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Political Collection, 1885-2016

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2020-031

Content Description

The Political Collection consists primarily of materials associated with Mecklenburg County and North Carolina State, however there are some items from Union County, as well as the National level. Many of the items are formerly from the Ephemera Collection.

The collection spans from 1885-2016, with the bulk encompassing sample voting ballots from 1947-2016. The series consists of bills, correspondence, organizational records, promotional materials and voting materials. Materials are organized into three series: Counties, 1903-2016; State, 1927-2001; National, 1885-1976.


  • 1885 - 2016

Conditions Governing Use

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.


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This collection spans items of political relevance for the Carolinas between 1885-2016. The collection consists primarily of sample voting ballots for Charlotte-Mecklenburg and campaign paraphernalia. Items of particular interest in this collection include: a ticket to the 1885 Grand Inauguration Ball for President Grover Cleveland; a poll book from 1928; a signed letter from Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his term as Governor of the State of New York; a souvenir program from the 1936 Green Pastures Rally at which President F. D. Roosevelt was a speaker.

This collection includes bills, correspondence, organizational records, promotional materials and voting materials.


Materials are organized into three series:

Series 1: Counties, 1903-2016, includes organizational records; promotional materials; voter education materials. The predominant items among the voter education materials are sample ballots. The most notable item of the collection is a letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt while the Governor of New York.

Series 2: State, 1927-2001, encompasses bills; correspondence; committee directories; printed materials; promotional materials; voter education materials.

Series 3: National, 1885-1976, encompasses Grover Cleveland Inaugural Ball program; printed materials; voter education materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

Campbell, William A. Casting Your Vote in North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC: The Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 342.075)

Eamon, Tom. The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2014. (CALL NUMBER: 320.9756)

North Carolina Division of Archives and History. North Carolina Governors, 1585-1974: Brief Sketches. Raleigh, NC: Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources, 1974. (CALL NUMBER: NCR Circulating GEN 920.9756 N864n)

Special Collections, Atkins Library, Students and Staff. Charlotte Observer Clippings File (1929-1974). Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2005. (CALL NUMBER: NCR MICROFILM 071.5676, Reel 61)

WTVI Charlotte Public Television. The Tension of Their Times: The Story of the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Charlotte, NC: 2004. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VHS 324.62309)


Presidential Visits to Charlotte. University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Katie Grafer, June 2016.

Political Collection, 1885-2016
Katie Grafer
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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