University Archives serves as the institutional memory of UNC Charlotte. It is the official repository for university records of enduring administrative, fiscal, legal and historical value. To support the teaching, learning, research, community service, and administrative needs of UNC Charlotte, the University Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible these unique and valuable resources. The goal of this program is to ensure the preservation of historically significant records and other materials that document the university's origins and activities as well as the achievements of its faculty, students, staff, and alumni.
The University Archives includes administrative and organizational records, publications, photographs, and audiovisual materials in all formats. Materials date from 1946 to the present and include historical records from UNC Charlotte’s predecessor institutions: the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina and Charlotte College.
Supplementing these records are the personal papers of individuals who were instrumental in the University’s early growth. These collections include the papers of Bonnie E. Cone, Elmer Garinger, W. University Archives, A. (Woody) Kennedy, Oliver Rowe, Hoyt Galvin, Addison Reese, and Robert Reike. Efforts are also made to collect the records of faculty committees, student government minutes, and student organizations, along with photographs and publications, to extend and provide substance to the account provided by the administrative records. We welcome inquiries about potential donations from alumni and others who may have photographs, letters, student organization records, or other materials that help tell the story of the university’s past.
Several University publications have been digitized by the DigitalNC Project: http://digitalnc.org/institutions/unc-charlotte. These publications include college and university catalogs, student newspapers (1947-1965), and yearbooks.
Records Management Services
The University Archives unit also provides assistance with interpreting the North Carolina University General Records Retention and Disposition schedule, performing records surveys and inventories, creating program-specific retention schedules, preparing records for archival transfer, and retrieving materials from records center storage. For more information, please visit our Records Management Services page.
To request access to University Archives, to make a donation or records transfer, or to request other records services, please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-687-1170.