West Mount Airy Neighbors Association Records

Collection ID: 
Record Group 737, 274
Date: 
1959-1990, 1958-1976
Footage: 
13 linear feet, 5 linear feet
Collecting Area: 

Accession 737
BACKGROUND

West Mount Airy Neighbors Association (WMAN) is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization, which has its roots in the Neighborhood League of West Mount Airy, and was founded in 1958. The first formal meeting of West Mount Airy Neighbors (WMAN) was held in 1959, and was incorporated in 1989. The first president of WMAN was F. Joseph Stokes, Jr.

The current boundaries of the WMAN service area are Fairmount Park on the West, Cresheim Valley Road on the North, Johnson Street on the South, and Germantown Avenue on the East.

The objectives of WMAN are to maintain and improve the quality of the area of West Mt. Airy as a place to live with particular attention to the physical environment. To build neighborhood communication and understanding, encourage community spirit, work as a community advocate to ensure that the residents of West Mt. Airy receive quality governmental services from city, state, and federal agencies, and to provide a forum for residents of the community through the volunteer efforts of association members in offering activities and community services for a broad range of current issues that affect West Mt. Airy residents.

The officers of WMAN are the President, Executive Vice President, Physical Resources Vice President, Human Resources Vice President, Community Relations Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. A Board of Directors, consisting of the officers and not less than fifteen nor more than forty members. An Executive Committee of the Board of Directors composed of the officers of the association. The Executive Committee plans the committees that the Board of Directors from time to time creates or disbands as needed. Most of the work of WMAN is done in committees. The committees reflect the immediate concerns of the community of West Mt. Airy.

The continuing concerns of the community include Physical Resource Issues: Housing/Real Estate/Landlord, Tenant, Zoning/Land Use, Traffic/Transportation, Nuisance/Graffiti, Code Enforcement, and Beautification. Community Relations Issues: Walk and Talk Program and Public Safety/Town Watch. Human Services Issues: Arts/Culture, Parks/Recreation, Schools, and Youth and Aging Services.

WMAN holds regular membership meetings throughout the years. East Mt. Airy Neighbors Association (EMAN), and WMAN, while remaining separate neighborhood organizations, holds joint annual meetings. WMAN sponsors two annual events: Mt. Airy Day, which celebrates the past and present in Mt. Airy. This event is a joint project of EMAN/WMAN. The West Mt. Airy Walk and Talk sponsored by WMAN is an annual outdoor gathering of people participating in various activities in the neighborhoods of West Mt. Airy. WMAN has helped the community set up a neighborhood Credit Union, and erected "Welcome to Mt. Airy," signs at major highway entrances to the community of West Mt. Airy. A Corporation was also set up, called the Mt. Airy Village Development Corporation which was developed as a joint effort of EMAN/WMAN to help open businesses on Germantown Avenue.

Over the years in order to build awareness of neighborhood history, the association has published various materials which include a booklet – Mt. Airy in Philadelphia: A Pioneering Community, a pamphlet – A Green Country Town in Philadelphia, and calendars, which display historic sites of West Mt. Airy. At one time a handbook of community resources was published. A joint activity of EMAN/WMAN has been the periodic publication of a community directory, which lists institutions, programs, and facilities, and serves the Mt. Airy community and of businesses located in the area. WMAN published a monthly newsletter – West Mt. Airy Neighbors from 1975 to 1982. From 1982 on the monthly newsletter became known as the Mt. Airy Express, which is a joint publication of EMAN/WMAN.

WMAN's greatest strength is its cooperative relationship with other organizations on the local, state, and federal levels. These cooperative relationships help WMAN accomplish its goals, which were previously mentioned in the background notes. WMAN involves itself in matters that indirectly and directly affect the residents of West Mt. Airy.

WMAN maintained an office at the Summit Presbyterian Church until 1978 when the Tabas foundation donated to WMAN the former post office building at 6700 Germantown Avenue. This building became the new home for WMAN.

Each year WMAN presents a Community Service Award to an institution in recognition of the service it performed for the Mt. Airy Community. WMAN has also been the recipient of awards for its service to the community.

WMAN is entering its fourth decade of service to the community of West Mt. Airy and remains committed to fostering a stronger, more stable, racially harmonious, and safer community for West Mt. Airy residents. The association’s present activities can be viewed at its Web site.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Accession 737 consists of thirteen linear feet, and covers the period from 1959 to 1990 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970-1980.

Accession 737 has fourteen series. The Administrative Series contains the largest amount of materials. Correspondence is divided chronologically, and by subject. There is a Financial and Membership Series. The Other Organizations Series has information on fifty-seven organizations. This Series represents WMAN greatest strength, that of cooperation with other organizations to further the objectives of WMAN, which are mentioned in the background notes. The other Series are: Personal Papers, Personnel, Photographs, Publications, Miscellaneous, Audiovisuals, Scrapbook, Awards/Certificates, and Memorabilia.

