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Edward A. Kane Papers

Identifier: 008

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, reports, resolutions, and membership lists from the Federation of Citizens Associations, the Michigan Park Citizens Association, the National Gateway Citizens' Association, and the Northeast Council of Citizens’ Association. The papers also contain newspaper clippings and a photograph of Dr. Kane as a young man. The collection is arranged by Association or Organization name.


  • Creation: 1953-1979


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Conditions Governing Use

No known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Edward A. Kane (1902-1998) was born in Massachusetts and arrived in D.C. in 1924. Kane attended the University of Massachusetts, earned a Masters in chemistry from Catholic University, and a doctorate in biochemistry from Georgetown University. Kane worked for the Department of Agriculture in the Agriculture Research Service for 38 years, retiring in 1965. Kane served in the Army Air Corps during World War II; and then in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a colonel in 1965.

Mary (Kerwin) Kane (1907-1993) was born in Silver Lake, Wisconsin and arrived in D.C. in 1923. She attended George Washington University and was a secretary for Representative Hamer Harold Budge (R-Idaho), Senator Frank J. Lausche (D-Ohio), and Senator/Vice President Walter Mondale (D- Minn.. She retired in 1979.

The Kane’s were married in 1935 and had three children. They were active members of the Health Committee of the Federation of Citizens Association, the Michigan Park Citizens Association, the National Gateway Citizens' Association, and the Northeast Council of Citizens’ Association. Dr. Kane served as Chairman of the Health Committee and Mrs. Kane served as President of the Michigan Park Citizens Association and the Northeast Council of Citizens Associations. In 1968 Dr. Kane was the recipient of the Washington Star award from the Federation of Citizens Associations for his community work.


0.75 Linear feet (1 legal document storage case, 1 legal slim document storage case)


Collection arranged into 6 series. Series 1: Federation of Citizens Associations
Series 2: Michigan Park Citizens Association
Series 3: National Gateway Citizens' Association
Series 4: Northeast Council of Citizens’ Association
Series 5: Woodridge-Michigan Park News
Series 6: Photograph

Custodial History

Donated by Dr. Edward A. Kane and Mrs. Mary Kane in 1988.

Processing Information

Standard archival processing procedures were applied to the collection when it was processed.

Edward A. Kane
An inventory of Edward A. Kane at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by DC Public Library.
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Revised 2019-09.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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