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Interviews from the Southern Oral History Program concerning Belmont (Charlotte, N.C.)

 Collection
Identifier: MS0599

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of transcripts and interviews with residents of Belmont. They largely discuss their memories of Belmont and the Piedmont Courts Public Housing Development over the years. Interviewees express uncertainty over the future of affordable housing in the area and describe how residents have organized over the years to preserve and strengthen their neighborhood.

Dates

  • 2006-2007

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Interviews from the Southern Oral History Program concerning Belmont (Charlotte, N.C.) are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. The copyright is held by the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. 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 Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte began as a working-class area where predominantly white textile workers lived. After urban renewal and the displacemnt of thousands of African-American families in the 1960s, the demographics of the neighborhood began to change as many African-Americans relocated to Belmont. In 2006, the Piedmont Courts Public Housing Development was torn down as part of the federally-sponsored HOPE VI Development project. Piedmont Courts was built in the 1940s as the first public housing development in North Carolina. Its destruction created uncertainty surrounding the availability of affordable housing in the neighborhood.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 letter document cases)

Overview

Interviews conducted for UNC-Chapel Hill's Southern Oral History Program that document the changing nature of the Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte, particularly in light of the destruction of the Piedmont Courts Housing Project in 2006 and the lack of affordable housing in the area.

Existence and Location of Originals

Interviews form part of UNC Chapel Hill's Southern Oral History Program Collection, Series U: The Long Civil Rights Movement: The South Since 1960s, 2000-2016: Economic Justice in Charlotte, N.C., 2008. [https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/04007U/#d1e4433]

Digitized content, including recordings, can be found online in the Southern Oral History Programs online database: https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sohp
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Interviews from the Southern Oral History Program concerning Belmont (Charlotte, N.C.)
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Repository Details

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

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 USA