The Administrative series has a number of sub series detailing the organizational structure of WMAN. There are materials of historic interest included in the Administrative Series and Publications Series, which document the past history of WMAN and the West Mt. Airy community. The Financial series presents detailed information on all financial transactions for WMAN. Details of major projects to raise money are located in the Financial sub series Fundraising, and the sub series Proposals. The community of West Mt. Airy is an outstanding example of interracial living. A researcher studying community relations would find it helpful to study all aspects of WMAN's efforts to maintain West Mt. Airy as a good place to live.

ORGANIZATION

  1. Administration
  2. Correspondence
  3. Financial
  4. Membership
  5. Other Organizations
  6. Personal Papers
  7. Personnel
  8. Photographs
  9. Publications
  10. Miscellaneous
  11. Audiovisual
  12. Scrapbook
  13. Awards/Certificates
  14. Memorabilia
West Mount Airy Neighbors Association, May 21, 1992 deposited materials.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I. Administration. This series includes materials on the following sub series: Advisory Council, Annual Reports 1971-1988, Articles of Amendment, Board and Committee Structure 1960-1076. By-laws 1959-1989, Board of Directors, and the sub-sub series of Attendance, Committees 1969-1988, Meeting Minutes 1959-1990, Membership 1959-1979, and Membership Lists of the Board of Directors 1980-1989, Nominating Committee 1959-1983, Resignations 1960-1982, and a Special Meeting 9-23-82 to discuss reorganization, membership, and financial concerns. The sub series Community Service Awards 1961-1985, EMAN/WMAN and the sub-sub series Joint Meetings 1981-1988, and Programs 1974-1987. The sub series Executive Committee and the sub-sub series Meeting Minutes 1981-1989,and Organizational File Lists 1959-1975. The sub series History and the sub-sub series Articles of Incorporation 1959, Chronology of WMAN properties, Miscellaneous Key Documents, Logo, 6700 Germantown Avenue, and 20th Anniversary, 1987. The sub series Surveys, includes two sub-sub series surveys- Do It Yourself Neighborhood Survey 1962, which surveyed the physical condition of West Mount Airy neighborhoods, and the Survey of Neighborhood Concerns 1988, which surveyed impressions of community facilities, transportation, postal service, housing, quality of life, etc. The sub series Volunteer Resources. has information for the years 1976-1978.

Series II. Correspondence. This series is divided into two sub series: Chronologically, and by Subject. The Correspondence series documents every aspect of WMAN communication with members, other organizations, individuals, city, state, and federal agencies. There are twenty-nine folders in this series. The series spans the years 1962-1988. For Correspondence by subject See Also Series I, Administration, sub series Board of Directors, sub-sub series, Committees.

Series III. Financial. Includes the sub series Bills/Invoices, Budget and Income Statements, Budget Proposals, Checking Accounts, Development, Fundraising, Grants, Income Tax, Insurance, Mortgage, Payroll Work Sheets, Proposals, Real Estate Tax, Savings Account, Tax Exemptions, Treasurer’s Report, Unemployment Compensation, and Wage Taxes. The time span for this series is 1965-1990. See Also, Series I, Administration, sub series, Board of Directors, sub-sub series, Committees.

Series IV. Membership. The Membership sub series spans the time period from 1969-1987. In this series are lists of new residents in the communty, dues paid, lists of members, work sheets, and membership billing procedures.

Series V. Other Organizations. Includes information on local, state, and national organizations. Also, included in this series is Mt. Airy Development Corporation, which was incorporated by WMAN. The time period of the entire series is 1969-1988.

Series VI. Personal Papers. This series contains the personal papers of past presidents of WMAN. Not all presidents are represented here. This series spans the years 1964-1990. See Also, Series I, Administration, sub series History, sub-sub series Miscellaneous Key Documents.

Series VII. Personnel. Includes Resumes, Job Descriptions, and Job Evaluations. The job evaluation folder is RESTRICTED. This folder is AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST FROM THE ARCHIVIST. The years covered within this series are 1973-1987.

Series VIII. Photographs. One folder of photographic reproductions of WMAN activities, association leaders, residents, and beautification efforts. Photographs are filed in PC-9.

Series IX. Publications. This series contains publications of a booklet, calendars, directories, a handbook, maps, newsclippings, newsletters, pamphlets, publicity releases, and graphics artwork of WMAN, and other organizations. These publications cover the time period of 1965-1986.

Series X. Miscellaneous. Includes names of Philadelphia county senators, and garden workshop information.

Series XI. Audiovisuals. This series contains six negatives of an outdoor sculpture, two negatives of the winner of a logo contest, and negatives of other beautification projects.

Series XII. Scrapbook. Contains newsclippings of various WMAN activities for 1976.

Series XIII. Awards/Certificates. Includes one certificate presented to WMAN.

Series XIV. Memorabilia. The material in this series consists of two green rulers, twelve inches each, and one key.

INVENTORY, Accession 737

SERIES I ADMINISTRATION

BOX 1
1 Advisory Council 1977
2 Annual Reports 1971-1972
3 Annual Reports 1973-1974
4 Annual Reports 1974-1975
5 Annual Reports 1975-1976
6 Annual Reports 1976-1977
7 Annual Reports 1979-1980
8 Annual Reports 1981-1982
9 Annual Reports 1983-1984
10 Annual Reports 1984-1985
11 Annual Reports 1985-1986
12 Annual Reports 1986-1987
13 Annual Reports 1987-1988
14 Articles of Amendment 1972
15 Board and Committee Structure 1960-1976
16 By-Laws 1959-1987

Board of Directors

17 Attendance 1979-1980

Committees

18 Artists Village 1974
19 Artists Village 1974
20 Artists Village 1974
21 Beautification 1986-1988
22 Blocks Program 1977
23 Blocks Program 1979
24 Blocks Program 1980
25 Blood Drive 1976
26 Blood Drive 1978
27 Blood Drive 1979
28 Blood Drive 1987
29 Community Cafe 1973-1975
30 Community Relations 1972-1977
31 Finance 1970-1979
32 Germantown Avenue 1977
33 Germantown Avenue 1979
34 Germantown Avenue 1980
35 Germantown Avenue 1981
36 Historical Awareness 1986
37 House Tour 1969
38 Lobbying 1970-1979
39 No Folder
40 Ned Wolf Park 1983-1985
41 Neighborhood Housing Services 1972-1974
42 Neighborhood Housing Services 1975
43 Neighborhood Housing Services 1976

BOX 2
1 Neighborhood Housing Services 1977
2 Neighborhood Housing Services 1978-1979
3 Oil Cooperative 1983-1985
4 Physical Resources 1984
5 Post Office Development 1977-1986
6 Public Relations 1979-1986
7 Railroad Stations 1967-1983
8 Safety and Law Enforcement 1973-1977
9 Safety and Law Enforcement 1980-1986
10 Schools 1970-1978
11 Spring Clean Up 1975-1979
12 Spring Clean Up 1980-1981
13 Spring Clean Up 1982-1983
14 Social Events 1968-1977
15 Transportation 1980
16 Walk and Talk 1970-1979
17 Youth Services 1970-1976
18 Youth Services 1977-1978
19 Zoning 1962-1975
20 Zoning 1976-1980

BOX 3
1 Zoning 1981-1982
2 Meeting Minutes 1959-1961
3 Meeting Minutes 1980-1984
4 Meeting Minutes 1986-1987
5 Meeting Minutes 1987-1990
6. Membership 1959-1989
7 Nominating Committee 1959-1977
8 Nominating Committee 1960-1982
9 Resignations 1960-1982
10 Special Meeting 9-23-1980
11 Community Service Award 1961-1967
12 Community Service Award 1976-1985

EMAN/WMAN

13 Annual Joint Meetings 1981-1988
14 Programs 1974-1987

Executive Committee

15 Meeting Minutes 1981-1989
16 Organizational File List 1959-1974

History

17 Articles of Incorporation 1959
18 Chronology of WMAN Properties 1980-1984
19 Logo 1986-1987
20 Miscellaneous Key Documents 1953
21 6700 Germantown Avenue 1978-1985
22 20th Anniversary June 3, 1979
23 Surveys 1961-1988
24 Volunteer Resources 1976-1978

SERIES II CORRESPONDENCE

BOX 4
1 Correspondence 1962-1974
2 Correspondence 1975
3 Correspondence 1976
4 Correspondence 1977
5 Correspondence 1978
6 Correspondence 1979
7 Correspondence 1980
8 Correspondence 1981
9 Correspondence 1982
10 Correspondence 1983
11 Correspondence Jan-June 1984
12 Correspondence July-December 1984
13 Correspondence 1985
14 Correspondence 1986-1988
15 Blood Drive 1975
16 City Services Complaints 1970-1978
17 WMAN 1971
18 Financial 1980
19 Neighborhood Housing Services 1965-1970
20 Neighborhood Housing Services 1971-1972
21 Neighborhood Housing Services 1973-1974
22 Neighborhood Housing Services 1975-1976
23 Neighborhood Housing Services 1977-1978
24 Neighborhood Housing Services 1979-1984
25 Railroad Stations 1964-1966
26 Railroad Stations 1971-1974
27. Railroad Stations 1976-1977
28 Railroad Stations 1978-1988
29 Youth Services 1969-1979

SERIES III FINANCIAL

BOX 5
1 Bills/Invoices 1967-1970
2 Bills/Invoices 1972-1973
3 Bills/Invoices 1974-1975
4 Bills/Invoices 1979-1980
5 Bills/Invoices 1982-1984
6 Bills/Invoices 1985-1987
7 Budget and Income Statements 1971-1975
8 Budget and Income Statements 1976-1977
9 Budget and Income Statements 1978-1979
10 Budget and Income Statements 1980-1983
11 Budget and Income Statements 1984
12 Budget and Income Statements 1986-1989
13 Budget Proposals 1980-1987
14 Checking Account 1974-1979
15 Checking Account 1980-1983
16 Delaware Cash Reserve 1981
17 Fundraising 1965-1972
18 Fundraising 1974-1975
19 Fundraising 1976-1977

BOX 6
1 Fundraising 1978-1979
2 Fundraising 1980-1984
3 Fundraising 1985-1986
4 Fundraising 1987-1989
5 Grants 1976
6 Income Tax 1974-1982
7 Insurance 1972-1981
8 Insurance 1982-1984
9 Insurance 1988-1990
10 Lutheran Theological Seminary 1986
11 Mortgage 1982
12 Payroll Work Sheets 1975-1978
13 Philadelphia Mortgage Plan 1976
14 Proposals 1976
15 Proposals 1978-1981
16 Proposals 1985-1986
17 Real Estate Taxes 1979-1984
18 Savings Account 1975-1983
19 Tax Exemptions 1981-1977
20 Treasurers Report 1959-1984
21 Unemployment Compensation 1977-1979
22 Wage Taxes 1968-1971
23 Wage Taxes 1972-1979

Box 7
Check Stubs 1969-1986

SERIES IV MEMBERSHIP

BOX 8
1 Membership 1969-1983
2 Membership 1984-1985
3 Membership 1986-1987
4 Membership Ledger 1971-1981

SERIES V OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

5 Chestnut Hill Development Corporation 1979-1985
6 Civic Associations 1976-1977
7 CLASP 1975-1978
8 Committee for Quality Education 1974-1979
9 Community Advisory Board 1973-1976
10 Community Services Corporation 1985
11 Delaware Valley Association of RR Passengers 1986
12 Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 1977
13 Distaffers 1977
14 East Mt. Airy Neighbors 1977-1978
15 Friends of the Free Library 1980
16 Friends of the Wissahickon 1976-1987
17 Greater Germantown Alliance 1969-1977
18 Group Homes 1978-1986
19 Housing Association of Delaware Valley 1975-1976
20 Institute for the study of Civic Values 1975-1977
21 Lutheran Home 1984
22 Mt. Airy Business Association 1986
23 Mt. Airy Credit Union 1978
24 Mt. Airy Learning Center 1983
25 Mt. Airy Parking Foundation 1986

BOX 9
Mt. Airy Village Development Corporation

1 By-laws 1980
2 Contracts 1986-1987
3 Correspondence 1981-1986
4 Financial 19980-1982
5 Financial 1983
6 Financial 1984
7 Financial 1986-1987
8 Financial 1988
9 Insurance 1986-1987
10 Meeting Minutes 1980-1988
11 Real Estate 1985-1988
12 Key Documents 1979

BOX 10
1 National Neighbors 1975-1977
2 National Neighbors 1988
3 National Training Information Center 1975-1976
4 Neighborhood Conservation Program 1977-78
5 Northwest Center 1973-1981
6 Northwest Com. Housing Association 1971-1976
7 Northwest Health Coalition 1976
8 Northwest Interfaith Movement 1972-1986
9 Northwest Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Task Force 1984
10 Philadelphia City Planning Commission 1976
11 Philadelphia City Planning Commission 1981
12 Philadelphia Council of Neighborhoods 1976-1983
13 Philadelphia Health Management Corporation 1973-1977
14 Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation 1985-1987
15 Philadelphia Parking Authority 1984
16 Public Interest Law Center 1977
17 Research For Human Development 1980
18 St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center 1975
19 Summit Presbyterian Church 1986
20 Tenant Advocate 1976
21 Urban Resources Development Corporation 1986
22 Upper Wissahickon Civic Association 1978
23 West Mt. Airy Action Inc. 1974-1975
24 Wynnefield Residents Association 1976

SERIES VI PERSONAL PAPERS

25 Anderson, Robert 1967-1968
26 Balka, Jerome 1968-1969
27 Blum, Jon 1969-1970
28 Levy, Louis E. 1966
29 Melvin, Shirley 1964-1965
30 Moore, David T. 1977-1978
31 Moore, David T. 1979
32 Moore, David T 1981-1985
36 Pincus, Ralph 1982-1985

SERIES VI PERSONAL PAPERS

BOX 11
1 Sellers, Jerry 1988
2 Steele, Ruth 1963-1969
3 Wells, Henry 1962-1964
4 Wolf, Ned 1971-1973
5 Van de Velde, Lee 1978-1979
6 Van Wert, Joanna 1975-1977

SERIES VII PERSONNEL

7 Coordinator for Youth Employment Services 1975
8 Job Description 1973-1977
9 Performance Evaluation RESTRICTED 1983
10 Resumes 1976-1978
11 Resumes 1983
12 Resumes 1987

SERIES VIII PHOTOGRAPHS (Removed, See PC-49, Box 9)

BOX 11
13 Annual Membership and Election Meeting 1976
14 Dinah Oberoff – Logo Contest Winner 1977
15 Miscellaneous 1961-1981
16 Mt. Airy Day 1979
17 Ned Wolf Park dedication 1979

