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Charlotte Viewpoint Records, 2003-2011

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-2019-004

Content Description

The Charlotte Viewpoint Records consists of items relating to Charlotte Viewpoint. Overarching series include administrative records, audio/visual, awards, correspondence, programs/presentations, and publications. The bulk of the collection is dated 2006-2008, with other materials falling c2003 and c2011.


  • 2003 - 2011

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 for any collection belonging to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room must be obtained by Library staff.

Biographical / Historical

The story of Charlotte Viewpoint began in the fall of 2003 when Mark Peres, a citizen of Charlotte, recognized a desire among many residents for informed and smart discussion about art, culture and civic life. A life-long love of writing and fascination with cityscapes and new media sparked an idea. Mark launched Charlotte Viewpoint to showcase the talent of everyday citizens and to introduce new voices to the conversation about the growth and future of the city.

From the beginning, Charlotte Viewpoint sought to establish itself as an independent, innovative voice. Charlotte Viewpoint was fortunate to attract a great team of editors and writers, and to seize – just at the right time – the intersection of the digital age and citizen participation. Charlotte Viewpoint showcased commentary from the region’s leading citizens, and quickly gained an audience solely by word of mouth.

Over its 13-year run, Charlotte Viewpoint published hundreds of essays, interviews, reviews, stories, poems, photographs, videos and works of art. Charlotte Viewpoint hosted panel discussions and partnered with other arts and journalism organizations to further creativity and the development of the city. The collective work of Charlotte Viewpoint captures a critical slice of the intellectual and artistic discourse of the Charlotte region at the start of the 21st century.

Charlotte Viewpoint existed as a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported by forward-thinking individuals and business sponsors, grants from agencies and foundations, and income from workshops and consultation.


.5 Linear Feet (1 Legal, full-sized document box)

.5 Cubic Feet (1 Legal, full-sized document box)

Language of Materials



Charlotte Viewpoint is a magazine about the city and culture of the Charlotte region that existed between 2003-2016. Charlotte Viewpoint published civic and cultural commentary and programmed events about Charlotte for engaged citizens to nurture creative capital, elevate civic discourse and promote intellectual and artistic excellence in the Charlotte region. The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room digitally preserved the Charlotte Viewpoint website (, which is directly related to the analog materials in this collection. The website has a more extensive collection of publications and cultural/historical information than the physical collection.

This collection contains administrative/organizational records, awards, audio/visual materials, correspondence, programs/presentations, and publications relating to Charlotte Viewpoint. Materials are dated 2003-2011.


There are 6 series in this collection. Series 1: Administration, c2007-2008-- includes administrative records of Charlotte Viewpoint. Items found in this series include handbooks, staff hierarchy charts, business card prints, and other general information relating to administrative tasks; Series 2: Audio/Visual, c2007-- consists of any materials relating to the website design, oral interviews, and video back ups of interviews; Series 3: Awards, 2010-- consists of one BOB (Best of the Best) award for the Best Online Culture Journal; Series 4: Correspondence, c2003-2011-- consists of letters written to Mark Peres from a variety of community members and business owners; Series 5: Programs/Presentations, c2004-2005-- consists of fliers, program notes, presentation slides, and other materials used for programs and presentations created/presented by Charlotte Viewpoint staff; Series 6: Publications, 2008-2010-- contains a variety of published articles and magazines created by Charlotte Viewpoint staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Mark Peres on January 24, 2019.

Related Materials

Charlotte Viewpoint.

Jackson, Jeff. Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond. Charlotte, NC: Novello Festival Press, 2010. (NCR 810.8)

Peres, Mark and Russell Shuler. Charlotte Dreamscapes. Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Viewpoint, 2007.

Peres, Mark, Russell Shuler, and Paul Cotter. Charlotte Viewpoint: Perspectives. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, c2006. (NCR 975.62 C479 P43)

Condition Description

Materials are in good/excellent condition.

Physical Description

Materials are in good/excellent condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll in March 2019.

Charlotte Viewpoint Records, 2003-2011
Sydney Carroll
March 2019
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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