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Central Piedmont History Room Collection

Identifier: AR-0041

Scope and Contents

The Central Piedmont History Room Collection has been organized following the original order implemented by both Raymond Mason and Carol Timblin. This collection has been arranged into five series: I) Administrative Files; II) Historical Files; III) Scrapbooks; IV) R.V. Mason Audio Files; V) Carol Timblin Research Files. Detailed container listing of each series can be found by clicking the drop-down arrow featured next to the title of each series.


  • 1980
  • Event: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1995


Biographical Note

Raymond V. (R.V.) Mason was one of the original twenty-four faculty members of Central Piedmont Community College who began his career as an automotive instructor at the Central Industrial Education Center. When Central Piedmont Community College formed in 1963, he joined CPCC, continuing his work as an automotive instructor. Upon his retirement in the early 1970s, Mr. Mason became the college’s first official historian, due to his love for history of the college and the Charlotte area. He served in this role until his death in 1980. Carol Timblin, author of “CPCC: The First 30 Years” states, “The late R.V. Mason, the College’s first historian, really began the [collection of the college’s history] years ago when he set up the now-defunct “History Room” in the Hagemeyer Learning Resources Center. There he shared his love for CPCC and the College family via newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and exhibits of special projects.”

Carol Timblin, author of the First 30 Years, worked to document the legacy of Central Piedmont after Dr. Zeiss became the College's third president. She worked for Central Piedmont for a number of years, while also working as a freelance journalist. Together with a committee made up of Central Piedmont employees and retirees, Carol conducted oral history interviews and compiled reserach records documenting the first 30 years of Central Piedmont's history.

As a result of both Raymon Mason and Carol Timblin's efforts, the History Room Collection enables researchers to learn about the dynamic history of Central Piedmont Community College in its early years.


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A collection of news publications, scrapbooks, administrative files, photographs and oral history interviews compiled and organized by Central Piedmont's first historian, Raymond V. Mason, and Carol Timblin (author of "CPCC: The First 30 Years").

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Inclusion of audio files will require special equipment to review records. These audio files have not yet been captioned. If further assistance is required to review particular materials, please contact CP Archives.

Related Materials

AR.0031 - Inside CPCC Collection AR.0032 - Carver College Collection AR.0033 - Central Industrial Education Center (C.I.E.C) Collection AR.0036 - Photographs and Negatives Collection AR.0037 – College Publications Collection

Central Piedmont History Room Collection
Erin Allsop
November 2018, July 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Piedmont Archives Repository

Central Piedmont Community College
Central Campus, Hagemeyer Library
Parr Center, Room 3250
Charlotte NC 28204