59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
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A Finding Aid to the Edgartown Yacht Club Annuals and Ephemera, 1929-2000, undated

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum, Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 28
Creator Edgartown Yacht Club
TitleEdgartown Yacht Club annuals and ephemera
Date1929-2000, undated
Extent1/2 box + 1 oversize folder (0.276 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractYearbooks, race committee reports, regatta brochures and printed ephemera related to the Edgartown Yacht Club.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 28, Edgartown Yacht Club Annuals and Ephemera.

Acquisition Information

The 1931 club book was a gift of Mrs. Upton Thomas in 1972. (Accession no. 1972.043). The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession of the remainder of the materials are unknown.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Insley Julier in July 2013. Machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick April 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Materials

Related Materials

See also, RU 395, Home Club Records.

Index Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Edgartown Yacht Club
  • Home Club (Edgartown, Mass.)


  • Annuals
  • Brochures
  • Ephemera

Geographic Name(s)

  • Edgartown (Mass.)--Social life and customs


  • Clubs--Massachusetts--Martha's Vineyard
  • Sailing--Massachusetts
  • Yachting--History
  • Yachting--Massachusetts--Martha's Vineyard
  • Yachts--History
  • Yachts--Massachusetts--Martha's Vineyard

Biography/Historical Note

The Edgartown Yacht Club of Edgartown, Massachusetts was incorporated on March 6, 1905. The organization was formed by members of the Home Club interested in yachting and racing. Edward H. Raymond was named Commodore and the club gradually acquired a racing fleet. In 1926, Elmer Jared Bliss purchased the Osborn wharf at the foot Main Street. He paid for the construction of a new pier there and erected the current club house. The building was completed in 1927. In 1929, the club acquired the property holdings of the Chappaquiddick Association, adding tennis courts to the facilities. The first Edgartown Regatta was held in 1924.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains printed matter, 1929-2000, created by the Edgartown Yacht Club. Annual club books and yearbooks include lists of officers, committee members, club members and yachts, as well as, the club constitution, by-laws, dues, rules and regulations. Several of the yearbooks also contain brief club histories and photomechanical illustrations. Race committee reports contain a description of the racing events and prize winners of the preceding season. Regatta brochures include event schedules, prize and trophy lists, general rules and regulations and contact information for island businesses, services, accommodation and transportation. The collection contains only a small sampling of printed materials generated over the years by this organization.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Collection Contents


Club Book, 1929 


Officers, Yachts, Members, Constitution and By-Laws, 1931 


Report of the Race Committee, Season of 1930, 1931 January 15 


Report of the Race Committee, Season of 1931, 1931 December 15 


Year Book, 1944 


Year Book, 1950 


Year Book, 1976 


Year Book, 1991 


68th Annual Regatta, 1991 


Annual Regatta Sailing Instructions, 1992 


Flyer of Off-Season Activities, 1997-1998, 1997 


75th Annual Regatta, 1998 


77th Annual Regatta, 2000 


Edgartown Yacht Club: Chart No. 2, Racing Courses Nos. 37 to 52, undated 

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