Historic Alexandria Foundation Records Finding Aid MS070

Historic Alexandria Foundation Records Finding Aid MS070


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Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Repository
Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library
Identification
MS070
Title
Historic Alexandria Foundation Records (MS070)1949-2018
Quantity
2.13 Cubic Feet, 6 boxes
source
Cox, Ethelyn, 1908-1988
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Kabler, Dorothy, 1918-2017
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Kabler, William
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Bryant, J. C. Herbert ((John Carlyle Herbert)), 1909-1983
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Joynt, John Howard
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Norris, Hannon E. (Hannon Edwards), 1898-1962
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Mourot, Arthur J., Dr. (Arthur James), 1904-1998
Language
English .

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Historic Alexandria Foundation Records, MS070, Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections, Alexandria, Virginia.


Biographical / Historical

The Historic Alexandria Foundation (HAF) is an organization of volunteers dedicated to preserving Alexandria's historic architecture. Initiated by members of the Alexandria Association, HAF obtained a charter from the State of Virginia in 1954.

Most of the earliest records originally belonged to Delos H. Smith, a charter member of HAF and its Board of Trustees. He also served on the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review from 1946 to 1953 and on the Old Town Civic Association Survey Committee.

Other early papers were collected by Magnum Weeks, a founding member, early president, and continuing director of HAF. Weeks also was a charter member of the Alexandria Association and a life member of the Alexandria Library Company.

Later papers in this collection relate to William Francis Smith's tenure as secretary and president of HAF. W. F. Smith is a retired banker who currently serves the community on the Alexandria Library Board, in the Alexandria Library Company, and as a local historian.

Content Description

Reports, minutes, correspondence, and surveys documenting HAF's formation, relationships to other volunteer organizations, and more than three decades of HAF's preservation projects and concerns. HAF also plaqued historic properties, sponsored the Alexandria Antique Show, and funded preservation grants. In addition, files of correspondence, programs, and publications from other historic preservation projects provide evidence for the history of preservation not only in Alexandria, but as a national movement during the late 1950's and early 1960's. Leaders in Alexandria' preservation movement appear in these records: Ethelyn Cox, Dorothy Kabler, William Kabler, J. C. Herbert Bryant, Howard Joynt, Hannon E. Norris, and Arthur J. Mourot. Among the historic sites documented are Lloyd House, Ramsey House, the McGuire House/Lyceum, Gadsby's Tavern, Carlyle House, the Alexandria Academy, and the 500 block of King Street. Other organizations mentioned include the Alexandria Association, the Gadsby's Tavern Society, the American Legion, the Alexandria Tourist Council, the Board of Architectural Review, the Alexandria Heritage Foundation, the Alexandria Historic Restoration and Preservation Commission, the Building Code Board of Appeals, and the Old Town Civic Association.

Arrangement

By function and subject, thereunder chronologically.

Related Material

Ethelyn Cox Collection (MS287)

Publications: Cox's 1976 book, Historic Alexandria, Virginia, Street by Street, also resulted from HAF's survey projects. Catalogs from the Alexandria Antique Shows (1984 to the present) document HAF's relationship with that event. Alexandria Academy Building research.

Vertical Files: Clippings and articles related to HAF as well as the HAF periodical, The Plaque, published since 1984.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Alexandria Academy
  • Bryant, J. C. Herbert ((John Carlyle Herbert)), 1909-1983
  • Carlyle House (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Cox, Ethelyn, 1908-1988
  • Gadsby's Tavern Museum
  • Historic Alexandria Foundation
  • Historic buildings -- Virginia -- Alexandria -- Conservation and restoration.
  • Joynt, John Howard
  • Kabler, Dorothy, 1918-2017
  • Kabler, William
  • Lloyd House
  • Lyceum (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Mourot, Arthur J., Dr. (Arthur James), 1904-1998
  • Norris, Hannon E. (Hannon Edwards), 1898-1962
  • The Alexandria Association

Existence and Location of Originals

These records are often copies. The Historic Alexandria Foundation has working files of its own which may include the originals.


Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Bryant, J. C. Herbert ((John Carlyle Herbert)), 1909-1983
  • Cox, Ethelyn, 1908-1988
  • Joynt, John Howard
  • Kabler, Dorothy, 1918-2017
  • Kabler, William
  • Mourot, Arthur J., Dr. (Arthur James), 1904-1998
  • Norris, Hannon E. (Hannon Edwards), 1898-1962

