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Dale Halton personal papers and business records

Identifier: MS0567

Scope and Contents

Collection includes personal and business records, including clippings, articles, photographs, legal/financial records, and memorabilia documenting Dale Halton and the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte. There are materials about the Carolinas and national company included.

Original photographs and other materials that were previously part of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte exhibit in Atkins Library and which are now being displayed in the exhibit as digital surrogates. Includes clippings, posters, plaques, 3-D objects in memorabilia, sound recordings along with the photographs and papers.


  • 1908 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is 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

Born Barksdale Fowler Dick, Halton was named after her grandfather. Halton’s father, Henry Dick, married Fowler’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth. Halton’s father bought a Pepsi franchise, moving the family to Florida. Her family returned to Charlotte when she was in the fifth grade.

She joined the Pepsi board after her grandfather’s death in 1971, was named treasurer in 1972, chairman of the board in 1980, and president in 1981. Lack of reinvestment, inefficient production, and high turnover had left the firm near bankruptcy. The recovery plan that Halton helped develop and implement included upping capital investment, improving the production and delivery fleet, increasing the sales force, and delegating authority, as well as increasing employee pay and benefits. The changes resulted in a dramatic drop in employee turnover and massive growth -- a 60 percent increase in sales volume, a 33 percent increase in market share, and a 600 percent increase in profits. The company was named top performer in increased sales in 1984 by Pepsi U.S.A. In 1985, Carolinians had the highest per capita consumption of Pepsis, drinking 210 a year. Halton’s tenure also has seen three major building projects. In 1985, a $5-million expansion doubled the plant’s warehouse capacity and production, to 500,000 bottles a day. Warehouses were built in Midland and Cherryville to facilitate distribution.

By 2005, the 100th anniversary of the company her grandfather had founded, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte employed 380 workers and had an annual sales volume of 15 million cases. Its sales territory included Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties. Halton’s success was recognized in 1988 when she was named “Charlotte Business Woman of the Year.”

Fowler Family History

Henry Barksdale Fowler was the founder of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte. He was the fifth son of Margaret Foard and George W. Fowler. He was born December 19, 1878 on the Fowler-Morris Plantation in Davie County, N.C. (north of Salisbury, on Yadkin River). He and his wife Sadie (Sarah Carolina Clarkson, 1878-1958) had two daughters, Elizabeth Simons Fowler (Dale Halton's mother) and Margaret Foard Fowler, 1909-1977. Fowler was extremely committed to his family and company, but he also was very involved in community service. In 1932, he was elected chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission. He claimed that the other local and "professional" politicians did not care for his business approach to streamlining government performance. A devoted Presbyterian, he was faithful to see that his products were available to all denominations and churches.


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Collection includes personal and business records, including clippings, articles, photographs, legal/financial records, and memorabilia documenting Dale Halton and the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte. There are materials about the Carolinas and national company included.


The collection is arranged into the following nine series: Dale Halton, Fowler family, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Charlotte records, Pepsi-Cola Company, Awards, Philanthropy, Photographs, Memorabilia and Oversize materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dale Halton, 2018

Related Materials

See also items displayed in Halton Room, J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Separated Materials

Ration book removed and placed in World War II Ephemera collection (ration supplies) MS539. Economics for Young Americans / Irvin B. Tucker, III (Rare HB171 .T82 1987) Myers Park High School - 1954 Mustang Yearbook (Rare LB3621.25 >M88 1954 Oversize)

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Julie Henry in 2018.

Dale Halton personal papers and business records
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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 28223 United Stated

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