Board of Education School Registers, 1861-1918
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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Language of Materials
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.
Materials are in fair condition. Registers are fragile.
The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll.
- Education Subject Source: Local sources
- Public schools Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- School management and organization Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- School register Subject Source: Local sources
- Board of Education School Registers, 1861-1918
- In Progress
- Sydney Carroll, Hannah Cox
- Language of description
- Script of description
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