SERIES IX PUBLICATIONS

BOX 12
1 Booklets 1979
2 Calendars 1981-1982
3 Community Directory 1962
4 Community Directory 1975-1977
5 Community Directory,Other 1969
6 Community Directory, Other 1976
7 Supplement 1975
8 Community Handbook 1979
9 Maps 1982
10 Newsclippings 1975-1977
11 Newsclippings, Other 1974-1976

Newsletters
12 Newsletters 1959-1967
13 Newsletters 1968-1969
14 Newsletters 1970-1973
15 Newsletters 1974
16 Newsletters 1975
17 Newsletters 1976
18 Newsletters 1976
19 Newsletters 1977
20 Newsletters 1977
21 Newsletters 1978
22 Newsletters 1979
23 Newsletters 1980
24 Newsletters 1981

SERIES IX PUBLICATIONS

BOX 13
Newsletters

1 Joint 1984
2 Other 1966
3 Other 1972
4 Other 1975
5 Other 1976
6 Other 1977
7 Other 1977
8 Other 1978
9 Other 1979
10 Other 1980
11 Other 1981
12 Other 1983
13 Other 1984
14 Other 1985
15 Other 1986
16 Pamphlets 1959-1990
17 Publicity Releases 1974-1986
18 Graphics Artwork 1965-1972

SERIES X MISCELLANEOUS

19 Miscellaneous 1959-1990

SERIES XI AUDIOVISUALS
BOX 14
FOLDER FOLDER CONTENTS DATES


1 Negatives Unknown

SERIES XII SCRAPBOOK

BOX 14
2 Scrapbook with newsclippings 1976

SERIES XIII AWARDS/CERTIFICATES

3 One award Unknown

SERIES XIV MEMORABALIA

4 Two rulers and one key 1959-1990


Accession 274
BACKGROUND

West Mount Airy Neighbors Association (WMAN) is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization, which has its roots in the Neighborhood League of West Mt. Airy, which was founded in 1958. The first formal meeting of WMAN was held in 1959. The group’s first President was F. Joseph Stokes, Jr. The current boundaries of the WMAN service area are Fairmount Park on the West, Cresheim Valley Road on the North, Johnson Street on the South, and Germantown Avenue on the East.

The officers of WMAN are the President, Executive Vice President, Physical Resources Vice President, Human Resources Vice President, Community Relations Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. A Board of Directors consists of the officers and not less than fifteen nor more than forty members. The officers serve as the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee plans the committees that the Board of Directors from time to time creates or disbands as needed. Most of the work of WMAN is done in committees. The committees reflect the immediate concerns of the community of West Mt. Airy.

A WMAN informational brochure outlined the following organizational concerns:

Planning
  • developing our land and its uses with a look to the future
  • considering each zoning application in terms of community good
  • designing improvements for our commercial areas

City Services
  • monitoring tax-supported services to West Mt. Airy residents
  • pressing for improved services where necessary
Community Relations
  • creating and implementing programs that help neighbors work problems through to mutually satisfying conclusions
  • sharing news of community activities in a regularly published WMAN newsletter
  • working through block representatives to strengthen our sense of community
  • sponsoring social activities to bring people together for fun
Housing
  • monitoring the practices of brokers and lending institutions to insure our community remains an open housing market
  • helping renters and landlords resolve difficulties

WMAN holds regular membership meetings throughout the year. East Mt. Airy Neighbors Association (EMAN) and WMAN, while remaining separate neighborhood organizations, hold joint annual meetings. WMAN sponsors two annual events: Mt. Airy Day, which celebrates the past and present in Mt. Airy. This event is a joint project of EMAN/WMAN. The West Mt. Airy Walk and Talk sponsored by WMAN is an annual outdoor gathering of people participating in various activities in the neighborhoods of West Mt. Airy. WMAN has helped the community set up a neighborhood Credit Union and erect "Welcome to Mt. Airy" signs at major highway entrances to the community of West Mt. Airy. A corporation was also set up, called the Mt. Airy Village Development Corporation that was developed as a joint effort of EMAN/WMAN to help open businesses on Germantown Avenue.

Over the years, in order to build awareness of neighborhood history, the association has published various materials, which include a booklet, "Mt. Airy in Philadelphia: A Pioneering Community;" a pamphlet, "A Green Country Town in Philadelphia;" and calendars which display historic sites of West Mt. Airy. At one time a handbook of community resources was published. A joint activity of EWAN/WMAN has been the periodic publication of a community directory, which lists institutions, programs, and facilities that serve the Mt. Airy community, and businesses located in the area. WMAN published a monthly newsletter, "West Mt. Airy Neighbors" from 1975 to 1982. From 1982 on, the monthly newsletter became known as the "Mt. Airy Express," which is a joint publication of EMAN and WMAN.

WMAN’s greatest strength is its cooperative relationship with other organizations on the local, state and federal levels. These cooperative relationships help WMAN accomplish its goals. WMAN involves itself in matters that, indirectly and directly, affect the residents of West Mt. Airy.

WMAN maintained an office at the Summit Presbyterian Church until 1978 when the Tabas foundation donated to WMAN, the former post office building at 6700 Germantown Avenue. This building became the new home for WMAN.

