Friendship Citizens Association Collection, 1944-1963

Friendship Citizens Association Collection, 1944-1963

Finding Aid

Collection No. 83 (.5 Linear Feet)
D.C. Community Archives


Richard A. Williams, a former member of the Friendship Citizens Association, donated these materials to Washingtoniana in 1984.


In 1892, a group of concerned Washington, D.C., residents joined together to form an organization that they felt would help meet the needs of their neighborhoods. Originally called the Northwest Suburban Citizens Association, the Friendship Citizens Association (FCA) sought to bring new and improved fire stations, police departments, schools, and recreation areas to their neighborhoods. This continued throughout the 1980s. 
According to the association’s constitution, which was adopted in 1948, meeting were held once a month, every other month, from September through May. The club sought to advance all public interests in D.C., in particular to neighborhoods in Northwest.  Membership was open only to white property owners in the neighborhood who paid the annual fee of $1. It is not known when the association ceased to exist.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the FCA was first among the citizens groups asking for a new library in the Tenley-Friendship area.  There was protest, however, over the site selected for the library, which was on the playground of the Janney School at Wisconsin Avenue. Local groups were upset by the loss of recreation for the school. The city commissioners, however, denied the protests of the local organizations and built the library on the Janney School site.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, programs, newsletters, meeting minutes, resolutions and other materials related to the Friendship Citizens Association of Washington, D.C. Of particular interest to the association was the proposed construction of a new branch of the DC Public Library in the Tenley-Friendship neighborhood. 


There are no restrictions to this collection.

Box Inventory

Box 1

FF 1 Appeals and Amendments, 1954-1963
FF 2 Clippings, 1960
FF 3 Constitution, 1948
FF 4 Correspondence, 1948-1962
FF 5 D.C. Presidential Vote, 1960
FF 6 List of People Living in Friendship Area, 1955-1956
FF 7 Map, n.d.
FF 8  Meeting Minutes, 1946-1961
FF 9 Meeting Space Applications, 1951-1958
FF 10 Newsletters, 1954-1958
FF 11 Resolutions, 1948-1958
FF 12 Tenley-Friendship Library, 1944-1957
FF 13   Tenley-Friendship Library, 1944-1957
Compiled by Ryan P. Semmes, November 2006
DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives
901 G St. NW, Room 307
Washington, D.C.  20001

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