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A0059 – Boynton Beach Historical Society Collection

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Creator: Boynton Beach Historical Society
Title: Boynton Beach Historical Society Collection
Date span: 1968 - current
Physical description: 11.26 linear feet (23 boxes) 
Language note: Materials entirely in English 

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Restriction on Access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to complete a registration form and comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Acquisition Information: The Boynton Beach Historical Society donated this collection to the Boynton Beach City Library on December 19, 2016 (see accession 2016.022 for more information).   

Custodial History: The Boynton Beach Historical Society collected these records as a part of doing business. Various board members and members at large added to the collection over the years. For at least 8 years, the Boynton Beach City Library (BBCL) stored the Boynton Beach Historical Society records in their archives. Due to a lack of storage space, BBCL asked the Boynton Beach Historical Society to move their records to another facility in July of 2016. After reviewing the records and deeming them inactive, the Boynton Beach Historical Society offered to donate them to BBCL in December 2016. Other materials from other donors have also been added to this collection (2015.014, 2018.027)

Citation Note: Collection title including series, box, and item numbers, Boynton Beach City Library. 

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Historical Note: 
In 1968, approximately 195 charter members founded the Boynton Beach Historical Society (BBHS). The society’s mission was to act as a “living repository for Boynton Beach’s traditions and history.” Later, their mission expanded to include neighboring Ocean Ridge, Manalapan, Gulf Stream, Briny Breezes, Lantana, and Hypoluxo. In their founding year, they dedicated a Florida Room within the newly constructed addition to the Boynton Beach City Library. This served as an archive for both the city’s history and the organization. Due to a lack of physical location, meetings were held in several locations, including the Boynton Beach Women’s Club and the Boynton Beach City Library. In 1994, the Boynton Beach Historical Society succeeded in adding the 1913 Boynton Beach Elementary School to the National Registry of Historic Places, and spearheading efforts to restore the building for use as the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center.  In addition to their regular meetings, they host a series of educational program meetings and events, including talks given by historians and guided “history strolls.” 

Scope and Content Note:  
Collection includes administrative records, including meeting minutes, financial documents, correspondence, membership lists, event information, and publications; awards; historical research; and ephemera and artifacts, including a sign from the FEC railway, a wood piece from the Casino bathhouse, brackets from an unknown house, and a signal flag.

Keywords:

History--Societies, etc.--Archives
History--Societies, etc.--Photographs
Boynton Beach Historical Society (Boynton Beach, Fla.)


Arrangement Description: 

The collection consists of 17 series: 

Series 1 includes the Announcement records consisting of flyers for events, lectures and programs, regular society meetings, as well as promotional information.
Sub-series 1 is the event announcements and flyers from 1981.
Sub-series 2 contains the program notices from 1969.
Sub-series 3 includes contact information for various media outlets to assist in promotion.
Sub-series 4 is the meeting advertisements from 1967.

Series 2 contains Artifacts collected by the Boynton Beach Historical Society (BBHS), including wooden building pieces, a railroad sign, and a signal flag.

Series 3 consists of audio recordings from guest speaker presentations, both on compact disc and cassette tape. This series also holds four DVD recordings of meetings and presentations. Cassettes 1 through 4 are on the left side, while Cassettes 5 through 10 are on the right.

Series 4 includes awards and proclamations both received and given by the Boynton Beach Historical Society. The physical awards – three trophies, one ribbon, and one plaque – are housed in a separate box.
Sub-series 1 contains proclamations and awards given to the Boynton Beach Historical Society.
Sub-series 2 is awards presented by BBHS from 1982 to 1985. 
Sub-series 3 consists of information regarding an essay contest sponsored by BBHS in 1998.

Series 5 contains the Board of Directors records consisting largely of committee lists, announcements, and minutes.
Sub-series 1 is the lists of officers, directors, and committee members from 1967.
Sub-series 2 consists of records from the nominating committee, including lists of potential officers.
Sub-series 3 includes memoranda and announcements, such as schedule changes and various notes from 1983.
Sub-series 4 consists of meeting minutes and agendas. Years with special meetings are noted on the folder.

