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UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Records

Identifier: UA0251

Scope and Contents

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute records consist of a variety of materials from the organization, including meeting agendas and minutes, annual reports, self-studies, proposals, news releases, news clippings, photographs, notes, building designs, newsletters, brochures, and a board game.

The first series, Institute for Urban Studies and Community Service, includes annual reports (1972-1978), minutes, a 1970 self-study that traces the establishment of the institute, and material from “Celebrate Charlotte.” These materials date from the time when the Urban Institute was known by its initial title, the Institute for Urban Studies and Community Service.

The bulk of the collection pertains to the development of University Place, a mixed-use community in the University City area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute played a major role in the development of this community, and files in the University Place series include minutes, correspondence, land plats, zoning information, building designs, and photographs.

The third series consists of materials pertaining to the Piedmont Waste Exchange program, later known as the Southeast Waste Exchange until its termination on January 31, 2001. Materials such as a program description and material on liability issues, market assessment studies, and small quantity hazardous waste generators are included. The bulk of this series is the program’s newsletter, initially called the Mecklenburg County Waste Exchange, then the Waste Watcher. Volume 10, Number 3 of the Waste Watcher (1989) is not included.

A fourth series holds CLUG, the Community Land Use Game, developed by Allan F. Feldt. Included are background information, the published instructor’s manual, the player’s manual, a game board, game board sheets, and the game pieces, play money, and information sheets needed to play the game.

In addition, single files on the Civic Index Project (1988-1989), the Charlotte meeting of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (1995), and the 35th Anniversary celebration of the Urban Institute (2004) can be found in this collection.

Also included is film that, according to Dr. Norman Schul, documents a conference held in New York City in 1968 where the concept of forming what is now the Urban Institute was presented.


  • Creation: 1966 - 2004


Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research.


Copyright held by UNC Charlotte. 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.

Administrative History

The Urban Institute at UNC Charlotte is housed within Academic Affairs.

As stated in the 1970 Institute for Urban Studies and Community Service Self-Study, located in the collection, “The 1969 General Assembly [of North Carolina] appropriated funds to the Board of Higher Education for urban affairs programs primarily on the campuses of the Consolidated University. The amount of $500,000 was provided through the office of the Vice President for Research and Public Service and allocation were made to the campuses at Chapel Hill, Charlotte, and Raleigh. The Institute for Urban Studies and Community Service was established January 1970 to provide a focal point at UNCC for new approaches to continuing urban problems.”

By the time the 1982/1983 university catalog was published in June 1982, the Institute for Urban Studies and Community Service was referred to by its new name, the Urban Institute.


Norman W. Schul – 1970-1974

James L. Cox – 1974-1977

N. David Milder – 1977-1979, Acting Director

James W. Clay – 1979-1985

Mary Dawn Bailey – 1985-1986, Interim Director

William J. McCoy – 1986-2001

Owen Furuseth – 2001-2003, Interim Director

Jeff Michael – 2003-present

The above information was sourced from documents within the collection and from the UNC Charlotte catalogs, the Urban Institute website, Ken Sanford’s book Charlotte and UNC Charlotte: Growing up together, and internal memos.


6.254 Linear Feet (13 boxes + map case folder, oversize folder, and film reel (3 legal document cases, 9 letter document cases, 1 record carton))

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Records of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute covering topics such as the development of University Place, the Southeast Waste Exchange, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the civic index project. Records pertaining to the institute's 35th anniversary are also included, along with a prototype for a game and a reel of film from the 1968 Piedmont Crescent Conference.

Related Materials

Previous versions of the Urban Institute’s websites dating back to July 2015 have been archived and are available at*/ and

The following University Archives collections also contain material from and about the Urban Institute:

) Chancellor (E. K. Fretwell) Records (UA0030)

Chancellor (James H. Woodward) Records (UA0174)  

Academic Affairs Vice Chancellor subject files (UA0001)

Business Affairs Vice Chancellor subject files (RG 27)

Student Affairs Vice Chancellor records (UA0091)

Development and Public Service Vice Chancellor records (UA0148)

Research and Public Service Vice Chancellor records (UA0147)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences records (UA0072)

Office of Assessment and Accreditation records (UA0007)

Office of Public Relations records (UA0226)

Public Information and Publications records (RG 28)

University Publications—Newsletters (UA0355)

J. Murrey Atkins Library records (UA0056)

UNC Charlotte Photographs (UA0066)

Separated Materials

Sixty publications were removed from this collection to be cataloged and shelved in University Archives publications. These can be accessed from the special collections reading room.

Processing Information

This collection consists of several accessions, each of which were initially processed to varying degrees and regarded as separate collections. In March 2019, these separate entities were merged into this single collection and some reprocessing was done by Olivia Eanes, archives assistant.

Original folder numbers from each initially separate collection were maintained, thus there is some duplication in folder numbers. There is no Folder 69 in Box 5 (this item was a publication removed for cataloging) and no Folders 25, 28, 36, or 49 in Box 6 (these materials were moved to the map case folder in this collection).

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute records
Legacy description edited and additions made by Olivia Eanes
March 2019
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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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