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Frank Bishop Real Estate Collection, 1925-2012

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2021-036

Content Description

The Frank Bishop collection consists of documents relating to the real estate career of Frank Bishop as well as the city planning and development of the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Most of the collection dates from the 1960s to the 1990s with a few outliers in the 1920s, 1930s, and early 2000s. The series contains real estate association newsletters, city planning documents from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, real-estate sales information for developing residential subdivisions, as well as floorplans and blueprints from local home builders. The collection also includes documents from some of Charlotte institutions, businesses, maps, and informational guides.

Materials are arranged into 8 series:

Series 1: Frank Bishop,1964-1992, three subseries: Education, Life and Career. The bulk of the Education subseries contains his lessons and notes from The Realtor’s Institute, as well as graduation photos. The Life subseries contains various invitations and letters. The Career subseries includes office documents, home advertisements, photos and bulletins from the various real estate companies he worked for throughout his career.

Series 2: Real Estate Associations, 1925-1995, is divided by the real estate association and include newsletters, budgets, by-laws and regulations, membership rosters, and publications from other local realtors.

Series 3: City Planning, 1965-2007, is divided into four subseries: Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Transportation, Tax Line Maps, and the City of Charlotte. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission series includes district and small area plans, information regarding the Generalized Land Use Plan 2005, zoning maps, and policies. The Transportation subseries includes road expansion plans. The Tax Line Maps contain tax maps of various areas in the city. The City of Charlotte subseries includes ordinances and rezoning plans. Located in Box 8 are rolled construction schedules as well as improvement plans from the Department of Transportation and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility Department.

Series 4: Charlotte Development, 1962-2007, is divided into six subseries: Expansion, Redevelopment, Construction, N.C. Home Builders Association, Home Builders Association of Charlotte, and Home Builders. The Expansion subseries features land sales and land development. The redevelopment series information on building restorations and repurposing. The Home Builders subseries contains office documents, floor plans, and blueprints from home building companies organized by the first letter of the company name.

Series 5: Charlotte Neighborhoods, 1933-2007, is divided into two subseries: Subdivisions and Real Estate. The Subdivisions subseries has information on subdivisions which is organized by first letter of name including, lots, house prices, amenities. Real Estate subseries includes magazines, covenants, and land deeds.

Series 6: Charlotte Institutions, 1962-1994 is divided into six subseries: Educational, Government, Non-Profit, Religious, Media, and Cultural. Each contains brochures, newsletters, and reports.

Series 7: Charlotte Businesses, 1939-2000, is divided into five subseries: Publications, Banks, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Hotels, and Miscellaneous Businesses. The Publications subseries includes various business magazines from the 1980s-1990s. The Banks subseries includes payment tables, annual reports, and brochures. The Chamber of Commerce subseries includes annual reports, research, directories, and newsletters.

Series 8: Charlotte Area Information, 1967-2012, is divided into six subseries: Attractions, Newcomer Booklets, Area Guides, Maps, Data and Taxes. It includes a variety of materials such as maps, street guides, land surveys, population reports, and tax information from the 1980s.

Dates

  • 1925 - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

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

13.71 Linear Feet

8.88 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Frank Bishop was a real-estate agent with deep experience in the Charlotte, North Carolina area during the 1960s to the early 2000s. He graduated from The Realtor’s Institute (a collaboration between UNC Chapel Hill and the N.C. Association of Realtors) in 1968 and worked for the Howey Company and Touchberry Realty in the 1960s-1970s before being named executive vice president of Touchberry, Bishop, and Livingston. He eventually opened his own real estate company, Frank Bishop Realtors, in the 1980s. He also served in various leadership roles within the Charlotte Board of Realtors, the Multiple Listing Committee and the North Carolina Association of Realtors. His involvement in the development and growth of the city of Charlotte over the past 60 years has led to a large collection of sales brochures for new subdivisions, floor plans and blueprints, real estate newsletters, and city planning documents relating to the growth of Charlotte. Materials are dated 1925-2012.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged into 8 series:

Series 1: Frank Bishop,1964-1992, three subseries: Education, Life and Career. The bulk of the Education subseries contains his lessons and notes from The Realtor’s Institute, as well as graduation photos. The Life subseries contains various invitations and letters. The Career subseries includes office documents, home advertisements, photos and bulletins from the various real estate companies he worked for throughout his career.

Series 2: Real Estate Associations, 1925-1995, is divided by the real estate association and include newsletters, budgets, by-laws and regulations, membership rosters, and publications from other local realtors.

Series 3: City Planning, 1965-2007, is divided into four subseries: Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Transportation, Tax Line Maps, and the City of Charlotte. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission series includes district and small area plans, information regarding the Generalized Land Use Plan 2005, zoning maps, and policies. The Transportation subseries includes road expansion plans. The Tax Line Maps contain tax maps of various areas in the city. The City of Charlotte subseries includes ordinances and rezoning plans. Located in Box 8 are rolled construction schedules as well as improvement plans from the Department of Transportation and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility Department.

Series 4: Charlotte Development, 1962-2007, is divided into six subseries: Expansion, Redevelopment, Construction, N.C. Home Builders Association, Home Builders Association of Charlotte, and Home Builders. The Expansion subseries features land sales and land development. The redevelopment series information on building restorations and repurposing. The Home Builders subseries contains office documents, floor plans, and blueprints from home building companies organized by the first letter of the company name.

Series 5: Charlotte Neighborhoods, 1933-2007, is divided into two subseries: Subdivisions and Real Estate. The Subdivisions subseries has information on subdivisions which is organized by first letter of name including, lots, house prices, amenities. Real Estate subseries includes magazines, covenants, and land deeds.

Series 6: Charlotte Institutions, 1962-1994 is divided into six subseries: Educational, Government, Non-Profit, Religious, Media, and Cultural. Each contains brochures, newsletters, and reports.

Series 7: Charlotte Businesses, 1939-2000, is divided into five subseries: Publications, Banks, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Hotels, and Miscellaneous Businesses. The Publications subseries includes various business magazines from the 1980s-1990s. The Banks subseries includes payment tables, annual reports, and brochures. The Chamber of Commerce subseries includes annual reports, research, directories, and newsletters.

Series 8: Charlotte Area Information, 1967-2012, is divided into six subseries: Attractions, Newcomer Booklets, Area Guides, Maps, Data and Taxes. It includes a variety of materials such as maps, street guides, land surveys, population reports, and tax information from the 1980s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Whitney Bishop (Frank Bishop's granddaughter), October 2020.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Lacey Stith, July 2021.
Title
Frank Bishop Real Estate Collection, 1925-2012
Status
Completed
Author
Lacey Stith
Date
2021-07-19
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