Neighbors, Inc. Collection
Scope and Contents
The materials in this collection consist mainly of topical files compiled by Neighbors, Inc. from the late 1950s to the early 1990s. Included in the materials are pamphlets, clippings, correspondence, photographs, brochures, and newsletters relating to neighborhood associations, religious organizations, political organizations, and government reports.
- Creation: 1958-1990
- Neighbors, Inc. (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
Neighbors, Inc. was founded in 1958 at 5506 Illinois Avenue, NW in the Manor Park neighborhood after the local citizen association refused to admit Black members. The organization's founding members were an interacial group focused on addressing unfair housing practices in the District.
Neighbor’s, Inc. brought together community members to oppose blockbusting and to advocate for integrated middle-class neighborhoods. The organization established the Housing Information Service to attract white families to neighborhoods the organization advocated for, primarily Carter Barron East, Colonial Village, Manor Park, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park, and Takoma Park. The organization also provided education on racially discriminatory lending and real estate practices. When new housing anti-discrimination regulations went into effecrt in Janaury 1964, Neighborhs, Inc. documented the ongoing the discrimation in District housing to continue to advocate for fair housing.
Neighbors, Inc. also supported local schools and community programming.
40 Linear feet
Processed without series.
This collection was originally housed at the Takoma Park Branch of the DC Public Library, and was donated to the Library in 1999.
Basic archival procedures were used at the time of processing.
- Neighbors, Inc.
- An inventory of Neighbors, Inc. at DC Public Library
- Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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