Harold Gray Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection includes materials collected and created by Harold Gray about committees and councils that he was a part of as a member or chairperson. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, statements, resolutions, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and newsletters. Some materials contain annotations.
- Creation: 1956 - 1975
Conditions Governing Use
There are no known restrictions on the use of the material.
Biographical / Historical
Chester Harold Gray, Jr. was born in Missouri in 1907 and moved to Washington, D.C. with his family following high school. He graduated from George Washington University in 1931 and worked for the American Automobile Association before joining the National Highway Users Conference (American Highway Users Alliance) in 1934. After working in Chicago, Illinois for nearly a decade, he returned to D.C. to head up the Alliance’s state services department, where he advocated for improved roads and traffic safety. Gray retired in 1971 but continued to work as a transportation consultant and lobbyist, serving as executive secretary of the National Capital Area Transportation Federation until 1989. He was married to Lida Ruth Yow Gray and they had three children, Chester, Thomas, and Gordon Gray. He lived in the Palisades neighborhood of D.C. for more than 50 years. An active community member, Gray served as the president of the Federation of Citizens Association, Chairman of the Interfederation Council of Washington Metropolitan Area, the Association of Oldest Inhabitants, and the Palisades Citizens Association. In 1956 he wrote a history of the Palisades neighborhood for the Palisades Citizens Association entitled “The Palisades History.” This work was updated in 1966 by Ruth Hall and served as the basis for Alice Stewart’s 2005 book “The Palisades of Washington DC.” Grey died in 2008 and is buried in Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
1 Linear feet (2 boxes)
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Series 1: Citizens Council for a Clean Potomac, 1.0” lf
This series contains correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, and printed materials about the Citizens Council for a Clean Potomac.
Series 2: Commissioners Planning Advisory Council, 0.75” lf This series contains correspondence and meeting minutes about the Commissioners Planning Advisory Council.
Series 3: Commissioners' Planning and Urban Renewal Advisory Council, 0.75” lf This series contains correspondence and meeting minutes about the Commissioners Planning and Urban Renewal Advisory Council.
Series 4: Federation of Citizens Association of D.C., 1.0” lf This series contains correspondence, resolutions, statements, and meeting minutes about the Federation of Citizens Association of DC.
Series 5: Interfederation Council, 1.5” lf This series contains correspondence, resolutions, statements, by-laws, and meeting minutes about the Interfederation Council.
Series 6: Tree Committee, 1.5” lf This series contains correspondence, meeting minutes, and printed materials about the Tree Committee of the Commissioners Planning Advisory Council.
Series 7: Clippings, 0.125” lf This series contains newspaper clippings related to the committees and councils within this collection.
Donated to the Library by Harold Gray in 1999.
The collection was originally processed with basic archival procedure for accessioning in 1999. In 2020 the collection was reprocessed to create a finding aid. Standard archival procedures were applied following the Library’s processing manual. The files were shifted and reorganized into six series based on the folders created by the accessioner and the material. Duplicate materials were weeded from the collection and discarded and delicate materials were sleeved. Series titles were pulled from materials. Materials moved from a letter-sized box to legal.
- Harold Gray Papers
- Emilee Pereira
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