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Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial Collection, 2000-2006

(Manuscript Collection #1025)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial Collection
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (2000-2006) of brochures, maps, postcards, printed materials, photographic prints; Poster of “North Carolina’s Oldest Town”; correspondence, clippings, programs, ephemera, brochures pamphlets, periodicals, etc.; & “Colonial Bath: A History,” 2005 by Alan D. Watson, Mss typescript; pertaining to the 300th anniversary celebration of Bath, North Carolina and related subjects.
Extent: 0.089 Cubic feet, 2 boxes, correspondence, clippings, programs, ephemera, brochures pamphlets, periodicals

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

February 7, 2005 21 items, 0.15 cubic feet; Collection (2005) of brochures, maps, postcards, printed materials, and photographic prints of Bath, NC scenes compiled by the donor in celebration of the city's 300th anniversary. Donor: Adrienne Dunning Rea

June 21, 2005 (addition 1) 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Poster (2004) entitled North Carolina's Oldest Town: Bath, 1705-2005 produced by the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, Northeast Division. 2 copies. RESTRICTION to 2/13/2029. Donor: Patricia Samford, Site Manager, Historic Bath; Received through the courtesy of Dr. Keats Sparrow, Dean of Arts and Sciences, East Carolina University.

June 21, 2005 (addition 2) 24 items, 0.03 cubic feet; Collection (14 January - 25 April 2005) including correspondence, clippings, programs, ephemera, brochures, pamphlets, periodicals and posters, etc. relating to the activities of the Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial Steering Committee, the Historic Bath State Historic Site, and events celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of the town on 8 March 2005. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

December 14, 2006 (addition 3) 1 item, 0.045 cubic feet; Colonial Bath: A History (2005) by Alan D. Watson, tracing the Tricentennial history of Bath, North Carolina, 1705-2005. Typescript. Unbound. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

September 5, 2007 (addition 4) 80 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Historic Bath Commission files (2000-2006) relating to the planning and organization of the Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial celebrations in 2005 including correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes, budgets, reports, & committee files. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

Access Restrictions

No Restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial Collection (#1025), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Adrienne Dunning Rea
  • Gift of Patricia Samford
  • Gift of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, December 31, 2007 Processed by Kathryn Louise Sugg 2007 Dale Sauter 2008


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Bath, North Carolina is the state’s oldest town and first port, and was chartered by an act of the Colonial General Assembly in 1705. Bath’s Tricentennial Celebration was a cooperative effort by Historic Bath Commission, The Town of Historic Bath, The Bath Tricentennial Steering Committee and The Historic Bath State Historic Site. Opening ceremonies took place on March 8, 2005. Throughout the rest of this year, more events relating to Bath’s history were held. Among these events were military re-enactments, maritime history programs, exhibits and programs focused on Edward Teach. Teach was better known as the notorious pirate Blackbeard, and lived in Bath for a short time before his death in 1718. Closing ceremonies occurred on March 8, 2006. The Special Collections department at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library also provided an in-house exhibit of related materials, many of which are included in the collection.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Materials relate to the planning and administration of the Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial Celebration. These materials include brochures, maps, postcards, photographs, correspondence, clippings, programs, ephemera, brochures and posters. Also included is an unbound typescript entitled "Colonial Bath: A History" by Alan D. Watson, ca. 2006. Among the administrative records are Historic Bath Commission files (2000-2006) relating to the planning and organization of events. These records include correspondence, agendas, minutes, budgets and reports.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#1025.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1025.1.a
      Printed materials, 2005
      • Postcard of Palmer-Marsh House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.
      • Postcard of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.
      • Bath Towne Guidebook. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.
      • Historic Bath Brochure. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.
      • Historic Bath Site Map. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder b#1025.1.b (3 items  digitized)
      • Bath Historic Mark on Corner of Main St. and NC 92. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Main St. Facing Marina and NC 92 Bridge. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #2)
      • Intersection of Main St. and NC 92. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #3)
      • Front View, Palmer-Marsh House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #4)
      • Side View (Chimney) Palmer-Marsh House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
      • Rear View (Well) Palmer-Marsh House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #6)
      • Cemetery. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #7)
      • Blackbeard's Money Jar. Van de Veer House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #8)
      • Front View, Glebe House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #10)
      • Corner of Front and Main Streets. Side View, Bonner House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #11)
      • Bath Creek (Teach's Point, also called Plum Point on left). Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #12)
      • Rear View (far-out), Bonner House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #13)
      • Rear View (close-up), Bonner House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #15)
      • Front View, St. Thomas Church. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #17)
      • Corner of Harding and Carteret Streets, Front View Bath High School. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #22)
      • Side View, Bath High School. Bath NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #23)
      • Bonner House  (item #14)

