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City of Charlotte Building Inspection Department photographs and speeches on urban renewal

 Collection
Identifier: MS0502

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material created by William H. Jamison in his capacity as the Superintendent of Building Inspection for the City of Charlotte. There are two folders of speeches and memoranda created by Jamison concerning housing code administration, community improvement, public safety and housing problems. In addition, there are several sheets of photographic slides of homes in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Greenville, many of which were demolished during urban renewal.

Dates

  • 1912, 1964-1982
  • 1964 - 1982

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

The City of Charlotte Building Inspection Department photographs and speeches on Urban renewal 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.

Biographical / Historical

The Building Inspection Department for the City of Charlotte oversaw code enforcement and building inspections for structures throughout the city. In addition, they handled issues with substandard housing and operated the Minimum Housing and Community Improvement Programs. These programs operated at the same time as Urban Renewal and focused on demolishing unfit dwellings and clearing vacant lots of weeds and debris. A main goal of the Community Improvement Program was to improve the livability of dwellings and to keep areas from slipping into a slum category by having inspectors require units to be repaired and rehabilitated. William H. Jamison was the Superintendent of the Building Inspection department for the majority of the time these programs were operating in the 1960s and 1970s.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (Box 1 - Correspondence, speeches, memorabilia Box 2 - Photographic slides, primarily buildings demolished as part of Urban Renewal (Brooklyn, Greenville neighborhoods))

Overview

Papers and slides documenting the work of the Building Inspection Department of the City of Charlotte and its superintendent, William H. Jamison. Includes reports, speeches, memoranda and photographic slides.

Arrangement

Box 1 - Correspondence, speeches, memorabilia Box 2 - Photographic slides, primarily buildings demolished as part of Urban Renewal (Brooklyn, Greenville neighborhoods)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated in 2015 by Mike Jamison.

Related Materials

Charlotte Redevelopment Commission (MS 350)
Title
City of Charlotte Building Inspection Department photographs and speeches on Urban renewal
Status
Unprocessed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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