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Tenants' Advocacy Coalition (TENAC) Records

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2022.086

Content Description

Correspondence, memoranda, press releases, thematic research, other TENAC organizational documents, placards used at public manifestations, 1970-2018; some personal papers of Mr. James McGrath

Acquisition Type



Gift of the estate of Jim McGrath, founder of TENAC

Language of Description


Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

This is an unprocessed collection and might be stored at an offsite location. Materials within this collection have limited or no organization and a detailed content description is unavailable. Collection has been placed in the queue for future processing.


  • Creation: 1970 - 2018


8 Linear feet (6 record center, 1 flat box, and loose items)


Box 1: Folders with headings A through K, pertaining to TENAC organizational activities – folders include correspondence (letters and emails) with other organizations and individuals, research/information on particular tenancy-related issues, TENAC meeting agendas, press releases, etc. – general date range 1990-2010 Box 2: Folders with headings L through Z – continuation of series in box #1 Box 3: Folders with headings A through H – these documents are similar to those in boxes #1-2 but have a different date rage: 2010-2018 Box 4: Folders with headings H through S – continuation of 2010-2018 series Box 5: Folders with headings S through W – conclusion of 2010-2018 series Box 6: Miscellaneous unfoldered items not connected with TENAC: correspondence, publications from American University and Georgetown University, Federal Communications Commission reports Box 7: (non-standard, oversize box): large signs, approx. 20” by 30”, on various national and local themes – e.g., property development, bank reform, against Trump reelection in 2020 – 13 are on foam core, 35 on poster board. One painting, acrylic on canvas, signed by the artist. One rolled TENAC proclamation from 2010 endorsing Vincent Gray for DC Mayor and Eleanor Holmes Norton as Congressional Delegate. Most signs consist of a slogan written with a magic marker on white background. Several of the signs are duplicated (i.e., more than one sign with the same slogan). Five resolutions of the DC Council honoring Mr. McGrath’s activities and acknowledging his contributions to civic affairs in DC: one framed, one taped to poster board, three in ceremonial folders. Loose flat items: Demonstration signs of various size