UNC Charlotte Special Collections J. Murrey Atkins Library - Special Collections & University Archives

AAA Carolinas Records Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS0468

Dates

  • 1910 – 2009 (Creation)

Extents

  • 10 Linear Feet (Whole)

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    The collection comprises the records of AAA Carolinas, from its inception as the Carolina Motor Club in 1922 through 2009 and includes correspondence, annual reports, consumer publications and promotional materials, internal publications, media clippings, historical photographs, and back issues of the Club's magazine.

  • Administrative history

    The Carolina Motor Club was established as an AAA franchise on September 15, 1922 in Greensboro, North Carolina, with founder Coleman W. Roberts being named the executive head. By 1924, branch offices were operating in Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Goldsboro, Greenville, Waynesville, Kinston, Morganton, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. The headquarters eventually moved to Charlotte in 1937. The Club was central to the development of the tourism industry in both states, through its publications and promotion of the region to a national audience. It also played a key role in shaping automobile legislation, lobbying successful for the creation of a State Highway Patrol in North Carolina in 1929 and the introduction of drivers education to the state's high schools in 1957. In the 1980s, the Club underwent a name change from the Carolina Motor Club to AAA Carolinas.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection comprises the records of AAA Carolinas, from its inception as the Carolina Motor Club in 1922 through 2009. The collection contains correspondence, annual reports, consumer publications and promotional materials, internal publications for AAA franchises, media clippings, historical photographs, and back issues of the Club's magazine from 1923-1929 and 1936-2007. Also included is the Coleman W. Roberts Papers; which is comprised of his correspondence, internal memos, publications, and biographical material.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The AAA Carolinas 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.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is organized in four series:I. Administrative Records, 1920-2009, undatedII. Consumer Publications, 1910-2007, undatedIII. Carolina Motor Club Photographs, 1953-1999, undatedIV. Memorabilia , 1934-1973, undated

  • Preferred Citation

    AAA Carolinas Records, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Stacy Rue, 2014.

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