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Mary Newsom papers

Identifier: MS0576


Papers documenting Mary Newsom's work at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Contains research notes and City Council and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission agendas. Also includes agendas and speeches from conferences Newsom attended and notes from consultation work in York county, SC.


  • Creation: 2012 - 2018

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mary Newsom 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 / Historical

Mary is a lifelong newspaper journalist who spent several decades at The Charlotte Observer as an editorial board member and columnist, concentrating on Charlotte regional urban and suburban growth, planning, urban design, transportation and land preservation. She left the Observer and joined the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in June 2011, where she worked on strategic community and university partnerships and oversees the institute’s online publications. Mary created a companion website for the Urban Institute ( to provide a venue for researchers at Universities and non-profit think tanks to share their insights on urban policy issues with a wider audience. Also while at the Urban Institute, Mary developed the Keeping Watch initiative, a partnership with the College of Arts + Architecture that brought artists and researchers together to raise awareness about regional environmental issues. One of her most important legacies at the Institute are the City Walks tours, which allow people to explore Charlotte's neighborhoods by bike or on foot and learn about their unique histories and characteristics. She had a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University 2007-08, and in 2005-06 was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami. Mary retired from the Urban Institute in 2018.

Source: "Mary Newsom," UNC Charlotte Urban Institute (Website), accessed 2018 October 2

Source: "Mary Newsom retiring as Director of Urban Policy Initiatives" UNC Charlotte Urban Institute (Website) accessed 2018 October 12

The Urban Institute is a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach center at UNC Charlotte. Founded in 1969, it provides services including technical assistance and training in operations and data management; public opinion surveys; and research and analysis around economic, environmental, and social issues affecting the Charlotte region.

Source: "About us," UNC Charlotte Urban Institute (Website), accessed 2018 October 2,


.25 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Mary Newsom in 2018.

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Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2018 by Andrew Pack.

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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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