Randell Holmes Photographs, AV.5225


Randell Holmes Photographs, AV.5225


Randell Holmes was born in East Lake, North Carolina, and a longtime Dare County resident. His interest in preserving the area's history led him to accumulate a substantial collection of photographs and other materials documenting mainland Dare County and Roanoke Island and their residents. Holmes loaned many of his photographs to the Outer Banks History Center for scanning. This collection contains these scanned images.

Descriptive Summary

Randell Holmes Photographs
Call Number
Holmes, Randell Eugene, 1932-2018
0.200 cubic feet
English English
Outer Banks History Center

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AV.5225, Randell Holmes Photographs, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Randell Holmes Photographs, 1886-2012, comprises over 300 historical images, which were loaned by Randell Holmes and scanned by Outer Banks History Center staff. Photographic prints are available for a small portion of the Collection, which chiefly consists of digital reproductions. The materials in this collection primarily relate to the genealogy and history of the Dare County mainland (including the communities of Buffalo City and East Lake) and the Roanoke Island area. The collection consists of 333 digital scans and 120 prints of people and places, in particular members of the Basnight, Creef, Holmes, Mann, Pinner, and Twiford families, as well as other local families.


Randell Eugene Holmes was born in East Lake, North Carolina, 12 December 1932. During World War II, his family moved from East Lake to Wilmington, Delaware, returning after the war to Manteo, North Carolina, where he spent most of the rest of his life. Holmes graduated from Manteo High School in 1953, then served two years in the U.S. Army before enrolling at East Carolina College where he lettered in football and track. After graduation, he accepted a position teaching and coaching football and track in Kinston, N.C., where he met his future wife, Linda Rice. He went on to teach and coach in Snow Hill, North Carolina, and Jacksonville, North Carolina, before moving back to Manteo. He also worked for the North Carolina Parole Commission for twelve years and coached at the College of the Albemarle.

Holmes had close personal ties with several of the prominent families on the Outer Banks and Dare County mainland. He meticulously searched out and located images and documents pertaining to family members and friends throughout the region over the course of his life. Holmes passed away in 2018.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Randell Holmes Photographs, 1886-2012
Image Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Rev. Joseph Gregory Lennon
  • East Lake (N.C.)--History
  • Manteo (N.C.)--History
  • Dare County (N.C.)--History
  • Buffalo City (N.C.)--History
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Randell Holmes, 1990s-2018.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Stuart Parks II, 2014.