Nick Carter Travel Club Records

Two of the scrapbooks in the Nick Carter Travel Club RecordsThe Medical Center Archives is pleased to announce that the Nick Carter Travel Club Records are processed and open for research. The F. Bayard Carter Society, better known as the “Nick Carter Travel Club,” is an organization associated with Duke’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The society is named for Duke physician F.Scrapbook page with images from the first Nick Carter Group Bayard Carter. Carter was professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1931 to 1964. During his tenure, Carter was a beloved mentor to many residents in the department. In 1951, a group of 15 of his former residents organized the society, and they met for the first time in September of that year. The society’s mission is to promote the growth of Duke’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has grown to include over 300 members.


The Nick Carter Travel Club Records contains materials pertaining to the travels and activities of the society from its formation until 2003. Types of materials include correspondence, clippings, programs, reports,  loose photographic materials, photo albums, and scrapbooks. While the collection includes some administrative records, most of which concern Carter’s retirement and the formation of F. Bayard Carter endowment, the bulk of the collection consists of photographic material documenting the group’s travels and activities. These materials include scrapbooks, photo albums, and loose photographs. The scrapbooks and photographic materials candidly document the society’s trips, events, banquets, and even funerals. This collection is a great resources for researchers interested in the history of Duke’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, or simply have a love for vintage travel photos. 

A page from one of the Nick Carter Travel Club Records scrapbook

To learn more about these materials, visit the finding aid or contact the archives staff.
This blog was contributed by Archives Intern Caroline Waller. 



Great job on this and we really appreciate it!

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