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Frank O. Sherrill Papers, 1963

The collection primarily consists of newspaper clippings and letters collected by Frank O. Sherrill related to the decision to integrage the S&W Cafeteria chain. Sherrill was the co-founder of S&W Cafeteria, which, like many other restaurants in the South during the early 1960s, denied service to black patrons. By 1963, civil rights …

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Frank O. Sherrill Papers, 1963

Charlotte Aerial Photographs, circa 1948

This set of aerial photos, commissioned by the City of Charlotte, combine to provide
a comprehensive bird’s eye view of the landscape of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County around 1948, prior to the explosive growth of the second half of the twentieth century. They provide
documentary evidence of both the natural and manmade landscape …

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Charlotte Aerial Photographs, circa 1948

Julius L. Chambers Papers, 1964-1979

Files of a Charlotte attorney and his firm, Chambers, Stein, Ferguson, and Lanning, relating to their representation of Darius and Vera Swann and other plaintiffs in the landmark case Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts were constitutionally authorized to exercise …

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Julius L. Chambers Papers, 1964-1979

Taylor and Richardson Family Album

The Taylor and Richardson family album contains photographs and other materials that document the life of Charles Samuel Lafayette Alexander Taylor, an African American barber, soldier, and firefighter active in numerous social and political causes in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his family.

The Taylors were a prominent and influential …

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Taylor and Richardson Family Album

North Carolina Volunteer Firemen's Association Proceedings, 1905-1923

Organized in 1888 or 1889 and incorporated in 1891, the North Carolina Volunteer Firemen's Association supported the interests of African American volunteer firefighters throughout the state and served as a mutual aid society for members. It later changed its name to the North Carolina Colored Volunteer Fireman's Association. …

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North Carolina Volunteer Firemen's Association Proceedings, 1905-1923

About the collections



Atkins Library Special Collections seeks to promote and expand access to our rare and unique materials through an ongoing digitization program. The subject focus of our digitized collections is life in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, from before the Civil War to the late twentieth century. The types of materials include photographs and other visual formats, family papers, and correspondence.


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