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Old Greenwich Yacht Club Edit


Finding Aid Author
Leslie Albamonte
Finding Aid Date
June 22, 2021
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1943-2013 (Creation)


  • 7.83 Linear Feet (Whole)
    12 Legal Size Document Cases, 1 Letter Size Document Case, 2 Card Catalog cases, 1 Manuscript box



  • Scope and Contents

    This collection provides researchers with information about the development of the Old Greenwich Yacht Club and how it changed over time to meet community and members' needs. This collection is composed of different paper materials and includes ledgers, club records, letters, receipts, photographs, negatives, and newspaper clippings. This collection is organized into the following ten series: Administrative Records, Event Records, General Correspondence, Historical Records, Membership Records, Miscellaneous Records, Newsletters, Photographs, Press/Publications, Sailing and Racing Records.

    The Administrative series includes the Articles of Association, published by-laws and roster, policies of the Yacht Club, officer and board of directors lists, meeting minutes from the board of director's meetings, annual meetings, and other specific meetings. This series also includes financial records, legal records and committee records.

    The Event Records series includes club programs, notices, and calendars featuring club events that were available to club members. This series also includes programs and information about the Annual Picnic, Change of Watch Dinner Dance, and Spring Dance.

    The General Correspondence series includes general correspondence sent to members and officers that does not deal with specific administrative or financial concerns. A folder labeled as “secretary” correspondence is included, as well as correspondences between the Town of Greenwich regarding club functions.

    The Historical Records series includes general club history, club house history, trophy history and a general history of Lighthouses in the area.

    The Membership Records series provides information about how membership and types of membership changed over time. This includes membership lists, membership directories, forms and applications for membership, correspondence regarding membership, surveys with results, and obituaries of well known members. Handbooks from 1967-2012 are included. Also included is two card catalog boxes with member information, one sorted by last name and one by boat.

    Miscellaneous Records Series includes correspondences and information about a variety of subjects. This series also includes burgees and other club ephemera.

    The Newsletter Series includes club newsletters and announcements from 1965-2013.

    The Photograph Series includes one box of miscellaneous photographs dated 1963-1995 and a DVD of photographs from the bicentennial celebration in 1978.

    Press and Publication Series include both original and copies of newspaper clippings, periodical clippings, press releases and publications, all from 1930-2009.

    The Sailing and Racing Series includes information on Sailing programs as well as Racing information, such as schedules of races, correspondence regarding racing, duties of the race patrol and the scoring system, and racing courses.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged into 10 Series: 1- Administration Records 2- Event Records 3- General Correspondences 4- Historical Records 5- Membership Records 6- Miscellaneous Records 7- Newsletters 8- Photographs 9- Press, Publications, 10- Sailing and Racing Records

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to this collection is unrestricted.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by L. Albamonte June 2021

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Old Greenwich Yacht Club Collection, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Related Items

    The Old Greenwich Yacht Club Website,

  • Administrative History

    Founded in 1943, the Old Greenwich Boating Association was organized to create good fellowship, to institute interest in boating, fishing, and general navigation of local waters, and to provide for its members and their families facilities through which they can find recreational pleasure in these activities.

    During the summer months, the Club House on Greenwich Point is open to members as a focal point for the Association’s activities. A summer program of boat racing, picnics, cruises, etc., takes place each year usually beginning with the annual commissioning breakfast and fleet review. Throughout the year, regular business and social meetings of the Association are held on the second Wednesday of each month at St. Saviour’s Church, Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

    The Association assists its members to arrange for mooring and servicing boats in Greenwich Cove through the services of the Harbor and Dock Master and the Fleet Captain. Locker facilities for equipment and gear, as well as small boat moorings, are provided at a small fee by the Town of Greenwich.

    The improvement of harbor and shore facilities and other programs designed to promote greater enjoyment of the fine natural boating conditions on the Cove and its surrounding waters is the constant interest of the Association. Members also support continuing efforts of the Association to promote water safety, greater knowledge of small boat care and handling, the weather, and the practice of courtesy and rules of the road by all boatmen.

    Membership in the Association is open to all who are sponsored by an active member in good standing, who are residents or taxpayers in the Town of Greenwich, who are eighteen years of age or over, who pay the required initiation fees and dues, and whose application is endorsed by the Membership Committee and voted affirmatively by the two thirds majority vote of active members present, The Association welcome into membership those who subscribe to its aims and purposes and who seek the recreational pleasures which local boating so abundantly affords.