Records of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, 1960-1979

Records of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, 1960-1979

Finding Aid

Collection No. 27 (6.5 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives

Provenance

The papers were donated in 1986 to the Library by Joseph Carter, the Association’s President at the time.   


History

The Federation of Civic Associations was founded in 1921 and brought together neighborhood groups to address common citywide or regional concerns. Historically, these civic associations were African-American.


Processing Procedures

General processing procedures consisted of discarding duplicates, unnecessary binders, and routine transmittals. 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 records include the Federation’s constitution, meeting minutes, and newsletters from many of its member civic associations. It also contains correspondence, reports, clippings, programs, invitations, flyers, legislative materials, handwritten notes, and other records, which document the activities of the Federation.

Related Materials

Papers of Gregory New at the Capitol Hill Restoration Society Archives.

In the Washingtoniana, see the papers of member organizations such as:
  • the Dupont Park Civic Association (Coll 23)
  • other unprocessed collections of civic associations (ask Archivist for details)
  • Records of the Federation of Citizens Association of the District of Columbia (Coll. 28)
  • Artificial Collection (Coll. 60)
  • and vertical files.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Federation Awards, 1963-1984 (1.25 linear ft.)  

This series contains program books, financial materials, correspondence, award applications, address lists, and invitations for annual awards presented to individual civic leaders in Washington, D.C. A few select awards were sponsored by local businesses and civic organizations, including the Evening Star Award, the NAACP Trophy, and a Safeway Scholarship to a local student.

The majority of the Awards were given to ‘grassroots honorees,” from the Federation to citizens working in a variety ways for civic improvement in the District. The folders are arranged chronologically.

Series II: Topics, 1960-1979 (2.75 linear ft.)

This series contains correspondence, clippings, committee reports, memoranda, and financial materials, which document the activities of the federation. The bulk of the papers are from the 1970s and cover issues and activities such as the Federation’s Black Tie Ball, consumer protection, city planning, civil defense the lottery, cultural arts and home rule. Folders are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series III: Newsletters, 1964-1979 (1 linear ft.) 

The series contains newsletters of local civic associations, which are members of the Federation. It also includes the Federation’s newsletter. Member newsletters represented include those for Brightwood, Capitol View, and Southeast, to name a few. The folders are arranged alphabetically with the Federation’s newsletters appearing first.

Series IV:  Interfederation and National Business, 1967-1978 (.25 linear ft.)

The series consists of the Interfederation constitution, minutes of Interfederation meetings, and materials regarding the National Association of Neighborhoods.

Series V:  Meeting Minutes, 1965-1978 (1.25 linear ft.)

The series contains meeting minutes, both hand and typewritten for association meetings.

Box Inventory

Series I: Awards

Box 1

  • Federation Awards, 1963-1972

Box 2

  • Federation Awards, 1973—1977

Box 3

  • Federation Awards, 1977-1984

Series II: Topical Files

Box 4

  • Announcements, 1970-1973 (3 folders)
  • Black Tie Ball, 1972-1974 (3 folders)
  • City Planning documents, 1970-1980 (2 folders)

Box 5

  • Civic Responsibility Week, 1965-1979
  • Civil Protection Committee, 1967-1979 (3 folders)
  • Consumer protection committee documents, 1969-1979
  • Cultural Arts Committee, 1967-73 (2 folders)
  • Cultural Arts/Scholarship fundraiser project, 1973
  • Economic Development Committee, 1970-79 (2 folders)

Box 6

  • Education Committee, 1973-79 (2 folders)
  • Endorsement Policy, 1970
  • Environmental Committee, 1972-79
  • Annual Father Day’s celebration, 1977-1984
  • Financial records, 1960-1964 (4 folders)
  • Financial records, 1974-1975

Box 7

  • Financial records, 1975-1979 (4 folders)
  • Honorary Life members, 1972
  • Lottery, 1973
  • Meeting attendance records, 1970-1978
  • Membership orientation, 1952, 1962, 1971-72, 1975 (4 folders)
  • Mothers Day program, 1972-1979 (8 folders)
  • News Media Committee, 1972-1973
  • New Media, WMAL, 1973

Box 8

  • President’s papers, 1965-1979
  • President’s testimonial for B. Alexander, 1974
  • Public utilities issues, 1970-1979
  • Recreation, 1972-1979 (2 folders)
  • Reference materials, 1966-1971 (3 folders)

Box 9

  • Reference Materials, 1979
  • Rosters, 1965-1979 (4 folders)

Box 10

  • Salute to Seniors, 1968-1979
  • Sanitation Committee, 1969-1971
  • Speakers Bureau Project, 1968
  • Treasurers Reports, 1975-1985
  • Transportation, 1969-1979
  • Urban Development Committee, 1979-1973
  • Zoning, 1966-1972

Series III: Newsletters

  • Newsletters, 1966-1972

Box 11

  • Newsletters, 1973-1979
  • Brightwood Newsletters, 1972-1977
  • Burleith Newsletters, 1973-1979
  • Capitol View Newsletters, 1970-1984 (3 folders)

Box 12

  • Michigan Park Citizens Association, 1978-1987
  • North Michigan Park Newsletters, 1972-1979
  • Public Interest Community News, 1976-1979
  • Southeast Civic Association, 1964-1974 (3 folders)
  • Southwester Newsletter, 1976-1978

Series IV:  Interfederation and National Business

  • Interfederation Council Constitution, 1967 and 1973
  • Interfederation Council meeting minutes, 1969-1974
  • National Association of Neighborhoods, 1977-1978

Series V: Meeting Minutes

Box 13

  • Meeting minutes, 1965-1970 (6 folders)

Box 14

  • Meeting minutes, 1971-1972 (6 folders)

Box 15

  • Meeting minutes, 1973-1977 (4 folders)
  • Executive Committee and Delegate Assembly, 1976
  • Executive Committee Meetings, 1978 (2 folders)

Box 16

  • Executive Committee Meetings, 1978 –1979 (6 folders)
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Processed October 2002

DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives
202-727-2272
archives.dcpl@dc.gov

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