Series 6 includes general BBHS correspondence.
Sub-series 1 contains correspondence addressed to the historical society.
Sub-series 2 consists of correspondence from BBHS, including informative notices to members.
Sub-series 3 is internal memoranda amongst officers, members, and city officials.

Series 7 is comprised of BBHS ephemera, including various logo designs, stationary, paper bags, and a pin. All materials, other than the paper bags, are housed in folders.

Series 8 consists of records of events sponsored or attended by BBHS from 1969.

Series 9 includes financial records and documents.
Sub-series 1 contains bank documents, such as monthly statements, balance sheets, and deposit receipts.
Sub-series 2 consists of fundraising opportunities either applied for or researched by the historical society. It is unclear if these grants were received or denied.
Sub-series 3 includes receipts for stationary, flyers, refreshments, and other expenses. 
Sub-series 4 is treasurer’s reports, often presented at various Board of Directors meetings. 

Series 10 covers the governance of the Boynton Beach Historical Society.
Sub-series 1 includes the various by-laws drafted, edited, and confirmed by society members.
Sub-series 2 consists of the society’s incorporation documents, including the original certificate of incorporation, signed by Florida Secretary of State, Tom Adams.
Sub-series 3 holds information regarding how the society should be, and then was, organized.
Sub-series 4 is comprised of documents regarding the society’s tax exemption status.
Sub-series 5 includes information about the Florida Room/Archives in the library, particularly improvements that needed to be made and how it should be utilized.

Series 11 holds historical research completed by assorted members of the Boynton Beach Historical Society.
Sub-series 1 covers city-wide history, including demographic information, businesses, and municipal services.
Sub-series 2 consists of index cards describing gifts donated to the historical society as well as the name of the donor and the date it was given.
Sub-series 3 includes information on Boynton Beach’s pioneering families. There are several short essays and a collection of index cards (organized alphabetically).
Sub-series 4 is comprised of research related to Florida history.

Series 12 contains notes and minutes from regular Historical Society meetings.


Series 13 includes membership information for the Boynton Beach Historical Society.
Sub-series 1 holds lists of members, including their names, addresses, and other contact information.
Sub-series 2 consists of information regarding charter members. The first folder contains membership dues forms. The second folder contains specific contact information for the society’s charter members.
Sub-series 3 is comprised of index card files. The sub-series is housed in two small boxes (labeled as boxes rather than folders). It is organized alphabetically, as it was originally, but can be organized chronologically using the last date on each card.


Series 14 holds various newspaper clippings and stories about the society, its events, and/or its members.

Series 15 contains publications created by the historical society.
Sub-series 1 includes newsletters from 1985 to 2017.
Sub-series 2 consists of various membership applications.
Sub-series 3 holds pamphlets promoting the society and listing membership costs. 
Sub-series 4 is comprised of a booklet, Boynton Beach: The First 100 Years, about the city’s history. 

Series 16 consists of photographs taken by the Boynton Beach Historical Society. Subjects include society meetings and other city events.

Series 17 includes scrapbooks created by the historical society. The pages include news clippings, photographs, and other mementoes. The scrapbooks are generally undated with two loose photographs dated 1998 and 1999, respectively. 

