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Liddell family papers

Identifier: MS0130

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of photographs of the Liddell Family and postcards of scenes of Charlotte and North Carolina and South Carolina. Other material includes correspondence, clippings, and memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1854 - 1969
  • Creation: 1854 - 1889


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

Walter J. F. (d. ca. 1888) and Anna Brubaker Liddell (1826-1923) of Erie, Pa. moved to Charlotte from Wisconsin in 1875, where he had engaged in the railroad car building industry. He founded the Liddell Machine Company, while she was responsible for starting the first hospital for blacks in Charlotte. One of their four children, Vinton Liddell (1859-1915), served as president of Highland Park Manufacturing Company and as vice president of Elizabeth Mills. His home at 511 North Church Street is designated a Charlotte Mecklenburg historic site. [Further information on the family can be found in the clippings in box SFC1:130; see also "Liddell, Anna Forbes," Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (Chapel Hill, N.C.: UNC Press, 1991), 4:64-65.]


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Language of Materials



Papers relating to the family of Walter J. F. and Anna Brubaker Liddell, who moved to Charlotte from Wisconsin in 1875. Includes photographs, postcards depicting scenes in Charlotte and both Carolinas in the early 20th century, and photocopies of letters (1854-64) between members of the related Little and Myers families. Contains no records of the Liddell Machine Co. and other family businesses.


The collection is arranged into two series, Photographs Albums and Framed, 1860s, 1880s and Postcard Collection, 1905-10, 1934-36. There are also a few files that do not belong to any series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Maryanna McBride Turner, 1986 and 1989.

Related Materials

Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports (Mss 77): Liddell McNinch House. Liddell and Pickens Family Papers, UNC-Chapel, SHC #3828. Walter James Forbes Liddell Papers, UNC-Chapel Hill, SHC #904

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1987.


Liddell family papers
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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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