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Bonnie Cone [23], 1993 April 26

Identifier: GF-CO0090

Scope and Contents

In this student interview from 1993, Dr. Bonnie Cone, founder of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte), discusses the early days of the university's predecessor, Charlotte College. She explains that it was the students' decision to focus on basketball over all other college sports, and discusses the development of the UNC Charlotte basketball program over the years. Dr. Cone recounts how there were alternative locations suggested for Charlotte College before they decided on the Central High School campus, and she explains why she felt the college should not be near the North Carolina-South Carolina state border. Dr. Cone talks about her time as a student at Coker College in South Carolina, and discusses her work on Coker's Board of Trustees, including the importance of turning the women-only college into a coeducational institution. The interview ends with Cone sharing her current fundraising work for the university.


  • Creation: 1993 April 26

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Bonnie Cone was a 86-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was born in Lodge, South Carolina in 1907. She earned a B.A. from Coker College and an A.M. from Duke University and was employed as an educator and college administrator, most notably as president of Charlotte College and acting chancellor of UNC Charlotte.


32 Minutes

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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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