Burleith Citizens Association records
Collection Scope and Content
The BCA collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, files with subjects of importance to the residents of Burleith, and the Burleith Citizens Association website. 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.
- Creation: 1926-2023
- Burleith Citizens Association (Washington, D.C.) (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research.
Restrictions on Use
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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.
9.5 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, files with subjects of importance to the residents of Burleith, and Burleith Citizens Association websites. The collection also includes material about the social activities sponsored by the Burleith Citizens Association such as a neighborhood flea market and art show.
Organized into twelve series: Activities/Events; Administrative Files; Committees; Correspondence; Graphics; History; Membership; Minutes; Newsletters; Subject files; Ephemera; and Websites (captured using the Internet Archive's Archive-it service in 2023 and then once a year after that).
- Guide to the Burleith Citizens Association records, 1926-2001
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English