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Federation of Citizens' Associations Records

Identifier: 028
The records consist of financial information, correspondence, meeting minutes, internal memoranda, resolutions, directories, reports, Federation resolutions, and clippings maintained by the Federation of Citizens' Association of D.C. Major topics covered include city planning and zoning, historical preservation, election law, D.C. government budgets, transportation, and crime.


  • 1964-1987

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4.5 linear feet; 12 boxes

Biographical / Historical

In March of 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. The Federation has championed a number of interests over its history, including establishment of the Public Utilities Commission, voting rights for D.C. citizens’ congressional representation as well as working on issues affecting transportation, police, fire, fiscal matters, environment, and education in the City. Historically the membership of citizens associations has been white.

Custodial History

The records of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations were donated to the Archives in 1989 by Nancy Wright, an officer of the organization gathered from her files and those of other members of the Federation.
Federation of Citizens' Associations
An inventory of Federation of Citizens' Associations at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by DC Public Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the DC Public Library Special Collections Repository

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Washington DC 20002 USA