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George M. Ivey papers

Identifier: MS0124

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of photographs, correspondence, clippings, itineraries, expenses, invoices of purchases, and George Ivey's account of his world travels. Also includes material about the Ivey Department store chain, its founder J. B. Ivey, and long-time company executive David Ovens.


  • Creation: 1880, 1900-1996
  • Creation: 1959 - 1968


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

George Melvin Ivey was born in Henrietta, N.C., on August 14, 1896 to Emma Gantt and Joseph Benjamin (J. B.) Ivey. He served as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery, U.S. Army, in World War I and was graduated from Duke University in 1920. He married Lula Groves Campbell in 1922. They had two children, George M. Jr. and Mary Clare (Matthews). Ivey followed in the footsteps of his father and became president and treasurer of the J. B. Ivey and Company department stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. His interests included the YMCA, Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS), the Methodist Home in Charlotte, and the Newcomen Society. His deep interest in photography is reflected in the voluminous collection of prints, slides, and negatives that constitute the major portion of his papers. Ivey kept meticulous records of these photographs, and identified each by number, date, and location. These photographs of the many stops in his numerous trips enhance his written accounts in this collection. His wife, Groves Ivey, often accompanied Ivey. On his world tour in 1967, however, he went without her because she was recuperating from heart problems. Their exchange of letters during this trip reflects their deep affection for each other as well as an avid interest in the world around them. George Ivey died in 1968; Groves Ivey in 1986.


10 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Primarily papers and photographs of a president of the J. B. Ivey Department Store chain, which was later absorbed into Dillard's. About one-half of the manuscript portion of the collection includes material relating to Ivey’s foreign travels (1959-68); the other half contains material about company founder J. B. Ivey, the operation of the original Charlotte store and chain, and David Ovens, long-time partner and executive. The photographic portion of the collection includes a filmstrip and slides of the uptown Charlotte store (late 1930s) and prints, negatives, and slides illustrating the Charlotte area, stores in South Carolina and Florida, family scenes, and travels.


The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

I. George M. and Groves C. Ivey, 1923-1986 II. J.B. Ivey, 1880, 1920-1958 III. J.B. Ivey & Co., 1900-1980 IV. Photographs, Films, Audio tapes, slides and negatives i. Photographs a. Photographs - P124/1-37 (List in folder) b. Photographs - P124/38-91 (Partial list in folder) c. Photographs - Large Prints ii. Films a. Pathex 9.5mm short silent notched films iii. Negatives iv. Slides a. Standard, non-glass slides b. Single, non-stereo glass slides - Color, some black & white, pictures of flowers, people (most unidentified), travels, last trolley ride in Charlotte taken in March 1938

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. George M. Ivey, Sr., 1968. Gift of Mary Kratt, N.C., 1982. Gift and loan of George M. Ivey Jr., 1996.

Related Materials

Louis H. Asbury Papers (UNCC Manuscript 145). William Peeps Papers (UNCC Manuscript 9).

Processing Information

Processed by Johanna Mims, 1986 (manuscript portion); Tiffany O'Connor and Brooke Fox, 1997 (photographs); Joanna Goltzman-Brucscell, 1998 (addition to manuscript portion).

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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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