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Stanford R. Brookshire papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0041

Scope and Contents

Chiefly official papers of Charlotte's first four-term mayor (1961-69). Comprised of subject files, correspondence, and speeches documenting almost a decade of change, particularly in regard to desegregation, and reflecting the increasing role of the federal government in addressing urban problems. Also includes material relating to national municipal organizations and to his family and personal life.

Dates

  • 1960 - 1990

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Stanford Raynold Brookshire was born on July 22, 1905 in Troutman, N.C. He moved to Charlotte and briefly worked for The Charlotte Observer following his graduation from Trinity College (now Duke University) in 1927. After several jobs, including working in his father's construction firm, Brookshire established Engineering Sales Company of Charlotte, Inc., with his brother, Voris G. Brookshire, in 1933. He was elected president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in 1960. Brookshire married Edith Mitchell in 1934 and they had two children, Carolyn (b. 1936) and Stanford R. Jr. (b. 1941). He died on October 10, 1990 in Charlotte.

Extent

8 Linear Feet

Overview

Chiefly official papers of Charlotte's first four-term mayor (1961-69). Comprised of subject files, correspondence, and speeches documenting almost a decade of change, particularly in regard to desegregation, and reflecting the increasing role of the federal government in addressing urban problems. Also includes material relating to national municipal organizations and to his family and personal life.

Arrangement

The Stanford R. Brookshire Papers are divided into two subgroups: Mayoral Papers and Personal and Family Papers. Subgroup I, MAYORAL PAPERS (1960-1970), is divided into the following series: Series 1, SUBJECT FILES (1960 1969) provides the most extensive documentation of Brookshire's administration of civic affairs. Organized according to Brookshire's system of subject classification, the files contain correspondence and related material on committees appointed by Brookshire, on City departments, on urban renewal and other city improvement projects, on special civic events, and on national organizations of city government officials. Of particular interest are files relating to federal funding for urban renewal projects, reflecting the efforts by both federal and municipal governments during the 1960s to eliminate poverty and blight in the inner city. Funding for Charlotte came about through such programs as Model Cities and the Brooklyn Area Plan for the redevelopment of downtown's slum area. Also reflected in this series are Charlotte's organized efforts to desegregate peacefully, particularly through the Mayor's Community Relations Committee, established by Brookshire in 1961 to reconcile complaints of discrimination in the community (see also Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Records). Series 2, GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, (1961 1970) contains correspondence to and from Brookshire generally not relating to the administration of official city business, and including letters of congratulations, thanks, praise, criticism, and complaint. Also includes Brookshire's reelection campaign correspondence (1963, 1965, 1967) and letters to Brookshire relating to desegre¬gation in Charlotte, in particular, to the Poor People's March in 1968 and the bombing of the homes of four African American civil right leaders in 1965. Series 3, SPEECHES AND STATEMENTS (1961 1969). Series 4, PRINTED MATERIAL (1963 1969), contains newspaper clippings, magazine articles, published reports, and scrapbooks. Series 5, PHOTOGRAPHS (1965, n.d). Subgroup II, PERSONAL PAPERS (1970 90), includes a printed family history (1979), speeches by Brookshire (1970 88), and Brookshire's obituary (1990).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Stanford R. Brookshire, 1971 and 1988; Karen Owensby, 2000.

Related Materials

UNC Charlotte Oral History Collection: interview with Brookshire; Fred D. Alexander Papers (UNCC Manuscript 91); Kelly M. Alexander Papers (UNCC Manuscript 55); John M. Belk Papers (UNCC Manuscript 41); LeGette Blythe Papers (UNCC Manuscript 64); Charlotte Mecklenburg Charter Commission Records (UNCC Manuscript 6); Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Records (UNCC Manuscript 101); Reginald A. Hawkins Papers (UNCC Manuscript 125).

Legal Status

Not held by UNC Charlotte Library. For authors of materials in this collection, copyright may be retained by the authors or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. It is the sole responsibility of users of this collection to observe all applicable copyright laws, permissions and restrictions applicable to the materials contained in the collection.

Processing Information

Additions processed by James Kusik, 2000.
Title
Stanford R. Brookshire papers
Status
Completed
Author
James Kusik
Date
2000
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

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

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