Records of Self-Determination for D.C. (SDDC), 1970-1980
Collection No. 3
D.C. Community Archives
The materials were donated in 1989 by Richard W. Clark, Chairman of Self-Determination for D.C. National Coalition at the time.
Self-Determination for D.C. Coalition was the result of the adoption of a resolution in January 1971 by Americans for Democratic Action, calling for the formation of a national coalition to promote home rule and D.C. Congressional voting representation.
Initially the Coalition was called the Democracy for D.C. Committee. The Coalition was formed from the coalition of 25 national groups and Washington, D.C. residents. Richard W. Clark, a special assistant to the president of Common Cause, and organized labor leader Victor Reuther agreed to serve as National Co-chairmen. Honorary Co-chairmen were Senator Edward Brooke and Delegate Walter Fauntroy. In the fall of 1971, a Metropolitan Steering Committee was formed of local organizations with Sterling Tucker and Marne Hornblower as Co-chairmen.
The Coalition was instrumental in lobbying for and campaigning for home rule legislation in the early 1970s and a Constitutional Amendment providing for congressional representation in Congress from 1978 through the early 1980s.
General processing procedures consisted of discarding duplicates, unnecessary binders, and routine transmittals. Oversized documents and photographs were removed from the original location in their assigned series and placed in separate containers. Separation sheets were inserted in the original location within the folder to indicate the new location of any records placed elsewhere.
Preservation copying of newspaper clippings was performed whenever feasible. Records in folders were arranged, unless otherwise indicated, in forward chronological order, with undated records appearing at the end of the folder
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of office files documenting the Coalition's activities in support of home rule and voting rights for D.C. In particular, it includes testimony, legislation, lobbying packets, correspondence, and media lists regarding its lobbying efforts in support of Congressional legislation passed in 1973 granting D.C. home rule (D.C. Self-Government and Reorganization Act).
The records also contain materials compiled by the Coalition regarding supportive, related, and opposing organizations, including reports, clippings, press releases, newsletters, publications, and brochures. Memorabilia such as a hat, banner, and bumper stickers are also a part of the collection.
The collection is arranged into 12 series:
|Topical Files||Opposition Groups||Support Groups|
|Chronological Files||Lobbying Files||Media Coverage|
|Legislation||Post-Home Rule Passage||Related Organizations|
This series consists of topical files related to the issue of voting rights, home rule, and statehood in the District of Columbia. Contains congressional testimony, legislation, correspondence to D.C. and federal legislators, brochures, flyers, and handwritten notes.
Contains materials about organizations and individuals the Coalition considered opponents of self-determination for D.C. such as the Republican Party.
This series consists of reports, clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, and printed materials regarding organizations the Coalition considered supporters of its goals. A sample of groups include the American Jewish Congress, Common Cause, AFL-CIO, Democratic Party, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, National Council of Churches, and the Episcopal Church.
Contains internal memoranda, drafts, letters, and Coalition Comments, the Coalition's newsletter, arranged chronologically.
This series contains materials documenting the Coalition's lobbying efforts for home rule in 1973. Included are reports, issue papers, congressional contact lists, lobbying packets, and background materials on the House District Committee, among others.
Contains media lists from various states.
This series contains briefing papers, legislative analyses, congressional legislation, letters, Congressional Record excerpts, congressional voting records, and other legislative materials related to home rule.
This series includes reports, clippings, and correspondence regarding such topics as 1974 campaign financing and the formation of advisory neighborhood commissions.
This series contains materials regarding two related organizations, the Home Rule Committee and Ad-Hoc Committee for Home Rule, which preceded the Coalition.
Consists of research documents prepared by the Library of Congress regarding home rule and voting rights for D.C. Also contains legislative bills, reprints, and copies of articles on the same issues.
Primarily consists of brochures, newsletters of SDDC and other related organizations.
Contains brochures, buttons, bumper stickers, a patriot's hat, and banner of the Coalition. Also contains the publication Salute to Volunteers prepared by the Coalition.
