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Barbara Perzel papers

Identifier: MS0424

Scope and Contents

This small assortment of papers from Barbara Perzel was generated as the result of her work in real estate in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC in the early 1970s. The collection provides a small amount of documentation concerning some of the people who lived in that area and their residences around 1974.


  • 1962 - 1974
  • 1970 - 1974


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

Biographical note: Barbara Perzel was a real estate agent who worked in the Cornelius-Huntersville area of North Carolina; but at one time had real estate interests in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte. [Sources: Barbara Perzel Papers, Mss 424, University of North Carolina Charlotte Library Special Collections.]

Historical note: Elizabeth was one of Charlotte’s first suburbs, and was developed beginning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was developed on Charlotte’s east side, and followed in the design footsteps of the Dilworth neighborhood, on the south side. In June of 1891, ten investors from Charlotte convened to establish the Highland Park Company. Initially, they planned to each invest $50,000 to purchase and develop land that would target middle-class prospective homeowners. By 1894, the investors realized that the $50,000 initiation fee was too great for most of them, and the price was reduced to $17,500. This real estate development corporation purchase a little more than 152 acres of land from Joseph Shannonhouse, John White and Elizabeth White. One of the selling points for residential lots in this area was the fact that there were no factories, or railroads or other influences that would make for a noisy or dirty environment.

Originally, the neighborhood that developed in this area was known as Highland Park. Exactly when its identity changed is uncertain, though it very likely came about as the result of the establishment of a women’s college in the region: Elizabeth College—a women’s Lutheran school. However, the board of directors decided to relocate to Virginia in 1917. The college ended up selling its land to Mrs. William H. Belk and the newly established Presbyterian Hospital for a combined amount of over $200,000. Elizabeth was at first outside of the Charlotte city limits until 1908. Even so, the developers made good on a promise to provide electric, water, and sewer utilities and trolley service. In spite of the fact that this new development was close to an urban area, it preserved a special and green atmosphere through deed restrictions that determined the size of the lots and how close structures could be built to a property line or street. Lot prices, also determined by deed specifications, made for a very diverse community, with lot prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. [Sources: Rogers, John R. and Amy T. Rogers, Charlotte: Its Historic Neighborhoods, Arcadia Publishing, Dover New Hampshire, 1996 ; Barbara Perzel Papers, Mss 424, University of North Carolina Charlotte Library Special Collections.]


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Small array of papers (fourteen items) generated by Barbara Perzel, a real estate agent who worked in the Charlotte area in the 1970s and was especially knowledgeable about the Elizabeth neighborhood in Charlotte, NC.


Arranged chronologically in a single series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Barbara Perzel first donated these papers to the Levine Museum of the New South, in February of 2010. Later that month, Dr. Thomas Hanchett of the LMNS donated the papers to the UNC Charlotte Special Collections.

Related Materials

Ed Perzel Papers, Mss 349.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes.
Barbara Perzel papers
Finding aid written by Robert A. McInnes
February 2010
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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