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Wesley Mancini papers

Identifier: MS0481

Scope and Contents

A collection of clippings, printed ephemera, and publications featuring articles and advertisements about Mancini's professional career, Wesley Mancini Ltd., and the Wesley Mancini Foundation. The materials derive from a wide range of publications including industry newsletters, local and national newspapers and magazines, and promotional materials among other resources.


  • Creation: circa 1977-2014


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wesley Mancini Collected Clippings and Publications 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 / Historical

Wesley Mancini was born on December 25, 1952 in a small town in Connecticut. He grew up with a single mom and two older half-sisters. He has been invovled in the textile business for years and established the company he still runs today, Wesley Mancini Ltd., in 1983. Mancini has won numerous awards, including the International Textile Market Association's Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Arts and Science Council's Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2000, Mancini started the Wesley Mancini Foundation in response to the uproar in the Charlotte community over the production of "Angels in America." The foundation sought to fund projects that foster the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community. Over the course of its existence, the foundation funded many such projects and closed down operations in 2013 after it made its final grant to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. This final grant helped establish an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center whose goal was to advance LGBT rights and freedom of speech. Mancini operates out of his design studio in the South End of Charlotte and lives in SouthPark with his partner, Bob.


3 Linear Feet (3 records center boxes)


The Wesley Mancini papers document the work of the Wesley Mancini Foundation, which funded projects that foster the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community. The collection also documents Mancini's textile design company, Wesley Mancini Ltd. Includes correspondence, grants and minutes from the foundation as well as numerous magazines and publications that feature articles about Mancini's textile firm and advocacy work.


The collection is arranged into the following two series: Wesley Mancini Foundation and Printed Material. There is also a file entitled "Levine Museum of the New South Panel Discussion, August 6, 2019" that does not belong to any series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wesley Mancini, 2014.


Forms part of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Andrew Pack, 2017.

Wesley Mancini Papers
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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