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J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections map collection

Identifier: MS0519

Scope and Contents

This collection contains maps primarily of the Charlotte and Mecklenburg county region with a few maps of North Carolina and other areas of the United States. It includes historic Charlotte neighborhoods, aerial maps, folk art and historic North Carolina maps. There are also some maps of other states, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. Finally, there are a few maps of different regions of Africa.


  • 1687 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections map collection is 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.


20 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Contains maps of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries with a few earlier maps. Consists of historic neighborhood maps of Charlotte, aerial maps, folk art maps and tax and government maps. Also includes historic North Carolina maps and topographic maps of areas throughout the state, particularly western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.


The collection is arranged into the following 20 series: Mecklenburg County (18th-19th centuries) Mecklenburg County (20th century), Aerial Maps, Maps published as posters, folk art and promotional materials, University area of Charlotte, Uptown Charlotte maps, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County street maps, Charlotte Election/Voting, Zoning, Census, Tax and Government maps, Bus, cycling and mass transit, Historic Charlotte maps, Neighborhood and property maps, Charlotte metropolitan area, North Carolina counties and cities, North Carolina highway and transportation maps, Historic North Carolina maps, United States, Africa, Topographic Maps, Popular Maps and Assorted Maps.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This is an artificial collection created from maps acquired by the Special Collections department over the years.

Related Materials

Patrick David Alston Map Collection, (MS 304) ; Charlotte (N.C.) Engineering Department Maps, (MS 323) ; Thereasea Elder, (MS 513) (MC4.4:6); Edgar Adolf Wohlford papers, (MS 309); Piedmont & Northern Railway records (MS 16)

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Julie Henry and Andrew Pack in 2018.

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections map collection
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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 28223 United Stated

About this Site

Finding aids are guides to archival collections, including manuscripts, university records, and oral history collections. These guides help you find physical collections which can be viewed in the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library. A small number of finding aids link to digital content online. Please contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment:

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J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
(704) 687-1170
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