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Norris Preyer papers

Identifier: MS0472

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of book drafts and notes for "Hezekiah Alexander and the Revolution in the Backcountry." There is also material from his research on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence controversy, his time working for several local historical organizations, including Latta Plantation, the Museum of the New South and the Mecklenburg Historical Association. Finally, there are some teaching materials and documents focusing on African American history.


  • Creation: 1933-2010
  • Creation: 1972 - 2002


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Norris Preyer papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. 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 Note

Norris Watson Preyer was born in Greensboro, NC on February 9, 1926. At the age of 18 he volunteered and spent two years in the Navy's V-12 program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Pennsylvania State College. He graduated from UNC with a B.A in History and earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. Preyer taught American History for 33 years, first at Guilford College (1953-57) and then at Queens College (now University) from 1957 until his retirement in 1990, serving as Chair of the History Department for most of those years. He specialized in Southern history and the Revolutionary and Early National periods of American history. He published two books, numerous articles and reviews, and served on the board of the Society of Early American History. His articles were published in Essays on Jacksonian America, the Encyclopedia of Southern History, the Biographical Directory of NC History, and the Encyclopedia of NC History. He was chosen a Dana Fellow, received a Fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and was an Honorary Alumnus of Queens College. Norris was an elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a founding board member and later president of Historic Latta Plantation. He was on the Nature Museum Board that founded Discovery Place, on the committee that helped found the Museum of the New South, and served on the board of the Charlotte Museum of History. Preyer died June 5, 2013 in Charlotte, NC.

Source: Norris Preyer obituary, Charlotte Observer June 8, 2013


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The collection contains research notes and drafts of Preyer's book "Hezekiah Alexander and the Revolution in the Backcountry." Additionally, there are articles and research on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Mecklenburg Resolves, minutes and memos from his time serving on the Latta Plantation Executive Board, the Museum of the New South Committee and the Hugh Torance House and Store. There are also teaching material and documents related to African American history, which was a focus of Dr. Preyer's research.


The collection is arranged into six series, one of which (Local Historical Organizations) is further divided into subseries. The six series are: Hezekiah Alexander, Mecklenburg Declaration/Resolves, Local Historical Organizations, African American History, Christianity Notes and Assorted Research Materials.

Related Materials

Hugh Torance House and Store, Inc. (MS 157). Mecklenburg Historical Association (MS 158). Torance and Banks Families ( MS 87). Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (MS 321). Hezekiah Alexander and the Revolution in the backcountry (RARE E263.N8 A357 1998)

Processing Information

The collection was procesed in 2016 by Andrew Pack.

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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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