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Cornelia Wearn Henderson papers

Identifier: MS0171

Scope and Contents

The papers of Cornelia Wearn Henderson consist primarily of material she collected on the history of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and North Carolina.


  • 1923 - 1986
  • 1965 - 1986


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

Cornelia Wearn Henderson (1902-90) maintained close ties to her native home in Mecklenburg County. Her father's family arrived in Mecklenburg in the 1820s, and her mother's family (Wearn) traced its roots back to the 1750s. Henderson's interest in local history began when she received a B.A. in history from Queens College. She continued her education with an M.A. in History at UNC at Chapel Hill, basing her thesis on domestic life in the early Carolinas. Henderson worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system for 26 years as both teacher and principal. In 1968, she wrote Early Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for Children, which stemmed from her concern on the lack of local history material available for third graders. Henderson also worked as a curator at Charlotte Nature Museum. As a very active member of the Mecklenburg Historical Association, she contributed much of her knowledge of Mecklenburg history by directing tours of historical landmarks and giving lectures. Her love of children and history never ceased as she often visited schools to lecture or have groups come to the museum to make soap or bread. Henderson even said once, "Some of them think I was there when the settlers came."


1 Linear Feet (1 records storage carton)

Language of Materials



Primarily material relating to her book, Early Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for Children (1968). Also includes clippings and notes on local history.


Series: 1. Correspondence (1976-1986); 2. History (1923-1986); 3. Tours and Lectures (undated); 4. Biographical (1976).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graeme Wearn Henderson and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Briggs Henderson, Jr., 1989.

Related Materials

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports (Mss 77); Mecklenburg Historical Association Records (Mss 158).


"She Gives Life to Local History," The Charlotte Observer. 4/18/76: 1E.]

Processing Information

Processed by Alan Litehizer, December, 1993.

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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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