Processing Information: Collection processed March-November 2017 by Kayleigh Howald and Susan Swiatosz. 
Date of Finding Aid: revised May 2019/ gc

CONTAINER LIST

Box 1: Series 1: Announcements
Sub-series 1: Event Announcements
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2: 1981-1986
Folder 3: 1993-1996
Folder 4: 2002-2014
Sub-series 2: Program Notices
Folder 5: Undated
Folder 6:1969-1979
Folder 7:1980-1986 
Folder 8:1992-1998 
Folder 9:2000
Folder 10:2009-2017
Folder 11: 2018-
Sub-series 3: Promotional Information
Folder 12:1980-1994


Box 2: Series 1: Announcements
Sub-series 4: Meeting Advertisements
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2:1967-1969
Folder 3: 1970-1979
Folder 4:1980-1983
Folder 5:1984-1988
Folder 6:1991-1996
Folder 7:2001-2017

Box 3: Series 2: Artifacts
Artifact 1: Wood piece from bathhouse, beach casino 1984

Box 4: Series 2: Artifacts
Artifact 1: Sign from FEC railroad depot, demolished 1965
Artifact 2: Brackets/corbels (2) from historic house (not labeled)
Artifact 3: Signal flag, 1987

Box 5:  Series 3: Audio-Visual
Cassette 1: Mrs. Harvey Oyer Sr., undated
Cassette 2: Mrs. Harvey Oyer Sr., undated
Cassette 3:Mrs. Oyer, Harvey Oyer History of Methodist Church, March 16, 1983
Cassette 4: Nat Reed Presentation Everglades/Water, February 19, 1981
Cassette 5: Carrie Parker and Mayor Jerry Taylor, January 8, 1996
Cassette 6: Michael Daniel, Guest Speaker, February 12, 1996
Cassette 7: James Wright, Guest Speaker, March 11, 1996
Cassette 8: John Reis, April 8, 1996
Cassette 9: Harvey Oyer Slide – History of Boynton, October 1999
Cassette 10: Partin, March 11, 2002
CD 1: BBHS Presentation by Mrs. Harvey Oyer, Sr., undated
DVD 1:“History of Boynton Beach” narrated by Lowell Thomas, 1976
DVD 2:“Barefoot Mailman” presented by Mike Bornstein, October 2009
DVD 3:“Barefoot Mailman” presented by Mike Bornstein, October 2009
DVD 4: BBHS Meeting, April 2011

Box 6:  Series 4: Awards 
Sub-series 1: Awards to BBHS
Award 1: Ribbon, undated 
Award 2: Trophy, 1972
Award 3: Trophy, 1973
Award 4: Trophy, 1974
Award 5: Plaque, March 19, 1977

Box 7: Series 4: Awards
Sub-series 2: Awards from BBHS
Folder 1:1967-2004
Folder 2:1982
Folder 3:1983
Folder 4:1984
Folder 5:1985
Sub-series 3: Essay Contest (sponsored by BBHS)
Folder 6: 1998

Box 8: Series 5: Board of Directors
Sub-series 1: Officers, Directors, and Committee Lists 
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2:1967-1969
Folder 3:1970-1972
Folder 4:1973-1975
Folder 5:1981-1984
Folder 6: 1984-1986
Folder 7:1986-1988
Folder 8: 1989-1991
Folder 9:1992-1994
Folder 10:1994-1996
Folder 11:1998-2002
Folder 12:2010-2016
Sub-series 2: Nominating Committee Records
Folder 13: Undated
Folder 14:1968-1970
Folder 15:1970-1975
Folder 16:1981-1983
Folder 17:1984-1987
Folder 18:1994-1996
Folder 19:1996-1998
Folder 20:2000-2001, 2013
Sub-series 3: Memoranda and Announcements 
Folder 21: Undated
Folder 22:1983-1984
Folder 23:1985-1986
Folder 24:1991
Folder 25:1992
Folder 26:1993
Folder 27:1994
Folder 28:2001-2002
Folder 29:2003
Folder 30:2005

Box 9: Series 5: Board of Directors
Sub-series 4: Meeting Minutes and Agenda
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2:1967-1968, October 25, 1968
Folder 3:1969
Folder 4:1970
Folder 5:1971
Folder 6:1973
Folder 7:1974
Folder 8:1975
Folder 9:1976
Folder 10:1977
Folder 11:1978
Folder 12:1979
Folder 13:1980
Folder 14:1981
Folder 15:1982
Folder 16:1983
Folder 17:1984, October 9
Folder 18:1985
Folder 19:1986
Folder 20:1989
Folder 21:1990
Folder 22:1991
Folder 23:1992
Folder 24:1993, November 5 and December 1
Folder 25:1994, June 21
Folder 26:1995
Folder 27:1996
Folder 28:1998
Folder 29:1999
Folder 30:2000, January 10 and September 20
Folder 31:2001
Folder 32:2002
Folder 33:2003
Folder 34:2004
Folder 35:2005
Folder 36:2006
Folder 37:2010
Folder 38:2011
Folder 39:2012
Folder 40:2013
Folder 41:2014
Folder 42:2015
Folder 43:2016
Folder 44:2017

Box 10: Series 6: Correspondence
Sub-series 1: To BBHS 
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2:1960-1969
Folder 3:1970-1978
Folder 4:1980-1983
Folder 5:1984-1985
Folder 6: 1986-1989
Folder 7:1990-1991
Folder 8:1993-1994
Folder 9:1995-1998
Folder 10:2001-2005
Folder 11:2010-2011
Sub-series 2: From BBHS
Folder 12: Undated
Folder 13:1960-1969
Folder 14:1970-1978
Folder 15:1980-1983
Folder 16:1984-1985
Folder 17: 1986-1989
Folder 18:1990-1991
Folder 19:1993-1994
Folder 20:1995-1998
Folder 21:2001-2005
Folder 22:2006-2015
Sub-series 3: Internal Memoranda
Folder 23: Undated
Folder 24:1971-1977
Folder 25:1985-1987
Folder 26: 1992-1998

Box 11: Series 7: Ephemera
Folder 1: Pin, undated
Folder 2: Logo design, 1987
Folder 3: Stationary, undated

Box 12: Series 8: Events
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2: 1969-1979
Folder 3:1985
Folder 4:1990-1999
Folder 5:2002
Folder 6:2013-2014

Box 13: Series 9: Financial
Sub-series 1: Bank Documents
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2: April 1967 – December 1967
Folder 3:January 1968 – December 1968
Folder 4:January 1969 – December 1969
Folder 5:January 1970 – November 1970
Folder 6:January 1971 – November 1971
Folder 7:April 1973 – June 1973
Folder 8:January 1974 – January 1977
Folder 9:April 1977 – June 1979
Folder 10:October 1979 – January 1981
Folder 11:March 1981 – December 1981
Folder 12:January 1982 – November 1982
Folder 13:January 1983 – June 1983
Folder 14:July 1983 – December 1983
Folder 15:January 1984 – June 1984
Folder 16:July 1984 – December 1984
Folder 17:January 1985 – June 1985
Folder 18:July 1985 – December 1985
Folder 19:January 1986 – June 1986
Folder 20:July 1986 – December 1986
Folder 21:January 1987 – June 1987
Folder 22:July 1987 – December 1987
Folder 23:January 1988 – December 1988
Folder 24:January 1989 – November 1989
Folder 25:January 1990 – December 1990
Folder 26:January 1991 – December 1991
Folder 27:January 1992 – November 1992
Folder 28:September 1993 – February 1995
Folder 29:September 1996 – March 1998
Folder 30:February 2003
Sub-series 2: Fundraising
Folder 31:Undated
Folder 32:1984
Folder 33:1985
Folder 34:1987-1989
Folder 35: 1993-1995

Box 14: Series 9: Financial
Sub-series 3: Receipts
Folder 1:Undated
Folder 2:1968-1969
Folder 3:1970-1976
Folder 4:1981-1982
Folder 5:1985
Folder 6:1986
Folder 7:1987
Folder 8:1988
Folder 9:1989
Folder 10:1990
Folder 11:1991
Folder 12:2015
Sub-series 4: Treasurer Reports
Folder 13:Undated
Folder 14:1967-1969
Folder 15:1971-1979
Folder 16:1980-1989
Folder 17:1993-1995
Folder 18:2001-2003
Folder 19:2013