Each year WMAN presents a Community Service Award to an institution in recognition of the service it performed for the Mt. Airy Community. WMAN has also been the recipient of awards for its service to the community.

WMAN is entering its fourth decade of service to the community of West Mt. Airy and remains committed to fostering a stronger, more stable, racially harmonious, and safer community for West Mt. Airy residents. The association's present activities can be viewed at its Web site.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Accession 274 consists of five linear feet, and covers the period from 1958 to 1976.

Similar to Accession 737, this collection has 14 series, although series XIII Awards/Certificates and XIV Memorabilia are vacant, and series VI Personal Papers and VIII Photographs have materials located in other series in the collection (see Series Descriptions). The Administration series contains the largest amount of material and is arranged alphabetically by sub-series, and within the sub-series, chronologically. The Correspondence series is arranged alphabetically and has one sub-series, President, arranged chronologically. The Financial and Membership series follow. The Other Organizations series contains the second largest amount of material and is arranged alphabetically. The remaining series include Personal Papers, Personnel, Photographs, Publications, Miscellaneous, Audiovisual, Scrapbook, Awards/Certificates, and Memorabilia.

In the Administration series, the Committee sub-series represents one of the strengths of the collection because it demonstrates WMAN’s breadth of involvement in community affairs. In particular, the Real Estate Committee focused on issues pertaining to fair housing and neighborhood integration. The Schools Committee dealt with a variety of issues including desegregation and quality of education. A researcher might find this information useful in examining how neighborhoods handled these issues during this time period.

The Other Organizations series has information on 51 organizations. As in the earlier accession, this series represents one of WMAN’s greatest strengths, namely cooperating with other organizations to further its objectives. The extensive Meeting Notes files found in the Administration series compensate for the scant material in the Financial and Membership series.

ORGANIZATION

  1. Administration
  2. Correspondence
  3. Financial
  4. Membership
  5. Other Organizations
  6. Personnel
  7. Photographs
  8. Publications
  9. Miscellaneous
  10. Audiovisual
  11. Scrapbook
  12. Awards/Certificates
  13. Memorabilia

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

I Administration
This series includes a wide range of information on all operating aspects of WMAN. It is broken down into the following sub-series: City Services, Committee, History, Housing, WMAN-EMAN, and Zoning. City Services (1960-1975) contains correspondence to city agencies regarding various resident complaints. Committee (1958-1975) covers WMAN committees’ regular activities. Two significant committees are Real Estate, which focused on fair housing and integration issues, and Schools, which explored education quality and integration concerns. History (1958-1973) contains founding documents such as the by-laws and articles of incorporation and the inclusion of the Carpenters Woods Group into WMAN. Housing (1959-1974) details complaints and resolution of problem properties. WMAN-EMAN (1971-1972) contains joint activities with their sister association. Zoning (1950-1975) includes correspondence with the Philadelphia Council on City Planning, petitions, information on ordinances, and Zoning Community Alerting Service Notices (1973-1975).

II Correspondence
Series (1960-1974) contains correspondence by Executive Secretary and others regarding various WMAN operations. Sub-series of Presidents’ correspondence arranged chronologically.

III Financial
Financial (1960-1975) includes three sub-series: Fundraising, Grants and Treasurer’s Reports.

IV Membership
Membership (1959-1974) includes correspondence, membership lists and agenda.

V Other Organizations
Other Organizations (1952-1976) contains information on local, state and national organizations, arranged alphabetically by organization name. The bulk is correspondence with and publications of local organizations concerning community activities, housing, community services, and neighborhood renewal.

VI Personnel
Personnel (1970, 1973) includes information on the Executive Director and Executive Secretary positions and the hiring of these staff members.

VII Photographs
Currently interfiled in various files. See Administration and Scrapbook series.

VIII Publications
WMAN’s newsletters and press releases are collected in the Publications Series (1958-1975). Sub-series Other Organizations contains publications from local and national groups.

IX Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous (1966-1971) contains information on legislation and testimony, political action, state representatives and SEPTA.

X Audiovisual
One reel-to-reel tape contains a radio appearance of Bob Anderson, President, circa 1968.

XI Scrapbook
Scrapbook (1958-1974) collects news and publicity clippings from WMAN activities.

