A Guide to the Records of the Arlington View Civic Association, 1957-2005 Arlington View Civic Association, Records of the RG 181

A Guide to the Records of the Arlington View Civic Association, 1957-2005

A Collection in Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History

Collection number RG 181


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Heather Crocetto

Repository
Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History
Collection number
RG 181
Title
Records of the Arlington View Civic Association, 1957-2005
Extent
6 boxes.
Creator
Arlington View Civic Association
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Records of the Arlington View Civic Association, Collection # RG 181, Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History

Acquisition Information

Donated by Florence Ross, long-time secretary of the Arlington View Civic Association, on July 24, 2010.

Historical Information

Arlington View is a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, bordered by Washington Boulevard to the north, Columbia Pike to the northwest, Interstate 395 to the east and the Army and Navy Country Club to the south. The 0.118 square mile area of Arlington View had a population of 870 as of 2009. Landmarks of note include Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Hoffman-Boston Elementary School, the Carver Community Center, and the Harry Gray House, the first brick townhouse built in Arlington. The Arlington View Civic Association has operated in the neighborhood since at least the 1950s when the community banded together to stop a company from building an oil storage tank in the neighborhood.

Arlington View is an historically African American neighborhood, though demographics have begun to shift in recent years to include more Caucasian and Hispanic residents. In 1863, the federal government began settling freed slaves in Freedman's Village south of the Potomac on land now occupied by the Arlington Cemetery. The settlement was one of a number of temporary camps for freed slaves in the region It grew over the following decades, serving as a seed for Arlington's African American community in local neighborhoods.

The Arlington View Civic Association grew out of the Johnson Hill Citizens Association. The neighborhood was known as Johnson Hill or Johnson's Hill until well into the 20th century. After the Civil War, former slaves including Harry Gray purchased large portions of Johnson's Hill from the Johnston family. Gray, a descendant of slaves owned by Robert E. Lee, built a brick townhouse on his property in 1881 that still stands in Arlington View today. Gray's land was subdivided over time and now forms the northwest portion of Arlington View.

In 1900, the federal government dissolved Freedman's Village in order to expand the Arlington National Cemetery, and some displaced residents moved to the south to Arlington View and Green Valley and east to Queen City. In 1939, the building of the Pentagon displaced the residents of Queen City, and many of those residents moved to a temporary trailer camp in what is today Arlington View. After World War II, the residents began to come together to rejuvenate a deteriorating community. Community members reestablished the defunct civic association, and in the 1960s the civic association began planning a sweeping conservation project for the neighborhood.

Arlington View, along with the Maywood and High View Park neighborhoods, pioneered the Arlington Neighborhood Conservation Program. The county developed the program to enable communities to create their own plans for improving their neighborhoods. Improvements included traffic management, beautification, and adding or improving curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights, parks and recreational facilities. Arlington View committed to a plan in July of 1964 and the county adopted that plan in February of 1965. The county financed half of the project while the citizens of Arlington View financed the other half. The association involved the entire community in developing a plan for improving the neighborhood over the following decades. By 1994, twenty-eight Arlington communities had adopted the Arlington Neighborhood Conservation Program.

Scope and Content

The records in this collection range in date from 1957-2005, and they occupy three linear feet. Minutes and correspondence make up the majority of the collection. The bulk of the collection comes from 1969 and 1973-2004. There are only a few records from years prior to 1969 in the collection, and records from 1970-1972 were missing, according to the donor. The civic association retained meeting minutes, a great deal of correspondence both to and from the civic association, reports from other organizations, news articles, event programs and maps. Subgroup 1, Minutes and Notes, contains administrative records for the regular work of the association. Subgroup 2, Other Files, has four series: Administrative Files, Publications, Subject Files and Maps. Administrative files include bylaws, membership lists, minutes and correspondence and stationery. Publications include those of the Arlington View Civic Association, Arlington County publications, Arlington County Civic Federation publications, event programs, miscellaneous publications, and newspaper clippings.

These records tell the story of Arlington View's efforts to conserve and preserve its neighborhood starting in the 1960s. The civic association addressed such issues as neighborhood conservation, schools, parks and recreation, zoning, traffic calming, crime, blight and adequate housing. The planning and implementation of the Neighborhood Conservation Program occupied much of the association's time and effort. It also paid special attention to providing stewardship for the Hoffman-Boston School and Carver Community Center that lie within the neighborhood's boundaries, especially during the period when the neighborhood's children were bused to other communities after desegregation.

