Friends of Portsmouth Island Records, 1980-2014

Manuscript Collection #1255

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Friends of Portsmouth Island Records
    Creator: Friends of Portsmouth Island.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: This collection contains the records of the Friends of Portsmouth Island including minutes (1990-2014), correspondence, by-laws, 1994 incorporation documents, grant documents, and issues (1991-2014) of their newsletter Doctor’s Creek Journal. Also included are documents related to Homecomings at Portsmouth Village (1980, 1992-2014), a DVD produced by the National Geographic Society titled “Portsmouth: Island with a Soul,” and a DVD of a project done by UNC-Chapel Hill students titled “Portsmouth—In Search of the Past.”
    Extent: 2.0 Cubic feet, 3 archival boxes, consisting of minutes, correspondence, by-laws, newsletters, DVDs, programs, and incorporation documents
  • Description
     

    The Friends of Portsmouth Island (FPI) collection contains a variety of materials in excellent condition from the 1980s to 2014, ranging from legal documents to public outreach. Included in the collection are the financial record documents that deal with the I.R.S., grants, and letters concerning the incorporation of the Cape Lookout National Seashore into Portsmouth domain. Newspaper articles from the News Times reported on Portsmouth’s happenings, including a 2008 interest piece on Dot Willis, the last surviving person born in Portsmouth in attendance at the biannual Homecoming. The collection also contains several black and white photos of Portsmouth Church and the board members of the FPI (one color photo of the Church exists), and negatives of the church and its interior during Christmas, including one color photo of a decorated Christmas tree. Public outreach materials such as the Doctor’s Creek Journal, and DVDs of Portsmouth’s Homecomings (1980, 1992-2014) produced by the National Geographic Society titled "Portsmouth: Island with a Soul" and a DVD of a project done by UNC-Chapel Hill students titled “Portsmouth—In Search of the Past” are contained within the collection.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Friends of Portsmouth Island:

    The Friends of Portsmouth Island was established in 1989 under the sponsorship of Carteret County Historical District. The FPI sponsors biannual Homecomings, and yearly publications of the Doctor’s Creek Journal as well as outreach programs to neighboring communities.

    The goals of the FPI are to promote and encourage the preservation of the historic structures, furnishings, and sites of Portsmouth Island; collect and preserve artifacts, photographs, documents, manuscripts of Portsmouth Island for deposit in the Carteret Museum of History and Art; and to foster and promote public knowledge of and interest in Portsmouth Island’s past, present and future.

    History of Portsmouth:

    Portsmouth was established in 1753 after English settlers seized the lands from the Algonquin people. The colonists based their economy on shipping and storage for colonial businesses, resulting in Portsmouth becoming the largest settlement in the Outer Banks by 1770. Over time, the Ocracoke Inlet (on which Portsmouth lies) began to shallow and could no longer support heavy shipping as it once had. By 1846, shipping moved north to the deeper waterways near Hatteras and Portsmouth began to shrink. The village’s population diminished further when Union soldiers marched on the Outer Banks in 1860, and the majority of the population fled inland. Few residents returned to Portsmouth at the war’s conclusion; those who returned supported themselves by fishing but Portsmouth never regained its earlier glory and its population continued to dwindle. In 1942, the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Portsmouth was utilized as part of the Coast Watch System until the conclusion of World War II. Portsmouth remained a small but viable village until 1971 when the last three remaining residents either moved away or died. In 1978, Portsmouth was successfully added to the National Register of Historical Places, ensuring the history and integrity of the area for future generations.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    May 27, 2015 2.0 cu. ft.; This collection contains the records of the Friends of Portsmouth Island including minutes (1990-2014), correspondence, by-laws, 1994 incorporation documents, grant documents, and issues (1991-2014) of their newsletter Doctor’s Creek Journal. Also included are documents related to Homecomings at Portsmouth Village (1980, 1992-2014), a DVD produced by the National Geographic Society titled “Portsmouth: Island with a Soul,” and a DVD of a project done by UNC-Chapel Hill students titled “Portsmouth—In Search of the Past.” Gift of Richard Meissner.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Richard Meissner, president of the Friends of Portsmouth Island

    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

    Friends of Portsmouth Island Records (#1255), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

    Processing Information

    Processed by Kaitlin Clothier, September 11, 2015

Container List

  • Friends of Portsmouth Internal Business Documents
     

    • Box 2
       
      Newspaper, loose papers, CDs, promotional materials, and photographs Homecoming, 2010
      Newspaper, CD, promotional materials, Homecoming, 2012, 2014
      Minutes-Meeting, 1990-1999
      Minutes-Meeting, 2000-2005
      Minutes-Meetings, 2007-2010
      Minutes-Meetings, 2011-2014
      Loose papers and letters Correspondence, 1989-1996, 2000-2001, 2012
      Loose papers Correspondence: Preservation, 1995-2002
      By-Laws, 1998, 2003, 2008
      Legal contract Cape Lookout National Seashore, 2004
      Legal douments, Incorportation, 1993-1994, 2003
      Legal documents Incorportation, 1994-1996, 2004
  • Friends of Portsmouth Internal Financial Documents and Public Materials
     

    • Box 3
       
      Legal documents, Incorporation, 1996,2009
      Finances , 2008
      Legal documents, money transaction Organization, 1992, 1999-2002
      I.R.S. documents, 1991, 1996-1998, 2003
      Research regarding the history of Portsmouth Island and the history of the Friends group, 1991-1992, 2001
      Awards Certificates, 2004, 2013-2014
      Photographs, 1992, 2002
      Children's Drawing, undated
      Newspaper and magazine articles, 1990, 1992, 2001
      Membership Notices, undated
      DVD of a project done by UNC-Chapel Hill students titled “Portsmouth—In Search of the Past." 2002
      Grants, 1995-1997, 2001 (1 of 3)
      Grants, 1996-1997 (2 of 3)
      Grants, 1996-1997 (3 of 3)

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Container List

  • Friends of Portsmouth Internal Business Documents
     

    • Box 2
       
      Newspaper, loose papers, CDs, promotional materials, and photographs Homecoming, 2010
      Newspaper, CD, promotional materials, Homecoming, 2012, 2014
      Minutes-Meeting, 1990-1999
      Minutes-Meeting, 2000-2005
      Minutes-Meetings, 2007-2010
      Minutes-Meetings, 2011-2014
      Loose papers and letters Correspondence, 1989-1996, 2000-2001, 2012
      Loose papers Correspondence: Preservation, 1995-2002
      By-Laws, 1998, 2003, 2008
      Legal contract Cape Lookout National Seashore, 2004
      Legal douments, Incorportation, 1993-1994, 2003
      Legal documents Incorportation, 1994-1996, 2004
  • Friends of Portsmouth Internal Financial Documents and Public Materials
     

    • Box 3
       
      Legal documents, Incorporation, 1996,2009
      Finances , 2008
      Legal documents, money transaction Organization, 1992, 1999-2002
      I.R.S. documents, 1991, 1996-1998, 2003
      Research regarding the history of Portsmouth Island and the history of the Friends group, 1991-1992, 2001
      Awards Certificates, 2004, 2013-2014
      Photographs, 1992, 2002
      Children's Drawing, undated
      Newspaper and magazine articles, 1990, 1992, 2001
      Membership Notices, undated
      DVD of a project done by UNC-Chapel Hill students titled “Portsmouth—In Search of the Past." 2002
      Grants, 1995-1997, 2001 (1 of 3)
      Grants, 1996-1997 (2 of 3)
      Grants, 1996-1997 (3 of 3)


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