XII Awards/Certificates

XIII Memorabilia

INVENTORY, Accession 274

SERIES I ADMINISTRATION

BOX 1
1 Annual Meetings 1960-1962, 1964-1970, 1974
2 Annual Reports 1964-1968
3 Area Open Meetings 1965-1974

Series I: Administration, Sub-series: City Services

4 City Services 1960 1960
5 City Services 1961 1961
6 City Services 1963 1963
7 City Services 1964 1964
8 City Services 1965 1965
9 City Services 1966 1966
10 City Services 1967 1967
11 City Services 1968 1968
12 City Services 1969 1969
13 City Services 1970 1970
14 City Services 1971-1974 1971-1974
15 Library Services 1964, 1966, 1974-1975
16 Lincoln Drive Lake 1960
17 Livezy House 1967-1968

Series I: Administration, Sub-series: Committee

18 Across Community Camp 1969-1974
19 Beautification Program 1969
20 Bicentennial Committee 1968-1970
21 Block Captain 1972
22 Block Captains 1969-1973
23 Community Award 1973, 1975
24 Community Relations 1959, 1961, 1964-1968, 1978
25 Community Relations 1969-1970 1969-1970
26 Festival 1975 1975
27 Finance Committee Fundraising Projects 1963-1969
28 Foreign Students Weekend 1967-1968
29 House Tour 1966-1968
30 Mt. Airy Day 1973-1974
31 Nature Study Center 1970
32 Nominating Committee 1959, 1964, 1969, 1971-1974
33 Planning Committee 1965, 1968, 1970, 1974
34 Real Estate 1959-1971
35 Real Estate Practice - Evidence for Cases 1962, 1966-1972
36 Real Estate Prac. - Evidence - Solicitations 1962-1969
37 Safety and Law Enforcement Committee 1970
38 Schools Committee 1961 1961
39 Schools Committee 1962 1962
40 Schools Committee 1965 1964-1965
41 Schools Committee 1966 1966
42 Schools Committee 1967 1967
43 Schools Committee 1968 1968-1969

SERIES I. ADMINISTRATION

BOX 2
1 Schools Committee 1969 1969
2 Schools Committee 1970 1970
3 Schools Committee 1971 1968, 1971
4 Schools Committee 1972 1972
5 School Committee 1974-1975 1975
6 Schools tutorial program 1966
7 Social activities 1970 1970
8 Social activities 1971-1974 1971-1974
9 Summer Program 1974
10 Swim Club Committee 1965-1966
11 THINK committee 1970
12 United Nations Weekend 1962
13 Women’s Activities Committee 1964-1965
14 Youth Services 1965-1970
15 Youth 70 1969-1972
16 Committee Public Relations 1959-1964, 1966-1967, 1970

Series I: Administration, Sub-series: History

17 By-laws 1959, 1965, 1973
18 By-laws and Organizational Notes 1958, 1962, 1969, 1971-1972
19 Carpenters Woods Group 1959-1960
20 Tenth Anniversary Events 1968

Series I: Administration, Sub-series: Housing

21 Chandler Case 1959
22 Emlen Arms Apartment 1968-1969
23 Escrow Accounts 1968-1970
24 Greene Street (6445) 1970
25 Marita Apartments 1970-1971
26 Mt. Airy Ave (353 West) 1970
27 Mt. Pleasant Ave (West 221) 1970
28 Problem Properties 1964, 1970, 1973-1974
29 Public Housing Information 1970-1971
30 Rosemary Garden Apts. 1970
31 Wayne Ave (6835) 1968-1970
32 Westview Street (502) 1967
33 Meeting Notes 1959-1961 1959-1961
34 Meeting Notes 1962-1963 1962-1963
35 Meeting Notes 1964 1964
36 Meeting Notes 1965 1965
37 Meeting Notes 1966-1967 1966-1967
38 Meeting Notes 1968 1968
39 Meeting Notes 1969 1969
40 Meeting Notes 1970-1975 1970-1975
41 Meeting Notes (no date) ?

SERIES I. ADMINISTRATION

BOX 3
1 Planning Sessions 1970-1971
2 Proposals WMAN 1968-1969, 1971-1972, 1974
3 Questionnaires 1958, [?]
4 Student program information 1971-1972
5 Town Watch 1975
6 Volunteers 1973-1974
7 WMAN Office Site 1975
8 West Sharpnack and WMAN Joint Comm. 1964-1965

Series I: Administration, Sub-series: WMAN-EMAN

9 E. Mt. Airy & W. Mt. Airy Joint Activities 1971-1972

Series I: Administration, Sub-series: Zoning

10 Community Planning 1973
11 Penn Radio Cab Company 1954
12 Planning Information 1966, 1974
13 Uptown Home for the Aged 1959-1961
14 Zoning 1960 1959-1960
15 Zoning 1961 1961
16 Zoning 1962 1962
17 Zoning 1963-1964 1963-1964
18 Zoning 1965 1965
19 Zoning 1966 1966
20 Zoning 1967 1967
21 Zoning 1968 1968
22 Zoning 1969-1970 1969-1970
23 Zoning 1973-1974 1967, 1973-1974
24 Zoning Community Alerting Service 1973
25 Zoning Community Alerting Service 1973
26 Zoning Community Alerting Service 1974
27 Zoning Community Alerting Service 1974
28 Zoning Community Alerting Service 1975
29 Zoning Community Alerting Service 1975
30 Zoning Planning 1972

SERIES II CORRESPONDENCE

BOX 4
1 Animal Complaints 1974
2 Correspondence of Executive Secretary 1963-1965, 1973-1974
3 Executive Director Progress Report 1971 1965-1966, 1972
4 Glen Echo Road 1969-1970
5 Miscellaneous 1960-1962

