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W. Thomas Ray papers

Identifier: MS0104

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised almost entirely of material created or received by Ray as a result of his service on the County Commission. In addition, the papers contain material on Ray's earlier service on the Charlotte Hospital Authority and his later involvement with the Mental Health Authority.


  • Creation: 1971 - 1986


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 Thomas "Tom" Ray was born in Charlotte on November 27, 1936. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill (A.B., 1957; LL.B., 1960) and Cambridge University (B.A., 1962). A member of Phi Delta Phi, he was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 1962. Ray began his legal career with Cansler and Lockhart of Charlotte. He served on the Charlotte Selective Service Board and on the Charlotte Housing Authority (1972-77). First elected to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners in 1978, Ray served as chair during his second term (1980-82) and as vice-chair during his final term (1982-84). He is married to Margaret Whitton Ray [see Margaret Whitton Ray Papers].


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Language of Materials



Papers of a Charlotte lawyer and politician, primarily documenting his membership on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (1978-84). Includes campaign files and material reflecting his special interests in human services, mental health, and roads. Also includes material from his earlier service on the Charlotte Housing Authority (1971-76).


The collection is arranged into the following two series:

Subject Files, 1971-1986 and Campaign Files, 1978, 1980, 1982

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Tom Ray, 1985 and 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Marianne Bumgarner, 1987

Papers of W. Thomas Ray
Finding aid written by Marianne Bumgarner
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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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