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Accession Number 24763
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Ruritan National records, 1928-1963. 24763, 25341, 25816 [cite specific accession number used]. Organization records collection. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Gifts of Thomas V. Downing, Franktown, Virginia (24763 and 25816) and Ruritan Nationa, Wakefield, Virginia (25341).
The first club was organized in 1928 in Holland, Nansemond County, Virginia, as a rural civic club which was concerned with the problems of the farming community, including agriculture, education, church, youth, etc., and included farmers, as well as business and professional members. Ruritan National was organized in April 1930 and held its first national convention in Suffolk Virginia on 15 January 1932.
Records, 1928-1963, of the Ruritan National organization, consisting of records, 1928-1958, containing the minutes of the National Board of Directors, 1930-1958 (1 v.); minutes of national conventions, 1933-1958, with a program for the first national convention held in 1932 in Suffolk, Virginia (1 v.); and correspondence, telegrams, committee reports, and newspaper clippings, 1928-1950 (1 v.). Contains 1000 forms with name and occupation of charter members and officers of Ruritan clubs (with charter numbers) in the United States., as well as the location and date the club was chartered, and includes an alphabetical index of club names in the front of each volume. Also contains records 1928-1963, consisting of biographical sketches, bylaws, and charter applications of Ruritan National, Holland Ruritan Club, and Ivor Ruritan Club (1928-1963); Ruritan National convention programs (1932-1957) and district convention programs (1936-1956).
Box 24763folder 1Minutes of national board of directors, 1930-1958.
Box 24763folder 2Minutes of national convention, 1932-1958.
Box 24763folder 3Correspondence, telegrams, committee reports, 1928-1950.
Box 25341Box 1Charter list, 1-100.
Box 25341Box 1Charter list, 101-200.
Box 25341Box 1Charter list, 201-300.
Box 25341Box 1Charter list, 301-400.
Box 25341Box 1Charter list, 401-500.
Box 25341Box 2Charter list, 501-600.
Box 25341Box 2Charter list, 601-700.
Box 25341Box 2Charter list, 701-800.
Box 25341Box 2Charter list, 801-900.
Box 25341Box 2Charter list, 901-1000.
Box 25816Folder 1Histories and by-laws, 1928-1963.
Box 25816Folder 2National convention programs, 1932-1957.
Box 25816Folder 3District convention programs, 1936-1956.