Maud Hayes Stick Papers, PC.5073

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Maud Hayes Stick Papers, PC.5073

Abstract

The Maud Hayes Stick Papers, circa 1880s-1972 and undated, consists of correspondence, personal papers, and photographs. Much of the correspondence comes from Maud's family, including her husband, artist Frank Stick, as well as her mother Charlotte, her sister Helen, several of her brothers, and various nephews and nieces. There are a number of letters from her son David Stick, including early letters from his 1938 cross country hitch hiking trip, as well as numerous letters from him during his military service in the Marine Corps during World War II. Additionally, the collection includes Maud's personal papers and three boxes of photographs in various formats, primarily depicting members of the Stick family.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Maud Hayes Stick Papers
Call Number
PC.5073
Creator
Stick, Maud Hayes, 1889-1972
Date
circa 1880s-1972 and undated
Extent
1.00 items
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], PC.5073, Maud Hayes Stick Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo,N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Maud Hayes Stick Papers, circa 1880s-1972 and undated, consists of correspondence, personal papers, and photographs. Much of the correspondence comes from Maud's family, including her husband, artist Frank Stick, as well as her mother Charlotte, her sister Helen, several of her brothers, and various nephews and nieces. There are a number of letters from her son David Stick, including early letters from his 1938 cross-country hitch-hiking trip, as well as numerous letters from him during his military service in the Marine Corps during World War II.

In addition to correspondence, the collection includes several folders containing Maud's personal papers, including a travel diary kept during her 1954 trip to Europe, war ration books used by Maud and Frank, ephemera (membership cards, programs, invitations, etc.), clippings, and other papers.

The Photographs series contains photographic prints, negatives, slides, and tintypes, primarily depicting members of the Stick family and their friends. One folder labeled "Miscellaneous Subjects - Not Identified, circa 1907-1915" contains numerous photographs of members of an unidentified indigenous group. Several folders contain photographs of local men fishing with spears and goggles, which David Stick refers to as goggle fishing. Included in these photographs are some of the earliest images depicting surfing on the Outer Banks; the men appear to have paddled out on surfboards to fish. Also included are numerous photographs taken in Jamaica and Peleliu during David Stick's World War II service, as well as some snapshots taken after major events on the Outer Banks, such as shipwrecks, storms, and plane crashes. Most of the photographs from the 1940s forward appear to have been taken by David Stick. Folder titles and dates were supplied by David Stick.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into three series: Correspondence, Personal Papers, and Photographs. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Photographs are arranged chronologically.

Biographical/Historical

Maud Hayes (1889-1972), also known as Ada Maud Hayes, was born in Locust Grove, Maryland to Owen and Charlotte "Lottie" Willis Hayes and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware. Maud was the youngest of 10 children and one of three girls. At the age of 18, she began working as an artist's model at Howard Pyle's art institute in Wilmington, Delaware, where she became one of Pyle's most sought after models. It was here that she met illustrator and writer Frank Stick in 1906 at a party hosted by one of Pyle's students. Maud and Frank were married in 1908.

In 1909, Maud gave birth to her first child, Charlotte. In 1919, the Sticks' second child David was born. The birth aggravated a pre-existing hereditary disorder and left Maud dependent upon a hearing aid for the rest of her life.

While at the Pyle school, Maud continued to model for Frank and other Pyle school students. One of them, W. H. D. "Bill" Koerner, and his wife, Lillian, became close, lifelong friends of the Sticks. Maud modeled for one of W.H.D. Koerner's most famous paintings, "The Madonna of the Prairie," completed in 1921 and used as an illustration for Emerson Hough's story "The Covered Wagon" serialized in the .

Maud was an avid outdoorswoman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with her husband in the wilderness. The couple spent 1912-1914 living in a remote cottage at Squirrel Lake in northern Wisconsin, and later lived in the Chicago area, Wilmington, Delaware, and Interlaken, New Jersey, before permanently relocating to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the late 1920s.

