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Hope Valley Country Club Records

Title:Hope Valley Country Club Records
Inclusive Dates:1925-2009
Extent of Materials:3.5 linear feet; 7 boxes plus oversized material
Location:NC Office Shelves 33-35; Map Cabinet #2, Drawer 11
Date of Accession:December 2011
Donor:Dr. Harvey Estes
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCRMaterials document the founding and activity of Hope Valley Country Club, Durham's first country club, built to appeal to prestigious Durham and Chapel Hill citizens. While much of the material relates to the country club and its activities, some material concerns the neighborhood, specifically the maps, Homeowners Association material, and research files about the early homes.
Processor:Lori Neumeier; Kristen Merryman
Description:
Subject Headings:Ross, Donald J., 1872?-1948.
Hope Valley Country Club (Durham, N.C.)
Golf courses -- North Carolina -- Durham.
Nelson, Byron, 1912-2006.
Abstract:
Scope and Content:The Hope Valley Country Club (HVCC) Records include documents, correspondence and financial materials documenting the club's formation; membership rosters and lists of club officers; original deeds; and blueprints. The collection also includes records that document later functions and activities of the club: administrative records, club charter, constitutions and by-laws, reports and letters from the club president, committee minutes and reports, petitions, newsletters, and financial material. Also included are records of social functions and organizations, recreational activities, and the golf course, as well as photographs of the club members and employees, and social and recreational events. These records are supplemented by the research files produced by Dr. Harvey Estes, compiled while researching the history of Hope Valley Country Club for an 80th anniversary exhibit in 2006. Prominent within these files are histories of many of the original homes and home owners . People featured within this collection include club developers R. Jesse Mebane and Walter E. Sharpe, financer Smith Richardson, golf course architect Donald Ross, professional golfer Byron Nelson, golf professional Marshall Crichton, club manager Bill Berutti, historian Mena Webb, and researcher Dr. Harvey Estes.
Restrictions:This collection is open for research.
Biographical/Historical Note:Hope Valley was established in Durham in 1926 by real estate developers R. Jesse Mebane and Walter E. Sharpe on a site carved from four existing farms. The community was conceived of as an "automobile suburb" and country club designed to serve the young professionals in Durham's tobacco, textile, and health care industries, as well as the faculty of Duke University and University of North Carolina. Initial progress was made in the 1920s, including the opening of an 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross in 1926, which was featured in a 1929 book, Golf and Country Clubs by Clifford Charles Wendehack, an architect of clubhouses . Houses built in the era were built in an eclectic mix of revival styles. During the Great Depression, development stalled due to financial difficulties, despite backing from Smith Richardson, president of Vicks, Inc. Not until after World War II did Hope Valley Country Club begin to seem a viable country club and real estate venture, and the 1940s saw the addition of dozens of homes, a new pro shop, caddy house, and grill room. Many of Durham's businessmen, medical professionals, and professors have lived in Hope Valley. Furthermore, the golf course has been played by professional golfers Byron Nelson and Mike Souchak, and was managed by Will Mann, who went on to become the president of the Professional Golf Association (PGA). Some material included within this collection was saved [by whom?] after club manager Bill Berutti requested its disposal. Additional material includes research compiled by Dr. Harvey Estes for a 2006 exhibit commemorating the club's 80th anniversary. Included within his research files are histories of the club and notes and photographs of many of the original houses and home owners.
Condition Notes:Original 1926 plans of Hope Valley (oversized material) are brittle. Photographs (box 4) include fragile glass plates.
Organization of Collection:Box 1 and 2 include general administrative and financial materials, arranged by subject and chronologically. Box 3 includes subject files and Harvey Estes' Hope Valley research files, compiled for an 80th anniversary exhibit in 2006. Boxes 4 and 5 contain photographs, arranged by subject and maintained largely according to their original groupings. Box 7 contains bound materials relating to the construction of the Hope Valley County Club and yearbooks for the Club dating from 1942-1970.
