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Richard Vinroot papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0259

Scope and Contents

Comprised primarily of municipal records documenting Vinroot's service as mayor of Charlotte from 1991 to 1995. The papers highlight the city council, the chamber of commerce, community development, consolidation of city and county government and services, crime (especially boot camps, drug enforcement, and the police department), cultural relations (especially Charlotte's interaction with its "sister cities"), education, housing, municipal services (especially compensation of city employees, reorganization of departments, and privatization of services), and sports (especially professional teams and facilities). The collection contains no records documenting Vinroot's earlier city council tenure, his 1996 and 2000 North Carolina gubernatorial campaigns, or his career as an attorney.

Dates

  • 1990 - 1995

Creator

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

Richard Vinroot was born in Charlotte on April 14, 1941. He attended Mecklenburg County public schools, and in high school he served as president of the student body and as captain of the football and basketball teams. He was an Eagle Scout who later served as a scout master for an inner-city troop. Vinroot was awarded a Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as class president and played varsity basketball under Coach Dean Smith. He graduated in 1963 with a degree in business administration and remained at Chapel Hill, where he earned a law degree in 1966. While in law school, Vinroot married Judy Allen, who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1965 with a degree in education. In 1966 he declined a military service deferment and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. When he returned from Vietnam, Vinroot joined the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, specializing in corporate litigation. He served on the Charlotte City Council from 1983 to 1991, was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1991, and was re-elected in 1993. As mayor of Charlotte, Vinroot enforced the Taxpayer Protection Act, which limited the growth of the city's budget to the annual percentage increase in population and the rate of inflation. The city set spending limits, establishing spending priorities, and 28 municipal departments were reorganized. Several municipal services were privatized, including sidewalk construction, tree-trimming, and residential garbage collection in parts of the city. The city hired 200 new police officers and established North Carolina's first "drug court" to facilitate the prosecution of drug criminals. In 1995, he was named "Municipal Leader of the Year" by American City and County magazine. In 1999, Vinroot helped establish the Sugar Creek Charter School, a rehabilitated retail store in one of Charlotte's poorer neighborhoods. The school served 500 students, mostly African-American, whose parents were unhappy with the public school system. Richard Vinroot is an elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, where he has been a senior high Sunday school teacher since 1969. His wife, Judy Vinroot, teaches adult literacy at Central Piedmont Community College.

Extent

13.5 Linear Feet (13 record center cartons and one manuscript box)

Language

English

Overview

Papers documenting the two mayoral terms (1991-95) of Richard Vinroot as the mayor of Charlotte, N.C. The papers highlight the city council, the chamber of commerce, community development, consolidation of city and county government and services, crime (including drug enforcement and the police department), cultural relations (especially Charlotte's interaction with its "sister cities"), education, housing, municipal services (including compensation of city employees, reorganization of departments, and privatization of services), and sports (especially professional teams and facilities). The collection contains no records documenting Vinroot's city council tenure, his campaigns for North Carolina governor (1996, 2000), or his professional career as an attorney.

Arrangement

The collection is organized alphabetically in a single subject file series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Permanent deposit by the City of Charlotte and the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1999.

Related Materials

Sue Myrick Papers (UNCC Manuscript 204).

Processing Information

Processed by Marilyn Schuster, 1999, and James Kusik and Deborah Lunsford, 2000.
Title
Richard Vinroot Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid compiled by Marilyn Schuster, 1999, James Kusik and Deborah Lunsford, 2000
Date
1999-2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
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