Skip to main content

Colonial Dames, Lord Craven Chapter Records

Identifier: SC-MS-050

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the charter, minutes, reports, budgets, newspaper clippings and other documents related to the Lord Craven Chapter of the Colonial Dames for the years 1961-1985. Also included, in alphabetical order, are membership applications with genealogical information for chapter members.


  • Creation: 1920-1985


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.

Historical Note

The organizational meeting of the Lord Craven Chapter, Colonial Dames 17th century, was held in Wilmington on December 30, 1961. Mrs. Jeanette Cox St. Amand of Wilmington was organizing president. Mrs. W. H. Vander Linden of Hickory, North Carolina and president of the North Carolina Society of the organization, was also present and installed officers.

The first item of business was the selection of a name for the chapter. Three names were presented: 1) Lord Craven, one of the Lords Proprietors, for whom this section of North Carolina was originally named; 2) Clarendon, one of the early names of the Cape Fear River for Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, a Lord Proprietor; 3) William Hilton, first known explorer up the Cape Fear river, who bought land along the river from Native Americans and wrote accounts of his journey. Lord Craven was voted first choice, and there being no other chapter by that name, would become the name of this chapter. Once membership reached 21 in 1962, the group applied for a charter.

Note written by Carroll R. Jones


1.25 Linear Feet (Contains 3 document boxes and 1 map case folder)

Language of Materials


Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Lord Craven Chapter; facilitated by Martha Patrick Archbell on June 30, 1987.

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed by Carroll R. Jones. In 2015, this collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Christine Hockaday.

Colonial Dames, Lord Craven Chapter Records
Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository