Chancellor Installation Records
Scope and Contents
Although the scope of material in each series varies somewhat, throughout the collection are planning materials outlining the installations’ organization, budget materials, invitations and programs, scripts, and correspondence from installation participants. Other files include congratulatory correspondence from individuals and institutions, the chancellor’s oath of office, the original score of Louis McGlohon's "Festival March" (commissioned especially by Dr. Loy Witherspoon for Woodward’s installation), and recordings and original scores of James Sutcliffe’s “Academic Festival March” from the 1960s, which was composed for Colvard’s installation and from which the university’s Alma Mater was developed.
Also included are photographs from Colvard's, Fretwell's, and Woodward's installations and negatives from Dubois's installation.
- 1966 - 2006
Accessing the Collection
UNC Charlotte’s Alma Mater is part of an “Academic Festival March” composed for UNC Charlotte by James Helme Sutcliffe, a Charlotte composer and music critic who lived in Germany at the time of the work's composition.
Dr. Loy Witherspoon, professor of religious studies, commissioned the March in 1965 when he learned that Charlotte College would become a campus of The University of North Carolina. The March was first performed in 1966 at the installation of Dean W. Colvard as UNC Charlotte’s first chancellor. Afterwards, it was performed as a recessional at every Commencement during Dean Colvard’s tenure as chancellor.
Upon hearing the March Bonnie Cone envisioned the final refrain as an alma mater and shared this thought with Dr. Robert Rieke, a professor of history. On a 1990 trip to Germany, Rieke picked up a recording of the March from Sutcliffe and began writing words to fit the final refrain. On Christmas Eve, 1991, he sent Bonnie Cone the words and music as a Christmas present to her and to the university, from which he had retired a year earlier. Chancellor James H. Woodward approved the composition as the university’s Alma Mater in April 1992. It was sung for the first time at Commencement the following May and has been performed at every Commencement since.
2.918 Linear Feet (5 boxes [1 15.5" clamshell boxe; 3 letter document case; 1 legal document case])
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Office of the Chancellor (Organization)
- Sutcliffe, James Helme (Composer, Person)
- Chancellor Installation records
- Legacy description modified and additions made by Olivia Eanes
- January 2018
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