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Chancellor (James H. Woodward) Records, 1985-2007

Identifier: UA0174

Scope and Contents

The Chancellor (James H. Woodward) Records consist of the office files of Dr. James H. Woodward, who served as the third chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The bulk of this collection dates from 1989 to 2005, but a few files were carried over from E. K. Fretwell’s chancellorship and can be found in this collection as well.

Major subject areas include committees and associations; major university divisions such as Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Student Affairs, and Development and University Relations; faculty and general personnel matters; athletics (see Administrative Offices and Divisions—Chancellor’s Office—Athletics); professional societies, civic organizations, businesses, and other educational institutions; the University of North Carolina System, including the system president and board of governors; the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees; local, state, and national government; foundations; campus planning and expansion; correspondence with various individuals; development of the University City area of Charlotte; and the administrative functioning of the Office of the Chancellor. Other topics include media outlets and publications, commencement, minority presence at UNC Charlotte, and the McMillian-Spratt Task Force on Health Care Policy. Several boxes of memorabilia from the chancellor’s office are also part of this collection.

Also included are several hundred speeches given by Chancellor Woodward during his tenure. Among these are speeches given at various university events, such as award presentations, convocation, commencement, building groundbreakings and dedications, and receptions, in addition to speeches given to outside groups and reports to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees. Material that is topically related to the files in the Speeches series can be found in other series throughout the collections, e.g. UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees, Rotary Club, Commencement, etc.

One file of note is that which contains a copy of the North Carolina General Assembly resolution in memory of UNC Charlotte founder, Bonnie Cone (see Government—State Government—General Assembly).

This collection has been divided into the following seventeen series, many of which have further subseries: University of North Carolina System; UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees; Administrative Offices and Divisions; Campus Planning and Facilities; Committees and Task Forces; Speeches; Commencement; Government; University City Area; Businesses and Organizations; News and Media; Foundations and Endowments; Awards, Honors, and Scholarships; People; Cities and Countries; Alphabetical Subject Files; Memorabilia.

For more information about specific topics covered in the collections and their historical context, see the Historical Note. For information on how the files are organized into series, see the Processing Information Note.


  • Creation: 1985 - 2007


Accessing the Collection

This collection contains some restricted material. Certain files containing student and personnel information are restricted and must be reviewed by archives staff for Personally Identifiable Information (PII) before access can be granted.


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Historical Note

James H. Woodward became the third chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in July 1989 after the retirement of E. K. Fretwell and held the position until his own retirement in July 2005. During his chancellorship, UNC Charlotte reworked its mission statement and saw numerous developments in programs, facilities, and community involvement.

Academically, the university achieved doctoral research university status and saw the creation of two new colleges. In 2000, the School of Information Technology, which had begun a few years earlier in the William States Lee College of Engineering, was expanded to be a standalone college, the College of Information Technology. The College of Nursing was expanded to become the College of Nursing and Health Professions and grew again in 2002 to become the College of Health and Human Services.

UNC Charlotte’s campus grew to include several new academic, residential, and athletic facilities including the Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC); the Fretwell and College of Education buildings; Cato and Robinson Halls; Witherspoon, Squires, and Cypress residence halls; and the Belk Track and Field Center, Miltimore-Wallis Athletics Training and Academic Center, and Wachovia Field House.

Other developments included the creation of the Charlotte Research Institute, growth of the C. C. Cameron Applied Research Center, acquisition of funding for the Bioinformatics Center, and successful promotion of a bond bill.

Information Sources, accessed April 30, 2020:


135.108 Linear Feet (297 letter document cases, 1 slim letter document case, 8 record cartons, 2 square Banker’s boxes, 1 map case folder, 1 shared oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Records of the Office of the Chancellor, largely from the period when James H. Woodward held the office.

Related Materials

Chancellor Installation Records (UA0032)

Chancellor (Dean W. Colvard) Records (UA0026)

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

Chancellor (Philip L. Dubois) Records

E. K. Fretwell, Jr. Papers (MS0200)

UNC Charlotte Photographs Collection (UA0066)

The files of the various vice chancellors (Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Student Affairs) and other campus offices provide related materials on the development of the university and its programs.

Previous versions of the Office of the Chancellor website dating back to 2015 have been archived and are available at*/

Processing Information

These files were received by the archives in several transfers from the Office of the Chancellor throughout Chancellor Woodward’s tenure. Four of the transfers (the bulk of this collection) consisted of files arranged in alphabetical order with some groupings (series) discernable. For instance, in some transfers, all committees were filed together in alphabetical order under “Committees” rather than filed individually by committee title. Additionally, Athletics folders were filed together under C with other files in the grouping “Chancellor’s Office.” Other discernable series in the original filing scheme included Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Student Affairs, Development and University Relations, Chancellor’s Office, Board of Trustees, UNC System, Government (with further divisions of City/County, State, and Federal), Associations, and Foundations.

In order to reflect the original way in which Chancellor Woodward’s files were organized, these groupings were maintained during archival processing, and relevant files from other transfers were added to them. When processing, the archives assistant grouped remaining files that were not part of an original category into topical series for ease of reference, e.g. Businesses and Organizations or University City Area. Physically, within each transfer the folders have been kept in the order in which they were received from the Chancellor’s Office, and the transfers have been merged to form a single run of box numbers from 1 to 308.

Files that have single dates often actually contain material from subsequent years as well. In most cases, dates written on the original folders were transcribed without confirming them from the actual materials.

There is no folder 85 in Box 8; no folders 160, 161, or 165 in Box 13; no folder 271 in Box 26; no folder 299 in Box 28; no folder 368 or 369 in Box 34; no folder 397 in Box 35; no folder 437 in Box 37; no folder 52 in Box 62; no folder 63 in Box 63; no folder 71 in Box 64; no folder 91 in Box 66; no folder 96 in Box 67; no folders 158-159 in Box 76; no folder 177 in Box 77; no folder 192 in Box 78; no folder 220 in Box 82; no folders 242-263 in Box 85; no folders 270-271 in Box 86; no folders 324-325 in Box 91; no folder 333 in Box 92; no folder 368 in Box 93; no folder 402 in Box 98; no folders 460-461 in Box 105; no folder 467 in Box 106; no folders 489, 504, or 510 in Box 107; no folder 595 in Box 112; no folder 666 in Box 119; no folders 803, 808, or 813 in Box 130; no folders 890-894 in Box 136; no folder 18 in Box 139; no folder 90 in Box 146; no folder 159 in Box 155; no folder 166 in Box 156; no folder 389 in Box 179; no folder 69 in Box 213.

Processed by Olivia Eanes, Archives Assistant, Spring 2020

Chancellor (James H. Woodward) records, 1985-2007
Olivia Eanes
April 2020
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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