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Bonnie Cone: Educator, Trailblazer, Visionary is dedicated to the founder of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bonnie Ethel Cone -- “Miss Bonnie” as she was widely known. A project of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, the website is a celebration of the unique personal qualities that made Cone powerful enough to build a university and better the lives of countless students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community in Charlotte, NC.

The exhibits on this site tell the story of Cone’s struggle and ultimate success in establishing a university and offer perspectives on her character and contributions. The site also features collections of digitized photographs, letters, and oral history recordings that offer an opportunity to connect with Cone’s legacy through the primary sources available at Atkins. Please note that the materials on this site are grouped into thematic collections especially for this website, and the titles of the collections here are not reflective of the archival and manuscript collections of which they are a part. These materials are accessible in Special Collections, located on the 10th floor of Atkins Library.

This site complements the exhibit of the same name on display on the first floor of Atkins Library, which includes the video Bonnie Cone: Voices From the Archive. Like this website, the video features excerpts from oral history interviews and visual materials from our collections.

For more information on the library's collections, visit J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections.

Bonnie Cone: Educator, Trailblazer, Visionary Website Team:

  • Jessica Injejikian, Graduate Assistant
  • Dawn Schmitz, Digital Programs Archivist
  • Madeleine Perez, University Archivist
  • Tina Wright, Oral History Interviewer
  • Maggie Ngo, Web Graphics Designer
  • Marc Bess, Usability Assistant for Digital Scholarship
  • Joseph Nicholson, Metadata Librarian