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Guide to the Durham Chamber of Commerce Records, circa 1910-1981

Abstract

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce serves the needs of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies of all sizes by helping to create and sustain a healthy economic climate.

The collection largely contains photographs of Durham businesses, homes, schools, places of worship, and individuals. It also includes two bound volumes of meeting minutes, by-laws, and correspondence which date from 1915-1923 as well as material sent to members, such as newsletters.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.
Title
Durham Chamber of Commerce records circa 1910-1981
Language of Material
English
Extent
4.0 Linear Feet, 150 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains photographic prints of buildings and persons in Durham, taken during the early to mid-twentieth century. There are also two minute books, one dated 1915-1919 and the other, 1919-1923. The first includes minutes of the Women's Classification of the Chamber and discussion of offering money to the Board of Health in an attempt to stamp out the influenza epidemic. The second volume includes discussion of gratitude to James B. and Benjamin N. Duke for money given towards the building of Lincoln Hospital. There is also material the Chamber sent to members, including newsletters and updates on Chamber activities.

The photographs have been largely identified, except where noted. Most of the images are of Durham buildings. Several photographs include the photographers stamp, the most common of which was the Halladay Studio.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

The images have been largely identified, with some exceptions (noted). The images in boxes 2-3 are mounted and were once part of a bound album.

