Fay Webb Gardner Collection
The Fay Webb Gardner Collection contains archival materials related to Fay Webb Gardner, Governor O. Max Gardner, her family, and personal interests. A prolific genealogist, Fay Webb Gardner researched and collected extensive resources pertaining to the Gardner, Webb, and Andrews’s families. A large portion of the collection documents her extensive involvement in her husband’s political career and in her own valued organizations. Fay Webb Gardner (born Fay Lamar Webb) was born on September 7, 1885. She grew up in Cleveland County, North Carolina and later attended the Lucy Cobb Institute in Athens, Georgia. After school, she took a year to travel abroad and then settled down and married Oliver Max Gardner. Together, they had four children: Margaret Gardner Burgess, James Webb “Decker” Gardner, Ralph Webb Gardner, and O. Max Gardner, Jr. Fay Webb Gardner was involved in many different organizations including being a member of the Advisory Board of the State League of Women Voters and Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also quite active in politics, traveling and serving as first lady alongside her husband who was the Governor of North Carolina. They valued their local community of the Cleveland County area just as much as the state and even had Gardner-Webb University named in honor of them after they donated large amounts of time, energy, and money to supporting the school. Fay Webb Gardner remained as active as ever even after her husband’s death and continued to be involved in her community and politics until her death on January 16, 1969.


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Series 1 - Personal Papers, Diaries, Scrapbooks