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HONR 1100 - City as Text - Freshman Honors Colloquium: Maps

This course is designed to have students explore and reflect on a specific section of the urban environment of Charlotte, NC.


Maps in Special Collections primarily focus on Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and range from the late 1700s to the present day.

Special Collections

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Location: 10th Floor Atkins Library

For more information or assistance:


Phone: (704) 687-1170

Suggested Maps

Map Case 2, Drawer 3 in Reading Room

1907 - Charlotte's 4 wards expanded to 11 - Map drawn in 1980 but based on earlier guidelines - In 1945 abandoned ward representatives in favor of officials elected at-large.

1917- Charlotte, "The heart of the Piedmont" North Carolina

Pre-1923 - Map of the City of Charlotte, NC [still has Biddle University]

1928 - Pound and Moore with 1930 street revisions

1929 [updated to 1952] -Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Charlotte, NC - 3 volumes - on top of Map Cabinet 2

Annexation map [in 2 parts] - shows where annexation was in 1928 and up through 1991 - gives perspective to Sanborn - [airport wasn't in city limits until 1979 and UNC Charlotte until 1991]

1935 - Map of Charlotte, NC Business District

1954 - Official map of Charlotte, NC - Office of City Engineer

1960 - General development plan [Goes with Next twenty years document in Rare books]

1977 - Uptown Charlotte skyline - [street level center city]

1981 - Uptown Charlotte land use

1988 - Uptown Charlotte land use

1997 - Center City Charlotte Initiatives and Potentials

2000 - Charlotte Center City map

2003 - Charlotte, NC skyline [with building names, heights, when built, etc.] - Chris Edwards

2004 - Charlotte Center City map

2009 - Charlotte Cycling Guide


Marilyn Schuster

Special Collections


Reading Room

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Closed occasionally for classes.