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Charlotte City Board of Education records

Identifier: MS0001

Scope and Contents

Comprised primarily of minute books (1890-1960) of the Board, with an index for the period 1927-41. Also includes annual report (1891) and pamphlet (1935) supporting a tax levy for schools. The minutes record the proceedings of the meetings and official actions of the Board. Subjects discussed include financial and legal matters, employment of teachers, progress of students, buildings and programs at each school, and reports of the superintendent. Some of the minute books mention Charlotte Center and Charlotte College from around 1948 to around 1958, because it was during that time that the Charlotte Board of Education had jurisdiction over that college. A separate community college system was established in 1958.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1960


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

The city public school system began in 1880 when voters approved a special school tax and elected a board of school commissioners. Separate schools for white and black children opened in 1882. In 1957, the Board of School Commissioners changed its name to the Charlotte City Board of Education. Three years later, in 1960, the city and county systems combined to form the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. From approximately 1948 to 1958, it was this board that governed Charlotte Center, which later became known as Charlotte College, and still later, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This jurisdiction ended in 1958, when the North Carolina Community College System was established.


3 Linear Feet (three manuscript boxes and two volumes)

Language of Materials



Primarily minute books from 1890 to the consolidation of the city and county school systems in 1960. Also includes indexes, annual report (1891), and pamphlet (1935) supporting a tax levy for schools. Contains the annual report for the 1890/1891 school year, and a pamphlet concerning the 1935 school tax election in Charlotte, N.C.)


The indexes and the minutes in the collection are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission, 1984.

Related Materials

Elmer Henry Garinger Papers (Mss 70). Mecklenburg County Board of Education Records (Mss 2).

Separated Materials

A copy (1958) of the 1958-59 Educational directory, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County schools was removed for cataloging, RARE L903.N6 D5

Processing Information

Processed by by James Kusik.

Charlotte City Board Of Education records
Finding aid written by James Kusik.
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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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