Charles H. McTier papers, 1964-2017

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: McTier, Charles H., 1939-
Title: Charles H. McTier papers, 1964-2017
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1351
Extent: 35.5 linear feet (36 boxes), 1 oversized papers box (OP), and .25 linear feet of born digital (1 box) (BD)
Abstract:The papers of businessman and philanthropic leader Charles H. McTier contain correspondence, subject files, and grant files from his work as the president of Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Inc., The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, Inc., Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc., and Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Fund, Inc.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Prior restriction: Collection was closed from date of transfer through January 2, 2019.

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Gift, 2016


[after identification of item(s)], Charles H. McTier papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Arranged and described at the box level by Laura Starratt, March 2016.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Mr. Charles H. "Pete" McTier was born in 1939 in Shellman, Georgia, to Methodist minister, LeRoy McTier and his wife, Julia. He graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1961 before joining the university's administrative staff.

In 1971, he joined the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Inc., as secretary and served in various capacities from 1977 to 1988 before becoming its president in 1988 and leaving that post in 2006. In 1998, he took over as a director of Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A.B de CV, a Mexican multinational beverage company headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico which operates the largest independent Coca-Cola bottling group in the world.

McTier also served as an Advisory Board Member of SunTrust Bank of Georgia and SunTrust Bank Atlanta and serves as a Trustee of Emory University. He serves as a Trustee of the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, Ichauway Inc., the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. As president of four foundations - the Woodruff, Joseph B. Whitehead, Lettie Pate Evans and Lettie Pate Whitehead - McTier was tasked with granting millions to support education, health care, arts and culture, the environment, human services and civic affairs. As of 2004, the Woodruff Foundation, with assets of more than $2 billion, granted $104,139,757 to grant seeking organizations.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains records, 1963-2017, that document the philanthropic work funded by the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, and Lettie Pate Evans Foundation with McTier as director. These records contain correspondence from 2000-2006 as well as subject files and grant files from 1973-2015 that he utilized as for his work in granting funding to various projects. There are also administrative files that were handed down from predecessors, Boisfeillet Jones and Joseph W. Jones.

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Arranged at the box level.

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Box Folder Content
8 - Administrative records, Woodruff Foundation, Boisfeillet Jones, 1964-1988
9 - Administrative records, Woodruff Foundation, Joseph W. Jones
36 - Administrative records, Woodruff Foundation, 1990s-2017
33 - Administrative records, Woodruff Foundation. 1990s-2017
1 - Correspondence, 2000-2003
2 - Correspondence, 2004-2006
34 - Correspondence, 1992-2017 [1]
35 - Correspondence, 1992-2017 [2]
21 - Correspondence, Charles H. McTier, 1992-2015
22 - Correspondence, Charles H. McTier, 1992-2015
BD1 - Forest Economics, undated
6 - Grant files, Special Fund #9, general correspondence, A-U, 1974-2010
7 - Grant files, Special Fund #9, V-Z, 1985-2012
28 - Grant files, proposals and information, 1980s-2010s
BD1 - Ichauway Tributes, Joseph Jones, undated
23 - Printed material
31 - Printed material
OP1 - Printed material
19 - Project, Costa Rica
19 - Speeches and writings, Charles H. McTier, undated
31 - Speeches and writings, Charles H. McTier, undated
24 - Subject files
25 - Subject files
26 - Subject files
27 - Subject files
10 - Subject files, 1973-1990
5 - Subject files, 1989-2000
27 - Subject files, 2000-2009
31 - Subject files, 1980s-2010s
29 - Subject files, 2000-2017 [1]
30 - Subject files, 2000-2017 [2]
19 - Subject files, collected biographies and histories, undated
13 - Subject files, Emory University, 1992-2015
14 - Subject files, Emory University, 1992-2015
16 - Subject files, foundation records, 1990-2015
17 - Subject files, foundation records, 1990-2015
18 - Subject files, foundation records and administrative records, 1990-2015
15 - Subject files, Georgia improvements, 1992-2015
11 - Subject files, Ichauway, 1992-2009
12 - Subject files, Ichauway, 1992-2009
31 - Subject files, Ichauway, 1992-2017
32 - Subject files, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 1990s-2016
20 - Subject files, Olympics, 1994-1996
3 - Subject files, Special Fund #9, A-E, 1991-2015
4 - Subject files, Special Fund #9, F-Z, 1976-2015