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Collection Number: 04430-z

Collection Title: Ray T. Adams Papers, 1894-1972

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Size About 70 items
Abstract Ray T. Adams was a meat wholesaler in Washington, D.C., who purchased the Whalehead Club, which occupied a Corolla, N.C., beach mansion owned by Adams, 1939-1957. The collection includes scrapbooks, a guestbook, photograph albums, newspaper clippings, and other material of Ray T. Adams, relating to the Whalehead Club.
Creator Adams, Ray T., d. 1957.
Curatorial Unit Southern Historical Collection
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Ray T. Adams Papers #4430-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Received from Nicola McKenna of Washington, D.C., in Novmeber 1985.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Ray T. Adams (d. 1957), a wealthy Washington, D.C., meat wholesaler, purchased the Whalehead Club near Corolla, N.C., in 1939. On 6 August 1942, Adams leased his property for the duration of World War II to the United States Coast Guard. After the war, he tried unsuccessfully to promote the property as a luxury resort area.

Prior to Adams's purchase of the Whalehead Club, the property was owned by Edward C. Knight, Jr., a noted Detroit architect. Knight had been a member of a hunting club, the Light House Club, from whom he purchased the land in 1922. Knight and his wife built a huge and elaborate mansion which served as Adams's hunting lodge and remained standing as of 1972.

Upon Adams's death in 1957, the Whalehead property was sold to Portsmouth contractor George T. McLean, who leased the house in 1959 as a boys' summer school, Corolla Academy. The school closed after only two summers. In 1962, the land was leased and later sold to the Atlantic Research Corporation for use as a solid fuel rocket testing station. Abandoned later in the 1960s, the property was purchased again in 1972 by private investors, Whale's Head Development Corporation, who planned to convert the property into a resort area.

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The collection includes scrapbooks, a guestbook, photograph albums, newspaper clippings, and other material of Ray T. Adams, relating to the Whalehead Club, in Corolla, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Printed Material, 1940-1960 and undated.

About 35 items.

Chiefly newspaper clippings about the Whalehead Club and clippings about the development of the Corolla, N.C., area. Other material is printed information about Corolla Academy and advertising brochures of the Whalehead Club.

Folder 1

Clippings, 1940-1942

Folder 2

Clippings, 1951-1957

Folder 3

Clippings, 1970-1972

Folder 4

Miscellaneous, 1960 and undated

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3 items.
Photograph Album PA-4430/1-2



Photograph albums of Ray T. Adams and his Whalehead Club guests, ca. 1940-1947

Extra Oversize Image Folder XOP-PF-4430/1

Aerial shot of the Whalehead Club propeorty, 1940s

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Oversize volumes (SV-4430/1-5)

Photograph albums (PA-4430/1-2)

Photographs (XOP-PF-4430/1)

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