W.D. Tate Papers, PC.5344


W.D. Tate Papers, PC.5344


This collection consists of six items created by Captain W.D. Tate of the Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station in 1876: one letter to Macajah W. Etheridge at the Nags Head Lifesaving Station informing him that one of his surfmen had failed to show for his regular patrol and five slips of paper proving completion of patrol for surfmen with the Kitty Hawk station.

Descriptive Summary

W.D. Tate Papers
Call Number
Tate, William Douglass, 1827-1880
0.200 cubic feet
Outer Banks History Center

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[Identification of item], PC.5344, W.D. Tate Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of six items created by Captain William D. Tate in 1876, when he was serving as keeper of the Kitty Hawk lifesaving station. The first item is a letter dated 31 January 1876 addressed to keeper Macajah (Micajah) W. Etheridge of the Nags Head lifesaving station. In it, Tate informs Etheridge that one of his surfmen failed to appear for a regular patrol when surfman B.D. Tillett of the Kitty Hawk station went to meet him. The remaining five items are slips of paper bearing the station's name, date, the name of an individual surfman, and the word "South." These slips may have been passed from surfman to surfman as a way of verifying that their regular beach patrols had been completed. Some of the slips are signed by Tate. The names of the surfmen appearing on the slips are Edward Baum, William Perry, and Samuel Tillett.


The items in this collection were created by William Douglass Tate (16 July 1827-6 December 1880), first keeper of the Kitty Hawk lifesaving station. This station was one of the first built in North Carolina, in 1874. Tate was its first keeper and served in that position until 1877.

Contents of the Collection

W.D. Tate Papers, 1876
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Baum, Edward Nelson, 1840-1908
  • Etheridge, Micajah Wynn, 1850-1923
  • Tillett, Samuel Avery, 1849-1927
  • Kitty Hawk Life-Saving Station (U.S.)
  • Nags Head Life-Saving Station (U.S.)
  • Lifesaving stations--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Daniel Etheridge, October 2021.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Samantha Crisp, October 2021.