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Don Betz Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-143

Scope and Contents

This collection features papers, photographs, and memorabillia belonging to Don Betz, who served as mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina from 1987 to 1997. Betz's appointment books and correspondence from throughout his tenure, as both a city council member and later mayor, depict both his day-to-day duties and important local issues he discussed with officials and legislators at the state and national level. His campaign work, service outside the council, and involvement in local, national, and international cooperation is also highlighted, including his time as a North Carolina delegate at the 1988 Democratic National Convention and letters from then President Bill Clinton.


  • Creation: 1981-1997


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Donald Betz was born in 1946 and raised in Rochester, N.Y. He has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina since 1975 and is a former investment broker with A.G. Edwards and Sons Co. He served on the Wilmington city council for several years and as mayor pro tem before becoming mayor of Wilmington in 1987, a position he held until 1997. He also served on the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Arts Center advisory board, was town manager of North Topsail Beach, and has been executive director of the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority since 2005.


2 Containers (Contains 2 document boxes)

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Don Betz on October 20, 1998.


An addition was donated by Don Betz on July 13, 2012.

Don Betz Collection
Nicole Yatsonsky
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository