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Alfred W. Stuart Papers

Identifier: MS0523

Scope and Contents

This collection mainly contains material from Stuart's many books and publications, especially the NC Atlas and the Antarctic Research Expedition. There are charts, graphs, editorial comments and revisions and transparencies from his books. There is also a large amount of printed material that consists of various studies Stuart undertook throughout his career focusing on population and economic change in the Charlotte metropolitan region as well as the state of North Carolina as a whole. The collection additionally contains a large amount of slides of photographs, maps and charts taken from Stuart's published works as well as a small amount of personal travel photos he had taken.


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Alfred W. Stuart 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

Alfred Wright Stuart was born November 16, 1932 in Roanoke, Virginia. Stuart first entered college at Virginia Military Institute and later transferred to the University of South Carolina, where he earned his BS degree in Geology in 1955. The next year, he earned his MS degree in the same field from Emory University and subsequently went on active duty in the US Army. While in the Army, Stuart was part of a civilian research team in Greenland. This experience began his lifelong interest in the polar regions of the Earth.

In 1958, Stuart was selected to serve on an international team of researchers commissioned by the National Science Foundation (NSF), for its US Antarctic Research Program, then underway as part of the International Geophysical Year. During the fifteen month-long expedition, the team conducted seismic, gravity, magnetic, geological, glaciological, and atmospheric surveys of the continental ice sheet. Stuart even got a mountain named after him, Mount Stuart, when the team discovered a previously unknown mountain range on the continent.

Upon return from Antarctica, Stuart earned a PhD in Geography from Ohio State University and worked as a city planner in Roanoke from 1960-1964. Then he began his teaching career, an occupation he would hold for the rest of his life. In 1964, Stuart joined the geography faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he stayed until 1969, when he joined the UNC Charlotte Geography department. He was promoted to the Chair of the Department of Geography and Earth Science in 1982 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1999. The University named Stuart Professor Emeritus of Geography and he remained active in the field for years after his formal retirement. Alfred Stuart passed away on November 1, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the age of 82.


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Papers documenting Alfred Stuart's career in Geography and economic and population research. Includes material related to the North Carolina Atlas, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Atlas, the Victoria Land Traverse Expedition in Antarctica and the Land of the South book. There are also copies of many studies Stuart conducted throughout his career, most of which focus on population and labor in the Charlotte Metropolitan area, North Carolina and Roanoke, Virginia. Additionally, the collection contains a large amount of slides from Stuart's published works and personal trips.


The collection is organized into the following seven series: NC Atlas, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Antarctic Research Expedition, Land of the South, Assorted, Printed Material and Personal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Julia Martin, daughter of Alfred Stuart, in 2015.

Related Materials

Douglas Milton Orr Papers (MS 205.) ; George M. Ivey Papers (MS 124)

Processing Information

This collection was processed 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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