Records of the Adams Morgan Better Neighborhood Conference/Hollyday House Papers, ca. 1930-1962

Records of the Adams Morgan Better Neighborhood Conference/Hollyday House Papers, ca. 1930-1962

Finding Aid

Collection No. 18 (6 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives

History

The Adams Morgan Better Neighborhood Conference and the Hollyday House were two organizations formed in the mid-1950s to combat blight, promote urban renewal, and restore community pride in the Adams Morgan area. Hollyday House was located at 2316 17th St. NW and was a restored house named for Guy T.O. Hollyday, former Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administrations, to honor his advocacy of better housing.  Mrs. Florence N. Cornell, longtime principal of John Q. Adams School, was also prominent in both groups. She was the first executive director of Hollyday House, which began its work in November 1959.   

Scope and Content Note

Records of Hollyday House include its incorporation papers, by-laws, constitution, statement of purpose, a history, newsletters, correspondence, meeting minutes (1957-1960), financial information, studies reports, photographs, publicity, clippings, and membership lists. 

Topics covered by the records include a neighborhood conference, desegregation, urban renewal, the Hollyday House Chorus, Barney House, the Urban Peace Corps, Church of the Brethren, and fundraising.    

Related Collections

Records of the Adams-Morgan Community Council (Coll. 11). 

Box Inventory

Box 1

  • Independent Study
  • Neighborhood Conference
  • West Central

Box 2

  • Newsletter
  • Preliminary steps to prepare for Supreme Court decision re desegregation
  • Zoning
  • Urban renewal
  • Public schools
  • Relationships between AMBNC Project 314 & Hollyday House
  • Businessmen organization
  • Demonstration Project 314

Box 3

  • Demonstration Project/Clippings
  • Constitution and Background or purpose
  • Minutes
  • Newsletter Bulletin, 1956-62
  • Finances
  • Community activities
  • Christmas baskets for needy
  • Correspondence with D.C. Commissioners
  • D.C. Recreation Department
  • Membership lists
  • Ministers and churches

Box 4

  • Correspondence & Steering Committee reports
  • Planning Committee I, II
  • Hollyday House
    • Incorporation papers
    • Dedication
    • Guy, T.O.
    • Correspondence
    • By-laws
    • Purposes

Box 5

  • Hollyday House
    • History
    • Board of Directors
    • Committees
    • Membership
    • Executive Director reports
    • Advisory board
    • Staff
    • Annual meetings
    • Financial Treasurer reports
    • Program Planning Committee
    • Revolving loan fund
    • Publicity and advertising
    • Newsletters
    • General activities
    • Head Start
    • Drill Team
    • Summer Program/Fresh Air Programs
    • Special Activities

Box 6

  • Hollyday House
    • Financial tax-exempt status
    • Fundraising events
    • U.G.F.
    • Fundraising, Sears Roebuck
    • Meyer
    • Whitney
    • Health and Welfare Council
    • Financial treasurer reports
    • Rehabilitation    
    • Church of the Brethren    

Box 7    

  • Hollyday House-
    • AMBNC Merger
    • AMBNC Block groups
    • General (3 folders)
    • Photographs, A-M
    • Annual Meetings
    • Miscellaneous, general
    • Minutes, Board of Directors 1957-1966 (4 folders)

Box 8

  • Hollyday House Chorus
    • Singing engagements
    • Conference funds, 7/1957-2/1963
    • Songs
    • Logistics-Transportation
    • Correspondence
    • General Information
    • List of singers
  • Barney House
  • Urban Peace Corps

Box 9

  • Clippings, D.C. school desegregation     
  • Clippings, 1960s (3 folders)

Box 10

  • Studies and reports

Box 11

  • Miscellaneous papers (newsletters, clippings, memoranda, reports, etc.)
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Originally prepared by Leroy Graham, April 1991
Revised by Faye Haskins, November 1998

DC Public Library, Special Collections
DC Community Archives
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