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Cone University Center records

Identifier: UA0470

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material related to the administration of the Cone University Center as well as audiovisual materials and their accompanying logs from Niner Telecommunications Network (NTN) documenting numerous campus events. Records and photographs pertaining to the 35th and 50th anniversaries of the Center and to Bonnie Cone’s 90th birthday can also be found in this collection, including a photograph of the first three chancellors of the University (Colvard, Fretwell, and Woodward) with Bonnie Cone.

Administrative records include annual reports, budgets both for the Cone Center and the Student Activity Center, minutes and correspondence of several advisory boards including the Student Life and Facilities Management Advisory Committee (SLFM), and those documenting the acquisition and maintenance of computer systems, the renovation and management of facilities, event planning, and personnel matters.

Also included are goals and objectives for the department, files on various conferences and leadership retreats, the art program and gallery, student media, and Student Affairs, and an alphabetical subject files subseries. Of note are materials relating to the Meditation Center, located in the “Minutes—Inter-religious Council” file in Box 20.

The collection is divided into three series: “Administrative Files—Cone University Center,” “Video Materials—Niner Telecommunications Network (NTN) and Campus Events Office (Student Union),” and “35th and 50th Anniversaries.” See the processing and arrangement notes and the scope and contents note for each series for more information.

Not included in this collection are records of the Student Union after it was moved to its own building in 2009, records of Conference, Reservations, and Event Services (CRES), or those of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.


  • Creation: 1964-2012, bulk 1974-2009


Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research.


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Administrative History and Structure

The Cone University Center (CUC) originated in 1962 as the College Center, built in part with funding from county bonds. Beginning the following year, the Center was overseen by its first director, Don MacKay. Additions to the building were completed in 1966 and 1976, funded by student fees, and the Center was dedicated in honor of Bonnie E. Cone upon her retirement from the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Community Relations in 1973.

Keith Wassum became the fourth director of CUC in November 1983, followed by Jim Hoppa as the fifth in 1995.

The Cone Center housed the Student Union and the Multicultural Resource Center (begun in 2001) until a separate Student Union building was constructed in 2009.

As of 2017, the Cone University Center falls under Student Union, Activities, and Recreation (SUAR) in the Division of Student Affairs. According to its webpage, it “is the community center of the University for all members of the University: students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and guests. It is not just a building; it is also an organization and a program” ( accessed 6 September 2022). Among the offices housed in the Cone Center are Conference, Reservations, and Event Services (CRES), Venture, Honors College, Center for Graduate Life, and Chartwell’s Catering and Marketing offices.

Sources: “Bonnie E. Cone University Center Historical Timeline” and “Cone University Center History” found in the “History / Documents” file in Box 46 of this collection.


23.43 + 1 OS folder Linear Feet (24 letter document cases, 6 legal document cases, 2 slim letter document cases, 14 cassette boxes, 1 map case folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains administrative records of the Cone University Center from 1974 to 2009 as well as audiovisual materials and video logs from Niner Telecommunications Network (NTN) documenting numerous campus events from the early 1990s through 2007. Also included are records and photographs relating to the 35th and 50th anniversaries of the Cone Center, including documents recounting the Center’s history, and to Bonnie Cone’s 90th birthday.


The first three accessions contained administrative files and were grouped in the Administrative Files—Cone University Center series. Because no discernable order existed, an intellectual arrangement was imposed by the processing archivist. Physically, however, the original order was maintained.

The second series, Video Materials—Niner Telecommunications Network (NTN) and Campus Events Office (Student Union), contains half of an accession, the other half of which was processed into the Student Media Records (UA0054). The video logs are listed first in the inventory, followed by the tapes in their original order, as numbered by the office of origin.

The third series, originally an artificial collection, was left in the order in which it was filed at the time of accessioning.

Related Materials

Campus Activities Board Records (UA0159)

Student Media Records (UA0054)

Multicultural Resource Center Records (UA0107)

Student Affairs Vice Chancellor Records (UA0091)

Student Activities Office Records (UA0161)

Fraternity and Sorority Life Records (UA0498)

Webpages relating to the Cone University Center from the university's website have been archived and are available at:

Processing Information

This collection was received as five accessions, which were initially treated as five separate collections. In October 2017, the processed accessions were merged into a single collection, and the unprocessed accessions were processed and added to this collection. The fifth accession, which corresponds to the “35th and 50th Anniversaries” series, was created as an artificial collection from material found in the manuscript stacks.

For the most part, file titles were maintained, although some were standardized.

In October 2017, approximately half a linear foot of purchase orders, check requests, contracts, invoices, and similar materials were discarded.

Cone University Center records
Olivia Eanes
November 2017
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Repository Details

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Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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