- Government Reorganization Act, 1973
- Home rule, background, 1962-1980 (8 folders)
- Home rule, foreign missions, etc., October 1982
- Home rule, background, 1962-1980 (3 folders)
- Walter Fauntroy, 1981-1989
- Mayor Barry’s office, 1980-84
- Senator Ted Kennedy, 1978-79
- Lobby Corps, 1978
- D.C. voting rights testimony, 1978-1983 (3 folders)
- White House, 1978-81
- Statehood and the Coalition, 1985
- Tax Day, April 15, 1985
- Local Coalition Activities, 1977-78
- Project Vote Count, 1983
- PR Group, 1983-84
- Opposition organizations, 1978-79
- Polls, 1984
- Ratification slates, 1980
- Pre-1983 publications
- Republican convention, 1984
- D.C. Republicans for Self-Determination, 1984
- Republicans, 1975-80
- Originals (newsletters, news releases, etc.), 1974-1983
- Miscellaneous documents, 1977-1983, 1981
- Mayor Barry’s Breakfast for self-government, 1981
- Mayor Breakfast for voting rights, 1984
- Information packet, 1970
- D.C. Voting Rights Amendment Briefing book, 1983
- ACLU thru Black organizations, ca. 1977-1983
- Board of Trade thru D.C. Commission for Women (8 folders)
- D.C. Congress of PTAs thru League of Women Voters-D.C. (13 folders)
- League of Women Voters of the U.S thru National Governor’s Association (16 folders)
- National Student Association thru United Presbyterian Church
- U.S. Commission of Civil Rights thru Women’s Internal League for Peace and Freedom (16 folders)
- Chronological files, 1972-June 1973 (4 folders)
- Chronological files, July 1973-March, 1974 (2 folders)
Strategy target lists of House members, 1973
National Constituency Committee, 1973
- National Constituency Committee, sample worksheets, 1973-1974 (3 folders)
- Lobby packets, August-September, 1973
- House District Committee, background materials, 1973
- League of Women Voters
- Local Organizations
- Field reports (3 folders) (restricted access)
- Media lists in various states, ca. 1970
- Media coverage, 1972-73 (2 folders)
Home rule, 1965
Preparation for Coalition testimony before House Committee
on the District of Columbia, Subcommittee on Government Operations, 1973
H.R. 9682 briefing papers used by lobbyist, 1973
- H.R. 9682, issues concerning the judiciary, 1973
- issues concerning planning, 1973
- letters of support, 1973
- Explanation of final action on Home Rule, 1973
- Nelson-Green Substitute proposal, 1973
- 92nd Congress, House, 1973
- 93rd Congress, Senate, 1973
- 93rd Congress, House, 1973 (2 folders)
- Excerpts from Congressional Record, 1973
- House of Representatives member support and voting record for
- home rule issues, 1973
- Campaign Financing, 1974
- Advisory Neighbor Commissions, 1973-1976 (3 folders)
- Speakers Bureau, 1974
- Committee to Support the Charter, 1974
- Salute to Volunteers, 1985
- Home Rule Committee, ca. 1960s
- Ad-Hoc Committee for Home Rule, 1972
- Library of Congress and other material, ca. 1970s (2 folders)
- Time to Act, 1973
- Questions and Answers on D.C. Home Rules, 1973
- Home Rule for Washington, D.C. Issues and Fact, 1973
- Self-Determination for the District of Columbia: A Look at Congressional Proposals in the last 25 years, 1973
- A Look to the Past: A Short List of the Prior Types of Governments, n.d.
- Nelson Commission Recommendations, n.d.
- Salute to Volunteers (duplicates)
- To Complete A Revolution” (duplicates)
- Congressional Records testimony for Self-Determination, 4/3/1973 (duplicates)
- Coalition Comments” newsletter, March & Sept., 1973 (duplicates)
- Common Cause” newsletter, March 25, 1974 (duplicates)
- The Home Rule Bill,” Committee to Support the Charter
- Home Rule Charter Yes brochure
- Advisory Councils
- Y.O.U. for Home Rule in D.C.
- Campaign literature
- Bumper stickers