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Stewart Lillard papers

Identifier: MS0177

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of material related to Lillard's research of and friendship with author Ralph Ellison. The letters in the collection from Ralph Ellison were printed in the book titled The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison, ed. by John Callahan. A small amount of material relates to Lillard's 1989 bid for a seat on the Charlotte City Council. Also included are political campaign materials from the Charlotte area as well as items from the Community Connections program that hosted visitors to Charlotte primarily from Russia and the former Soviet Union.


  • Creation: 1849 - 2000
  • Creation: 1967 - 1989


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

R. Stewart Lillard was born on 05/08/1940. He was a librarian at Queens College (now University) in Charlotte, NC. Then, he was Gifts Librarian at UNC Charlotte. He researched and wrote on Ralph Ellison, among other topics. In 1989 he ran an unsuccessful bid to win a seat on the Charlotte City Council. Lillard wrote or co-authored the following works: Meigs County, Tennessee : a documented account of its European settlement and growth ; Lost in the District, lost in the Federal Territory : the life and times of Doctor David Ross, Surgeon… ; Here come the Russians : the diplomatic visits to the United States by the ministers plenipotentiary (and later ambassadors) of the Russian empire ; Down the Tennessee: the Mexican War reminiscences of an East Tennessee volunteer ; and Ralph Waldo Ellison's use of music.


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Language of Materials



Primarily papers relating to his research on Ralph Ellison. Includes correspondence with Ellison and others, notes, articles, and information on Ellison's South Carolina ancestors. Also includes material from Lillard's 1989 Charlotte city council campaign and political campaign materials from the Charlotte area. There is a small collection of assorted bumper stickers included and material from the Community Connections program that hosted visitors from Russia and the former Soviet Union to Charlotte.


Series 1: Charlotte Political Campaign Materials (1989-2000); Series 2: Ralph Ellison (1849-1994); Series 3: Protest Material (Posters, Bumper Stickers, Flags, etc.); Series 4: Foreign Visitor Hosting Program.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Steward Lillard, 1991, 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, June, 1992.

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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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