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Patrick "Pat" McCrory mayoral papers

Identifier: MS0431

Scope and Contents

The collection, consisting of forty linear feet of records, constitutes the most comprehensive source of information on McCrory's tenure as mayor of Charlotte, NC. The collection is described down to the file level and is arranged alphabetically. Among McCrory's more notable intiatives as mayor were his contributions to public transportation (especially the light rail system), the new Bobcats Arena in uptown Charlotte and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The collection contains a wide array of documentation, dealing with issues ranging from after-school programs for kids to zoning. There is a single folder of papers concerning McCrory's precedessor, Richard Vinroot. The last two boxes contain framed plaques and photographs.


  • 1995 - 2009


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

Pat McCrory was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 17, 1956. McCrory learned about politics as a child when his father served as a city council man in Worthington, Ohio. On the occasions when his father had to miss a council meeting, he would send Pat to sit in the audience and take notes. When Pat was nine, the family moved to Sedgefield in suburban Greensboro, where he attended public schools. He matriculated at Catawba College, graduating with a BA degree in political science and education in 1978. McCrory worked part time for Duke Energy during his college years and rather than become a teacher, he got a full-time position with Duke Energy and gradually worked his way up through a number of different positions. McCrory married Ann Gordon in 1988.

In politics, McCrory was at first a Democrat, but he changed parties in 1980 in order to support Ronald Reagan in his bid for the presidency. Locally, he first ran for city council in 1989, winning an "at-large" seat that year and in 1991 and 1993. He first ran for mayor of Charlotte in 1995 and won. He was thirty-nine years of age at that time and was Charlotte's youngest mayor. McCrory was Charlotte's longest-serving mayor, having won seven elections and serving from 1995 to 2009. Up until 2009, he was the only mayor that thousands of Charlotteans had ever known. His major initiatives as mayor were the Lynx Blue light rail line that links south Charlotte with the uptown area; a half cent sales tax to fund public transportation; the uptown arena; and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. McCrory ran for North Carolina governor in 2008, and was narrowly defeated by Bev Perdue--the Democratic candidate. Having left politics, McCrory joined the Moore & Van Allen law firm in January of 2010 as its Senior Director of Stratigic Initiatives. McCrory ran again for governor in 2012 and won.


40 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection constitutes the mayoral papers of Pat McCrory and contains the papers generated and accumulated during his term as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 1995 to 2009.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The UNC Charlotte Special Collections has a contractual arrangement with the City of Charlotte that provides that the papers of the mayors are to be sent to the Special Collections for arrangement and description.

Processing Information

Inventory created by Evan Falkenberry. No additional processing anticipated at this time.



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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 28223 United Stated

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