The civic association published a newsletter periodically entitled "The AVCA News" or "AVCA Bulletin" or "The AVCA Quarterly." Other publications in this collection include those of Arlington County, Arlington County Civic Federation, miscellaneous publications, event programs and newspaper clippings. The collection includes subject files for the Neighborhood Conservation Program, the Mid-Atlantic Community Education Consortium, Columbia Pike Revitalization, the Residential Program Center near the community, dumpsters at the Hoffman-Boston School and political advertisements and correspondence.

Arrangement

The collection came to the Center for Local History in several binders organized loosely in chronological order (Subgroup 1, "Minutes and Notes"). Each binder held records in loose reverse chronological order except for one, "Minutes and Notes 2002-2004," which had records arranged in loose chronological order. The processing archivist retained the original order for records from the binders. The civic association labeled each binder "Minutes and Notes" with a date range, and the processing archivist retained that naming convention for the records from the binders. Series and files based on the civic association's naming conventions appear in quotes.

Some records were stuffed into the pockets of each binder without any clear arrangement (Subgroup 2, Other Files). The processing archivist arranged records within each file in Subgroup 2 in chronological order. Note that most of the administrative files as well as some publications and maps are located in Subgroup 1. Only those administrative files that were not organized by the civic association in binders were included in Subgroup 2. Records related to the subject files are also found throughout Subgroup 1.

Folders with oversized materials have a double asterisk [**] to denote where material was removed and separation sheets added.

Related Material

Other collections about the neighborhood and affiliated locations are RG 373, Hoffman-Boston High School Records , RG 103, Freedman's Village and Reconstruction Collection , and RG 126, Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization Records . For larger Arlington racial and neighborhood issues, see RG 14, Arlington County Civic Federation , and RG 69, Arlington Public Schools: Desegregation Materials . The Center for Local History has the published Arlington View Neighborhood Conservation Program on the shelf (VA 711.4 A724nar).

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Arlington (Va.)
  • Arlington County (Va.)
  • Arlington View (Arlington, Va.)
  • Neighborhoods.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Arlington (Va.)
  • Arlington County (Va.)
  • Arlington View (Arlington, Va.)

