Roanoke Island Woman's Club Records, ORG.5293

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Roanoke Island Woman's Club Records, ORG.5293

Abstract

The Roanoke Island Woman's Club was initially organized in 1927 and has since been involved in numerous community events and projects, including the organization of the Dare County Library, a Youth Recreation Center, beautification efforts throughout Roanoke Island, election events, scholarship awards for local high school seniors, an education fund for the local school system, and most significantly the Thanksgiving Dinners for Dare County and the Roanoke Island Woman's Club Cookbook. The Roanoke Island Woman's Club Records, 1930-2013, contains reports, correspondence, clippings, certificates, bank statements, invoices, by-laws, minutes, publications, photographs, yearbooks, and scrapbooks collected and produced by the Roanoke Island Woman's Club over the course of its operations and through its various service projects in the Outer Banks community.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Roanoke Island Woman's Club Records
Call Number
ORG.5293
Creator
Roanoke Island Woman's Club
Date
1930-2013 and undated
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 the 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 these materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], ORG.5293, Roanoke Island Woman's Club, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Roanoke Island Woman's Club Records, 1930-2013, contains reports, correspondence, clippings, certificates, bank statements, invoices, by-laws, minutes, publications, photographs, yearbooks, and scrapbooks collected and produced by the Roanoke Island Woman's Club over the course of its operations and through its various service projects in the Outer Banks community. Materials are arranged into four series: Operational Records, 1930-2012 and undated; Club Programs, 1940-2013 and undated; Publications, 1958-1978; and Yearbooks and Scrapbooks, 1940-1973.

The Roanoke Island Woman's Club was first chartered in 1927, and the organization operated continuously afterwards. The Operational Records series contains four subseries. The Annual Reports subseries contains materials collected for annual reports on the operations of the club. These materials include individual department reports, officer's reports, objectives and supplements, club proposals, and research materials collected in support of proposals. The Financial Records subseries contains bank statements, invoices, checks, receipts, donation records, and a treasury report related to the general financial operations of the club, including specific projects such as scholarship awards, the education fund, and the Roanoke Island Woman's Club Cookbook. The Administrative Materials subseries contains records related to the everyday operations of the club, including a constitution, meeting minutes, by-laws, rules, programs, convention materials, member lists, and club-wide awards and certificates. The Communications subseries contains materials sent to club members, including reports, invitations, and newsletters. This subseries also contains general correspondence between the club and collaborators on various projects, including a 1974 letter sent to actor Andy Griffith after his donation of equipment, instruments and uniforms for the Manteo High School Band. Materials date from 1930 to 2012.

A number of programs were initiated by the Roanoke Island Woman's Club after its organization, including several community events and projects. The Club Programs series contains two subseries. The Events subseries contains records and photographs documenting major events hosted by the club, including trips, contests, a Golden Age Party for senior citizens, and an Elizabethan Celebration for high school history students. The Community Projects subseries contains records and photographs documenting major community projects organized by the club, including most significantly the Dare County Library, a Youth Recreation Center, the Roanoke Island Woman's Club Cookbook, and the Thanksgiving Dinners for Dare County. All newspaper clippings are photocopies of the originals. Materials date from 1940 to 2013.

Several publications recorded the Roanoke Island Woman's Club's projects and were used by the club over the course of its operations. The Publications series contains copies of The North Carolina Clubwoman, an organizational magazine for woman's clubs throughout North Carolina. The series also contains copies of "Sweathog Digest," a short, internal club publication reporting news about individual club members as well as the club as a whole. Materials date from 1958 to 1978.

One ongoing project in the Roanoke Island Woman's Club was the annual production of yearbooks and scrapbooks. The Yearbooks and Scrapbooks series contains yearbooks which include by-laws, officer and member lists, pictures, and budget records, as well as club slogans, litanies, and hymns. The series also contains scrapbooks which include certificates, original newspaper clippings, and write-ups of major club events and changes in the Outer Banks throughout the year. Also included in this series are materials used in the preparation of yearbooks and scrapbooks, and documentation of yearbook and scrapbook creation competitions. Materials date from 1940 to 1978.

Arrangement Note

Materials arranged chronologically.

Materials arranged chronologically within each series.

Biographical/Historical

In 1927, North Carolina Woman's Club district president Mary Fielding first helped to organize and charter the Dare Woman's Club. The club was eventually federated and renamed the Manteo Woman's Club in 1943, before later being renamed again the Roanoke Island Woman's Club. One of the first major projects undertaken by the club was the creation of the Dare County Public Library in 1935. The library initially consisted of only fourteen books that had been donated by various club members when it was first founded. The club continued to be involved in numerous community events and projects. These projects included a Youth Recreation Center, beautification efforts throughout Roanoke Island, election events, scholarship awards for local high school seniors, and an education fund for the local school system overall. In the early 1970s, the club even collaborated with actor Andy Griffith in the donation of equipment, instruments and uniforms for the Manteo High School Band. Among the most significant projects that the club has been involved in are the Thanksgiving Dinners for Dare County, which provide Thanksgiving meals to local families in need, and the creation and sale of the Roanoke Island Woman's Club Cookbook for fundraising efforts. As of 2019, the club still meets monthly in Manteo.

Contents of the Collection

1. Operational Records, 1930-2012 and undated

Annual Reports [18 folders], 1940-1965

Annual Reports [18 folders], 1940-1965
Box 1

Financial Records, 1950-2012 and undated

Donations, 1950-2012 and undated
Box 1
Educational Fund; Bank of Manteo Statements, 1952-1958
Box 1
General Fund; Bank of Manteo Statements, 1952-1969
Box 1
Scholarship Fund; Bank of Manteo Statements, 1958
Box 1
Roanoke Island Woman's Club Cookbook Bank Statements [2 folders], 1969-1976
Box 2
Invoices, 1970
Box 2
General Fund Bank Statements [3 folders], 1970-1976
Box 2
Sally Bardin Memorial Fund Bank Statements, 1972-1977
Box 2
Bright of America Receipts, 1973-1974
Box 2
J.J. and W.M. Mason Bank Statements, 1974
Box 2
Treasury Report, 2000
Box 2

Administrative Materials, 1930-2010 and undated

Woman's Club of Jackson Program, 1930-1931
Box 2
North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs Annual Meeting, 1936-1956
Box 2
Certificates of Membership; General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1938-1939
Box 2
Meeting Minutes [2 folders], 1940-1972
Box 2
Meeting Rules, circa 1940s
Box 2
Club Awards and Certificates, 1940-1976
Box 3
Annual Convention Informational Booklets, 1940-1988
Box 3
General Federation of Women's Clubs: Programs, Projects, Progress, 1947-1950
Box 3
Attendance Records, 1940s-1957
Box 3
Constitution and By-Laws, circa 1940s-1976
Box 3
Member Lists, 1956-1987 and undated
Box 3
Handbook of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, 1958
Box 3
Address Book, circa mid 1900s
Box 3
Litany of Thanksgiving, circa mid 1900s
Box 3
Member Interest Sheet, circa mid 1900s
Box 3
General Federation of Women's Clubs Administration Program, 1960-1962
Box 3
History of the Roanoke Island Woman's Club, circa early 1970s
Box 3
Job Analysis and Handbook, 1976
Box 3
Mid-Year Board Meeting, 1976
Box 3
Clubwomen News' Justice for Citizens Statement of Commitment, 1977
Box 3
Woman's Club Operating Procedures, circa late 1970s
Box 3
General Federation of Women's Clubs - North Carolina District IX Fall Meeting, 2010
Box 3

Communications, 1934-2012

General Correspondence [2 folders], 1934-1983
Box 3
Newsletters, 1962-2002
Box 4
Invitations, 1975-1990
Box 4
Report on the Outer Banks History Center, 2012
Box 4

2. Club Programs, 1940-2013 and undated

Events, 1940-2013 and undated

Newspaper Clipping Photocopies, 1940-2013 and undated
Box 4
Woman's Day at Fort Raleigh, 1949
Box 4
Menu, circa mid 1900s
Box 4
Manteo High School Saturday Luncheon, circa mid 1900s
Box 4
Golden Age Party, 1959
Box 4
Brochures, 1965 and undated
Box 4
District Fine Arts Festival, 1971-1976
Box 4
Sewing Contests, 1974-1976
Box 4
Elizabethan Celebration, 1977
Box 4
Crafts Contest Guidelines, 1983
Box 4

Community Projects, 1944-2012 and undated

Youth Conservation Material, 1944-1947
Box 4
Recreation Center Management, 1944-1948
Box 4
Scholarship Awards and Recipients, 1958-2002
Box 4
Dare County Library, 1962-1963
Box 4
North Carolina Giant Historical Coloring Book, circa 1970s
Box 4
Roanoke Island Woman's Club Cookbook, 1977-1991
Box 4
Thanksgiving Dinners for Dare County, 2004-2010
Box 4
Woman's Club Scholarship Raffle, 1999
Box 4
"Stories from the Shore" by District IX President Dottie Jennings and Junior Director Danielle Harwat, 2012
Box 4
Cemetery Beautification, undated
Box 4
Manteo High Students' Page; "Katie of All Trades Masters Them All" by Abby Haywood, undated
Box 4

3. Publications, 1958-1978

Raleigh, North Carolina: Historic Capital City is Center of Government, Education, Commerce, Industry, circa mid 1900s
Box 4
North Carolina Clubwoman [2 folders], 1958-1977
Box 4
Sweathog Digest, 1977-1978
Box 5

4. Yearbooks and Scrapbooks, 1940-1978

Dare County Woman's Club Yearbook, 1940-1941
Box 5
Manteo Woman's Club Yearbooks [4 folders], 1945-1963
Box 5
North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs Yearbooks [5 folders], 1951-1978
Box 6
16th District of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs Yearbooks, 1957-1970
Box 7
Community Improvement Committee Scrapbook, circa 1963
Box 7
Manteo Woman's Club Scrapbook: Class B, District 16, 1964-1965
Box 8
Manteo Woman's Club Scrapbook, 1966-1967
Box 8
Scrapbook and Yearbook Competition Requirements, 1967-1971
Box 7
Yearbook Preparations, 1972-1973
Box 7

Subject Headings

  • Women--Societies and clubs.
  • Clubwomen
  • Fundraising
  • Scholarships--North Carolina
  • Public libraries--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)--Social life and customs
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by the Roanoke Island Woman's Club, September 2015.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by McKenzie Long, June 2019