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Robert M. Wearn diploma

 Collection — Oversize Box: OF13 [F09.002.07.01], Folder: 3
Identifier: MS0401

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a single item: a Charlotte High School diploma, dated June 14, 1918, issued to Robert M. Wearn. One of the things featured on this document is an illustration of the school, one of the earliest known of that building.

Missing Title

  1. Wearn, Robert Morrison, 1900-1953.
  2. Charlotte High School (Charlotte, NC)�Graduation requirements.
  3. Robert M. Wearn diplomas, June 14, 1918.
  4. High Schools�North Carolina�Charlotte�Graduation requirements.
  5. Diploma for Robert M. Wearn�June 14, 1918.


  • 1918-06-14


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

Robert Morrison Wearn was born to William Richard and Frances Cenie Stafford Wearn in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 4, 1900. He matriculated through Charlotte High School, graduating with a diploma from that school on June 14, 1918. He later married Aileen Hough on April 15, 1930; and with her had a son, named Robert Morrison Wearn, Junior. Robert Senior died on October 10, 1953. Robert Junior married Mary Lou Creech on February 21, 1954, and had four sons, Robert Morrison Wearn III (born on October 5, 1954), Richard Hough (born in December of 1956 and died later that same month), William Scott (born on Feb 13, 1958), and Mark Edward (born on July 5, 1960). Robert, Junior and Mary Lou later divorced. Elsewhere in the Wearn family tree, Joseph Henry Wearn (brother to Robert Senior) owned a successful lumber company, the Wearn Lumber Company, in Charlotte for many years; and Arthur H. Wearn (a cousin to Robert, Junior) was mayor of Charlotte in the 1930s.

Biographical / Historical

The Charlotte, NC public school system began in 1880 when voters approved a special school tax and elected a board of school commissioners. Convincing taxpayers to vote in favor of the establishment of a school board and financing public schools was very difficult in the early years, as taxpayers were resistant to paying additional taxes on their property, and the vote on the school board was a close one. Separate schools for white and black children opened in 1882. Construction and expansion of the school system proceeded steadily over the years and new schools were usually built as new neighborhoods and housing developments were built. By the spring of 1908, the system only offered schooling through the tenth grade. The school system organized the eleventh grade starting in the fall term of that year, and a high school on the north side of Charlotte by 1912. The establishment of the high school consolidated grades nine through twelve in North School beginning that year. In the 1920s, the Charlotte City Board of Education approved funding for the construction of its first junior high school, Piedmont Junior High, which was the first purpose-built junior high school in North Carolina. In 1957, the Board of School Commissioners changed its name to the Charlotte City Board of Education. Three years later, in 1960, the city and county systems combined to form the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. From approximately 1948 to 1958, this was the board that governed Charlotte Center, which later became known as Charlotte College, and still later, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This jurisdiction ended in 1958, when the North Carolina Community College System was established.


1.25 Linear Feet (One oversize item, measuring 20 x 16 inches)




A diploma issued by the Charlotte [NC] High School to Robert M. Wearn on June 14, 1918.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Robin Brabham on July 23, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, July 2008.
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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