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Thomas G. Lane papers

 Collection — Box: SFC3 [F09.090.03.01], Folder: 386
Identifier: MS0386

Scope and Contents

This collection is small and contains a few items, mostly pertaining to local history and local public history for such institutions as the Historic Rosedale plantation house and the Museum of the New South. One of the more noteworthy items in the collection is a 1949 circuit photo of the Charlotte Police Department that shows the whole police force, which included Thomas Lane. The collection also has a complete list of names of those pictured. Information on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is also found in the collection.


  • Creation: 1929 - 1996
  • Creation: 1949 - 1996


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

Thomas G. Lane, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, was born on May 16, 1921, to Thomas G. Lane, senior and Orabella Rogan Lane. Tom’s parents sent him to a private boarding school in Owings Mills, Maryland—the McDonogh School. He later matriculated through Hampden-Sydney College and the University of North Carolina Law School, where he earned a J.D. degree. During World War II, Lane served on active duty with the US Navy Reserve. On H hour on D-Day, he piloted landing craft that carried tanks and infantry to Omaha beach at Normandy, during the thickest fighting. Later in the war, he brought the USS LSM 425 back to the Port of Seattle from the Marianas for decommissioning in 1946. It was while he was in Seattle that he met and later married Mary Caroline Stahlberg. After finishing law school, Lane returned to Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, where he starting practicing law. From 1949 to 1953, Lane worked as the Solicitor of the Charlotte City Recorders Court, and the Judge Pro tem of that court from 1957 to 1958. From 1955 to 1983 he served as the Public Administrator of Mecklenburg County. In 1961 he formed a legal practice with H. Parks Helms, until 1988, when he retired. Lane was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities. He was an active member of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church since he joined in 1933. He served as a deacon, an elder, Sunday school teacher and president of the Men’s Bible Class, and was active with the visitation program. He also volunteered at the Presbyterian Hospital, was a member of the Sharon Civitan Club, the Charlotte Rotary Club, the Olde Providence Racket Club, the Mecklenburg Historical Association, Hugh Torance House and Store, Inc., the Museum of the New South, the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society and the Navajo Club. Lane was also active with the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the United Way. Lane died on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte.


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This collection is a small, single-file collection of materials accumulated by Thomas G. Lane, of Charlotte, NC. Most of the materials concern local history, such as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Museum of the New South. This collection’s only photograph is a circuit photo of the Charlotte Police Department, dated 1949, that shows the entire police force.


The collection is arranged chronologically. Oversize items are marked with an asterisk (*) and have been placed in oversize storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Thomas G. Lane in 2007.

Related Materials

Redd, F. Marion papers, 1882-1962. Mss 249.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2007.

Thomas G. Lane papers
Robert A. McInnes
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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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