Container List

Series I: Reports and By-Laws.
  • HAF Annual Reports, 1968-1981. box: 1, Text folder: 1,
  • HAF Bylaws, 1950-1987. box: 1, Text folder: 2,
  • HAF Certificate of Incorporation, 1950-1987. box: 1, Text folder: 3,
  • HAF Committee Reports - Committee on Defining Structures , 1955. box: 1, Text folder: 4,
  • HAF Committee Reports - Membership Committee, 1958. box: 1, Text folder: 5,
  • HAF Committee Reports - Planning Committee, 1988. box: 1, Text folder: 6,
  • HAF Committee Reports - Preservation Committee, 1954. box: 1, Text folder: 7,
  • HAF Committee Reports - Research Committee, 195?. box: 1, Text folder: 8,
  • HAF Committee Reports - Survey Committee, 1955-1961. box: 1, Text folder: 9,
Series II: Correspondence.
  • HAF Correspondence, 1951-1955. box: 1, Text folder: 10,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1956. box: 1, Text folder: 11,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1957. box: 1, Text folder: 12,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1958. box: 1, Text folder: 13,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1959. box: 1, Text folder: 14,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1960. box: 1, Text folder: 15,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1961. box: 1, Text folder: 16,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1962-1963. box: 1, Text folder: 17,
  • HAF Correspondence, 1988. box: 1, Text folder: 18,
Series III: Membership and Minutes.
  • HAF Membership lists, 1957-1992. box: 1, Text folder: 19,
  • HAF Membership Program, 1956. box: 1, Text folder: 20,
  • HAF Memos from President to Members, 1958-1988. box: 1, Text folder: 21,
  • HAF Minutes, 1955-1961. box: 2, Text folder: 1,
  • HAF Minutes, 1983-1985. box: 2, Text folder: 2,
  • HAF Minutes, 1986-1987. box: 2, Text folder: 3,
  • HAF Minutes, 1988-1989. box: 2, Text folder: 4,
  • HAF Treasurer's Reports, 1982-1991. box: 2, Text folder: 5,
Series IV: Miscellaneous.
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show, 1988-1989. box: 2, Text folder: 6,
  • HAF on Gadsby Renewal, 1961-1962. box: 2, Text folder: 7,
  • Urban Renewal, 1962-1965. box: 2, Text folder: 8,
  • Urban Renewal - High Rise Apartments, 1960. box: 2, Text folder: 9,
  • HAF Chart, 1961-1962. box: 2, Text folder: 10,
  • HAF Plaques, 1982-1995. box: 2, Text folder: 11,
  • HAF Preservation Fund and Grants, 198?. box: 2, Text folder: 12,
  • HAF Printed Material. box: 2, Text folder: 13,
  • HAF Seal. box: 2, Graphic Materials folder: 14,
  • HAF Petitions & Resolutions, 1956-1961. box: 2, Text folder: 15,
  • HAF Statement, 1954?. box: 2, Text folder: 16,
  • HAF Statement on Generalized Land Use & Thoroughfare Plan, 1962. box: 2, Text folder: 17,
  • HAF Clippings, 1954-1977. box: 2, Text folder: 18,
  • Historic Building Inventories, 1949-1952. box: 2, Text folder: 19,
  • HAF Architectural Survey of North Washington Street, 1956. box: 2, Text folder: 20,
  • HAF Historic Building Census, 1958-1959. box: 2, Text folder: 21,
  • HAF Historic Building Inventory/Survey, 1959-1960. box: 2, Text folder: 22,
  • HAF Historic Building Survey, 1962. box: 2, Text folder: 23,
  • HAF Historic Buildings, King Street, 205-207, McGuire House, Christmas Tour. box: 2, Text folder: 24,
  • Notes, 1949-1960. box: 3, Text folder: 1,
  • HAF Contacts and References, 1951-1962. box: 3, Text folder: 2,
  • Scribners Magazines - Model Towns, 1912. box: 3, Text folder: 3,
  • Flyers and Clippings - Preservation, 1950-1962. box: 3, Text folder: 4,
  • National Trust Bylaws, 1956-1961. box: 3, Text folder: 5,
  • National Trust Annual Reports, 1957-1961. box: 3, Text folder: 6,
  • National Trust Meetings, 1957-1962. box: 3, Text folder: 7,
  • National Trust Press Releases, 1953-1958. box: 3, Text folder: 8,
  • National Trust Publications, 1958-1962. box: 3, Text folder: 9,
  • Preservation News, 1961-1962. box: 3, Text folder: 10,
  • Alexandria Academy Project, 1987-1988. box: 3, Text folder: 11,
  • Alexandria Association Records, 1954-1962. box: 3, Text folder: 12,
  • Alexandria City Council - Ordinances & Resolutions, 1957-1961. box: 3, Text folder: 13,
  • Alexandria Heritage Foundation Bylaws & Certificate of Incorporation. box: 3, Text folder: 14,
  • Alexandria Historical Restoration & Preservation Commission Records, 1962-1965. box: 3, Text folder: 15,
  • Alexandria Tourist Council, 1961-1964. box: 3, Text folder: 16,
  • Board of Architectural Review Minutes, 1946-1962. box: 3, Text folder: 17,
  • Building Code Board of Appeals. box: 3, Text folder: 18,
  • Carlyle House. box: 3, Text folder: 19,
  • Gadsby's Tavern Society, 1952. box: 3, Text folder: 20,
  • Old Town Civic Association, 1953-1957. box: 3, Text folder: 21,
  • HAF Records: Architecture Survey of Washington Street. Oversize Box: 4, Mixed Materials folder: 1,
  • Maps related to Gadsby's Urban Development Project. Oversize Box: 4, Mixed Materials folder: 2,
  • St. Augustine, Florida, Newspaper. Oversize Box: 4, Mixed Materials folder: 3,
  • HAF membership file, 1963-1970. box: 5, Text folder: 1,
Series V: Antique Show Catalogs.
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1988. box: 6, Text folder: 1,
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1989. box: 6, Text folder: 2,
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1990. box: 6, Text folder: 3,
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1991. box: 6, Text folder: 4,
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1992. box: 6, Text folder: 5,
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1993. box: 6, Text folder: 6,
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1994. box: 6, Text folder: 7,
  • Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalogue, 1995. box: 6, Text folder: 8,