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Carol Wolhford Mesrobian and Caroline Mesrobian Hickman, 20 August 2013

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Identifier: OH-ME0571

Scope and Contents

In this second of two interviews Carol Wohlford Mesrobian and her daughter Caroline Mesrobian Hickman continue to share about their husband and father Ralfe Mesrobian's work as an architect in Charlotte, his hobbies, and his collection of architectural records that the family donated to UNC Charlotte. They discuss Mrs. Mesrobian's secretarial contributions to her husband's business and the effect the computer has had on the architectural profession. The majority of the interview, however, traces the history of Mrs. Mesrobian's family from her Thies, Wohlford, and Lambeth ancestral lines, including her immigrant ancestor Carl Adolf Thies, who was a German mining engineer. Carol shares recollections of numerous family members such as her grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Other topics include Carol's Moravian and Methodist roots, her personal and family connections to Old Salem, North Carolina, and to Salem Academy, her family's relationship to Moravian Bishop Herbert Spaugh, and the development of what is now Moravian Lane in Charlotte. Mrs. Mesrobian also recalls growing up in Myers Park among family in the 1930s, including childhood play, shopping, entertainment, and vacationing, and comments on medical care, women's social groups, and servants employed by her extended family. She briefly discusses her family's value of education, her own schooling, and her first job in Washington, D.C.

Dates

  • 20 August 2013

Biographical Note

Carol Wohlford Mesrobian was an 86-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in her home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte in 1926. She was educated at Myers Park Elementary School, Eastover Elementary School, Alexander Graham Junior High School, and Central High School in Charlotte, at Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, and at Queens College in Charlotte and worked as a homemaker and assistant to her husband in his architectural business. Caroline Mesrobian Hickman was 59-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in her mother's home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte in 1953. She was educated at Duke University (BA), Tulane University (MA), and UNC Chapel Hill (PhD) and was employed in the Carolina Room at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, with the Mecklenburg Historical Commission, and as an independent art and architecture historian.

Extent

151 Minutes

Language

From the Collection: English

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

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

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