Watauga Club Records 1884-2011

Creator
Watauga Club
Size
1.75 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00229

The Watauga Club Records contain historical and financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes, membership information, publications, and photographs dating from 1884 to 2001. The collection includes information about the founding in 1884 and the Centennial anniversary in 1984 but focuses primarily on publications about the club and its members.

The Watauga Club was founded in 1884 to strengthen North Carolina agriculture, industry, education, health, statesmanship, art, literature, and moral and spiritual values. The club was instrumental in the founding of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) and continued to be active in educational endeavors.

Biographical/historical note

Progressive-minded young men founded the Watauga Club in 1884. Its first concern was the strengthening of North Carolina in all aspects--agriculture, industry, education, health, statesmanship, art, literature, moral and spiritual values. The club was instrumental in the founding of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and emphasized the need for instruction in mechanic arts. Today, the Watauga Club is still active in educational endeavors.

Scope/content

The Watauga Club records span from 1884 to 2011, but the bulk of the documents date from 1980 to 1996. Club members have had many interests and concerns pertaining to North Carolina and ultimately the United States. The collection contains letters, papers, addresses, speeches, and other related material that encompasses these interests. Included are financial documents relating to various monthly meetings as well as papers dealing with the topics discussed at these meetings.

Physical description

3 archival storage boxes and 1 halfbox.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into eight series:

  • Founding Documentation
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  • Correspondence
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  • Minutes
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  • Financial Records
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  • Membership Information
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  • Photographs
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  • Publications
  • ;
  • Centennial Celebration Records.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Watauga Club Records, MC 00229, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift of the Watauga Club, 1984 (John T. Caldwell), 2001 (Dick Dougherty), and 2012 (Accession 2012.0085).

The entire collection, including materials not available online, may be viewed in the Special Collections reading room in D.H. Hill Library.
Founding Documents (MC 229 Series 01)

This series consists of two folders that pertain to documents containing historical information about the club's infrastructure and policies as well as the articles on the history of the club and its members. The second folder, Constitution, houses the Constitution and the club's various resolutions.

Policies 1979-1988
Box 1, Folder 1
Constitution
Box 1, Folder 2
Correspondence 1947-1999 (MC 229 Series 02)

The correspondence series, which consists of seven folders, is the second largest series in this collection. The folders are either divided by the year or by the person who generated and received the correspondence. The correspondence includes letters, memoranda, e-mail, and miscellaneous documents relating to correspondence. The first folder, 1947 and 1969, contains invitations to John T. Caldwell, Chancellor, North Carolina State University, 1959 to 1975. The contents are arranged chronologically by year. The second folder 1978, 1982, 1990, contains correspndence between club members and a paper entitled "The Abortion and School Prayer Bills in Congress." The contents are arranged chronologically by year. The third folder, 1991, includes correspondence between club members and resumes of potential new members. The contents are arranged chronologically by year. The 1992 folder contains interclub correspondence and biographical sketches of potential new members. The last folder, Garrett Briggs, contains correspondence of Garrett Briggs, former president of Peace College and of the Watauga Club.

General Correspondence 1947-1999
General Correspondence 1947-1969
Box 1, Folder 3
General Correspondence 1978-1990
Box 1, Folder 4
General Correspondence 1991
Box 1, Folder 5
General Correspondence 1992
Box 1, Folder 6
General Correspondence 1993
General Correspondence 1993
Box 1, Folder 7
General Correspondence 1994
Box 1, Folder 8
General Correspondence 1999
Box 1, Folder 9
Briggs, Garrett 1996-1998
Briggs, Garrett 1996-1998
Box 1, Folder 10
Minutes 1980-2010 (MC 229 Series 03)

The collection's largest series consists of folders and a record book. The record book contains minutes recorded by the secretary from the monthly club meetings during 1897 to 1902. The entries are in chronological order. Each folder contains the minutes from monthly meetings. Correspondence between the members pertains to monthly meetings, the status of membership, potential new members, guest speakers, and discussion topics. Included are letters, memoranda, invitations, and e-mails. The documents in each folder pertain to the discussion topics of the monthly meetings and include papers, addresses, speeches, handouts, pamphlets, leaflets, and booklets. There are also newspaper and magazine articles about members and topics that were discussed at the monthly meetings. Miscellaneous documents in this series include maps, ballots, newsletters, membership lists, menus, charts, playbills, and meeting notes. Included in the folder for 1996 is a patch from NASA, which was a topic of discussion for one of the monthly meetings during that year. The contents of each folder are arranged chronologically.