Contents List

Subgroup 1: "Minutes and Notes"
  • Series 1: "Minutes and Notes 1969"
    • Box 1
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes 1969" July 8, 1968 - October 29, 1969
  • Series 2: "Minutes and Notes 1973-1983"
    • Box 1
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes 1973-1983" May 20, 1980 - April 30, 1983
    • Box 1
      File 2: "Minutes and Notes 1973-1983" May 31, 1978-April 30-1980
    • Box 1
      File 3: "Minutes and Notes 1973-1983" May 28, 1975 - April 26, 1978
    • Box 1
      File 4: "Minutes and Notes 1973-1983" March 28, 1973 - April 30, 1975
    • Box 1
      File 5: "Minutes and Notes 1973-1983" December 1981 - November 28, 1984
    • Box 1
      File 6: "Minutes and Notes 1973-1983" January 30, 1985 - November 20, 1985
  • Series 3: "Minutes and Notes, Miscellaneous Files 1975-1986"
    • Box 1
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes, Miscellaneous Files 1975-1986" May 28, 1975 - February 6, 1986
  • Series 4: "Minutes and Notes January 1986 - April 1991"
    • Box 1
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes January 1986 - April 1991" January 22, 1991 - June 4, 1991
    • Box 2
      File 2: "Minutes and Notes January 1986 - April 1991" January 1, 1990 - December 20, 1990
    • Box 2
      File 3: "Minutes and Notes January 1986 - April 1991" October 5, 1988 - November 29, 1989
    • Box 2
      File 4: "Minutes and Notes January 1986 - April 1991" March 26, 1987 - September 29, 1988
    • Box 2
      File 5: "Minutes and Notes January 1986 - April 1991" 1982, February 22, 1986 - February 25, 1987
  • Series 5: "Minutes and Notes November 1991 - December 1994"
    • Box 2
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes November 1991 - December 1994" November 20, 1992 - December 7, 1994
    • Box 2
      File 2: "Minutes and Notes November 1991 - December 1994" 1984, September 27, 1989 - October 28, 1992 **
  • Series 6: "Minutes and Notes November 1993 - November 1996
    • Box 2
      File : "Minutes and Notes November 1993 - November 1996" January 6, 1996 - November 24, 1996
    • Box 2
      File : "Minutes and Notes November 1993 - November 1996" July 27, 1995 - November 29, 1995
    • Box 3
      File : "Minutes and Notes November 1993 - November 1996" October 19, 1993 - April 26, 1995
  • Series 7: "Minutes and Notes 1997"
    • Box 3
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes 1997" January 29, 1997 - December 7, 1997
    • Box 3
      File 2: "Minutes and Notes 1997" January 15, 1997 - November 28, 1997
    • Box 3
      File 3: "Minutes and Notes 1997" December 3, 1996 - April 19, 1997
    • Box 3
      File 4: "Minutes and Notes 1997" 1993, December 1996 - March 1997
  • Series 8: "Minutes and Notes 1998 - 1999"
    • Box 3
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes 1998 - 1999" May 12, 1999 - November 24, 1999
    • Box 3
      File 2: "Minutes and Notes 1998 - 1999" January 15, 1997 - November 28, 1997
    • Box 3
      File 3: "Minutes and Notes 1998 - 1999" December 3, 1996 - April 19, 1997
  • Series 9: "Minutes and Notes 2000 - 2002"
    • Box 3
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes 2000 - 2002" April 2002 - December 10, 2002
    • Box 4
      File 2: "Minutes and Notes 2000 - 2002" March 28, 2001 - May 23, 2002
    • Box 4
      File 3: "Minutes and Notes 2000 - 2002" October 6, 2000 - March 28, 2001
    • Box 4
      File 4: "Minutes and Notes 2000 - 2002" March 28, 2000 - October 25, 2000
    • Box 4
      File 5: "Minutes and Notes 2000 - 2002" February 1999 - March 30, 2000
  • Series 10: "Minutes and Notes 2003 2004"
    • Box 4
      File 1: "Minutes and Notes 2003 - 2004" July 13, 2002 - April 15, 2003
    • Box 4
      File 2: "Minutes and Notes 2003 - 2004" April 30, 2003 - March 3, 2005
    • Box 4
      File 3: "Minutes and Notes 2003 - 2004" March 22, 2004 - December 2004
Subgroup 2: Other Files
  • Series 1: Administrative Files
    • Box 4
      File 1: Bylaws, 1957, 1969
    • Box 4
      File 2: Membership, 1975-1992
    • Box 4
      File 3: Minutes and Correspondence, 1969-1987
    • Box 5
      File 4: Minutes and Correspondence, 1990-1996
    • Box 5
      File 5: Minutes and Correspondence, 1998-2003 , n.d.
    • Box 5
      File 6: Stationary
  • Series 2: Publications
    • Box 5
      File 1: Arlington View Civic Association Publications, 1969
    • Box 5
      File 2: Arlington County Publications, 1974-1986
    • Box 5
      File 3: Arlington County Publications, 1990-1995
    • Box 5
      File 4: Arlington County Publications, 1996-2004 , n.d.
    • Box 5
      File 5: Arlington County Civic Federation Publications, 1991-2004
    • Box 5
      File 6: Event Programs, 1980-1997
    • Box 5
      File 7: Miscellaneous Publications, 1992-2002 , n.d.
    • Box 5
      File 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1970-2004 , n.d.
  • Series 3: Subject Files
    • Box 6
      File 1: Neighborhood Conservation Program, 1968-1969
    • Box 6
      File 2: Neighborhood Conservation Program, 1973-1994 , n.d.
    • Box 6
      File 3: Mid-Atlantic Community Education Consortium, 1974-1978
    • Box 6
      File 4: Mid-Atlantic Community Education Consortium, 1979 , n.d.
    • Box 6
      File 5: Columbia Pike Revitalization, 1987-1988
    • Box 6
      File 6: Columbia Pike Revitalization, 1988-2002 , n.d.**
    • Box 6
      File 7: Residential Program Center, 1990-1992 1990-1992
    • Box 6
      File 8: Dumpsters, 1998-2001
    • Box 6
      File 9: Political Advertisements and Correspondence, 1980-1995 , n.d.**
    • Box 6
      File 10: "Supplemental Neighborhood Conservation Plan for Project #3, Undetermined Area," 1969
  • Series 4: Maps
    • Box 6
      File 1: Maps, 1969, 1994 , n.d.**