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Digital Collections at Atkins Library Now Live!

September 6, 2011

Digital Collections at Atkins Library is now available at and features digitized versions of Special Collections and University Archives holdings from the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte. This digital resource makes rare and unique research materials freely accessible to students, researchers, teachers, and lifelong learners around the world.

Inaugural collections include photographs from noted Charlotte photographer Steve Perille. While working for The Charlotte Observer, Perille was named the 1975 Southern Photographer of the Year. His images capture the social landscape of the late 1960s and 1970s. The collections also feature digitized historic Charlotte postcards from the Mary Boyer Collection. The postcards include views of the city, prominent homes, buildings (both public and private), schools, churches, hospitals, parks, and historical monuments in and around Charlotte throughout the twentieth century.

The William H. Sumner Collection includes photographs of news events, weddings, buildings, business meetings, sports events, store openings, ribbon cuttings, social gatherings, and numerous other activities. Sumner was a North Carolina photographer who worked in Charlotte; he focused on subjects that interested him or that he was commissioned to photograph.

Aerial Photographs of UNC Charlotte and University City illustrate the rapid and extensive growth of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the surrounding neighborhood, University City. The photographs begin in 1959 with the site chosen for Charlotte College and show the progressive area growth through 2008. These images are part of UNC Charlotte’s University Archives.

Approximately 2,000 unique items are currently part of Digital Collections at Atkins Library, with more being added regularly. The collections are free and available to all researchers. Please contact Kristy Dixon, Digital Programs Archivist, at with any questions or suggestions.

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