59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Mink Meadows Golf Club Scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum
Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call NumberRU 511
Creator Bigelow, Robert L., 1876-1952
TitleMink Meadows Golf Club scrapbook
Extent1 box (0.252 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractRobert L. Bigelow was a large property owner on West Chop in Tisbury, Massachusetts. In 1937 he started construction of a golf course there. This scrapbook documents the early years of the creation of the Mink Meadows Golf Club.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 511, Mink Meadows Golf Club Scrapbook.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Bigelow, Jr. in 1980 (Accession no. 1980.16).

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Cooper in January 2015 with assistance from Lara J. Ullman. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in February 2015.

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

Controlled Access Headings


  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Tisbury (Mass. : Town)


  • Golf Course

Biography/Historical Note

Robert L Bigelow (1876-1952) was the president of Eastern Exchange Bank (formally Bigelow State Bank, established in 1921) in New York City, New York. In the 1920s he was a large property owner on Martha’s Vineyard, including several properties with beaches and ponds. Bigelow started clearing fire lanes on his property on West Chop, known as Mink Meadows, in 1928. By 1937 he established plans for a 27-hole golf course, with the first nine holes well underway. The course was opened to general play in June of 1938 as a 9-hole course. In 1942 the club was closed due to the outbreak of World War II. The 9-hole course was reopened in 1946 under lease to West Chop summer residents headed by J. Reed Morss.

Scope and Content Note

This scrapbook documents Bigelow's early efforts in establishing a golf course. It includes photographs of clearing the land and installing the first waterlines; newspaper articles of early development and trouble with regulations and Cape & Vineyard Electric Co.; and scorecards, tournament results, fee schedules, and social events.