Beulah White Gaylord Papers, PC.5148


Beulah White Gaylord Papers, PC.5148


Beulah Bertha White Gaylord (1918-1993) was a Manteo, N.C., resident, Noble Grand of the Manteo Rebekah Lodge #52, home demonstration agent, and home economics teacher. The Beulah White Gaylord Papers, 1929-1988, contains Gaylord's 4-H scrapbook and a folder of records related to the Manteo Rebekah Lodge.

Descriptive Summary

Beulah White Gaylord Papers
Call Number
Gaylord, Beulah White
Outer Banks History Center

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5148, Beulah White Gaylord Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Beulah White Gaylord Papers, 1929-1988, contains Gaylord's 4-H scrapbook and a folder of records related to the Manteo Rebekah Lodge.

Gaylord began assembling the 4-H Club scrapbook in July 1935, when she was 17 years old. She continued adding materials until 1937. The scrapbook contains the club's pledges and creeds, songs, recipes, planting charts, a guide to table settings, seam finishes and button hole samples, material from a 4-H short course held in Raleigh in 1934, directions for 4-H clothing club leaders, instructions for adult 4-H leaders, Chowan County camp itineraries, club stories written by Gaylord on the theme "What 4-H Club Work Has Meant to Me," news clippings about club activities, photographs of Gaylord and other contestants in dresses that were entered into dress contests and participating in various club activities, Gaylord's recollections of honors and trips, and a certificate of achievement. Tucked into the scrapbook is a 1967 letter from L.R. Harrill at the D.H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University thanking Gaylord for sending along interesting historical material about the 4-H program (possibly referring to this scrapbook).

The Manteo Rebekah Lodge records, 1971-1988, consist of materials kept by Gaylord during her involvement with the Manteo Rebekah Lodge #52. Included are a 1971 yearbook, a copy of the group's constitution and by-laws (revised 1983), a 1988 certificate for securing four new members for the lodge, and two record books, 1978-1988, kept by Gaylord containing drafts of meeting minutes as well as shopping lists, menus, and budgets for receptions hosted by the lodge.

Arrangement Note

Original order has been retained.


Beulah Bertha White Gaylord was born 27 February 1918. She was the daughter of Joseph Timothy and Bertha Coffield White. She was a graduate of Chowan High School and East Carolina Teachers College. After graduation, she taught home economics in Salem, N.C. She moved to Manteo, N.C., where she served as a home demonstration agent during World War II. After marrying her husband, William Vail Gaylord, she taught home economics and biology in Creswell and Roper, N.C., before moving back to Manteo to resume her role as home demonstration agent. She retired from this position in 1968. She was very active in the Methodist Church and Eastern Star organization. She also served as Noble Grand of the Manteo Rebekah Lodge #52, a sister organization to the Independent Order of Oddfellows, for which her mother had served as the founding Noble Grand. She died 22 June 1993 and is buried in the Manteo Cemetery.

Contents of the Collection

1. 4-H Club Scrapbook, 1929-1967 (bulk 1933-1937)

2. Manteo Rebekah Lodge Records, 1971-1988

Subject Headings

  • Daughters of Rebekah. Manteo Rebekah Lodge No. 52 (Manteo, N.C.)
  • 4-H Clubs--North Carolina--History
  • Canning and preserving
  • Clothing and dress
  • Home economics
  • Recipes
  • Women--Societies and clubs.
  • Chowan County (N.C.)--History
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by William T. Gaylord, December 1993.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, May 2018.