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Adelphi Citizens Association records

 Collection 0011-MDHC
The Adelphi Citizens Association was formed in 1944 as an umbrella organization for neighborhood councils in suburban Prince George's County. The collection reflects the participation of the Association's members and officers in regional planning and governmental activities which had direct bearing on their neighborhoods. Topics include zoning, mass transportation, highway construction, and municipal services. The collection also includes the records of one member neighborhood council, the Knollwood Citizens Council, from 1960 to 1961.

Dates

  • 1960-1976

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

1.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The archives of the Adelphi Citizens Association span the years 1960 through 1976. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between the Association presidents and county and state offices; zoning notices; maps and reports; notes related to zoning disputes; and neighborhood services. Topics covered include zoning; mass transportation issues; highway construction; commuter rail service; and municipal services. Among the correspondents are Meyer Emanuel; Francis B. Francois; William W. Gullet; Royal Hart; Lawrence J. Hogan; Harry Hughes; Ann R. Hull; Hal Kassoff; Winfield Kelly; and Gladys Noon Spellman. Organizations included are the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission; the Prince George's County Council; and the Maryland Department of Transportation. Within the collection are the papers of one of the component neighborhood councils, the Knollwood Citizens Council, which date from November 1960 through August 1961.

Some Association members participated in the Steering Committee for the Western Prince George's Transportation Alternatives Study. The bulk of the items from this committee include minutes of meetings, memorandums, correspondence, and publications.

Administrative History

The Adelphi Citizens Association was formed in 1944 as an umbrella organization for the neighborhood citizens' councils of this suburban Prince George's County area. Its interests covered such matters as zoning ordinances, mass transit including commuter rail service, community services, and the location and construction of highways, especially I-95, through the Adelphi area. Around 1951, the Association began publishing a newsletter, The Adelphi Grist. In 1972, the Maryland Department of Transportation organized the Steering Committee for the Western Prince George's Transportation Alternatives Study to assess transportation options in the area. The committee members were elected officials, agency representatives and private citizens, including Kathleen Manglitz, then President of the Adelphi Citizens Association. Officers and members of the Adelphi Citizens Association participated in many of the regional planning and governmental activities, which bore directly on their neighborhood, and this participation is reflected in the collection.

As of 1983, the Association was not listed in the Directory of Organizations in Prince George's County. The Adelphi Grist is no longer published.

Arrangement

The collection has been organized into two series:
Series 1
Local Activities of the Adelphi Citizens Association
Series 2
Transportation Issues

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The president of the Adelphi Citizens Association, Margaret Howard, donated the archives to the University of Maryland Libraries in August 1976.

Related Material

Researchers may consult the following works in the Maryland Room:

Adelphi Grist. Adelphi, Md., Adelphi Citizens Association. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio F 189. A3A3) Holdings: 1952, 1954-1978. Maryland. Dept. of Transportation. Western Prince George's County transportation alternatives study: background report, January 1973. Washington : U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1974. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks HE213.M3P8) Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Master plan of highways for the Maryland-Washington Regional District: Prince George's County, Maryland March 12, 1969 / adopted by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Riverdale, Md.: MNCPPC, 1969. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio G3843.P7P2) Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Master plan of Takoma Park-Langley Park planning area : Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Maryland / Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Silver Spring, Md. : The Commission, 1963. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks NA9125.M3A5228) Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Preliminary master plan, College Park-Greenbelt and vicinity : to be used as a basis for public hearings and subsequent adoption by the Commission. Silver Spring, Md. : The Commission, 1964. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio NA9125.M3A59) Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Preliminary master plan, Hillandale and vicinity: to be used as a basis for public hearings and subsequent adoption by the Commission. Silver Spring, Md. : The Commission, 1964 (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio HT168.H595M37 1964) Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Preliminary master plan of residential land use for the Maryland-Washington Regional District in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Maryland. Silver Spring, Md. : The Commission, 1964 (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks NA9125.M3A525) Prince George's County (Md.). Board of County Commissioners. Annual Report to the people. Upper Marlboro. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks F187.P9P71) Holdings: 1962-1977. Prince George's County (Md.). Neighborhood improvement plan, Prince George's County, Maryland. Prince George's County, Md. : The County, 1975. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio HN79.M32P74 1975) The Archives and Manuscripts Department Photograph Vertical File contains several folders of photographs under the heading "Adelphi Citizens Association. In addition, the University of Maryland Libraries contains the papers of several politicians from the Prince George's County area, including the Papers of Ann R. Hull and the Papers of Lawrence J. Hogan.

Separated Material

Transferred to the State of Maryland and Historical Collections collecting area, September 2004:
  1. Diemer, Robert A. et al, About zoning in Prince George's County. Riverdale, Md., Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 1964.
  2. Maryland. Dept. of Transportation. Action plan describing the transportation planning process. Draft summary of annual update. Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Md., The Department, May 1974.
  3. Maryland. Dept. of Transportation. Western Prince George's County transportation alternatives study : Phase II report summary. College Park, Md., The Department, 1972?
  4. Prince George's County, Md., A study of income and expenditures by family dwelling, apartment and business units and individual school children for the fiscal year 1963-1964. Hyattsville, Md., Prince George's County Economic Development Committee, 1963.
  5. Prince George's County, Md., Community Goals Advisory Committee. Assessment of progress, priorities for action. 1972 report. Riverdale, Md., The Committee, 1972.
  6. Prince George's County, Md., Community Goals Advisory Committee. Recommended goals 1970, interim report. Riverdale, Md., The Committee, 1970.
  7. Prince George's County, Md., Community Goals Advisory Committee. Recommended goals 1971, interim report. Riverdale, Md., The Committee, 1971.
  8. Urban Sciences Corporation. Activities and attitude study, planning area 68. Bethesda, Md., Urban Sciences Corporation, 1969.
  9. Wallace, McHarg, Roberts and Todd. Environmental impact study, Greenbelt E route. Volume two, Part 1, Sections E006-E008, Summary and conclusions and Volume two, Part 2, Sections E006-E008, Inventory and analysis of impacts. 1975.
  10. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Regional metro system. March 1973.
  11. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Regional metro system. April 1974.
  12. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Report on the Potomac River. 1974

Processing Information

The collection was initially processed in June 1977. It was reprocessed in September 2004 and the guide rewritten at that time. At that time, several publications also located in the Marylandia and Rare Books Department were discarded, and some additional materials were transferred to that department.
Title
Guide to the Adelphi Citizens Association records
Status
Completed
Date
1977-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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