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Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia Records

Identifier: 028

Scope and Contents

The records consist of financial information, correspondence, meeting minutes, internal memoranda, resolutions, directories, reports, resolutions, and clippings maintained by the Federation of Citizens Association of the District of Columbia. Major topics covered include city planning and zoning, historical preservation, election law, D.C. government budgets, transportation, and crime.


  • Creation: 1964-1987


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

In March 1910, representatives from 22 established citizens' associations met to form an alliance to represent their combined interests before Congress, the President, and the D.C. government. William Clayton, Allen Davis, and Charles Lancaster were some of the key founders of the Federation. Throughout its history, the Federation has championed a number of interests, including establishment of the Public Utilities Commission, D.C. congressional representation as well as issues affecting transportation, police, fire, fiscal matters, environment, and education in the city. Historically, the membership of citizens associations has been white.


4.5 Linear feet

12 Boxes


Series 1: Office Files, 1964-1973 (1.25 linear ft.) This series consists of the Federation’s office files which document its daily operations. It includes correspondence, minutes, lists, handwritten notes, resolutions, motions, charts, pamphlets, and flyers.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1975-1987 (. 5 linear ft.) The series contains correspondence (1975-1980) (with any relevant attachments) sent to and from Nancy Wright, Secretary of the Federation at the time, primarily from local D.C. and federal government officials. Letters to and from the Federation are grouped in folders separately. The remaining correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Meeting Minutes, 1969-1990 (1 linear ft.) This series contains minutes of meetings of the Federation that are arranged chronologically by date of the meeting. It also includes materials related to or gathered in preparation for the meeting.

Series 4: Resolutions, 1975-1987 (.25 linear ft.) The series contains formal resolutions passed by the Federation and its member organizations during meetings. Background documents such as correspondence, meeting minutes, clippings, legislation, statements before the City Council and Congress, and notes related to the resolution are also included. The resolutions were used as policy statements and covered issues such as transportation, development, zoning, education, D.C. government finances, election law, crime, and D.C. General>
Series 5: Topical Files, 1950-1987 (1.50 linear ft.) This series contains correspondence, resolutions, financial materials, Federation certifications, citizen association newsletters, directories, clippings, and reference materials arranged in folders alphabetically by content or topic.

Custodial History

The records of the Federation of Citizens Association of the District of Columbia were donated to the Archives in 1989 by Nancy Wright, Secretary of the Federation.

Processing Information

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

Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia
An inventory of Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia 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

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Washington DC 20001