Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, ORG.5084

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Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, ORG.5084

Abstract

The Whalehead Preservation Trust was established in 1993 as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization charged with safeguarding Currituck County's cultural heritage by preserving the Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla, North Carolina. The Whalehead Club building originally served as the hunt club and vacation home of industrialists Edward and Marie Louise Knight of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built between 1922 and 1925 in the art nouveau style, which was popular at that time. The Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, 1993-2010, contains correspondence, financial papers, meeting minutes, by-laws, blueprints, maps, and ephemera related to the Whalehead Club and surrounding area and the administrative duties of the Whalehead Presrvation Trust.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Whalehead Preservation Trust Records
Call Number
ORG.5084
Creator
Whalehead Preservation Trust
Date
1992-2010
Extent
1.30 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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], ORG.5084, Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, 1993-2010, contains correspondence, financial papers, meeting minutes, by-laws, blueprints, maps, and ephemera. Materials in the collection relate to the maintenance and upkeep of the Whalehead Club and grounds as well as the administrative duties and activities of the trust itself, including information regarding exhibits, collections and accessions policies, and documents relating to the Whalehead Hunt Club restoriation projects.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into seven series: Introduction to Whalehead Preservation Trust; Correspondence; Meeting Minutes and Agendas; Financial Papers; Currituck Heritage Park Grounds and Buildings; Policies, Procedures, and Activities; Maps and Blueprints.

Historical Note

The Whalehead Preservation Trust was established in 1993 as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to safeguarding Currituck County, North Carolina's cultural heritage.

The Whalehead Club building originally served as the hunt club and vacation home of industrialists Edward and Marie Louise Knight of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Knight built the home for his wife, an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting and horseback riding. The Knights used the club as their own private retreat and to entertain their friends and relatives.

The home was built between 1922 and 1925 in the art nouveau style, which drew upon nature as a design element. Door handles molded in the shape of a duck's head and flowering wainscoting and wall sconces are examples of art nouveau elements found within the Whalehead Club. Originally called "Corolla Island" by Marie Knight, the name was changed to Whalehead Club by the second owner, Ray T. Adams.

Adams leased the property to the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. The club changed ownership and served as a boy's school and later a solid rocket fuel-testing base. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

In 1992 Currituck County purchased the Whalehead Club (which had begun to deteriorate) and the remaining 40 acres of land surrounding it. The Whalehead Preservation Trust was formed to oversee a major restoration of the mansion, boathouse and grounds that began in the spring of 1999. The group offered tours of the mansion with revenues generated devoted to maintaining the Whalehead Club. However, ongoing financial difficulties resulted in Currituck County taking over operations of the club, and the Whalehead Preservation Trust officially dissolved in 2016.

Contents of the Collection

1. Introduction to Whalehead Preservation Trust

2. Correspondence, 1992-2008

3. Financial Papers, 1996-2010

Proposed Budget, 1999-2009
Box 1
Budget Reconciliation Reports, 1996-1999
Box 1
Analysis of Tour Counts, 1999-2004
Box 1
"Under the Oaks" Art Festival Accounting Summary, 2004
Box 1
Monthly Financial Reports, Sept.-Oct. 2008
Box 1
Whalehead Club Accounts and Descriptions
Box 1
Account Balance Sheets, 1999-2004
Box 2
Financial Report, Fiscal Year, 2007-2008
Box 2
Financial Statements
1997-1998, 1997-1998
Box 2
1999-2000, 1999-2000
Box 2
2003-2004, 2003-2004
Box 2
2006-2007, 2006-2007
Box 2
2008, 2008
Box 2
Monthly Financial Reports, 2008-2010
Box 3

4. Currituck Heritage Park Grounds and Buildings, 1999-2009

Whalehead Club Property Layout
Box 2
Whalehead Club Restoration Phase I Cost Estimates, 1999
Box 2
Investigation Report by Rodriguez, Ripley, Maddox, and Motley Architects, of the Whalehead Club Chimneys and Decks, 2003
Box 2
Currituck Heritage Park Grounds Layout by Rodriguez, Ripley, Maddox, and Motley Architect Firm, 2003
Box 2
Mechanical Room Inspection, 2004
Box 2
Whalehead Club Preliminary Condition Assessment, 2006
Box 2
Whalehead Club Planned Site Improvement Projects, 2007
Box 2
Whalehead Club Goals, 2005-2008
Box 2
Design Development Cost Estimates for Site Improvements, Whalehead Club Restoration
Box 2
Project Estimates for Whalehead Club Photographic Documentation
Box 2
Estimates for Shingles
Box 2
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Investigations at the Whalehead Club, 2009
Box 4
National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form
Box 4
Furnishings Plan, 2005-2009
Box 4