Container List
Box 1
Charter, Constitutions, and By-Laws (1985-1994, undated)
Reports of the President (1955) - Includes list of Hope Valley Country Club presidents, 1926-1966
Year-End and Quarterly Reports from the President (1972-2002)
Board of Governors reports (1964-1988)
Letters from the President (1930, 1983-2006)
Homeowners and Membership Rosters (1927-2007, undated)
Letter of Agreement Creating Durham Country Club (1926)
Formation of Homeowners Association (1949-1950)
Committee Minutes (2006)
Committee Reports (1972-1985)
Petitions (1953-1987, undated)
Correspondence: Richardson, Mebane, and Sharpe (1928-1930) - Copied with permission from Richardson-Vicks, Inc. Records (#4468) from Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Correspondence: General (1974-2002)
Correspondence: Clubhouse renovation (1987-1988)
Newsletters: "Down in the Valley," "Proclamations" (1995-1998; 1992-2006)
Advertisements for Hope Valley Country Club in Durham Morning Herald (1926-1928)
Newspaper Clippings (1926-2001, undated)
Box 2
Financial Material (1974-1995)
Checks (1934, 1941)
Paid Bills (1941-1942)
Deeds (1926-1937)
Deeds (1940-1993)
Deeds - Copies (1925-1951)
Box 3
Golf Course
Contains material related to Donald Ross, golf course architect; Will Mann, former HVCC golf course superintendent and later president of the PGA; and Mike Souchak, "The Man Who Shot the Lowest Score in PGA History," 1992
Marshall Crichton (1996)
Hope Valley Country Club's first golf professional, 1926-1960
Byron Nelson (1991-1995)
Professional golfer; won a record 11 PGA tournaments in a row, including one at HV golf course, 1945
Golf and Country Clubs by Clifford Charles Wendehack (1929)
Book about country clubs written by an architect of country clubs. Includes feature on Hope Valley Country Club. Original glass plate negatives can be found within this collection (See box 4, folder 8).
Maps
"Come Alive at 55" Club (2005-2009)
Programs and Menus (1972-2001)
Recipes (undated)
Histories of Hope Valley Country Club (1982, undated)
Correspondence: Harvey Estes' Hope Valley Country Club Research (2006)
Research: Harvey Estes' Hope Valley Country Club History Folder (1 of 2)
Research: Harvey Estes' Hope Valley Country Club History Folder (2 of 2)
Research: Hope Valley Houses and Owners (2002-2009)
Hope Valley Country Club 80th Anniversary Exhibit Materials
Includes photographs used in exhibit
Material related to other country clubs
Box 4Photographs - Includes fragile material
Board of Governors
See also: Oversized Items
Members of Hope Valley Country Club
Includes photograph of Larry Harris, club manager
Public Figures
Includes photographs of Perry Como, Edmund "Eddie" Cameron, and Mike Souchak
Byron Nelson
Professional golfer. Won a record 11 PGA tournaments in a row, including a win at HV golf course, 1945
Early Houses in Hope Valley
Clubhouse and Golf Course
Country Club
FRAGILE. Original glass negatives from Golf and Country Clubs by Clifford Charles Wendehack (See box 2, folder 4).
Golf
FRAGILE. Includes glass frames.
Riding Stables
Tennis (1988-1996)
From photo album
Aerial Photographs
Miscellaneous
Box 5Photographs
Staff and Unidentified People
Events and Parties
Events and Parties
Holidays
Recreation
Swimming (1982-1983)
Tennis (1986)
Hope Valley Country Club Grounds; Miscellaneous; Negatives
Hope Valley Country Club Members
Slides
Images of Historic Durham
Box 6
Photograph: Aerial View (1982)
Photographs: Board of Governors (1974, 1978)
Field Survey Plat (1974)
Newspaper Clipping: "Hope Valley: Ross design will test amateurs"
Advertisements for Hope Valley Country Club in Durham Morning Herald (1926-1928)
Census Data (1930)
Map of Hope Valley
Posters: Officers, Board of Governors, and Committees (1960-1967)
Blueprint: Club House
Blueprint: Grill Room
Blueprints: Miscellaneous
Box 7
Estimated cost revised 1928 construction program Hope Valley Country Club
Hope Valley Development second unit; Estimated cost - contemplating five acre tracts (1928)
Hope Valley Development; Estimate of cost to finish first unit after completion of 1928 program, authorized September 1928 (1928)
Hope Valley, Incorporated and C.B. Hester; Contract Grading (1928)
Hope Valley, Incorporated and W.E. King; Contract Waterways (1928)
Hope Valley, Incorporated and Burlington Construction Co.; Contract Water and Sewer (1928)
Hope Valley Development 1928 Budget as revised and adopted in September 1928
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1942)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1947)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1948-1949)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1950-1951)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1953-1954)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1955)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1956)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1962)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1966)
Hope Valley Country Club yearbook (1970)
Hope Valley Country Club, Inc.: Charter, Constitution, By-Laws, and Activity Rules
Hope Valley Country Club, Inc.: Charter, Constitution, By-Laws, and Activity Rules - as amended thru December 31, 1977
Hope Valley Country Club, Inc.: Constitution, By-Laws, Rules and Roster - edited 1987
Contract: Summit Avenue Building Company and C.B. Hester(1927)
Agreement between City of High Point, North Carolina and Frank T. Miller (1940)
Oversized Materials
Original Hope Valley Country Club Plans (1960-1967)
Map of Hope Valley Community (1963)
Blueprint of Grill Room by Archie Royal Davis, Architect