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Kenneth R. Harris Mayoral papers

Identifier: MS0089

Scope and Contents

The papers are composed of Harris's subject files and his general correspondence. They reflect two years of city government with an emphasis on community development and the planning of a southeastern thoroughfare for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The files also contain some material created by John M. Belk during his last term (1975-77) of office and filed with Harris's papers. Similarly, some of Harris's papers are filed with those of his successor, Eddie Knox.


  • Creation: 1952 - 1979


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

Kenneth Rhyne Harris was born on May 16, 1935, in Statesville, N.C. He was graduated from Charlotte College (1957) and UNC Chapel Hill, where he received a BA in Business Administration (1959). He received a graduate certificate, specializing in investments, from the American Institute of Banking in 1962. After 10 years working as a trust officer with North Carolina National Bank, Harris entered the life insurance business in 1969. He is General Agent of Harris Plans for New England Mutual Life Insurance Company in North Carolina. Harris served on the Charlotte City Council (1973-75) and in the North Carolina Senate (1982-84). He is a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the boards of trustees of the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center and Johnson C. Smith University. He is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church. He retired as a major from the North Carolina Air National Guard in 1973. Harris and his wife Sally have nine children.


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Language of Materials



Official papers as mayor of Charlotte (1977-79). Includes subject files and correspondence relating to the administration of city government, with an emphasis on community development and the debate over a thoroughfare in southeast Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. [NOTE: Some material related to Harris's predecessor, John M. Belk, can be found in this collection; in addition, some of Harris's files may be found in the papers of his successor, Eddie Knox.].


The collection is arranged into the following three series:

Mayor's Correspondence, 1976-1979; Subject Files, 1952-1979; Photographs, 1977-1979

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Permanent deposit by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History and the City of Charlotte, 1983 and 1987.

Related Materials

John M. Belk Papers (Mss 60). Eddie Knox Papers (Mss 135). T. J. Reddy Papers (Mss 79).

Processing Information

Processed by Debbie McCachern, 1983; Johanna Mims, 1987

Kenneth R. Harris Mayoral papers
Finding aid compiled by Debbie McCachern, 1983; Johanna Mims, 1987
1983, 1987
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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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