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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Charter Commission records

Identifier: MS0006

Scope and Contents

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Charter Commission Records contain outlines and drafts of the charter; copies of each chapter of the charter with supporting documentation; minutes of meetings of the commission and its committees; maps showing proposed electoral districts; committee reports; staff studies; presentations by and reports on the towns of Davidson and Huntersville; and information on consolidation plans in other cities. Some correspondence is dispersed throughout the collection, but most of the material is in the form of printed or copied public reports.


  • 1968 - 1971


Physical Description

7.1 ft. (ca. 1150 items).

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

In 1969, the North Carolina General Assembly approved legislation creating an 18 member Charlotte Mecklenburg Charter Commission. As a result of studies, public hearings, and visits to other cities, the Commission proposed, in January, 1971, a consolidation of governments for the city of Charlotte, the county's five towns, and the county of Mecklenburg. Voters rejected the plan on March 22, 1971. The work of the Commission resulted in two official documents. The report, Responsible, Responsive Government, describes how the commission operated, lists the reports and studies completed, examines the existing governmental structures and the proposed consolidation plan with maps of the suggested electoral districts), and explains the reasons for the Commission's recommendations. The second document, The Proposed Charter for the Consolidated Government of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, contains the full text of the charter and the legislation that would have been required if the charter had been approved.

[NOTE: For additional information, see: Warren J. Wicker, Consolidation: An Account of the Activities Surrounding the Effort to Consolidate the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County; Schley Lyons, Citizen Attitudes and Metropolitan Government; William Moye, Charlotte Mecklenburg Consolidation: Metrolina in Action (1975); and George Douglas Carroll, City County Consolidation: The Charlotte Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Case (1974).]


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Official records of a commission appointed to recommend a consolidated government for Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte, and the then five towns. Includes outlines and drafts of the charter and supporting documentation, minutes, maps, correspondence, presentations by and reports on the towns of Davidson and Huntersville, and information on consolidation in other cities.


The collection is arranged into the following five series: Chapters and Articles, Committees, Staff Memoranda and Reports (1969-1970), Miscellany and Outlines and Drafts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charlotte Mecklenburg Charter Commission, 1971; Gift of Hila Stratton, 1983.

Related Materials

Fred D. Alexander Papers (Mss 91), Stanford R. Brookshire Papers (Mss 41), Reginald A. Hawkins Papers (Mss 125), H. Milton Short Papers (Mss 182).

Physical Description

7.1 ft. (ca. 1150 items).

Processing Information

Processed by James Kusik.

Missing Title

  1. Foundation for the Carolinas.
  2. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Charter Commission.
  3. Metropolitan government North Carolina Mecklenburg County.
  4. Charlotte (N.C.) Politics and government
  5. Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Politics and government
Charlotte Mecklenburg Charter Commission records
James Kusik
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated