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Photographs and sketches


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: Because many of the men and women belonging to the families that are part of this collection have similar names, it was difficult to distinguish some of the subjects of the various materials in these papers. There are many letters and papers from the different generations of the Sayres and Sullivans. Many individuals were named Sayre and many were named Clayton (both male and female). The names were used as first, middle and last names repeatedly. Much of this collection consists of Ella Hargrove Sayre Sullivan Robinson's correspondence as a young woman, during her first marriage, and after her first husband's death, and her financial records, including bills and receipts and some bank statements. There is a very small amount of material about The Columbia Record and a slightly larger amount of material about The Charlotte Observer, especially from just before Sullivan and Curtis Johnson bought the newspaper. Since Robinson and the Linebergers continued to own a substantial amount of stock in the paper, there is some material about the newspaper after 1921 as well. There is also material about Walter Sullivan's illness including pamphlets relating to diabetes, diet, Dr. Tilden's health program and other general health advice; information on the diet he was supposed to follow; and medical records.

The collection also consists of five scrapbooks about and made by Clayton Sayre Sullivan Lineberger, between 1918 and 1937. The first scrapbook includes photographs of Clayton beginning in her infancy, and also show the house where she was born and grew up, as well as the domestic servants (African-American maids) that the Sullivans employed. Other scrapbooks show pictures of Clayton later during her childhood, vacations that the family took (including a cruise to Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Russia in the 1930s), Clayton's introduction to Charlotte society as a debutante in the 1930s and her connection with the United States Lawn Tennis Association. The papers also do not include any material about W. S. O'B. Robinson Jr. (for more information see the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill on his father's papers, the Walter Smith O'Brien Robinson Papers, SHC #1768).


  • 1846-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 22.1 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English


Repository Details

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

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated