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Hope Valley Country Club records

Identifier: NCC-0101

Scope and Contents

The Hope Valley Country Club (HVCC) Records include documents, correspondence and financial materials documenting the club's formation; membership rosters and lists of club officers; original deeds; and blueprints. The collection also includes records that document later functions and activities of the club: administrative records, club charter, constitutions and by-laws, reports and letters from the club president, committee minutes and reports, petitions, newsletters, and financial material. Also included are records of social functions and organizations, recreational activities, and the golf course, as well as photographs of the club members and employees, and social and recreational events. These records are supplemented by the research files produced by Dr. Harvey Estes, compiled while researching the history of Hope Valley Country Club for an 80th anniversary exhibit in 2006. Prominent within these files are histories of many of the original homes and homeowners. People featured within this collection include club developers R. Jesse Mebane and Walter E. Sharpe, financer Smith Richardson, golf course architect Donald Ross, professional golfer Byron Nelson, golf professional Marshall Crichton, club manager Bill Berutti, historian Mena Webb, and researcher Dr. Harvey Estes.


  • 1925 - 2009

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Hope Valley Country Club was established in Durham in 1926 by real estate developers R. Jesse Mebane and Walter E. Sharpe on a site carved from four existing farms. The community was conceived of as an "automobile suburb" and country club designed to serve the young professionals in Durham's tobacco, textile, and healthcare industries, as well as the faculty of Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Initial progress was made in the 1920s, including the opening of an 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross in 1926, which was featured in a 1929 book, Golf and Country Clubs by Clifford Charles Wendehack, an architect of clubhouses. Houses built in the era were built in an eclectic mix of revival styles. During the Great Depression, development stalled due to financial difficulties, despite backing from Smith Richardson, president of Vicks, Inc. Not until after World War II did Hope Valley Country Club begin to seem a viable country club and real estate venture, and the 1940s saw the addition of dozens of homes, a new pro shop, caddy house, and grill room. Many of Durham's businessmen, medical professionals, and professors have lived in Hope Valley. Furthermore, the golf course has been played by professional golfers Byron Nelson and Mike Souchak, and was managed by Will Mann, who went on to become the president of the Professional Golf Association (PGA). Additional material includes research compiled by Dr. Harvey Estes for a 2006 exhibit commemorating the club's 80th anniversary. Included within his research files are histories of the club and notes and photographs of many of the original houses and homeowners.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes: 6 document boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: General Administrative Files. Series 2: Financial Materials. Series 3: Subject Files and Harvey Estes' Hope Valley Research Files. Series 4: Photographic Materials. Series 5: Yearbooks. Series 6: Hope Valley Country Club Construction and Renovation. Series 7: Maps, Plats, and Plans

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Collection contains fragile material. Series 4: Photographic Materials (Box 4) contains original glass negatives from Golf and Country Clubs by Clifford Charles Wendehack and photos of golf framed in glass. Series 6: Hope Valley Country Club Construction and Renovation (Oversize Folder 1) and Series 7: Maps, Plats, and Plans (Oversize Folder 1) contain brittle material. Please consult with staff for information on access.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Harvey Estes

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Finding Aid for the Hope Valley Country Club Records
Lori Neumeier; Kristen Merryman
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Finding aid authored by Lori Neumeier; Kristen Merryman. Updated by Barbara Ilie, September 2020.
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Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States