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Ben E. Douglas papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0109

Scope and Contents

This collection contains little material relating to Douglas's tenure as mayor of Charlotte. Includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and material documenting Douglas's interest in aviation. The Ben E. Douglas Papers are organized into a single, alphabetical folder title series.

Dates

  • 1910 - 1982
  • 1935 - 1980

Creator

Physical Description

ca. 110 items, including 26 photographs

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

Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr. was born in Iredell County, N.C., on September 2, 1894. During the World War I, he served to the rank of first lieutenant in a machine gun battalion (1917-19). In 1926, he organized Douglas and Sing Mortuary in Charlotte and, in 1946, he founded Douglas Furs. In addition to his business activities, he served 3 terms as mayor of Charlotte (1935-41), director of the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development (1953-55), and as a member of the Charlotte Airport Advisory Committee (1961-79). Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is named for him. Douglas died in Charlotte on July 27, 1981.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Overview

Papers of a Charlotte mayor (1935-41), businessman, and promoter of aviation. Consists primarily of material relating to Douglas's service (1961-79) on the Airport Advisory Committee for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. Includes transcript of a radio address given by Douglas on Nov. 7, 1936, as mayor of Charlotte.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Combined gift of Mrs. Ben E. Douglas, Sr., Ben E. Douglas Jr., Robert L. Douglas, and Jean Douglas Foley, 1984. Gift of James Williams, 2003.

Related Materials

Ben Douglas Papers, Duke University. Oral History Collection, UNC Charlotte.

Physical Description

ca. 110 items, including 26 photographs
Title
Papers of Ben E. Douglas
Status
Completed
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