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W.G. Frye photographs

Identifier: MS0191

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of photographs of scenes throughout Mecklenburg county in the early 20th century, including the first S & W Cafeteria in Charlotte, Henry Fowler's Pepsi truck after falling through a bridge and a luncheon in the Manufacturer's Club.


  • Creation: 1890, 1913-1925
  • Creation: 1913 - 1920


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

William Gray Frye was born on January 24, 1905 in Statesville, NC to William Andrew and Nancy Wilhelm Frye. He lived in Charlotte for most of his life and was a member of the Statesville Avenue Baptist Church. He worked as a mechanic for Brown Equipment and Manufacturing Company and was a fifty-year veteran of the International Association of Mechanics and Aeorspace Workers. He died in Charlotte on August 19, 1997.

W.G. Frye's father, William Andrew Frye, operated Frye and Crowell's Garage, the first Ford garage in Charlotte, as well as a wrecker service. W.A. Frye was born on February 3, 1874 in Catawba county, NC and died at his home on Statesville Road in Charlotte on December 22, 1928.

Source: Charlotte Observer Obituary, published December 23, 1928 and August 20, 1997, and Charlotte, North Carolina: A Brief History by Mary Kratt


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Language of Materials



Primarily photographs of Mecklenburg County scenes, including the family and the family business, W. A. Frye & Sons Garage, automobile accidents, the first S & W Cafeteria in Charlotte (ca. 1913), and Dr. E. C. Boyette. Also includes a photograph of Steel's Foundry in Statesville. Most of the photographs were used by Kratt in her book, Charlotte: Spirit of the New South, 2nd edition (1992).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of W. G. Frye, 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, March, 1993.


W.G. Frye photographs
Randy Penninger
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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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