Papers of Harry S. Wender, 1930-1973

Papers of Harry S. Wender, 1930-1973

Finding Aid

Collection No. 9 (2.5 linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives


Mr. Wender was a practicing attorney in Washington, D.C. after he was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1932.  Mr. Wender was active in a number of local civic organizations, including the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, the Home Rule Committee, and the District of Columbia Suffrage Association. He served as chairman of the D.C. Recreation Board from 1942-1952 and President of the Southwest Citizens’ Association.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, internal memoranda, home rule proposals, publicity materials, legislative materials, meeting minutes, editorials, and membership lists primarily concerning efforts in which Mr. Wender was involved to obtain voting rights for District residents from the 1930s through the 1960s.  Organizations active during this period mentioned in this collection include the D.C. Suffrage Association, Committee of the 100, Citizens Conference on District Suffrage, and Young People’s Home Rule League.

Related Collections

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. holds the remainder of Harry Wender’s Papers (1930-1969).

Box Inventory

Box 1

  • Correspondence, 1930-1965
  • Proposals for Home Rule, 1930-1973
  • National Support for Home Rule
  • D.C. Home Rule Committee, membership lists
  • Home Rule Committee budgets
  • Actions of the D.C. Suffrage Association, 1930-1975
  • Local Support for Home Rule (organization)
  • Norman Jay Show Very Truly Yours with Discussion of D.C. suffrage

Box 2

  • Lobbying efforts with Congress, 1939-1960, undated
  • Publicity materials and editorials, 1930-1974, undated
  • Bills and Reports on the District of Columbia, 1940-1949
  • Miscellaneous


DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives

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