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Wilmington Civitan Club Records

Identifier: SC-MS-227

Scope and Contents

The Wilmington Civitan Club Records span from the club’s charter in 1938 to 2006. Materials include items such as the club constitution and bylaws, membership lists, newsletters, directories, meeting minutes, typescripts, and brochures on Civitan International and the history of the Wilmington Civitan Club. The collection also contains scholarship material from the club’s annual fruitcake sale and its relationship with the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, along with newspaper clippings on club events, member activities, and awards. Memorabilia from the club includes various plaques and awards from organizations like the Special Olympics and the Salvation Army, as well as lapel buttons and a VHS tape of one of the club’s anniversary celebrations.


  • Creation: 1938-2006

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 Wilmington Civitan Club was chartered in 1938 and dissolved in 2019. The club’s three main tenants were Service, Knowledge, and Fellowship. Part of Civitan International, the club participated in numerous events and outreach programs while active, including but not limited to working with the Special Olympics, the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, and running their own scholarship projects. One notable achievement, they were largely responsible for bringing the first Iron Lung to Wilmington during the Polio epidemic years of the 1940s and 1950s.

Civitan International was founded in 1917 and started in Birmingham, Alabama. The community service organization still exists today and has more than 40,000 members in 24 countries. The word Civitan is taken from the Latin meaning “civitas” or in English, citizenship. Their mission is to make a difference in their communities while also supporting those with developmental disabilities.


6 Containers (Contains 3 document boxes, 1 archival banker's box, 1 oversize folder, and 1 barrier board deep lid artifact box.)

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This collection is divided into six series.

Series 1: Organization History

Series 2: Financial Documents

Series 3: Membership

Series 4: Meeting Minutes

Series 5: Community Outreach and Events

Series 6: Scholarship Projects

Acquisition Information

Method and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed by Carrol R. Jones. It was reprocessed by Anlie Williams in the Spring of 2023.


Wilmington Civitan Club Records
Anlie Williams
2023 March 27
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository