The Resource Records


Records, 1912-1985
Inclusive dates
  • Includes histories of: Rotary International and District 760; the Rotary Foundation, which since 1931, has been awarding fellowships for language and cultural immersion in a foreign country in order to foster international understanding and friendly relations between nations; the Roundtable of the Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Virginia, which was sponsored by Rotary International during 1935-1954 to discuss international and domestic issues
  • There are by-laws, newspaper clippings, correspondence, financial reports, and magazines; also, programs for conventions and meetings held around the world, including some conference proceedings (1913-1985), scrapbooks containing histories of clubs and membership rosters in District 760 (1913-1962), histories of clubs not in the present District 760 (1912-1915), and membership directories of various clubs (1917-1962), primarily, annual directories of the Richmond Rotary Club (1933-1961)
  • Also, there are biographies of district governors with photographs and some printing plate impressions (1913-1962), district governors' monthly newsletters (1923-1978, some issues missing) entitled "Governor's monthly letter," which provide information on the associations's history and types of services
  • Includes histories of clubs in District 760 for: Alexandria, Arlington, Blackstone, Cape Charles, Charlottesville, Colonial Beach, Colonial Heights, Culpeper, Emporia, Exmore, Fairfax, Falls Church, Farmville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Gloucester, Gloucester County, Hampton, Herndon, Hopewell, Kilmarnock-Irvington-White Stone, Lawrenceville, Leesburg, Louisa County, Manassas, Mathews County, Newport News, Norfolk, Northside Norfolk, Northumberland County, Onancock, Orange, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Richmond, Sandston, Smithfield, South Boston, South Hill, South Richmond, Sperryville, Suffolk, Tappahannock-Warsaw (divided into separate clubs in 1946), Victoria, Virginia Beach, Warrenton, Warsaw, Warwick County, Waverly, West Richmond, and Williamsburg
  • Histories included for clubs that are not part of the present District 760 (Box 5) are: District 757, which includes western Virginia and parts of Tennessee; Durham Rotary Club, North Carolina; Roanoke Rotary Club, Virginia; and Washington Rotary Club, Washington, D.C
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Biographical or historical data
  • The Chicago Rotary Club, organized on Feb. 23, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, was the first Rotary club. The name "Rotary" was chosen because members rotated the meetings at their various places of business. In 1910, sixteen Rotary clubs organized in Chicago as the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America. Due to world-wide interest, the name was changed in 1912 to International Association of Rotary Clubs, and in 1922, the name was shortened to Rotary International. The first club organized in Virginia was the Richmond Rotary Club, which organized in 1913 and became part of the Southern Division composed of composed of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
  • In 1915, districting was established. During 1915-1918, Virginia and North and South Carolina formed District 4. District 760 was known as District 7 (1919-1922), District 37 (1923-1926), District 56 (1926-1937), District 187 (1937-1949), District 277 (1949-1957), and finally, District 760 (beginning in 1957), comprised of the Tidewater and Piedmont regions of Virginia.
Cataloging source
arranged chronologically; scrapbooks arranged alphabetically by name of club.
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
McGinnis, Thomas D., Mrs.
Organization method
Organization: I. Histories of Rotary International, District 760, the Rotary Foundation, and the Roundtable of the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. II. By-laws and financial reports. III. Biographies of district governors (1913-1962). IV. District governors' monthly newsletters (1923-1978). V. Scrapbooks with histories of clubs (1913-1962). VI. Histories of clubs not in the present District 760 (1912-1915). VII. Conventions and meetings (1913-1985). VIII. Directories of club members (1917-1962);
Type of unit
cu. ft. (11 boxes)



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