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D.C. Federation of Civic Associations Records

Identifier: 027

Scope and Contents

The records include the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations’ (DCFCA) constitution, meeting minutes, and newsletters from member civic associations. It also contains correspondence, reports, clippings, programs, invitations, flyers, legislative materials, handwritten notes, and other records documenting the activities of DCFCA.


  • Creation: 1960-1979


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

The D.C. Federation of Civic Associations (DCFCA) was founded in 1921 to bring together D.C. disparate civic associations under one action oriented organization. In addition to working on common citywide and regional concerns, DCFCA also hosts an Annual Awards Luncheon to showcase the hard work of delegates to the Federation and raise funds for operations and the scholarship program. The luncheon was started in 1930 and awards the George H. Richardson Civil Rights Award and scholarships to high school students.


6.5 Linear feet

16 Boxes


Series 1: Federation Awards, 1963-1984 (1.25 linear ft.)
Series contains certificates, programs, and other ephemeral items related to awards given or received by the Federation.

Series 2: Topics, 1960-1979 (2.75 linear ft.)
This series contains correspondence, clippings, committee reports, memoranda, and financial materials, which document the activities of the Federation. The bulk of the papers are from the 1970s and cover issues and activities such as the Federation’s Black Tie Ball, consumer protection, city planning, civil defense the lottery, cultural arts, and home rule. Folders are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series 3: Newsletters, 1964-1979 (1 linear ft.)
The series contains newsletters of local civic associations, which are members of the Federation. It also includes the Federation’s newsletter. Member newsletters represented include those for Brightwood, Capitol View, and Southeast, to name a few. The folders are arranged alphabetically with the Federation’s newsletters appearing first.

Series 4: Interfederation and National Business, 1967-1978 (.25 linear ft.)
The series consists of the Interfederation constitution, minutes of Interfederation meetings, and materials regarding the National Association of Neighborhoods.

Series 5: Meeting Minutes, 1965-1978 (1.25 linear ft.)
The series contains meeting minutes, both hand and typewritten for Federation meetings.

Custodial History

The papers were donated in 1986 to the Library by Joseph Carter, the DCFCA’s President at the time.

Processing Information

General processing procedures consisted of discarding duplicates, unnecessary binders, and routine transmittals. Preservation copying of newspaper clippings was performed whenever feasible. Records in folders were arranged, unless otherwise indicated, in forward chronological order, with undated records appearing at the end of the folder.

D.C. Federation of Civic Associations
An inventory of D.C. Federation of Civic Associations at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by DC Public Library.
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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