        Rear View (furthest out), Bonner House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.

      • St. Thomas Church  (item #20)

        St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.

      • Van Der Veer House  (item #9)

        Front View, Van de Veer House. Bath, NC (2005) 1 item. 1 p.

    • Folder c#1025.1.c
      • Poster (2004) entitled "North Carolina’s Oldest Town: Bath, 1705-2005" produced by the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, Northeast Division. 2 items.  (item #1)
      • Poster (2004) entitled "North Carolina’s Oldest Town: Bath, 1705-2005" produced by the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, Northeast Division. 2 items.  (item #2)
    • Folder d#1025.1.d
      Printed materials including correspondence, clippings, programs, ephemera, brochures, pamphlets, periodicals and posters, etc. relating to the activities of the Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial Steering Committee, the Historic Bath State Historic Site, and events celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of the town on 8 March 2005.
    • Folder e#1025.1.e
      Bath, North Carolina Tricentennial Collection. Entitiled "Colonial Bath: A History (1705-2005)" (2005) written by Alan D. Watson. Unbound typed manuscript.
  • Box 2#1025.2
    • Folder a#1025.2.a
      Application of the Church Catechism, by Gilbert Townerson, 1685, Preservation file (2001) 5 items. 12 p. Note: Includes photographic prints.
    • Folder b#1025.2.b
      Bath Packet, The: A Periodic Newsletter of the Historic Bath Commission (2000) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder c#1025.2.c
      Historic Bath Commission. General Statement of Purpose, etc. (2000) 9 items. 12 p.
    • Folder d#1025.2.d
      Historic Bath Commission. Budgets (2002-2003) 2 items. 17 p.
    • Folder e#1025.2.e
      Historic Bath Commission. Membership list 2000-2001 (2000) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder f#1025.2.f
      Hookway, Josie. Correspondence, etc. (2005) 2 items. 3 p.
    • Folder g#1025.2.g
      Bath Tercentenary Monument / Statue Committee report (1/14/2005) 1 item. 22 p.
    • Folder h#1025.2.h
      Historic Bath Commission. Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Reports, etc. (2006) 4 items. 17 p.
    • Folder i#1025.2.i
      Historic Bath Commission. Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Reports, etc. (2005) 12 items. 30 p.
    • Folder j#1025.2.j
      Historic Bath Commission. Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Reports, etc. (2004) 7 items. 21 p.
    • Folder k#1025.2.k
      Historic Bath Commission. Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Reports, etc. (2002) 1 item. 11 p.
    • Folder l#1025.2.l
      Historic Bath Commission. Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Reports, etc. (2000-2001) 6 items. 15 p.
    • Folder m#1025.2.m
      Historic Bath Commission. W. Keats Sparrow's Appointments (2000, 2005) Photocopy TLS. 5 items. 10 p.
    • Folder n#1025.2.n
      Historic Bath Commission. Artwork Committee files (2004-2005) 9 items. 56 p. Note: concerns Bath Tricentennial Monument / Statue
    • Folder o#1025.2.o
      Historic Bath Commission. Financie & Fundraising Committee (2005) 6 items. 18 p.
    • Folder p#1025.2.p
      Historic Bath Foundation, Inc. (2003) 2 items. 3 p.
    • Folder q#1025.2.q
      North Carolina Arts Council. Elements of a Public Art / Design Plan or Project file (2005) 7 items. 46 p. Note: concerns Bath Tricentennial Monument / Statue

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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