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Bonnie Ethel Cone papers

Identifier: MS0112

Scope and Contents

Primarily personal papers created while Cone served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Community Relations at UNC Charlotte. The files represent her civic activities and personal interests in the Charlotte community, her service to other institutions, and the numerous awards bestowed upon her. [NOTE: Files documenting Cone as director and president of Charlotte College and as acting chancellor and vice chancellor at UNC Charlotte are found in the University Archives.]


  • Creation: 1955 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights to much of the collection transferred to UNC Charlotte Library, with the exception of interviews (tapes and transcripts) with Dr. Edward S. Perzel. See Atkins Library staff for information about how to obtain permissions to copy transcripts and recordings. Some additional 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 Note

Bonnie Ethel Cone was born on June 22, 1907, in Lodge, S.C. She was graduated from Coker College (B.S., 1928) and Duke University (A.M., 1941). Cone taught mathematics and science in several South Carolina high schools (1928-40) and math at Charlotte's Central High School (1940-43, 1946-47). During World War II, she taught at Duke University (1943-45) and later performed statistical work for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Washington, D.C. (1945-46). Upon her return to Charlotte, Cone taught math at the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina, which held classes in Central High School on Elizabeth Avenue (current site of Central Piedmont Community College). She served as director of the Center (1947-49) and as director (1949-61) and president (1961-65) of Charlotte College. With the creation of UNC Charlotte, she served as acting chancellor (1965-66) and as vice chancellor for student and community relations (1966-73). Cone's honorary doctorate from Davidson College (1961) and the Charlotte Civitan Club's Distinguished Citizen Award (1965) were both firsts for women. After her retirement in 1973, Cone served as liaison officer for the UNC Charlotte Foundation (1973-77). UNC Charlotte's Bonnie E. Cone University Center and the Bonnie E. Cone Scholarship are named in her honor. Vice Chancellor Emerita Cone died on March 8, 2003 and is buried on campus in Van Landingham Glen. [For additional biographical information, see box 1:4 of this collection; University Archives Reference File, folder on Bonnie E. Cone (on file in reading room); and interviews in this collection and the Oral History Collection.]


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Personal papers of Cone, director and president of Charlotte College (1947-65) and vice chancellor of student affairs and community relations, UNC Charlotte (1966-73). Includes correspondence, biographical material, files relating to local civic organizations, records as trustee of Coker College, and cassette recordings and transcripts of interviews.


The collection is arranged into the following ten series and subseries:

I. Personal i. Personal Effects and Memorabilia ii. Myers Park Baptist Church (Charlotte, N.C.), 1965-1984 A. Board of Deacons, 1983-1988 a. Endowment Committee, 1983-1987 b. Executive Committee, 1978-1985 B. Committees iii. Coker College, 1959-1983 iv. Memberships A. Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte B. Johnson C. Smith University, 1978-1982 C. Salvation Army II. Correspondence, 1955-1990 III. Awards and Honors i. Honorary Degrees ii. Plaques and trophies iii. Awards IV. Speeches V. Interviews VI. Charlotte College and University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1958-1993 i. Alumni VII. Photographs i. Photographs of Bonnie Cone ii. Cone's Childhood Home in Lodge, SC iii. Cone's Charlotte Home iv. Bonnie Cone's Family v. UNC Charlotte Faculty and Staff vi. Charlotte College and UNC Charlotte campus scenes VIII. Subject Files i. Board of Governors ii. Performing Arts Committee IX. Publications and Audiovisual materials X. Books in Cone's Office

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Bonnie E. Cone, 1985 87. Gift of Ann Batten, 1985. Gift of Dorlan Mork, 1988. Gift of Robin Brabham, 19¬90. Gift of Lucile Puette Giles, 1994. Transfers from UNC Charlotte University Archives, 1984, 1990, 1995. Transfer from UNC Charlotte Oral History Collection, 1991. Copy of transcript on deposit in Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1989. Copy of videocassette produced by UNC Charlotte Media Services, 1994.

Related Materials

More papers, records and materials by and about Bonnie Cone are available in the UNCC Archives. Also, see Maude McLaughlin Papers (MS 51) for further information about Query's Turnout and the UNCC campus' pre-UNCC days.

Separated Materials

Experimental analysis of measures of kurtosis -- Thesis prepared at Duke University, 1940, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences [cataloged separately, RARE QA276 .C58 1940]

Processing Information

Originally processed by Robert A. McInnes. Reprocessed by Andrew Pack and Nikki Lynn Thomas.

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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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