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Earl B. Horner, Sr. papers

Identifier: MS0151

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of engineering drawings for highway bridges. Includes both general and specific project designs. Includes a biographical sketch of Horner, and three volumes regarding engineering specifications and practices.


  • 1903 - 1944


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

Earl Baynes Horner, Sr. (1882-1944) was a native North Carolinian. His parents were Thomas J. and Annie (Terry) Horner of Person County, NC. Horner worked in his early adulthood as a carpenter’s assistant. He shortly thereafter went to work for Virginia Bridge and Iron Company as a member of the “bull gang” carrying heavy equipment at the plant. He took about four years of correspondence courses in civil engineering, focusing on bridge construction. When he received his diploma, he began working as a draftsman and field engineer for the firm. Later, he worked for the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company in Burlington, N.C. At 37, he became mayor of Burlington and concentrated his political career on municipal improvements to the water services and infrastructure of that city. Horner was appointed to the Board of the State Tobacco Commission and to the NC Local Government Commission. Horner married Dailie McPherson in 1920 and they had two children: Earl Baynes, Jr. and Rebekah Ann. Horner was mayor of Burlington from 1919 to his death in 1944.


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Engineering drawings for highway bridges designed primarily by Carolina Steel Bridge and Construction Company of Burlington, N.C. There are a few manuals on engineering specifications and practices, and a biographical sketch of Horner by Stanley A. Cook.


The collection is arranged into two series, they are: Publications and Papers, 1925, 1943-1944, undated and Drawings, 1903-1911.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David L. Hanks, 1993.

Related Materials

Historic Alamance County: An Illustrated History / By William Murray Vincent

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Lowder, 1993; updated by James Kusik, January 2002.
Earl B. Horner papers
Finding aid written by Melanie Lowder, 1993. Finding aid updated by James Kusik, January 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