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Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Records

Title: Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce records
Inclusive Dates: 1891-2012 (bulk 1960-2012)
Extent of Materials: 2 Hollinger boxes, 1 flat box
Location: Shelf 29-30
Date of Accession: 2013
Donor: Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Processor: Cale McCammon
Subject Headings: Business enterprises–North Carolina–Durham–Directories.
Business relocation–North Carolina–Durham.
Durham (N.C.)–Commerce–Directories.
Durham (N.C.)–Description and travel–Periodicals.
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce (Durham, N.C.)–Directories.
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce (Durham, N.C.)–Periodicals.
Industries–North Carolina–Durham–Directories.
Scrapbooks.
Scope and Content: The collection consists of materials  created by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and a few records of the organization.  The materials relate not only to the organization’s activities and presence in the community, but also to the changing economic landscape of Durham.  Included are various publications that contain membership listings and guides for buyers, businesses, and new residents, as well as programs and invitations relating to community events that  the Chamber of Commerce hosted.  The collection also contains two scrapbooks of newspaper articles, one  concerning a possible merger of the Durham city and county governments and another concerning the industrial and commercial expansion of Research Triangle Park  during 1968.  Provided with the scrapbooks were sections of the April 26, 1953, Durham Morning Herald, which celebrated the city’s centennial by providing histories and snapshots of Durham churches, sports, businesses, the Chamber of Commerce itself, and women’s organizations.  The collection also contains an insert from the February 23, 1924, issue of the  Durham Morning Herald, which features histories of the Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis clubs.  Because the 1953 issue has been microfilmed, the original was discarded, while the 1924 insert was retained.
Related Materials: Durham Morning Herald microfilm.
Durham Centennial Scrapbook.
Materials cataloged separately from manuscript collection (Durham FYI, Durham Today, “Action” Newsletter, etc.)
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical/Historical Note: Founded in 1906, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce aims to foster leadership and collaboration among Durham businesses for the benefit of the economic climate.  On the political front, the Chamber of Commerce advocates for Durham businesses in order to inform legislative powers and affect public policy.
Container List: Box 1
1.  Construction Services Directory
2.  Contact Club Training Manual
3.  Durham, the City of Medicine: Bird’s Eye View
4.  Durham, the City of Medicine, the County of Merit: Development Handbook
5.  Durham Community Service Organizations
6.  Major Employers
7.  Marketplace Exhibitor’s manuals
8.  Membership Directories
9.  Membership Directory, Business Guide, and New Resident Guide
10.  Membership Directory and Buyers Guide [100th Anniversary Edition]
11.  New Durham: Crossing the Threshold, A Four-Year Accelerated Economic Development/Image Program for Durham and Durham County
12.  New Resident Guides
13.  Relocation Guide
Box 2
1.  Annual dinner
2.  Annual meeting programs
3.  Annual reports
4.  Board of Directors minutes
5.  Chamber centennial promotional materials
6.  Correspondence
7.  Membership service forms
8.  Programs of work goals
9.  Various invitations and promotional materials
Box 3
1. “Bird’s-eye view of the city of Durham, North Carolina”  print of original oversized map
       Date reflects the year the map was created, not the year of publication.
2.  Durham Morning Herald February 23, 1924
Compilation of newspaper articles relating to the industrial and commercial expansion of the Research Triangle Park during 1968.
3.  “Expansion 1968 Volume I” scrapbook
Articles celebrating the Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis clubs.
4.  “Durham Citizens for One Government” scrapbook
       Compilation of newspaper articles relating to the merging of Durham city and county governments.