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Board of Education School Registers, 1861-1918

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2022-005

Scope and Contents

This collection contains six budget ledgers for Mecklenburg County schools dated 1861-1918, with the bulk of materials dated 1899-1918.


  • 1861 - 1918

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

The Charlotte public school system was founded in 1882, and TJ Mitchell was the first superintendent of the segregated school district. The first school for white children was South School, located on the corner of East Morehead Street and South boulevard. Myers Street School, the first school for African American students, also opened in 1882.

School consolidations began under Superintendent J.W. Wilson, (1944-1960), eventually merging the Charlotte City Schools with the Mecklenburg County Schools in 1960. Charlotte schools continued to be largely segregated, even after the 1954 Supreme Court decision on Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. There were no moves made toward integration for three years after the Brown decision.

On September 9, 1970, the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system was integrated. The first four African-American students to enter white schools were Delores Huntley (Alexander Graham Junior High), Girvaud Roberts (Piedmont Junior High School, Gus Roberts (Central High School), and Dorothy Counts (Harding High School). Gus Roberts graduated from Central in 1959.


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The Charlotte public school system was founded in 1882, with TJ Mitchell serving as the first superintendent of the segregated school district. This collection contains Mecklenburg County budget books for the schools, listing school information by township. Each entry includes data om operational budgets. Materials are in fair condition and dated 1861-1918.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.

Related Materials

Charlotte Board of School Commissioners. Annual Reports, Course of Study and By-Laws for the Guidance of the Board of School Commissioners of the City of Charlotte. Charlotte, NC: Board of School Commissioners, 1915/16. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 370.9756)

Charlotte, NC. The Code of the City of Charlotte: Containing the Charter of 1865-6; the Amended Charter of 1881; an Act of the Legislature Authorizing the Establishment of Public Graded Schools; the Ordinances Adopted by the Board of Aldermen; and an Appendix Containing the Contract with the Water Works Company, Rules of Order, etc. Charlotte, NC: Observer Steam Book and Job Presses, 1884. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 352.1 C479 C66)


Schools—Public—Black Schools (pre-1957). (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Schools—Public—High Schools—West Charlotte. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Condition Description

Materials are in fair condition. Registers are fragile.

Processing Information

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

Board of Education School Registers, 1861-1918
In Progress
Sydney Carroll, Hannah Cox
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Repository Details

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

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