Mary Boyer collection of historical postcards and papers
Scope and Contents
Copies of items placed in a cornerstone at First Ward School in Charlotte on March 13, 1900 and miscellaneous items relating to textiles, gold mining, and politics in North Carolina, including a letter of U.S. Senate candidate Cameron Morrison. There is an extensive collection of postcards of twentieth century Charlotte, N.C., slides and two scrapbooks. Boyer also did extensive research on people, places and buildings important to Charlotte-Mecklenburg history and those materials are included.
- Creation: 1884-1900, 1932, 1979, 2014
- Boyer, Mary Manning (Person)
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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.
Mary Manning Boyer was born on December 14, 1934 in Williamston, North Carolina to Francis Marion and Lillian Sample Manning. She moved to Charlotte to attend Queens College and met her husband, Miles Boyer, while attending Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Mary loved to research the history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg county and served on the boards of numerous local history organizations, including the Charlotte History Roundtable and the Hezekiah Alexander Foundation. On her mother's side, Mary was a descendant of Hezekiah Alexander and the William Sample family of Mecklenburg county. Along with her husband, Mary played a large role in the restoration of Latta Place. She also collected a wide variety of postcards related to Charlotte and Mecklenburg county and coauthored the book Remembering Charlotte: Postcards from a New South City, 1905-1950. Mary passed away in Charlotte on December 10, 2022.
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Some of the material in this collection consists primarily of copies of items placed in a cornerstone at First Ward School in Charlotte on March 13, 1900. Miscellaneous items relating to textiles, gold mining, and politics in North Carolina, including a letter of U.S. Senate candidate Cameron Morrison are also included. There are post cards of Charlotte and NC, slides, and scrapbooks. Also included are research notes for various historic sites and on people, places and buildings important to Charlotte-Mecklenburg history.
The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:
I. Postcards i. Around town - views ii. Homes iii. Clubs, Entertainment, Parks iv. Public buildings, Courthouses, City Hall v. Photographs vi. Hotels and Restaurants vii. Churches viii. Business, Commerce, Textile ix. Hospitals, undated x. Transportation xi. Schools xii. Soldiers, Military, Monuments xiii. Late twentieth century postcards xiv. Assorted II. Photographic Slides III. Assorted Research Files i. Music ii.Davidson College iii. Rosedale - Handwritten notes, brochures, newspaper clippings, photocopied materials, genealogical materials and photographs iv. Lattas and Latta Plantation v. Miscellaneous memorabilia and special format photographs vi. Old City Directories, Census Records, Building Permits - Photocopied material of various pages showing names of persona and buildings, etc. important to Charlotte-Mecklenburg history with handwritten notes and highlighted entries by Boyer, 1879-1947
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mary Boyer, in 1986-2017. Additions received from Ann Wright, 2023.
A portion of the Mary Boyer Collection of Historical Postcards and Papers have been digitized and can be found at: http://digitalcollections.uncc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15483coll1
Bees and Bullets / written and illustrated by Sally Barry Dodd. Charlotte Junior Woman's Club, Inc. 1975 Regulations for the government of the Military Department / Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. , 1924.
Processed by Randy Penninger, 1994; Marilyn Schuster and Robert A. McInnes, 2010. Inventory of newly acquired materials, Julie Henry, 2017. Additions processed by Andrew Pack, 2023.
- Mary Boyer collection of historical postcards and papers MS0121
- Marilyn Schuster and Robert A. McInnes
- 1994, 2010
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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