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Friendship Citizens Association Records

Identifier: 083

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, programs, newsletters, meeting minutes, resolutions, and other materials related to the Friendship Citizens Association of Washington, D.C. The construction of a new D.C. Public Library branch in the Tenley-Friendship neighborhood was of particular interest to the Association.


  • Creation: 1944-1963


Conditions Governing Use

No known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

In 1892, a group of concerned Washington, D.C. residents joined together to form an organization that they felt would help meet the needs of Friendship Heights, Tenleytown, and other surrounding neighborhoods. Originally called the Northwest Suburban Citizens Association, the Friendship Citizens Association (FCA) sought to bring about new and improved fire stations, police departments, schools, and recreation areas in D.C., particularly in Northwest. It is not known exactly when the Association ceased to exist, though the most recent references to the organization in the Washington Evening Star and Washington Post are from the early to to mid-1980s.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the FCA was first among the District’s citizens groups to ask for a library in the Tenley-Friendship area. Though controversial, the city Commissioners decided to build the new library on the playground of the Janney School on Wisconsin Avenue.


0.5 Linear feet

1 Boxes

Language of Materials



Processed without series.

Custodial History

Richard A. Williams, a former member of the Friendship Citizens Association, donated these materials to the Library in 1984.

Related Materials

Collection #040: District of Columbia Public Library Records; Collection #028: Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia Records

Processing Information

Basic archival procedures were used at the time of processing.

Friendship Citizens Association
An inventory of Friendship Citizens Association at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001