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Department of History records

Identifier: UA0308

Scope and Contents

The Department of History Records consists of files from the office of Edward Perzel, long-time professor and Chair of the History Department, in addition to annual reports, exhibit project files from a public history course, and programs from the Graduate History Association’s Graduate History Forum. The collection is arranged in the following three series, with the single Graduate History Forum file located at the end: Chairman’s Files (Ed Perzel); Annual Reports; Public History Program (HIST 6310)—Charlotte Trolley Exhibit Project.

The Chairman’s Files series has been divided into three subseries. The first, General Files, consists of chronological files containing an assortment of minutes, correspondence, position papers, and other administrative records pertaining to the department. The Program Planning and Evaluation subseries includes steering committee minutes (1970-1973), self-studies (1964, 1987, 1989), and materials relating to mission statements, the museum studies program, and development of graduate and doctoral programs. The last subseries, Retreats and Events, consists of three files—two on retreats (1972, 1977) and one on the reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (1978-1979).

The Annual Reports series contains annual reports filed chronologically from 1979 to 1993. Not included are the 1983-1984 and 1991-1992 reports.

The Public History Program (HIST 6310)—Charlotte Trolley Exhibit Project series is divided into two subseries—one for the research and final proposal files and one for 3-D models of the exhibit. The research files include items such as the exhibit proposal and materials created by the design, education, research, and narrative teams.


  • Creation: 1964-2004, 2012


Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research.


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Administrative History

The Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has existed since the University’s inception in 1965. Prior to 1968, the department was named History and Political Science, but by the 1968-1969 academic year, the two subunits had been given separate departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. The following year, the academic structure of the university was changed to divisions, and the Department of History became part of the Division of Humanities. In 1971, the structure changed to colleges, and the Division of Humanities became the College of Humanities. In 1980, the Department of History’s parent unit changed again when the College of Humanities merged with the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to become the College of Arts and Sciences. One final change occurred in 2008 when the College of Arts and Sciences became the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Within the Department of History is the UNC Charlotte Graduate History Association, which is composed of history faculty and graduate students. Its major official activity is to sponsor a History Forum for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The Forum invites graduate student speakers from history programs throughout the United States. It has been held in the spring every year since 1989.

Edward (Ed) Perzel, whose office files make up a majority of this collection, first appears in the 1966-1967 university catalog as an instructor of history. By 1968-1969, he was promoted to Assistant Professor, by 1972-1973 to Associate Professor, and by 1977-1978 to Professor. By 1981-1982, he had become Chairperson of the Department of History, and by the 1987-1989 catalog printing, he had filled the position of Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During both of these positions, he maintained his role as professor. By the 2001-2003 catalog, he is designated as Professor Emeritus in the Department of History.


5.546 Linear Feet (5 boxes [2 record cartons, 1 letter document case, 1 slim legal document case, 1 oversize box])

2.9 Gigabytes

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Processing Information

This collection consists of four accessions each of which originally was processed as a separate collection. In April 2018, they were merged into this single collection by Olivia Eanes, archives assistant.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte [All collections not yet online. For assistance, contact Special Collections:; 704-687-1170] Repository

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

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