This collection (1980-1995) documents the Greenville Area Preservation Association (North Carolina) from its beginnings and includes articles of incorporation and bylaws, minutes, correspondence, subject files, membership records, financial records, Heritage Tour files (1981-1982), photographs, a scrapbook, and records concerning the publication of the The Architectural Heritage of Greenville, North Carolina.
The Greenville Historic Properties Commission (North Carolina) was created in 1979 as a result of community interest in identifying properties and neighborhoods in need of historic preservation. In short order this desire also led to the founding of the Greenville Area Preservation Association (GAPA) in 1980 with Robbie Tugwell, President and Bobby Swinson, Vice President. By January 1981, GAPA had fifty members. In 1988, GAPA was reorganized under a new president, Maury York, and vice president, Michael Cotter. The objectives of GAPA were to preserve the historical legacy of Greenville through recognition of its outstanding citizens and historical structures, and organize a taskforce to approach local government for better solutions for future historic preservation practices. Many of their initial goals were completed and GAPA is now disbanded.
Source: East Carolina University 2012 History Master's Thesis by Deann Lyn Benedict entitled College View Historic District, A Case Study of Historic Preservation in Greenville, North Carolina
The Greenville Area Preservation Association (GAPA) Records contain records (1980-1995), including articles of incorporation and bylaws, minutes, correspondence, subject files, membership records, financial records, Heritage Tour files (1981-1982), photographs, materials concerning the celebration of Preservation Week (1991), brochures, stationery, and a draft nomination of the College View Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.
A large portion of the records concerns the group's project to publish the book The Architectural Heritage of Greenville North Carolina, edited by member Michael Cotter. The basis for this book was a survey of Greenville buildings and subsequent report, giving recommendations for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of neighborhoods and individual properties, written by Kate Ohno who had been hired by the Historic Properties Commission. The history part of the book was written by Mary Hollis Barnes. Included are photographs (some used in the book and some that were not used), multiple drafts of the book's narrative (1988), galley proofs, cover art for the book, correspondence concerning the book, maps, a site plan of the "Skinnerville" neighborhood, and copies of photo advertisements for Bissette's Drugstore.
A scrapbook documents the formation and mission of GAPA (1988). Also included in the scrapbook are articles concerning the preservation of the Jones-Lee House (September 1980), agreements with the city of Greenville (December 1980), and documentation of the gift of the Robert Lee Humber house by the Humber family to Greenville and Pitt County (May 1980).
Other material donated includes negative and positive images contained in these records of GAPA officers including Robbie Tugwell, Walter Faulkner, Pat Rice, Bobby Swinson, and Maury York, handwritten notes on the Humber house (January 1988), and the newsletter Gapagrams (1982-1990).
The oversize folder contains maps of Higgs, Skinnerville, and Collegeview neighborhoods, a large map of the Central Business District and a draft of The Architectural History of Greenville, North Carolina.
Gift of Board of Directors
Gift of Mr. Michael Cotter
Gift of Candace Pearce, last GAPA president
Gift of William E. "Mickey" Elmore and Martha G. Elmore
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Processed by Leah Turner, December 19, 2017, and revised by Martha Elmore, August 3, 2018
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