Outer Banks Woman's Club Records, ORG.5346


Outer Banks Woman's Club Records, ORG.5346


The Outer Banks Woman's Club is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer hours and funds in support of community improvement projects throughout the Outer Banks. This collection documents the club's activities from its formation in 1971 through the present. Materials consist of yearbooks, scrapbooks, meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, and other papers.

Descriptive Summary

Outer Banks Woman's Club Records
Call Number
Outer Banks Woman's Club
2.920 cubic feet
Outer Banks History Center

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Available for research.

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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.5346, Outer Banks Woman's Club Records, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Outer Banks Woman's Club Records, 1971-2021, consists of yearbooks, scrapbooks, news clippings, photographs, and other papers created by the Outer Banks Woman's Club. Most of the materials in the collection consist of published or commemorative items created by the club's members; very few administrative records are present, with the exception of meeting minutes, for which there are a substantial amount documenting the club's activities from 2002 to 2014. Early records primarily consist of yearbooks and a scrapbook documenting the club's work to assist the People to Preserve Jockey's Ridge in establishing a state park at the Jockey's Ridge sand dune system. Otherwise, the bulk of the collection documents the group's activities from the 1990s to the 2020s.

Arrangement Note



The Outer Banks Woman's Club was organized 10 February 1971. Its first president was Mildred Hill. The group had 63 members and became a chartered member of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs in April of that year. From its formation, the group considered conservation of natural resources to be one of its primary focuses, and early events included beach cleanups, environmental lectures, poster contests, and fundraisers in support of this goal. In the mid-1970s, the Outer Banks Woman's Club played a major role in the People to Preserve Jockey's Ridge's campaign to convert the Jockey's Ridge sand dune system into a state park. Every clubwoman participated in the campaign, and the group logged over 2,400 volunteer hours in support of fundraising and public awareness activities.

In addition to conservation work, the Outer Banks Woman's Club organized projects to support the local elderly and youth populations. The group planned events, dinners, and fundraisers for local disabled people and the various nonprofit organizations that supported them, raised money for college scholarships and direct contributions to the Dare County school system, and organized events such as fashion shows, variety shows, and Monte Carlo nights. The women also strongly emphasized the arts in its work, arranging art contests, quilt shows, senior citizen craft shows, and plays.

The Outer Banks Woman's Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021, and as of February 2022, the group is still active.

Contents of the Collection

Award Certificates and Cease and Desist Letter from Salvation Army, 1990-2020
Box 1
Brochures, 2012-2017
Box 1
Club Activities Write-Ups, 1990s
Box 1
Community Improvement Contest: State of the Older Adult Conference, 2009
Box 1
Craft Shows Floor Plan, circa 2000s
Box 1
DVDs, 2009, 2014
Box 1
GFWC-NC District Arts Festival, 2009
Box 1
Historical Committee/Club History, 1977-2016
Box 1
History, 2015-2016
Box 1
Loose Club Records, 1988-2018
Box 1
Meeting Minutes and Reports [7 folders], 2002-2014
Box 2
News Clippings, 1990-2018
Box 3
Newsletters [4 folders], 1987-2009
Box 3
North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs Annual Convention Program, 1986
Box 3
Photographs [2 folders], circa 1970s-2014
Box 4
Scrapbook: Conservation of Jockey's Ridge, 1973-1976
Oversize Box 1
Scrapbook, 1993
Box 4
Scrapbook, 2006-2008
Box 4
By-Laws, 1971 - 2015
Box 4
Book of Devotions, 2006 - 2006
Box 4
Scrapbook, 2010-2012
Box 5
Scrapbook, 2012-2014
Box 5
Yearbooks [5 folders], 1971-1994
Box 5
Yearbooks [3 folders], 1995-2014
Box 6

Subject Headings

  • North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs
  • Educational fund raising
  • Older People--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Women--North Carolina--Outer Banks--Social life and customs
  • Women--North Carolina--Outer Banks--Societies and clubs.
  • Women in community organization--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Women volunteers in social service--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Jockey's Ridge State Park (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Most materials donated by Jean Pratt on behalf of the Outer Banks Woman's Club, October 2021. Immediate source of acquisition for Jockey's Ridge scrapbook unknown.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Samantha Crisp, February 2022.