Charles Raper Jonas papers, 1806; 1918-1984.

Creator: Jonas, Charles Raper, 1904-1988.
Collection number: 4528
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Abstract: Charles Raper Jonas of Lincolnton, N.C., was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing North Carolina’s tenth district, 1953-1962, its eighth district, 1963-1968, and its ninth district, 1969-1972. Congressional records and private papers of Charles R. Jonas. His role as the highest-ranking North Carolina Republican, as a fiscal conservative on the House Appropriations Committee, and as representative for Charlotte, N.C., during that city’s period of school desegregation through busing are reflected in the papers. The concerns and opinions of citizens of the southern piedmont of North Carolina, especially of Mecklenburg and Lincoln counties, and of some mountain counties, 1953-1973, are extensively represented in letters to their congressman.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Correspondence relates to legislation and bills under consideration, particularly civil rights and public education (1950s-1960s) For example see Folders 19, 50, 96, 154, 189, 225-226, 253, 283, 321-322, and many more. Charlotte’s period of forced desegregation through busing is especially well documented.