North Carolina Rail-Trails Records 1987-2013

Creator
North Carolina Rail-Trails
Size
1.792 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00265

Includes organizational files and reference material created and used by the North Carolina Rail-Trails from 1987-2013, a volunteer organization dedicated to converting rail corridors to public trails.

North Carolina Rail-Trails, a volunteer organization supported by dues, gifts, and grants, began as a steering committee at the North Carolina Greenways Conference in Charlotte on June 3, 1988. North Carolina Rail-Trails (NCRT), headquartered in Durham, became incorporated on March 12, 1990. NCRT is a charter member of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and the Environmental Federation of North Carolina, a Durham-based organization that endeavors to both protect and preserve the state's natural resources.

Biographical/historical note

North Carolina Rail-Trails, a volunteer organization supported by dues, gifts, and grants, began as a steering committee at the North Carolina Greenways Conference in Charlotte on June 3, 1988. North Carolina Rail-Trails (NCRT), headquartered in Durham, became incorporated on March 12, 1990. NCRT is a charter member of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and the Environmental Federation of North Carolina, a Durham-based organization that endeavors to both protect and preserve the state's natural resources. NCRT's purpose is threefold: to monitor the state's rail system, to pursue corridor preservation, and to both retrieve and convert rail corridors to public trails. NCRT coordinates projects among local, state, and federal agencies and organizations.

Since 1989 NCRT has published a quarterly newsletter called "Little Toot," which informs members and interested citizens about activities of the organization, as well as the status of rail-trail projects throughout the state. NCRT's Board of Directors meets quarterly at various project locations in North Carolina. Members of the Board represent a variety of interests, including bicycling, hiking, equestrian, historic, conservation, preservation, and economic. NCRT, along with the North Carolina Railroad Company, Friends of the State Parks, and the North Carolina Sierra Club Chapter, has introduced railbanking legislation through the state Rails Council, legislative research committees, and the North Carolina General Assembly.

The following organizations have given grants to the NCRT: the NC Division of Parks and Recreation, the Mary Duke Biddle and Bryan Family foundations, and the North Carolina Rural Center.

Scope/content

This collection consists of organizational records and reference material that North Carolina Rail-Trails (NCRT) both created and used to facilitate the operation of the organization. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, NCRT meeting minutes and agendas, brochures, flyers, several newsletters, including "Little Toot," newspaper and magazine articles, essays for "Little Toot" by Anthony Reevy, past historian and vice chair of NCRT, work plans, proposals, maps, essays on North Carolina rail-trails and railways, legal documents including financial statements, organizational development and strategic planning records and copies of ratified senate and house bills.

Organizational records include plans and updates on the American Tobacco Trail, correspondence between members of the NCRT Board of Directors, "Little Toot" articles, newspaper, magazine, and journal articles about greenways and rail trails throughout North Carolina and the United States, a copy of the 1991 North Carolina Greenway Advisory Board report, and North Carolina rail corridor updates. Also included are lists of the NCRT Board of Directors from 1990 until 1999, information on the Land Trust Alliance, various legal documents, NCRT meeting minutes from 1990 until 2013, a collection of "Little Toot" newsletters from 1989, with few gaps, flyers and brochures that pertain to both local and national rail trails and greenway and rail trail organizations, and various North Carolina rail trail proposals and plans. Copies of ratified Senate and House bills that pertain to the approval of land and rail corridor preservation, the provision of rail revitalization funds, and the regulation of leasing rail corridors are also housed here. Records are arranged topically. Placement of papers within each folder reflects chronological arrangement.

Physical description

3 archival boxes, 1 half box

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina Rail-Trails Records, MC 00265, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Anthony Reevy, 1999 (Accession 1999.0008) and North Carolina Rail-Trails, 2011 (Accession 2011.0149), 2012 {Accession 2012.0080 and 2012.0156), gift of Tony Reevy (Accession 2013.0070)

Processing information

Processed by Jane V. Charles; Nancy J. Kaiser

Completed July, 1999; October 2000; Updated by Judy Allen Dodson, March 2010; Updated by Judy Allen Dodson 2011; updated by Jennifer Baker April 2013