In 1924, the Stick family of four joined the Koerner family on a trip to the American West. Traveling in two old touring cars, the group traveled 5,000 miles in 4 months, ranging as far as Glacier National Park in northern Montana, camping and largely living off the land the whole way. Beginning in 1929, the Sticks would make the Outer Banks their primary home for the remainder of their lives. Maud and Frank dabbled in various business and community endeavors, while Frank played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

In 1954, Maud traveled throughout Europe with several friends. Maud and Frank often wintered in Florida and took frequent trips to the Virgin Islands. Maud died in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1972 after a long illness.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1903-1972 and undated

General, 1925-1949
Box 1
General, 1950-1965
Box 1
General, 1966-1972
Box 1
General, undated
Box 1
Bill and Harriett Coppage, 1948-1972 and undated
Box 1
Charlotte "Lottie" Hayes (Maud's Mother), circa 1918-1936
Box 1
Maud to Charlotte Hayes, 1908
Box 1
Clarence Hayes (Maud's Brother), 1936-1938
Box 1
Horton Hayes and Family (Maud's Brother), 1943-1949
Box 1
William Hayes and Family (Maud's Brother), 1938-1954
Box 1
Herbert Hoover's Letter to Frank Stick, 1917
Box 2
Brock and Monty McMullen, 1968-1970
Box 2
Brock and Monty McMullen, 1971-1972
Box 2
Daniel Stick (Frank's Nephew), 1969-1971
Box 2
David Stick, 1935-1938
Box 2
David Stick, 1940-1941
Box 2
David Stick, 1942-1943
Box 2
David Stick, 1944-1945
Box 2
David and Phyllis Stick, 1948-1971
Box 2
Frank Stick, 1917-1934
Box 3
Frank Stick, 1935-1965
Box 3
Maud's Letters to Frank Stick, 1931-1944
Box 3
Lydia Stick (Frank's Mother), 1932-1938 and undated
Box 3
Helen Hayes Thatcher (Maud's Sister), 1903-1940
Box 3
Richard Thatcher and Family (Maud's Nephew), 1941-1971
Box 3
Bertha Hayes Vaughan (Maud's sister), 1915-1932 and undated
Box 3
Other Nieces and Nephews (Hayes Family), 1962-1972 and undated
Box 3
Condolence Letters Regarding Owen Hayes' Death (Maud's Father), 1909
Box 3
Maud's Letters Written During her European Vacation, 1954
Box 3
Maud's Letters Received During her European Vacation, 1954
Box 3
Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren, 1967-1972 and undated
Box 3
Greeting Cards, Notes, and Short Letters, 1958-1972 and undated
Box 4
Postcards, 1905-1972
Box 4

2. Personal Papers, 1920s-1972 and undated

Hayes Family Genealogy, undated
Box 4
Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1972 and undated
Box 4
Ephemera, 1937-1972 and undated
Box 4
War Ration Books, 1940s
Box 4
Maud Stick's European Diary, 1954
Box 4
Maud Stick's Passport and Supporting Documents, 1953-1954
Box 4
Memorabilia from David Stick's childhood, 1920s-1930s
Box 4
Warranty Deed: Dade County Florida, 1956
Box 4
Outer Banks Recreation Association & Duck Woods Golf Club, 1970-1972
Box 4
Southern Shores, 1947-1969
Box 4
Information about Frank Stick's Paintings, 1963-1967
Box 4
Invoices (Medical Expenses), 1964-1971
Box 4
Summary of Stick Estate, 1937 and undated
Box 4

