The manuscript collections in Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives document the politics, people, arts and culture, social conditions, businesses, and activities of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. These archives date from the 19th to the 21st century, with the bulk representing the last half of the 20th century. Collection strengths include African American and civil rights history, LGBTQ history, city planning and development, education, and politics.
Manuscripts are original records that have been created or received by individuals, families, organizations, institutions, or agencies in the conduct of their affairs that document their transactions, ideas, decisions, or discussions. They may be in the form of correspondence, diaries, ledgers, memoranda, minutes, accounts, reports, literary creations, title deeds, legal documents, and photographs. Finding aids provide detailed information on the contents of manuscript collections.
Finding aids for our current holdings of manuscript collections (personal papers and organizational records) have been made available for online browsing and keyword searching. You can also explore a list of manuscript collection summaries organized by subject. These finding aids do not link to online collections -- they help you find physical collections you may be interested in. The collections can then be requested in the reading room on the 10th floor of the library.