleston, S.C. on January 14, 1943. He studied at the Iowa State University (1960-62) before transferring to Clemson University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1965. [Gantt integrated Clemson in 1963.] Gantt served as an intern for Charlotte's Odell Associates prior to entering graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received a Master of City Planning degree in 1970. [He also holds honorary degrees from Clemson, Belmont Abbey College, and Johnson C. Smith University.] Following his graduation from MIT, Gantt served as director of physical planning for Soul City, N.C. and as a visiting lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 1971, he co-founded the Charlotte architectural firm of Gantt Huberman Architects. Gantt became a member, by appointment, of the Charlotte City Council in 1974 following Fred D. Alexander's election to the North Carolina General Assembly. Gantt was elected outright in 1975 and 1977. Gantt first ran for mayor in 1979, losing in the Democratic primary to Eddie Knox. Following another term on the council (1981-83) as mayor pro tem, Gantt was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1983 and re-elected in 1985. He lost to Republican challenger Sue Myrick in 1987. In 1990 and 1996 he ran against Jesse Helms for U.S. Senate. He lost both elections.


12 Linear Feet (13 boxes of audio and video cassettes, 2.5 linear inches of speeches, assorted campaign signs.)


Harvey Bernard Gantt is an architect and Democratic politician active in North Carolina. Gantt entered local Charlotte politics in 1974 serving on the city council until 1983. He was elected to two terms as the first black Mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987. In the 1990s, he ran twice for the United States Senate against Jesse Helms. The bulk of the collection is comprised of audiovisual materials from Gantt's 1996 campaign against Jesse Helms for U.S. Senate.


The collection is arranged into the following thirteen series: Gantt Speech Transcripts, Gantt for Senate Advertisements, Unaired Gantt Advertisements, Gantt Videotapes, Gantt Audio Tapes, Helms Advertisements, Helms Tracking, Helms Audio Tapes, Sanders Advertisements, Sanders Video Tapes, Sanders Audio Tapes, Susan Jetton Files, Speeches. There are also several files that do not belong to any series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation from Harvey Gantt, 2016-2018.

Related Materials

Harvey Gantt Mayoral papers, UNC Charlotte Special Collections and University Archives

Harvey Gantt papers
December 2017
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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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