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

Taylor and Richardson families album Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS0469
Finding Aid Author
Joseph Nicholson
Finding Aid Date
2015 February
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 1876-1953 and undated (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 volume in 2 parts

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    The Taylor and Richardson families album contains photographs and other materials that document the life of Charles Samuel Lafayette Alexander Taylor, an African American barber, soldier, and firefighter active in numerous social and political causes in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his family. The album contains photographs of Taylor; Ella Louise Pickens Taylor, his second wife, and other relatives and family connections. Other documents in the album include the will of Charles Taylor, family letters and birthday cards, newspaper clippings, obituaries for Charles Taylor and condolence letters written to the family following his death, death certificates of family members, historical sketches, stock certificates, and papers related to the purchase of land and cemetery plots.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Taylors were a prominent and influential African American family in Charlotte, North Carolina. Born a slave in South Carolina, Charles Samuel Lafayette Alexander Taylor (1849-1934) was educated in Quaker freedmen schools after the Civil War and pursued a profession as a barber in Charlotte, where he served as captain and financial secretary of a local African American fire company, the Neptune Volunteer Fire Company. His work as a volunteer fireman led to involvement with state and national fire service organizations, including the North Carolina Colored Volunteer Firemen’s Association, for which he served as financial secretary for 18 years. He remained active in the organization until his death. Taylor’s participation in numerous other civic and political causes in Charlotte included membership in the Charlotte Light Infantry, an African American state militia unit, and service as chairman of the Mecklenburg County Black Republican Delegation.

    In 1869 Taylor married Augusta Wheeler (?-1904) and had three sons, John J.L. Taylor, George R.N. Taylor, and Charles S.L.A. Taylor, Jr., all of whom served in the U.S. Army. After the death of his first wife, Taylor married Ella Louise Pickens (1875-1957) in 1905 and had two daughters, Harriet (1906-1961) and Louise (1909-?). Taylor and his second wife later assumed custody of James Franklin Richardson (1926-), his nephew by marriage. After service in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retirement from the U.S. Postal Service, Richardson embarked on a political career in Mecklenburg County, serving as a North Carolina general assemblyman and as a North Carolina state senator.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Taylor and Richardson families album contains photographs and other materials that document the life of Charles Samuel Lafayette Alexander Taylor, an African American barber, soldier, and firefighter active in numerous social and political causes in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his family. The album predominantly contains portrait and informal photographs of Taylor; Ella Louise Pickens Taylor, his second wife; Harriet and Louise Taylor, his daughters; James Franklin Richardson, his nephew and ward; and numerous other relatives and family connections. Among the other documents included in the album are the will of Charles Taylor, family letters and birthday cards, newspaper clippings, obituaries for Charles Taylor and condolence letters written to the family following his death, death certificates of family members, historical sketches, stock certificates, and papers related to the purchase of land and cemetery plots.

  • Available Online

    The Taylor and Richardson Families Album has been digitized and can be found online: http://digitalcollections.uncc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16033coll9

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mary Richardson, 2014 March.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The Taylor and Richardson families album is 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

    For preservation and usage, the pages of the album were placed in two binder boxes.

  • Preferred Citation

    Taylor and Richardson Family Album, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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