Robin Brabham oral history interview 3, 2018, November 27
Robin Brabham, founding head of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, continues to reflect on his forty-year career with the J. Murrey Atkins Library. During this interview Mr. Brabham focuses on the papers of Harry Golden, which were collected in several parts between the 1960s and early 1980s. He notes the research value of this manuscript collection, due in part to Harry Golden's national stature as a journalist and civil rights activist, and also because the collection represents Mr. Golden's wide interests that intersect with many aspects of local and regional history. Mr. Brabham relates that university faculty initially solicited the collection, describing how Robert Wallace, the chair of the English department, approached Mr. Golden with the idea that his papers should be donated to a research institution. He describes Mr. Golden's association with UNC Charlotte and the interest that faculty had in honoring him by declaring a "Harry Golden Day" after the UNC Board of Trustees refused their request to award him an honorary degree. This event was followed by an annual lecture series at UNC Charlotte in Mr. Golden's honor starting in 1969 that included such speakers as George McGovern. Mr. Brabham also describes how Mr. Golden's partner, Anita Stewart Brown willed their house in the Elizabeth neighborhood to the university, relinquishing her dream of turning it into a museum in favor of providing a valuable endowment for Special Collections, and that this continuing fund has financed various scholarly researchers as well as a museum quality Golden exhibit on the main floor of the library. The interview continues at the Golden exhibit where Mr. Brabham talks about the concept for the exhibit, the way the exhibit was realized, and the intention of the exhibit to remind students that great human achievement can and has happened in Charlotte.