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F. Marion Redd papers

Identifier: MS0249

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily contains newspaper clippings pertaining to Redd's tenure as mayor of Charlotte and judge in the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts. Also included are correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and copies of Redd's arguments as an attorney and speeches given as mayor and judge. This collection also contains memorabilia from Bessie Flowe Redd's days as a student at Queens College and membership in the Liberty Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


  • Creation: 1882 - 1962


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

Francis Marion Redd was born in Onslow County, N.C., on August 11, 1879 to Sigley and Camilla Morton Redd. After attending Richlands Academy and Thompson's School and Business College, Redd graduated L.L.B. in 1905 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1927, Redd was elected mayor of Charlotte and served one two-year term. During his administration (1927-29), Redd worked to improve the city through various means, such as paving roads and the collection of back taxes. Redd was instrumental in bringing to Charlotte and planning the 39th United Confederate Veteran's Reunion, which was held in June, 1929. From July, 1935 until his retirement in June, 1949, Redd was judge of the combined Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts of the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Organizations in which he held membership included the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, National Probation and Parole Association, North Carolina and Mecklenburg County bar associations (he served as president of the latter), and BPOE. Redd married Bessie Lee Flowe (1895-1962) on November 1, 1919 when he was 40 years and she was 20 years old. He died in Charlotte on November 14, 1956; she died on December 21, 1962.


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Language of Materials



Papers of a mayor of Charlotte (1927-29) and judge of the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court (1935-49). Includes speeches, arguments of Redd as a defense attorney in murder cases, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and material on the United Confederate Veterans Reunion in Charlotte (1929). Also includes papers of Redd's wife, Bessie Flowe Redd, and her father, J. Lee Flowe, a grocer. Her papers include material about the DAR Liberty Hall chapter of Charlotte and an autographed photograph of evangelist Billy Sunday.


The collection is arranged into six series, two of which (Personal/Family Papers and Photographs and Negatives) are further divided into subseries. The six series are: Professional Papers (1910-1946), Mayoral Papers (1927-1929), Confederate Veterans Reunion (1929), Judicial Papers - Domestic Relations Court (1935-1948), Personal/Family Papers (1882-1962) and Photographs and Negatives (1899-1960).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of F. Marion Redd, 1998, and in 2015.

Related Materials

Charlotte (N.C.) City Records (UNCC Manuscript 127). Daughter of the American Revolution, Liberty Hall Chapter Records (UNCC Manuscript 147).

Processing Information

Processed by Robin Dorfer, September, 1998.

F. Marion Redd Papers
Finding aid written by Robin Dorfer.
September, 1998
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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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