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Burleith Citizens Association records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2022

Collection Scope and Content

The BCA collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and files with subjects of importance to the residents of Burleith. The collection also includes material about the social activities sponsored by the BCA such as a neighborhood flea market and art show. In 1973, Burleith celebrated its 50th Anniversary and the material collected for that event constitutes the bulk of the early history of Burleith. This history comes from correspondence and interviews with former residents and the family members of early landowners and promotional materials distributed by Shannon and Luchs, Inc. The Burleith community's major growth began in 1922 when Shannon and Luchs, Inc. purchased a significant portion of the Burleith tract. Shannon and Luchs built most of the 540 homes in Burleith's four-block area. The collection is divided into eleven series based on either the type of material and subject. Within each series the folders are arranged either chronologically or alphabetically by folder title.

Dates

  • 1926-2018

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

The Burleith Citizens Association (BCA) began in 1925 with the adoption of a constitution. The modern history of the Burleith neighborhood began in 1886 when the Huidekoper family came into possession of the Burleith tract. The family built some homes and filled in a large hole at the corner of present day S and 37th streets. Much of the tract remained fields and woods when, in 1922, the Huidekoper family sold the tract to Shannon and Luchs, Inc. Shannon and Luchs, using a consulting architect, designed homes that they marketed to people with moderate income, but above average taste. These homes have an American Colonial architecture style. Many have slate mansard roofs and dormer windows. The homes were priced between $8,950-$13,500. The Burleith neighborhood is located next to Georgetown. The Burleith Citizens Association's articles of incorporation state that the goal of the organization is to ". . . engage in the promotion of the common good and general welfare of the people of Burleith through activities designated to bring about civic betterment and social improvement." In its efforts to achieve this goal, the BCA participates in many activities and monitors issues important to the community including parking, traffic light installation, noise pollution, and the community's relationship with its neighbor, Georgetown University. These civic activities are complimented by social activities including picnics, an annual flea market, and activities specifically for children including an Easter egg hunt and Halloween party.

Extent

9.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and files with subjects of importance to the residents of Burleith. The collection also includes material about the social activities sponsored by the Burleith Citizens Association such as a neighborhood flea market and art show.

Collection Organization

Organized into fourteen series: Activities/Events; Administrative Files; Committees; Correspondence; Graphics; History; Membership; Minutes; Newsletters; Subject files; Ephemera; 2003 Accretion: Correspondence; 2003 Accretion: Minutes; 2003 Accretion: Subject files
Title
Guide to the Burleith Citizens Association records, 1926-2001
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America