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Gilbert Luck's Joseph Pritchard Little Photograph Collection, c1880-c1979

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2021-038

Content Description

This collection contains photographs (originals and copies) of Joseph Pritchard Little and his family, friends, and associates. There are also images of Little's co-workers at Boyd Little and Duke Power Company. The collection is dated c1880-c1970, with the bulk of the collection dated from the first half of the twentieth century.

Dates

  • 1880 - 1979

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.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Pritchard Little was born on July 16, 1919, in Central, South Carolina, to Boyd William (1880-1940) and Pearl Pritchard Little (1889-1976). In 1921, the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Boyd was employed as an electrical engineer with Duke Power. Joseph (Joe) attended several Charlotte schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1937. He had begun playing flute and piccolo in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in 1934. Following his graduation, Little attended Duke University, following in his father’s footsteps by majoring in electrical engineering. He returned to Charlotte in 1939, having decided not to pursue this as a career. Little would go on to work as a radar technician during World War II, however.

In 1945, Little partnered with Otto Schuster to operate a radio and record store that eventually became known as the Joe Little Hi-Fi Center. A few years later in 1948, he married Peggy Anne Biggers. In 1964, Joe Little and Irene Maddox, who together formed the flute section of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, began the Charlotte Flute Association. Little went on to play with the Charlotte Symphony for 55 years, retiring in 1989, and continued operating the Joe Little Hi-Fi Center until his retirement in 1996. His wife, Peggy, passed away in 2000, and Little was remarried to Joyce Gasque Carmichael in 2003. Joe Little died on October 13, 2012 in Charlotte, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Extent

0.0 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Joseph Pritchard Little was born on July 16, 1919, in Central, South Carolina, to Boyd William (1880-1940) and Pearl Pritchard Little (1889-1976). In 1921, the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Boyd was employed as an electrical engineer with Duke Power. Following his graduation, Little attended Duke University, following in his father’s footsteps by majoring in electrical engineering. He returned to Charlotte in 1939, having decided not to pursue this as a career. Instead, Little was involved in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Joe Little Hi-Fi Center, among other things.

This collection contains photographs of his family, friends, and Duke Power associates. Photographs are dated c1880-1970 and in good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Gilbert Luck, January 2015.

Related Materials

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Charlotte Symphony Orchestra [sound recording]; Excerpts from the 1957-1958 Season. Charlotte, NC: The Orchestra, 1958 (CALL NUMBER: NCR CLASS)

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Collection, 1934-1990. Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Joseph P. Little Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Records, 1908-2007. Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Whalen, Meg Freeman. The Sound of Charlotte: The First 75 Years of the Charlotte Symphony/A Commemorative History. Charlotte, NC: Charlotte, The City Magazine, 2007. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 784.2 W552s)

Bibliography

Charlotte Flute Association and Flute Choir. History. 2004. http://charlotteflutes.com/history.htm

Joseph Pritchard Little. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=98931620&ref=acom

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll.

Title
Gilbert Luck's Joseph Pritchard Little Photograph Collection, c1880-c1979
Status
In Progress
Author
Sydney Carroll
Date
2021-11-03
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