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Charles Crutchfield Papers, 1936-1996

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2021-023

Content Description

The Charles Crutchfield Papers include materials relating to Crutchfield's professional work at WBT, Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting Company, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Materials are dated 1952-1978 and are arranged into 10 series:

Series 1: Audio/Visual, 1940-1990, includes cassette tapes, film, slides, and VHS tapes.

Series 2: Awards, 1970-1986, includes awards given to Charles Crutchfield during his professional career.

Series 3: Correspondence, 1947-1990, is the bulk of the collection and includes correspondence to a variety of people relating to events and programs.

Series 4: General, 1962-1990, includes miscellaneous items such as WBT company chronology, opinions, and WBT personality biographies.

Series 5: Interviews, 1974-1986, includes interviews of Charles Crutchfield.

Series 6: Photographs, contains a wide variety of photographs including past United States presidents, musical groups, and Billy Graham, among others.

Series 7: Programs, 1956-1959, includes materials relating to Crutchfield's involvement in public programming.

Series 8: Public Speaking, 1965-1996, includes all publicly-given and published addresses, editorials, essays, seminars, and speeches created by Crutchfield.

Series 9: Publications, 1948-1979, contains addresses, books, general, journal, newspapers, pamphlets, programs, and reports.

Series 10: Scrapbooks, contains 3 scrapbooks.

Dates

  • 1936 - 1996

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Extent

4.33 Cubic Feet

5.86 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Charles Crutchfield (1912-1998) started his career as an announcer and radio programmer for a variety of radio stations in the Carolinas. In the 1933 he joined the WBT staff, where he became famous for putting together the “Briarhoppers.” Crutchfield stayed at the station and its parent company until retiring in 1977 as president of the Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting Company. He was also active in a number of professional and civic organizations, to include: a U.S. State Department appointment for a Special Mission to Greece, service as a representative of the broadcast industry on a tour of the former Soviet Union, and his election as president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

This collection contains audio/visual materials, correspondence, photographs, awards, reports, interviews, and other materials relating to Crutchfield’s professional career. Materials are dated 1936-1996 and are in good condition.

Arrangement

Materials within each folder were kept in the original order in which we received the collection. The collection is arranged into 10 series:

Series 1: Audio/Visual, 1940-1990, includes cassette tapes, film, slides, and VHS tapes.

Series 2: Awards, 1970-1986, includes awards given to Charles Crutchfield during his professional career.

Series 3: Correspondence, 1947-1990, is the bulk of the collection and includes correspondence to a variety of people relating to events and programs.

Series 4: General, 1962-1990, includes miscellaneous items such as WBT company chronology, opinions, and WBT personality biographies.

Series 5: Interviews, 1974-1986, includes interviews of Charles Crutchfield.

Series 6: Photographs, contains a wide variety of photographs including past United States presidents, musical groups, and Billy Graham, among others.

Series 7: Programs, 1956-1959, includes materials relating to Crutchfield's involvement in public programming.

Series 8: Public Speaking, 1965-1996, includes all publicly-given and published addresses, editorials, essays, seminars, and speeches created by Crutchfield.

Series 9: Publications, 1948-1979, contains addresses, books, general, journal, newspapers, pamphlets, programs, and reports.

Series 10: Scrapbooks, contains 3 scrapbooks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown presenter, c1989.

Related Materials

Briarhoppers. (CALL NUMBER: NCR MUSIC VERTICAL FILES OLD TIME)

Charles H. Crutchfield. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Grundy, Pamela. From Il Trovatore to the Crazy Mountaineers: WBT-Charlotte and Changing Musical Culture in the Carolina Piedmont, 1922-1935. Chapel Hill, NC, 1991. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 791.4409 OVERSIZE)

WBT Collection, 1928-1952. (CALL NUMBER: NCR ARCHIVAL COLLECTION)

Bibliography

Chadbourne, Eugene. AllMusic. “Charles H. Crutchfield.” http://www.allmusic.com/artist/charles-h-crutchfield-mn0002159363

McAllister, Jim. BT Memories. “’Crutch’ Relates Some Experiences.” http://btmemories.com/profiles/profile_charles_crutchfield.html

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition. Preservation concerns for the audio/visual materials and scrapbooks.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, April 2021.
Title
Charles Crutchfield Papers, 1936-1996
Status
Completed
Date
2021-05-19
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Contact:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA