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Robert William Rieke papers

Identifier: MS0027

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts and research material collected by the author of "A Retrospective Vision" (1977), which traces the development of UNC Charlotte during its first decade, 1965-75. Includes drafts and research notes; transcripts and tapes of interviews with faculty, students, staff, and other associates; and copies of the book in various stages of printing.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1977


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

Robert William Rieke was born on July 31, 1923 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Ben and Marion Johnson Rieke. In 1947, he received his BA degree from Carleton College and graduated magna cum laude. Rieke went on to receive his MA and PhD degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught at several universities, including Emory, the Citadel, the University of Kentucky and Davidson College before arriving at UNCC, where he would teach for 26 years and serve as Chair of the History Department. Rieke composed the lyrics to the UNC Charlotte Alma Mater in 1991, a year after retiring from the University. Chancellor Woodward approved the composition in 1992 and it has been sung at every May Commencement ceremony since that date.

Reike was also an active docent at the Mint Museum of Art and was a member of the Friends of Music at Queens College and the Charlotte Kiwanis Club. Additionally, he sang with Opera Carolina and the choirs at Temple Beth El and St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He made several trips to Germany after retirement and served on the Krefeld Committee of Charlotte Sister Cities during the 1990s.

Robert Rieke passed away on November 30, 2013. He had an important impact on the early development of UNCC and the History Department and he left a lasting legacy in the university's alma mater.



1.25 Linear Feet

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Manuscripts and research material including drafts and notes, transcripts and tapes. Copies of the book in various stages of printing are also included.


The collection is arranged into the following three series:

Manuscripts, Interviews and Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert Rieke, 1978.

Legal Status

Copyright retained by author.

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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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