Wright Refuge (2 copies), N. Roxboro Rd., circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 1
John Sprunt Hill House, S. Duke St., 1924
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified House, undated
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified Property with Various Structures (possibly a farm), undated
Box 1 Folder 1
McPherson Hospital, W. Main St., circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 2
Durham County Jail, Broad St., circa late 1920s (later Tuberculosis Sanitarium)
Box 1 Folder 2
Durham County Home (2 different images), N. Roxboro Rd., circa late 1920s-early 1930s
Box 1 Folder 2
King's Daughters Home, Buchanan Blvd., mid-1920s
Box 1 Folder 2
Watts Hospital (aerial), Broad St., circa late 1920s
Box 1 Folder 2
Durham Cotton Manufacturing Company, E. Pettigrew St., circa late 1930s-1940s
Box 1 Folder 3
Wright Machinery Company, Holloway St., circa 1950s
Box 1 Folder 3
Yarbrough Mills (interior), Holloway St., circa 1929
Box 1 Folder 3
Rendering of Unidentified Building, circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 3
Durham Traction Company (includes horses, motorized truck with 2 unidentified men), Vivian St., circa 1910
Box 1 Folder 3
Waverly Ice Cream, Holland St., circa late 1920s-early 1930s
Box 1 Folder 4
Carolina Theatre, Roney St., 1926
Box 1 Folder 4
Home Security Life Insurance Company, Main/Market Sts., circa late 1920s-early 1930s
Box 1 Folder 4
Wonderland Theater (2 copies), E. Pettigrew St., 1926
Box 1 Folder 4
Street Scene with Unidentified Buildings, circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 4
View of Unidentified Buildings along Corcoran St. (looking north from W. Peabody St.), circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 5
Piedmont Building, W. Main St., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 5
Cheek-Holton Manufacturing Company, circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 5
Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company (2 copies), Angier Ave., circa 1930
Box 1 Folder 5
Cary Lumber Company (2 copies), S. Buchanan Blvd., circa 1930
Box 1 Folder 6
Liggett and Myers Chesterfield Building, W. Main St., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 6
Back of Old Post Office, located at Main and Corcoran (looking east across Corcoran), with bags of mail piled up, circa late 1920s
Box 1 Folder 6
Louise Knitting Mill/Griffin Hosiery Mill, N. Maple St., circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 6
Golden Belt Manufacturing Company, Franklin St., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 7
Bassett-Brown House, N. Buchanan Blvd., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 7
Leary/Coletta House, Cleveland St., circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 7
Four Acres, W. Chapel Hill St., circa late 1920s-mid-1930s
Box 1 Folder 7
Durham Athletic Park, circa 1930
Box 1 Folder 8
Photo of "Design of Proposed Durham Country Club" (rendering of exterior), Atwood and Nash, Inc. Architects, Durham, NC, undated
Box 1 Folder 8
Photo of "Durham Country Club" (rendering of exterior), Milburn, Heister and Co. Architects, Washington, DC/Durham, NC, undated
Box 1 Folder 8
Fire Station No. 3 (includes fire truck and 4 firemen), circa late 1920s-mid-1930s
Box 1 Folder 8
Southern Conservatory of Music, Alston Ave., 1924
Box 1 Folder 9
Powe Apartments, N. Buchanan Blvd., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 9
The People's Bank, S. Driver St., circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 9
Merchants Bank, W. Main St., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 9
YMCA, E. Main St., 1920
Box 1 Folder 10
YMCA, W. Trinity Ave., 1958
Box 1 Folder 10
Trust Building, W. Main St., circa 1932
Box 1 Folder 10
Main Public Library (2 copies), E. Main St., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 10
Unidentified Textile Mill Interior, circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 11
Unidentified Textile Mill Interior, circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 11
Unidentified Textile Mill Interior, circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 11
Unidentified Textile Mill Interior (note milling machinery manufactured by Nordyke and Marmon Co. of Indianapolis, IN), circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 11
Unidentified Construction Site, undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Clerk's Desk [?] (probably from a textile company), circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 12
Unidentified Street with Christmas Decorations (lit up at night), undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Unidentified Concrete Bridge over Railroad Tracks (includes a train car and an unidentified person bending over in the background; one unidentified woman is at the support base of bridge; one unidentified woman is standing higher than the support base, closer to the bridge, and is holding a ukelele), circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 12
Aerial view of tobacco warehouses and auction warehouses (note El Toro Baseball Park [Durham Athletic Park], circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 15
Aerial view of downtown (features railroad, tobacco companies, churches), circa 1930s [?] (2 different views)
Box 1 Folder 15
Aerial view overlooking E. Main St. (note Durham Public Service Company and Hotel Lochmoor), circa 1920s
Box 1 Folder 15
Aerial view of Durham Cotton Manufacturing Company's complex (buildings/structures are numbered but the legend is not available), circa 1930s-1940s
Box 1 Folder 15
Panoramic view of downtown facing Hotel Lochmoor and the YMCA. Railroad tracks and watertowers are visible. circa 1920s
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of the American Tobacco Company, 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of American Tobacco Company (note residential houses), 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of Durham from the Washington Duke Hotel, looking west, 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of the Golden Belt Manufacturing Company, 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of Erwin Mills complex and mill houses, circa 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of the Erwin Mills complex, 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of Durham from the top of an unidentified building. Durham Public Service Company is visible on the right. 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic view of the Liggett and Myers plant, looking down Main St. where it intersects with Duke St., 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Dr. Bartlett Durham, undated
