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June Blotnick papers concerning the Cultivating Common Ground project

Identifier: MS0614

Content Description

The collection contains material generated during the Cultivating Common Ground oral history project in the Wilmore neighborhood of Charlotte. It includes papers and digital files that the students created in the course of their work on the project. There is also a series of audiovisual material realted to the project that includes an oral history video titled Diggin' in the Garden of Soul.


  • 2001 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The June Blotnick papers concerning the Cultivating Common Ground project 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

Cultivating Common Ground was an oral history project directed by June Blotnick that brought teens and senior citizens together for a series of joint activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wilmore Community Garden in Charlotte. The teens (mostly 8th grade North Carolina history students) interviewed the senior citizens about their lives, what it was like growing up and their gardening work. The results of the project were compiled into a book that contained the oral histories, recipes and photographs. The students also produced a video of the senior citizens discussing gardening and their childhood years, as well as a photo exhibit, a story quilt and a website.


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Papers and digital files documenting the Cultivating Common Ground oral history project in the Wilmore neighborhood of Charlotte. Includes news clippings, interview questions, grant applications, a documentary album and CDs related to the project, including the reception for the project at UNCC and parts of the book design. There is also a series of digital files containing applications and graphics.


The collection is arranged into the following two series: Digital Materials and Oral History Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by June Blotnick in 2021.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Andrew Pack in 2022.

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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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