Finding Aid of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Economic Resourses Recreation Commission, MARS ID 85.6.


Finding Aid of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Economic Resourses Recreation Commission, MARS ID 85.6.


Since its inception in June 1943, the Recreation Commission has provided for the recreational needs of the state, maintained a clearinghouse of recreational ideas, and provided consulting services for recreation opportunities throughout North Carolina. Contains correspondence, reports, agendas, photographs, news clippings, minutes, biographical sketches of commission members and other materials pertaining to commission activities from 1944 to 1980.

Descriptive Summary

North Carolina Department of Natural and Economic Resources Recreation Commission, Recreation Commission Files
Call Number
MARS ID 85.6.
North Carolina. Department of Natural and Economic Resources
1.00 cubic feet, 3.00 fibredex boxes
State Archives of North Carolina

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Access Restrictions

Available for research

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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] MARS 85.6, North Carolina Department of Natural and Economic Resources Recreation Commission, Recreation Commission Files, 1944-1974, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA

Collection Overview

, which attest to the role of the commission in providing for the recreational needs of the State.

Minutes and Agenda, November 1944- April 1974 are on microfilm Call Number S101.N and available in the microfilm room.

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically. The Correspondence subseries is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent and then chronologically.

Biographical/Historical note

Under special emergency war powers legislation, the General Assembly of 1943 granted the governor authority to establish a recreation committee to address the state's lack of recreational opportunities for both civilians and persons in the armed services. This committee effectively demonstrated the need of a permanent commission to establish and promote recreational standards throughout the state. In response, teh General Assembly of 1945 established the North Carolina Recreation Commission to accept grants from the federal program, and to administer all available funds for such purposes. The commission was empowered to appoint an executive director approved by the governor, and a staff to assist in the following duties: gathering and disseminating information on recreation; cooperating with local, state, and federal agencies; and recruiting and training recreation workers. The commission was to consist of seven members appointed by the governor to six year terms, after initial staggered terms. Serving ex-officio were: the director of the Department of Conservation and Development, the superintendent of public instruction, the commissioner of public welfare, and the governor. The commission was empowered to employ an excecutive director approved by the governor. the legislature also named an auxiliary body to the commission, the Advisory Recreation Committee, to be composed of gubernatorial appointees representing various recreational groups throughout the state. (Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: State Agency Records)

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Advisory Committee, 1948-1964, undated
Audit Reports,1945-1963
Commission Correspondence,1945-1980
County Recreation Staff Directory, Undated
Interagency Consultants Workshop: Minutes and Agendas,1959-1962
Minutes and Agendas,1944-1971
Minutes and Agendas,1972-1974
Miscellaneous Information,1969-1974
News Clippings,1959-1969
North Carolina Youth Fitness Committee: Minutes,1959-1967
Photographs: Commission Members,undated
Reports: County Recreation Progress Report (incomplete),undated

Acquisitions Information

Transferred from the agency to the State Record Center 1974 August.

Processing Information

  • Processed by David Chiswell 2012 September.