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Greater Washington Board of Trade records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2029
The collection contains correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, audio tapes, photographs, directories, programs, and artifacts. These materials date from 1899-1986. The founders of the Board of Trade shared a vision of a vibrant multi-faceted region and its history reflects the Board's involvement in almost every major issue concerning the metropolitan area. This subjects includes economic development, home rule, business development, trade associations, race relations, transportation, education, public housing, hospitals, criminal justice, tourism, cultural programs, preservation, consumer affairs, and planning.

Dates

  • 1889-1986

Restrictions on Access

This restriction is only for unprocessed materials. Materials produced after 1980 are closed for 10 years from date of transfer to Gelman library.

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.

Extent

241 Linear Feet

Abstract

Collection contains correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, audio tapes, photographs, directories, programs, and artifacts. These materials date from 1899-1986. The founders of the Board of Trade shared a vision of a vibrant multi-faceted region and its history reflects the Board's involvement in almost every major issue concerning the metropolitan area. This subjects includes economic development, home rule, business development, trade associations, race relations, transportation, education, public housing, hospitals, criminal justice, tourism, cultural programs, preservation, consumer affairs, and planning.

Historical or Biographical Note

The Greater Washington Board of Trade is the largest regional network of business and non-profit leaders and the only group representing all industry sectors. The Board of Trade's member companies in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland employ 40 percent of the region's private-sector workforce. Organizations join the Board of Trade to grow their business and help build a better community. The Board of Trade: creates business opportunities through networking events and community-building projects; represents businesses and their employees on a wide range of issues; and markets the region as a vibrant place to work and live.

Founded in 1889, the Greater Washington Board of Trade today operates a variety of programs to further its mission. Twenty Washington businessmen held the first meeting in a parlor of Ebbit house at 14th and F streets, NW. The Board of Trade provided a forum for the expression of local concerns to the federal and congressional officials who held responsibility for the District.

The District of Columbia did not have its own elected government until nearly 100 years after 1874. It was administered by three presidentially appointed commissioners responsible to the District committees in Congress. In the absence of an elected D.C. government, the Board of Trade provided the focal point for the community's most substantial and civic-minded citizens.

Over the course of the twentieth century, the Board of Trade widened its scope to reflect the reality of a growing metropolitan area. Today, the Greater Washington Board of Trade is a regional chamber of commerce representing businesses throughout Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and the District.

Collection Organization

Organized into nineteen series: Permanent papers; Annual reports, annual and monthly meetings; Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Presidents' and executive vice presidents' papers; Administrative Council and Senior Council; Board of Trade, general; Committees; Bureaus; Publications and public statements; Projects; Urban affairs issues; Environmental issues; Housing issues; Planning and development issues; Transportation issues; Employment issues; District of Columbia government; Other associations; and Auxiliary materials.
Title
Guide to the Greater Washington Board of Trade records, 1889-1986
Status
partially_processed
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

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