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Charlotte Boys Choir Records

Identifier: MS0295

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials associated with the Charlotte Boys Choir. Included are concert programs, reel-to-reel recordings of performances, photographs, newspaper article clippings, and a transcript of an oral history interview with R. Powell Majors, former president of the Charlotte Rotary Club and one of the founders of the choir.


  • undated


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Charlotte Boys Choir records are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. 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

Organized by C.W. "Pat" Gilchrist in 1946 or 1947, the Charlotte Boys Choir first performed as the Charlotte Rotary Boys Choir under the leadership of James P. "Jim" McMillan, who remained active in the organization throughout its lifespan. The choir sang all types of music and performed skits that involved both female and male roles. It eventually added specialty acts such as clogging and comedy routines to its repertoire. Initially made up of only a few boys, the choir grew to seventy-five members in just one year or so. The choir performed at benefits and fundraisers throughout North and South Carolina and traveled as far as New York, where its performance at the International Rotary Convention was broadcast on NBC Radio. The Charlotte Boys Choir performed for seventeen seasons, disbanding at the end of 1963.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John Sanders, 2002.



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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