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Addison H. Reese papers

Identifier: MS0062

Scope and Contents

Documents Reese's role in the development of Charlotte College and UNC Charlotte. Material also documents his involvement in the restructuring of the UNC System in 1971. A small amount of information relates to his banking career (see Memorabilia).


  • Creation: 1951 - 1977
  • Creation: 1957 - 1976


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Addison Hardcastle Reese was born in Baltimore County, Md., on December 28, 1908 to Gordon Lipponcott and Edith Octavia Ford Reese. He attended Johns Hopkins University (1925-28), leaving after his junior year. Reese began his lifelong career in 1930 as a statistician for the Franck-Rosenburg Company, a private banking firm in Baltimore. Following Franck-Rosenburg's liquidation in 1931, he became a clerk in the Bank of Sparrows Point, Md. In 1932, Reese was appointed an assistant national bank examiner for the Office of Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C. He was promoted to senior national bank examiner in 1936. Reese resigned in 1940 to become vice president of Nicodemus National Bank in Hagerstown, Md. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of major. After the war, he returned to Nicodemus, leaving in 1947 to become president and chair of County Trust Company in Baltimore. Reese came to Charlotte in 1951 as executive vice president of American Trust Company, which, through a series of mergers, became North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) in 1960. He became president and chief executive officer of NCNB in 1968 and retired in 1973. Reese also served on the board of the Federal Reserve City Bankers (1965) and as a director of the International Monetary Conference. Reese was named to the Board of Advisors of the Charlotte Community College System in 1957 and was later elected to its Board of Trustees. He served as chair of the Charlotte College Site Committee in 1958. In 1963, Reese was appointed vice chair of the Charlotte College Board of Trustees, serving as chair (1964-65) following J. Murrey Atkins's death. He was named to the board of trustees of The University of North Carolina in 1965 and of UNC Charlotte in 1968, serving as the latter's chair, 1972-77. During 1970-71, Reese served as a member of the North Carolina Legislative Study Commission on Student Financial Aid. He also served as a member of the UNCC Foundation (1971-72, 1975-76). Reese received one of UNCC's first two honorary degrees in 1968 and the school's administration building is named for him. The North Carolina Citizens Committee bestowed its 1974 Distinguished Citizenship Award upon him. In 1936, Reese married Gertrude Rasin Craig of Baltimore. They had no children. He died in Charlotte on September 1, 1977 and was buried in Baltimore.


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Papers of a key supporter of UNC Charlotte, relating to his membership on the boards of Charlotte College and UNCC, the UNC system, and other state-wide groups concerned with higher education. Includes material concerning the case of Wynn v. Charlotte Community College System involving the construction of separate campuses for predominately white Charlotte College and predominately black Carver College (1958-61); the East Carolina Medical School controversy (1970-74); and the restructuring of higher education in North Carolina (1971-72). Contains very little material concerning his chairmanship of North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America).


The Reese Papers are divided into seven series: 1. Charlotte Community College System (1957-1962); 2. University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1970-1976); 3. University of North Carolina System (1970-1976); 4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1970-1973); 5. North Carolina Study Commission on Student Financial Aid (1968-1971); 6. North Carolina Educational Council on National Purpose, Inc. (1961-1967); 7. Banking (1951-1977); 8. Photographs (n.d.).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from University Archives, 1974. Gift of Mrs. Addison H. Reese, 1981.

Related Materials

Reference File--Biographies--Addison Hardcastle Reese. UNC Charlotte University Archives. [For additional information, see Mary Snead Boger, Charlotte 23 (1972) and William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, volume 5, P-S (1994).]

Physical Description

(ca. 3,600 items, including 18 photographs)

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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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