Home Rule Committee Collection, 1939-1961

Home Rule Committee Collection, 1939-1961

Finding Aid

Collection No. 55
D.C. Community Archives


The materials were removed from the vertical file to ensure preservation. Mrs. Samuel (Annabel) Bogdonoff -- who was a member of the Board -- Arthur Newmeyer and Gary Abramson originally donated the materials to the Library.


Influential Washington, D.C. residents established the Home Rule Committee sometime in 1953. Members included Democratic political activist Daisy Harriman, museum director Duncan Phillips, businessman Frank Jelleff, and Washington Post publisher Phillip Graham.  Members testified in Congress, wrote letters to the editors, picketed, and lobbied in support of home rule for the District.  

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, congressional testimony, by-laws, pamphlets, a history of the Committee, political pins and stickers, and clippings. There is a separate folder of materials donated by Mrs. Bogdonoff. Folders are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Related Collections

Vertical files, Artificial Collection (60), Statehood Commission Papers (48), Julius Hobson Papers (1), Self-Determination for D.C. National Coalition papers (3), Harry S. Wender Papers (9), League of Women Voters of D.C. (33), Oral History Collections 13 and 18.

Box Inventory

  • Annabel Bogdonoff materials, 1939-1953
  • Clippings, 1949-1953, 1959
  • Correspondence, 1958
  • Congressional testimony and related documents, 1949-1951, 1959
  • Financial statements, 1955-1960
  • Meeting minutes, 1955-1961
  • Publications, 1950-1953
  • “We Want to Vote” pendant
  • “Washington Wants to Vote” stickers
DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives
901 G St. NW, Room 307
Washington, D.C.  20001

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