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Virginia Dare Book Club records

Identifier: MS0202

Scope and Contents

This collection constitutes the official archives of the Club. Yearbooks comprise the majority of the collection.


  • Creation: 1894 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Virginia Dare Book Club was organized in Charlotte in 1893 as the "Virginia Dare Circle" to study history, arts, and literature. The group of 12 charter members held their first formal meeting on January 12, 1894 at the North Tryon Street home of Margaret Barringer, the wife of Confederate general Rufus Barringer. They elected as their officers: Mrs. Edward White, president; Mrs. Latta C. Johnston, vice president; and Mrs. A. L. Smith, secretary. The other charter members present at this meeting were Mrs. J. L. Chambers, Helen Long, Ella Dowd, Mrs. J. D. Church, Sally Young, Violet Alexander, Florrie Graham, and Janie Fox. During their first year, they chose North Carolina as their study topic and held their meetings at four o'clock in the afternnon. The second oldest book club in the city, the group renamed itself in 1941. [For more information, see Flora Huntley and Carolyn Good, A History of the Virginia Dare Book Club, 1893-1993 (Charlotte: Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 1993).]


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Archives of Charlotte's second oldest book club (founded 1893), including yearbooks, newspaper clippings, and invitations.


The Virginia Dare Book Club Records are organized into a single, alphabetical folder title series with the Yearbooks being arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. William A. Lee Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., 1993. Yearbooks received on a periodic basis.

Related Materials

Bonnie E. Cone Papers (Mss 112) ; Van Landingham Family Papers (Mss 57)

Records of the Virginia Dare Book Club
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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