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Harvey Gantt Mayoral papers

Identifier: MS0031

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised exclusively of items documenting Gantt's service as mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987. The papers highlight the new Coliseum controversy, Charlotte's bid for an NBA expansion team, and highway congestion in Charlotte.


  • Creation: 1983 - 1987


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 / Historical

Harvey Bernard Gantt was born in Charleston, S.C. on January 14, 1943. He studied at 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 Gantt founded the Charlotte architectural firm of Gantt Huberman Architects. He 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.


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Language of Materials



Comprised exclusively of Gantt's official files as the first African-American mayor of Charlotte (1983-87). Includes correspondence, reports, and speeches on such topics as the controversy over a site for the new coliseum, Charlotte's bid for an NBA franchise, and traffic congestion. Contains no records documenting his earlier city council tenure, his 1990 U.S. Senate campaign, or his professional career as an architect.


The Harvey B. Gantt Papers are divided into the following series: Subject Files (1983-1987); Speeches (1983-1987).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Permanent deposit by the City of Charlotte and the N.C. Division of Archives and History, 1988.

Related Materials

Fred D. Alexander Papers (UNCC Manuscript 91); John M. Belk Papers (UNCC Manuscript 60); Charlotte Transit Mall Collection (UNCC Manuscript 116); Laura Frech Papers (UNCC Manuscript 123); Kenneth R. Harris Papers (UNCC Manuscript 89); Eddie Knox Papers (UNCC Manuscript 135); William J. McCoy Papers (UNCC Manuscript 181); Minnette Trosch Papers (UNCC Manuscript 106); Kelly M. Alexander, Senior Papers (UNCC Manuscript 55); Kelly M. alexander, Junior Papers (UNCC Manuscript 233)

Processing Information

Processed by Craig Brashear and Randy Penninger, 1989.

Harvey Gantt mayoral papers
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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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