Record Book 1897-1902
Box 1, Folder 11
Minutes 1980
Box 1, Folder 12
Minutes 1981
Box 1, Folder 13
Minutes 1982
Box 1, Folder 14
Minutes 1983
Box 1, Folder 15
Minutes 1984
Box 1, Folder 16
Minutes 1985
Box 1, Folder 17
Minutes 1986
Box 1, Folder 18
Minutes 1986
Box 1, Folder 18
Minutes 1987
Box 1, Folder 19
Minutes 1988
Box 1, Folder 20
Minutes 1989
Box 1, Folder 21
Minutes 1990
Box 2, Folder 1
Minutes 1991
Box 2, Folder 2
Minutes 1992
Box 2, Folder 3
Minutes 1993
Box 2, Folder 4
Minutes 1994
Box 2, Folder 5
Minutes 1995
Box 2, Folder 5
Minutes 1996
Box 2, Folder 7
Minutes 1997
Box 2, Folder 8
Minutes 1998
Box 2, Folder 9
Minutes 1999
Box 2, Folder 10
Minutes 2000-2001
Half box 3, Folder 1
Minutes 2002-2006
Half box 3, Folder 2
Minutes 2005-2009 (Accession 2012.0133)
Box 4
Minutes (1 of 2) 2010
Half box 3, Folder 3
Minutes (2 of 2) 2010
Half box 3, Folder 4
Minutes 2011
Half box 3, Folder 5
Financial Records 1897-1902, 1992 (MC 229 Series 04)

This series contains financial documents pertaining to monthly club meetings. The first folder, 1897-1902, contains letters, reports, receipts, and invoices that relate to club activities during this time period. The second, 1992, includes documents that pertain to the May 1992 club meeting.

Financial Records 1897-1902
Box 2, Folder 11
Financial Records 1992
Box 2, Folder 12
Member Information 1884-2000 (MC 229 Series 05)

This series of five folders pertain to the lives of club members and the history of the club itself. The folders are either divided by year or by member. The first folder, 1884-1902, includes the charter membership lists through 1902. The documents are arranged chronologically. The second folder, 1986-2000, includes membership lists from the respective years and miscellaneous documents relating to the monthly meetings. The next folder, W. J. Peele, contains newspaper articles from the Raleigh News and Observer and the Raleigh Times that discuss the life and death of Peele, one of the founding members and first president of the club. The last three folders include biographical information, like resumes and curricula vitae, on all the members, including Doris Betts, Garrett Briggs, Frank A. Daniels, Jr., Julius Chambers, Larry K. Monteith, John T. Caldwell, Karl G. Hudson, Jr. and Terry Sanford, during 1995.

Membership Lists 1884-1902
Box 2, Folder 13
Membership Lists 1986-2000
Box 2, Folder 14
Peele, W. J. March 28, 1919-March 29, 1919
Box 2, Folder 15
Active Members 1995
Box 2, Folder 16
Leave of Absence Members 1995
Box 2, Folder 17
Members Emeritus 1995
Box 2, Folder 18
Photographs 1955-1957, 1997 (MC 229 Series 06)

This series of two folders includes group pictures taken of the members during the respective years. They are arranged chronologically by year.

Photographs 1955-1957
Box 2, Folder 19
Photographs 1997
Box 2, Folder 20
Publications 1885-1995 (MC 229 Series 07)

This series pertains to the lives of club members and the history of the club itself. The folders are either divided by subject, by year, or by person. The first folder, Historical Notes, contains two pamphlets pertaining to the history of the Watauga Club from 1884 to 1980. The second folder, John Charles McNeill (1874-1907), contains documents of a biographical nature pertaining to McNeill, a renowned North Carolina poet. The third and fourth folders, 1884-1927 and 1954-1984, contain articles from newspapers and magazines, such as the Raleigh News and Observer, the Agromeck, Raleigh Times, The Spectator, and the N.C. State Alumni Magazine, that cover the history of the club, its members, and its educational endeavors.

Historical Notes
Box 2, Folder 21
McNeill, John Charles
Box 2, Folder 22
Publications 1884-1927
Box 2, Folder 23
Publications 1954-1984
Box 2, Folder 24
Public Education 1995
Box 2, Folder 25
Centennial Celebration Records 1984 (MC 229 Series 08)

This series contains documents that pertain to the 100th anniversary of the Watauga Club. The contents of the folder is primarily photographs depicting either several members at the anniversay celebration or in Raleigh at the turn of the century. There are also a script, announcement, and program.

Centennial 1984
Box 2, Folder 26

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Watauga Club Records, MC 00229, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.