5. Policies, Procedures, and Activities Papers, 1996-2010

Whalehead Preservation Club Policies and Procedures
Box 2
Whalehead Preservation Trust Accessions Policy
Box 2
Whalehead Preservation Trust Collections Policy
Box 2
Whalehead Club Archive Inventory
Box 2
Whalehead Preservation Trust By-laws
1991, 1991
Box 2
1993, 1993
Box 2
2007, 2007
Box 2
Whalehead Preservation Trust Board Members, 2006-2007
Box 2
Whalehead Preservation Trust Memorandum of Understanding with Currituck County, 2007
Box 2
Whalehead Preservation Trust Winter Work Plans
Box 2
Whalehead Tour Guide, 1996-2006
Box 2
Whalehead Club Gun Room Exhibit
Box 3
Whalehead Trust Lease Agreement Proposal to Currituck County Commissioners
Box 3
Whalehead Preservation Trust Accomplishments, 1999
Box 3
Agreement Between Whalehead Preservation Trust and Currituck Wildlife Museum
1993, 1993
Box 3
1994, 1994
Box 3
Whalehead Club Volunteers, 1999
Box 3
Whalehead Club Docents, 1998
Box 3
Whalehead Preservation Trust Research Update, 2002
Box 3
Whalehead Boat Ramp, 1990-2009
Box 3
Development Committee of the Whalehead Preservation Trust: Responsibilities and Activities
Box 3
Currituck Wildlife Museum
Box 3
Currituck Wildlife Museum Organization and Funding Plan
Box 3
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education Concept Summary, 1999
Box 3
First Draft of a Proposal for Whalehead Club Preservation Society and Currituck Wildlife Museum Foundation
Box 3
Currituck Wildlife Education Center and Whalehead Club Interpretive Framework Outline, 1999
Box 3
Currituck Wildlife Guild Collection
Box 3
Strategic Plan Six Month Progress Report,2008
Box 3
Currituck Heritage Park Policies and Procedures: General Information
Box 3
Currituck Heritage Park, "A Day of Celebration", 2002
Box 3
Organizational Self-Assessment Check List
Box 3
Fundraising
Box 3
Knight's Ball
Box 3
Knight's Ball, Missing Auction Items List
Box 3
Whalehead Club Schedule of Events, 2004-2008
Box 3
"Restoring the Corolla Channel in the Currituck Sound", 2008
Box 3
Ephemera
Box 3
National Park Service NAGPRA Grants, 2001
Box 3
Whalehead Window, Newsletter for Whalehead Preservation Trust, 2000-2008
Box 3
Federation Bulletin, Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies Newsletter, 1999
Box 3
Whalehead Club Employees Handbook
Box 3
Whalehead Club Job Descriptions
Box 3
Whalehead Club Executive Director Recruitment Guidelines, Schedule and Interview Questions
Box 3
Resumes, Employees and Potential Employees
Box 3
Whalehead Club History, incomplete, missing pages
Box 3
Technology, circa 2010
Box 4
Order Form for Book, 2004
Box 4
Whalehead Preservation Trust Curator's Report, 2006-2010
Box 4
Timeline for Edward Collings Knight, Jr. (1863-1936), 2006
Box 4

6. Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1993-2010

Currituck County Board of Commissioners Meeting Agendas, 1999
Box 1
Education Committee Meeting Notes, 2007
Box 1
Administrative Committee Meeting Minutes, 2007
Box 1
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 2003-2009
Box 1
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
1993-1998, 1993-1998
Box 1
1999-2002, 1999-2002
Box 1
2003-2009, 2003-2009
Box 1
Annual Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 2004-2009
Box 1
Board of Directors Retreat, 2006
Box 1
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 2009-2010
Box 3
New Board Member Orientation Packet, 2006
Box 3

7. Blueprints and Maps

Maps and Blueprints, Whalehead Hunt Club Property and Whalehead Hunt Club Restoration
Box 3
Restoration Blueprints and Property Maps, 2003
Folder Restoration Blueprints and Property Maps

Subject Headings

  • Whalehead Club (Corolla, N.C.)
  • Whalehead Preservation Trust
  • Historic preservation--North Carolina--Corolla
  • Corolla (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Barbara Snowden, October 2004, September 2008, March 2009, and April 2010.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Kelly R. Grimm October, 2009. Updated by Samantha Crisp, August 2018.