Board of Directors
Lists 1990-1999
Box 1, Folder 1
Meeting Agendas 1991-1999, undated
Box 1, Folder 2
Meetings and Reports 2000-2002
Box 1, Folder 3
Meetings and Reports 2003-2006
Box 1, Folder 4
Meetings and Reports April 2006- 2007
Box 3, Folder 13
Business Plan Drafts 2008 (Accession No. 2012.0156)
Half box 4, Folder 3
By-laws (Accession No. 2012.0156)
Half box 4, Folder 4
Budgets and Agendas 2010-2012 (Accession No. 2012.0156)
Half box 4, Folder 6
Meeting Minutes 1990-2000
Box 1, Folder 5
Reports, Work Plans, and Grant Applications 1989-1999, undated
Box 1, Folder 6
Organizational Development and Strategic Planning 2001-2003
Box 1, Folder 7
Project Guide undated
Box 1, Folder 8
Board of Directors, Meetings and Reports 2006-2013
Box 3, Folder 22; Box 3, Folder 13
Organizational Development and Strategic Planning 2005-2009
Box 3, Folder 15
Meeting Minutes, Vision/Mission Feedback, Business Plan, and Board Meeting Agendas 2007-2009
Box 3, Folder 19
Newsletters 1989-2013
"Little Toot" 1989-2000
Box 2, Folder 3
"Little Toot" 2000-2007
Box 2, Folder 4
"Little Toot" 2008-2010
Box 3, Folder 18
Essays on NC Rail-Trails and Railways 1992, undated
Box 2, Folder 5
Newsletters Fall 2009-Summer 2011
Half box 4, Folder 1
Newsletters Winter 2012- Winter 2013
Half box 4, Folder 2
Trails 1991-2005, undated
Coastal Carolina Trail 1999, undated
Box 1, Folder 9
American Tobacco Trail, Plans and Updates 1991-1995
Box 1, Folder 10
American Tobacco Trail 2000-2003
Box 1, Folder 11
Dunn-Erwin Trail 2000-2004, undated
Box 1, Folder 12
Catawba Regional Trail 2005, undated
Box 1, Folder 13
Skewarkee Trail 2002, undated
Box 2, Folder 1
Rail-Trail Project Proposals 1991-1996
Box 2, Folder 2
Newspaper, Magazine, and Journal Clippings 1987-1998, 2001-2005, undated
Box 2, Folder 6
Brochures and Flyers 1988-1997, undated
North Carolina Rail-Trails 1991-1996, undated
Box 2, Folder 7
Other North Carolina Organizations 1994-1997, undated
Box 2, Folder 8
National Organizations 1988-1996, undated
Box 2, Folder 9
Correspondence
1987-1993
Box 3, Folder 1
1994-2005, undated
Box 3, Folder 2
2009 (Accession No. 2012.0156)
Half box 4, Folder 5
Photographs, Slides, and Negatives undated
Box 2, Folder 10
Map; American Tobacco Trail in Durham, Chatham, and Wake Counties, NC and Coastal Carolina Trail brochure undated
Box 3, Folder 17
Legal Documents 1990
Box 2, Folder 3
Land Trust Information 1998-1999, 2004
Box 3, Folder 5
"Transition to ISTEA Transporation," North Carolina Rails-Trails 1992
Box 3, Folder 6
Financial Records 2000, 2005-2006
Box 3, Folder 4
“Connections in Pender County: A Rail-to-Trail Design Study,” Department of Landscape Architecture, North Carolina State University 1994
Box 3, Folder 7
North Carolina Railways, Essays and Articles 1989-1986, undated
Box 3, Folder 8
North Carolina Rail Corridors, Preservation and Updates 1990-1995
Box 3, Folder 9
NC Greenways and Advisory Panel January 1991
Box 3, Folder 10
Earth Share of North Carolina 2005-2006
Box 3, Folder 11
Miscellaneous 1988-1997, undated
Box 3, Folder 12
Financial Statements December 2005, December 2006
Box 3, Folder 14
Financial Records 2007
Box 3, Folder 16
Membership letter, CPA Resume, and Steve Smutko's resigation letter to the board 2007, 2009
Box 3, Folder 20
Ratified Senate and House Bills 1989-1991
Box 3, Folder 21

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina Rail-Trails Records, MC 00265, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.