Box 15: Series 10: Governance
Sub-series 1: By-laws
Folder 1: Undated
Folder 2:1984
Folder 3:1987
Folder 4:1990-1993
Folder 5:2002-2009
Sub-series 2: Incorporation Documents
Folder 6: 1968-1969
Folder 7:1987-1992
Folder 8:2013-2015
Sub-series 3:Organization of BBHS
Folder 9:Undated
Folder 10:1968-1988
Sub-series 4:Tax Exemption Status
Folder 11:1968-1969
Folder 12:1980-1984
Folder 13:1985
Folder 14:1993-1996
Sub-series 5: Florida Room/Archives
Folder 15:Undated
Folder 16:1987-1994 
Folder 17:2011

Box 16: Series 11: Historical Research
Sub-series 1: City History
Folder 1:Undated
Folder 2:1963
Folder 3:2012
Sub-series 2: Gifts from Donors
Folder 4:Undated 
Sub-series 3: Pioneer Families
Folder 5:Undated
Folder 6:1969-1977
Sub-series 4: State History
Folder 7:1981

Box 17: Series 12: Meeting Minutes
Folder 1:Undated
Folder 2:1967-1969
Folder 3:1970-1974
Folder 4:1975-1979
Folder 5:1980-1984
Folder 6:1985-1989
Folder 7:1990-1999
Folder 8:2002-2005
Folder 9:2010-2016


Box 18: Series 13: Membership
Sub-series 1: Lists
Folder 1:Undated
Folder 2:1967
Folder 3:1968
Folder 4: 1969
Folder 5:1970-1979
Folder 6:1981-1985
Folder 7:1986-1989
Folder 8:1990-1994
Folder 9:2013

Box 19: Series 13: Membership
Sub-series 2: Charter Members
Folder 1:1967-1968 (1)
Folder 2:1967-1968 (2)
Sub-series 3: Index Files
Box 1:A-Mc
Box 2:O-Z

Box 20: Series 14: Newsclippings
Folder 1:Undated
Folder 2:1967-1969
Folder 3:1970-1978
Folder 4:1981-1987
Folder 5:1990-1998
Folder 6:2001-2002

Box 21: Series 15: BBHS Publications
Sub-series 1: Newsletters
Folder 1:Undated
Folder 2:1985-1987
Folder 3:1996-1999
Folder 4: 2000-2002
Folder 5:2003
Folder 6:2004
Folder 7:2005
Folder 8:2006
Folder 9:2007
Folder 10:2008
Folder 11:2009
Folder 12:2010
Folder 13:2011
Folder 14:2012
Folder 15:2013
Folder 16:2014
Folder 17:2015
Folder 18:2016
Folder 19:2017
Folder 20:2018
Folder 21: 2019
Sub-series 2: Membership Applications
Folder 23: 1968-2005
Sub-series 3: Pamphlets
Folder 24:Undated
Sub-series 4: Boynton Beach: The First 100 Years
Folder 25:1995

Box 22: Series 16: Photographs
Folder 1:Examiner, “Annual Historical,” Undated
Folder 2:Unknown meeting [Polaroid], Undated
Folder 3:Unknown meeting, Undated
Folder 4:Unknown meeting, Undated
Folder 5:Unknown meeting, Undated
Folder 6:Meeting and Officers of Historical Society, October 1967-November 1967
Folder 7:Old Austin Supply Barn, November 1983
Folder 8:Historical Society Picnic, 29 April 1990
Folder 9:Sandpiper Motel Burn, March 1997 

Box 23: 
Series 17: Scrapbooks. Dismembered and reconstructed scrapbook, c. 1973-1974. 


Box 24:
Series 17: Scrapbooks. Chiefly clippings, 1968