3. Photographs, circa 1880s-1959

Grandmother Hayes [Charlotte Willis Hayes], circa 1880s
Image Box 1
Frank, Claude, and Lydia M. Stick, circa 1880s-1890s
Image Box 1
Family Photographs, circa 1880s-1950s
Image Box 1
Frank Stick, circa 1905-1915
Image Box 1
Maud Stick, circa 1905-1910
Image Box 1
Frank and Maud Stick Hunting and Canoeing, 1907
Image Box 1
Maud Stick and Sisters, circa 1907-1910
Image Box 1
Miscellaneous Subjects - Not Identified, circa 1907-1915
Image Box 1
Maud and Charlotte Stick, 1910-1915
Image Box 1
Charlotte Stick, 1910-1919
Image Box 1
Frank and Maud Stick, William and Lillian Koerner, Wisconsin, 1912
Image Box 1
Sticks, Koerners, Aunt Bertha, circa 1917
Image Box 1
Charlotte and David Stick, Dick Hayes, circa 1920
Image Box 1
Long Key: Frank Stick and His Fishing Buddies, circa 1922
Image Box 1
David and Lydia Stick, 1928
Image Box 1
Beach Camping, New Jersey, 1920s
Image Box 1
David Stick, 1920s
Image Box 1
Fishing New Jersey Coast: Frank Stick and His Fishing Buddies, 1920s
Image Box 1
Interlaken Houses, 1920s
Image Box 1
Kids: Interlaken, New Jersey - Koerners, Lyons, Sticks, 1920s
Image Box 1
Miscellaneous Subjects - Not Identified, 1920s
Image Box 1
Stick Family, 1920s
Image Box 1
Virginia Dare Shores, 1920s
Image Box 1
The Bugeye, Frank, Maud, and David Stick, Helen Smith, and Others, Virginia Dare Shores, circa 1930
Image Box 1
Horseback Riding: Maud Stick Riding McCrackin, circa 1930
Image Box 1
David and Maud Stick, the Bugeye, circa 1932
Image Box 1
Charlotte and Brock, 1932-1933
Image Box 1
Nags Head Plane Crash, Summer 1936
Image Box 1
Goggle Fishing: Great Farrell, John Stuart, Tommy Fearing, Jimmy Gray, and Alex Ross, circa 1938
Image Box 1
Walter Greatsinger Farrell, circa 1938
Image Box 1
Brock and Lael, circa 1939
Image Box 2
Chesapeake Retriever "Bob," Ace Toler, Sheepshead and Spear, 1939
Image Box 2
DeSoto Airflow, Davids First Car, 1939
Image Box 2
Goggle Fishing: Great Farrell, Dixie Howell, David Stick, 1939
Image Box 2
Maud Stick, 1939
Image Box 2
Miscellaneous Family Photographs, 1930s
Image Box 2
Nags Head Real Estate, 1930s
Image Box 2
Wreck of the Irma, circa 1930s
Image Box 2
Goggle Fishing, circa 1940
Image Box 2
Goggle Fishing on Deck of the Irma, circa 1941
Image Box 2
Bogue Field, 1943
Image Box 2
Jamaica: Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay, 1943
Image Box 2
Jamaica: Goat Island USMC Detachment, Field Maneuvers, 1943
Image Box 2
Jamaica: Shore Leave, 1943
Image Box 2
Jamaica: Square Dance Instruction During Rail-Bus Breakdown en Route Montego Bay to Kingston, 1943
Image Box 2
Palau Islands, 1944
Image Box 2
Peleliu: Attacking Bloody Nose Ridge, 1944
Image Box 2
Peleliu: Bivouac Area, 1944
Image Box 2
Peleliu: David Stick, John Wilson, and Murray Martin, 1944
Image Box 2
Peleliu: Peleliu Press Club, 1944
Image Box 2
Kill Devil Hills House Under Construction, 1945
Image Box 2
Goggle Fishing, 1946
Image Box 2
Maud Stick, 1947
Image Box 2
Montego Bay, 1947-1948
Image Box 2
Goggle Fishing, 1948
Image Box 2
Goggle Fishing: David Lawrence, Alex Ross, Mary Chandler Robinson, 1948
Image Box 2
Honeymoon Negatives, 1948
Image Box 3
Kill Devil Hills House, 1948
Image Box 3
Phyllis Stapells and David Stick, Lake Worth, 1948
Image Box 3
Phyllis Stapells and David Stick, Miami Beach, 1948
Image Box 3
Phyllis Stapells and David Stick, Miami, Florida, 1948
Image Box 3
Family and Friends: Frank and Maud Stick, Bill and Harriet Coppage, Harry and David Lawrence, 1948-1949
Image Box 3
David Stick, Christmas at Hampton Lodge, and Other Photographs, 1940s
Image Box 3
David Stick with Friends, 1940s
Image Box 3
Dick, Vi, and Elaine Hayes, 1940s
Image Box 3
Marine Corps: David Stick and Friends, 1940s
Image Box 3
Marine Corps Negatives, 1940s
Image Box 3
Maud Stick and Dog, 1940s
Image Box 3
Skiing on Kill Devil Hill, circa 1950
Image Box 3
Ridge Folk and David Stick, 1954
Image Box 3
Colington: Koerner Tract, 1955
Image Box 3
Frank and Maud Stick, 1955
Image Box 3
Lameshur, Virgin Islands, 1955
Image Box 3
Storm at Kill Devil Hills, January 1956
Image Box 3
Frank Stick and Harry Lawrence, Fishing Trip, 1958
Image Box 3
Allen Taylor with Sunflower, 1959
Image Box 3
Colon and Marie Perry House, 1950s
Image Box 3
Kitty Hawk Craft Shop, Workshop, Other Buildings, 1950s
Image Box 3
Mike, Greg, and Tim Stick, 1950s
Image Box 3
Tourist Bureau Directors, 1950s
Image Box 3

Subject Headings

  • Stick, David, 1919-2009
  • Stick, Frank
  • Stick, Maud Hayes, 1889-1972
  • Koerner, W. H. D. (William Henry Dethlef), 1878-1938
  • Peleliu, Battle of, Palau, 1944
  • World War, 1939-1945--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Outdoor recreation--United States
  • Outdoor life--United States
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Donated by David Stick, April 2008.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, December 2009. Updated by Samantha Crisp, September 2019.