Box 1 Folder 13
Unidentified Durham Policeman (wearing a western bow tie and western-style hat w/ badge attached), undated
Box 1 Folder 13
5 Unidentified Men at Civic Event Honoring Merrill P. "Tootsie" Knight (includes framed award, one man is presumably Knight), undated
Box 1 Folder 13
Unidentified Posed Group of 16 People (includes 2 women, group is in unidentified room), circa 1930s-1940s
Box 1 Folder 13
Unidentified Group of 19 Men Posed on the Sidewalk in Front of Pritchard and Bright Clothing Store, W. Main St., circa 1930s
Box 1 Folder 14
Unidentified Group of 22 Men Posed Inside an Unidentified Room (William A. Kirkland, Sr., has been identified as the 8th person from the left on the front row), circa 1930s-1940s
Box 1 Folder 14
Four Men at an Awards Ceremony, Identified on the Image as Biggs, Carlton (holding award), Baynes, and Chambers (holding award), undated
Box 1 Folder 14
Unidentified People on Street Corner, near 217 Chapel Hill St. (Some individuals are waiting to board a bus with stops in Raleigh-Durham-Greensboro. The driver is standing on top of the bus, loading up passenger luggage.), circa mid-late 1920s-early 1930s
Box 1 Folder 14
Children and Adults at Durham's First Playground (2 different images), S. Duke St., circa 1910-1919
Box 1 Folder 14
Panoramic, Dinner Honoring Eddie Rickenbacker, undated. Photo shows 15 unidentified people sitting at a dais.
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic, Unidentified large group of people (men and women) posed by what appears to be a farmhouse. Some are dressed in regular clothes while others are in uniform. 1926
Oversize Folder 1
Panoramic, Attendees (men and women) to the Monarch Convention, 1926.
Oversize Folder 1
Parade, early 1940s
Box 1 Folder 16
Side One: Aerial View of Downtown Overlooking Chapel Hill St., railroad tracks, and Main St.; Side Two: Blank
Box 2 Folder 1
Side One: Brogden Junion High School; Side Two: East Durham Junior High School
Box 2 Folder 2
Side One: Club Blvd. Elementary School; Side Two: Watts St. Elementary School
Box 2 Folder 3
Side One: Southside Grammar School; Side Two: E. K. Powe School
Box 2 Folder 4
Side One: Southern High School; Side Two: Lowes Grove School
Box 2 Folder 5
Side One: Northern High School; Side Two: Blank
Box 2 Folder 6
Side One: Durham Academy (S. Duke St.), Unidentified House; Side Two: Twaddell School, Unidentified House
Box 2 Folder 7
Side One: Duke Chapel; Side Two: Duke University Union Building and Duke Chapel
Box 2 Folder 8
Side One: Aerial View of East Campus, Duke University; Side Two: Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens
Box 2 Folder 9
Side One: Summer House, Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens; Side Two: Fountain, Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens
Box 2 Folder 10
Side One: First Baptist Church; Side Two: Temple Baptist Church
Box 2 Folder 11
Side One: First Presbyterian Church (Main St.); Side Two: Trinity Methodist Church
Box 2 Folder 12
Side One: Immaculate Conception Church (Chapel Hill St.); Side Two: Beth-El Synagogue (Watts St.)
Box 2 Folder 13
Side One: Duke Memorial Methodist Church; Side Two: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Box 2 Folder 14
Side One: St. Philip's Episcopal Church (Main St.); Side Two: St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Box 2 Folder 15
Side One: Grace Baptist Church; Side Two: Calvary Methodist Church
Box 3 Folder 1
Side One: St. Paul's Lutheran Church; Side Two: Blank
Box 3 Folder 2
Side One: Watts St. Baptist Church; Side Two: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Box 3 Folder 3
Side One: Epworth Methodist Church; Side Two: Holloway St. Christian Church
Box 3 Folder 4
Side One: St. John Methodist Church [later Chapel of the Methodist Retirement Home]; Side Two: Braggtown Baptist Church
Box 3 Folder 5
Side One: Veteran's Administration Hospital; Side Two: Methodist Retirement Home (Erwin Rd.)
Box 3 Folder 6
Side One: YWCA (Chapel Hill St.); Side Two: Blank
Box 3 Folder 7
Side One: U. S. Army Reserve; Side Two: National Guard Armory
Box 3 Folder 8
Side One: U. S. Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center; Side Two: Durham County Stadium
Box 3 Folder 9
Side One: Hope Valley Country Club; Side Two: Hillandale Golf Course
Box 3 Folder 10
Side One: Hillandale Golf Course Club House [original]; Side Two: Blank except for description of side one
Box 3 Folder 11
Side One: GTE Building (Roxboro Rd.); Side Two: Crum and Forster Group Building
Box 3 Folder 12
Side One: Aerial View of Tobacco Warehouses; Side Two: Aerial View of Tobacco Warehouses
Box 3 Folder 13
Side One: Aerial View of Erwin Mills; Side Two: Blank
Box 3 Folder 14
Side One: Forest Hills Shopping Center; Side Two: Blank
Box 3 Folder 15
Bound Volume: By-laws, Meeting Minutes, Correspondence to Board Members, 1915-1919 (includes index)
Box 4
Bound Volume: Meeting Minutes, Resolutions, Correspondence to Board Members, 1919-1923 (includes index)
Box 5
"Action" Newsletter, 1972 Oct., 1979-1981 (incomplete)
Box 1 Folder 17
General Correspondence to Members, 1971-1981
Box 1 Folder 18

Historical Note

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce serves the needs of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies of all sizes by helping to create and sustain a healthy economic climate. It was established in 1906.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Durham Chamber of Commerce Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Durham Chamber of Commerce Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1975 and 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, July 2013

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2013

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.