Series II: Correspondence, Sub-series: President

6 Correspondence, Henry Wells, President 1962-1963
7 Correspondence, Matt Bullock, President 1964
8 Correspondence, Louis Levy, President 1965-1966
9 Speakers Bureau 1964, 1965, 1967-1968, 1970


SERIES III FINANCIAL

Series III: Financial, Sub-series: Fundraising

10 Special Fin. Appeal & Fundraising Methods 1964-1965, 1967

Series III: Financial, Sub-series: Grants

11 Artists Colony 1974

Series III: Financial, Sub-series: Treasurer’s Report

12 Treasurer’s reports 1960-1961, 1965, 1967, 1969
13 Treasurer’s Report 1970-1975

SERIES IV MEMBERSHIP

14 Membership 1959, 1965-1970, 1974

SERIES V OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

15 Action for New National Priorities 1969-1970
16 Advisory Council (8th District) 1973
17 Child Care 1966, 1968-1969, 1972,1974
18 Citizens’ COMM on City Planning 1965-1968
19 City Wide Health Management 1972-1975
20 CLASP 1972-1975
21 Coalition for Self Development 1971
22 Commission on Human Relations 1958-1959, 1962
23 Community Liaison 1969
24 Community Organizations (General) 1968-1973
25 Community Research Temple University 1960-1961
26 East Mt. Airy Association(s) 1952, 1965-1967, 1969, 1974
27 Erlen Neighbors Association 1964
28 Germantown Steam Company 1961-1962
29 Governor’s Comm. on Mortgage & Int. Rates 1973
30 Greater Germantown Appeal 1973
31 Greater Germantown Svcs. for Youth Project 1975
32 Health 1971, 1974-1976
33 Housing Association Delaware Valley 1970
34 Housing 11970-1972 (HUD) 1970-1972
35 Jewish Community Relations Council 1970
36 LaSalle Urban Studies Center [1973]
37 Ntn’l Committee on Tithing in Investments 1967-1969
38 National Conference of Christians & Jews 1964, 1966-1967
39 National Neighbors, 1969-1970 1969-1970
40 National Neighbors 1970-1974 1970-1974
41 National Neighbors 1974-1975 1974, 1975
42 Neighborhood Renewal ?
43 New Opportunities Workshop (NOW) 1969
44 Northwest Community Mental Health Center 1969-1976
45 Northwest Health Coalition 1974-1975
46 Northwest Interfaith Movement 1969, 1971, 1974-1975
47 Paul Weinberg’s Newsletter 1973-1974
48 Phila. Comm. Coordinated Childcare Council 1973-1975
49 Philadelphia Housing Association 1966-1967
50 Philadelphia Housing Authority 1973 1973
51 Philadelphia Plan 1969
52 Planned Parenthood Assn. of Southeastern PA 1972
53 Police Community Relations 1972-1973 1972-1973
54 Poor People’s Campaign 1968
55 Senior citizens no date
56 Southern Regional Conference 1966, 1967, 1969
57 Summit Presbyterian Church 1975
58 Tenants rights 1974
59 The Shield 1962

SERIES V OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

BOX 5
1 United Fund Agency Chart, 1971 1971-1972, 1974
2 Unity community enterprises 1969
3 War Resistance 1969
4 Weavers Way Coop 1974
5 Wellsprings Project 1968-1969
6 Wellsprings Project 1968
7 WMA Action Inc. (WMAA) 1975
8 Wynnefield Residents Assoc 1973-1975
9 Youth Programs 1960 1960-1961
10 Youth Programs 1970-1974 1970-1975

SERIES VI PERSONNEL

11 Executive Director 1970, 1973

SERIES VII PHOTOGRAPHS

For Photographs see Box 7 of PC-49

SERIES VIII PUBLICATIONS


12 Neighbor To Neighbor 1974
13 Newsletters 1959-1967
14 Newsletters 1968-1974
15 Publicity releases 1967-1973
16 WMAN News 1975

Series VIII : Publications, Sub-series: Other Organizations

17 Organizations Other 1971-1974
18 Public Relations Pieces 1961, 1970, 1971
19 Publications other organizations 1961-1967

SERIES IX MISCELLANEOUS

20 Legislation and Testimony 1969-1970
21 Political Action 1966-1967, 1969-1970
22 SEPTA 1970-1971
23 State Representatives 1971

SERIES X AUDIOVISUAL

24 Bob Anderson, President 1968?

SERIES XI SCRAPBOOK

25 Clippings 1958-1960, 1962, 1964-1969
26 News clips 1962
27 News clips 1967-1974
28 Publicity clippings 1958-1959
29 Publicity clippings 1960-1961
30 Publicity clippings 1963
31 Publicity clippings 1964
32 Publicity clippings 1965
33 Publicity clippings 1966
34 Walk and Talk 1970, 1972-1973

SERIES XII AWARDS/CERTIFICATES

SERIES XIII MEMORABILIA

FOR PHOTOGRAPHS SEE PC-49, BOX 7