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Committee of 100 on the Federal City records [Part I]

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS2017
This collection contains correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, newspaper articles, memorandum, bank statements, maps, and blueprints. The material dates from 1932-91 with the bulk of the material falling within the dates 1950-1987.

The majority of the documents focus on city planning and transportation issues. These detail the various highway and rapid transit projects facing the district, as well as looking at zoning regulations and legal procedures and the debates and discussions between different committee members on many topics concerning planning issues in the District of Columbia. Another portion of the collection deals with the founding and governing procedures of the committee including early historical documents. This early history has an history of the committee donated by Eric T. Menke. Significant people included in these records are Peter S. Craig, Frederic Delano, Harlean James, Ulysses Grant III, Dorn Mc Grath, John Nolen Jr., Constance Green, and Polly Shackleton. Some of the more important issues are the Three sisters Bridge Controversy, WMATA projects such as Metro Rail design and planning, the Pennsylvania. Avenue Development Corporation, Cleveland Park Historical Society, Potomac River Conversation, Inner Loop Freeway Planning (I-65 and I-295), Federal Triangle, Old Post Office, parking problems, and building height restrictions.

The collection as a whole provides researchers with information on the founding and organization of the Committee of 100, while showing how it functioned as citizens forum for discussing the great planning issues facing the Nation's Capital.

Dates

  • 1932-1991

Creator

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Extent

43.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Collection contains correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, newspaper articles, memorandum, bank statements, maps, and blueprints. The material dates from 1932-2003 with the bulk of the material falling within the dates 1950-87. The majority of the documents focus on city planning and transportation issues. These detail the various highway and rapid transit projects facing the district, as well as looking at zoning regulations and legal procedures and the debates and discussions between different committee members on many topics concerning planning issues in the District of Columbia.

Historical or Biographical Note

The mission of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City is to safeguard and advance the fundamental planning, environmental and aesthetic values inherited from the L'Enfant Plan and the McMillan Commission that give Washington its historic distinction, natural beauty and overall livability. The Committee advances the proposition that planning of the highest caliber is essential to ensure for residents of Washington D.C. - indeed for all the citizens of the United States for whom the Nation's Capital is a symbol - the attainment and preservation of a city worthy of the Nation. From specific proposals such as its plan for the redesign of the Whitehurst Freeway below Georgetown, to more general initiatives, such as testimony on regional air quality standards and support for reinvigorating of the NCPC, the Committee continues its broad campaign for exemplary planning in the Nation's Capital. The Committee is engaging in close consultation on planning issues with the Congress and the District of Columbia Government. The Committee has also established its own ad hoc subcommittee on regional planning to work in liaison with kindred organizations in Maryland and Virginia.

The Committee of 100 on the federal City was organized in 1923 by the American Planning and Civic Association (APCA) in order to study the problems facing the Nation's capital. Frederic A. Delano, Uncle to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was the first Chairman of the Committee. Following its conception, the Committee of 100 has served as a citizens forum discussing planning issues that confront the District. The Committee separated itself from the APCA in 1965 and incorporated as a non-profit organization.

For over half a century, the Committee has attracted to its membership architects, planners, landscape architects, lawyers, conservationists, historians, and concerned citizens from diverse professions and backgrounds. It has sought to rally national, regional, and local organizations which share in the mission of safeguarding the heritage of Washington, D.C. Not only is the Committee of 100 on the Federal City the oldest planning body and the oldest citizens' forum on planning issues in the Nation's Capital, it is also one of the most effective and vigorous organizations of its kind.

Collection Organization

Organized into eight series: Organizational history and background, Chronological files, General correspondence, Committee records, Financial records, Subject/Issues files, Oversize records, and Accession 2011.068

Acquisition Information

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City donated these records in 1986. Dorn McGrath, former chair of the Committee gave a gift in 1989. A final donation was made by former chair David Grinnel in 1991.
Title
Guide to the Committee of 100 on the Federal City records [Part I], 1932-2003
Status
completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2006
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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