Description and index of Civic Services Committee materials that were taken from Carolina Art Association and incorporated into the files of what became Historic Charleston Foundation. Also includes a list of materials "now on deposit at SC Historical Society," and the finding aid to the Civic Services Committee records that are still held at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Background materials related to the Civic Service Committee's preservation and urban planning efforts in Charleston. Includes reports entitled "Planning in Charleston," "Objectives of the Carolina Art Association," "History and Objectives of the Civic Services Committee Campaign for Funds," "The Civic Services Committee: Work and Objectives," and the Oct. and Nov. 1945 Carolina Art Association newsletters.
Minutes of meetings of the Civic Services Committee and miscellaneous reports and documentation including proposed Constitution for Historic Charleston Foundation; "request to the Rockefeller Foundation for a Grant for the CSC"; letter from Frederick H. McDonald regarding "Program for Civic Services Committee"; Kenneth Chorley's address to the CSC "The Challenge to Charleston"; the publication of This is Charleston; a report to the CSC by Mr. Whitelaw that outlines the need to create a preservation organization; and the report of the Committee to Consider Arrangement of tours of Old Houses for HCF outlining the plan to conduct tours.
Membership lists (current and prospective) and list of "Planning Groups"; correspondence including letters of invitation to join and acknowledgment of joining the Civic Services Committee and letters from and to CSC members regarding other matters including resignation from the CSC, fundraising, etc.
Correspondence (mostly copies of letters from Robert N.S. Whitelaw) to or about Civic Services Committee employees or consultants. Most is correspondence to and from George W. Simons who was retained as a city planning consultant and to study downtown parking. See also Folders 7, 10, 11, 22, and 23 for additional Simons correspondence documents.
Meeting agendas, notices, and other correspondence related to the activities of the Planning Committee / Civic Services Committee. Of note, memorandum from Whitelaw to the Civic Services Committee that refers to Kenneth Chorley's recommendation to form a "Charleston Foundation" (that and later references to Historic Charleston Foundation are in documents dated 1946-1947).
Report entitled "Planning in Charleston" outlining the history of city planning in Charleston, the creation of the Civic Services Committee, the retaining of George W. Simons as a city planning consultant, the publishing of This is Charleston, the study of traffic conditions, and the continuing plans for the CSC including the formation of a new institution in Charleston. Includes [projected] budget for 1945-1948.
Contains documents labeled "Olmsted Report to Regional Planning and Advisory Committee." Includes sections entitled "Central Considerations" (which later became known as "Work and Objectives for the Civic Services Committee"), "Inventory" [architecture/building], "Certain Financial Factors Bearing Loss and Protection of the Values in Question," and "Other Lines of Investigation." Also contains outlines related to the survey/architectural inventory. NOTE: These documents were bound into the same folder labeled Olmsted Report; it is not possible to distinguish the exact contents of the report and what may have been added by CSC members.
Typed manuscript, with photographs, of the architectural inventory of Charleston that later became This is Charleston. Also includes report entitled "Architectural Inventory of Charleston" that describes the background of the inventory and compilation of materials to be included in the publication.
Plats, maps, street information, and municipal data/statistics (census, tax assessment, building use) used as reference by George W. Simons in preparation of his report (see folder 11). Includes peninsula maps and plats depicting neighborhoods/areas. Some documents are annotated. See also Folders 5, 7, 11, 22, and 23 for additional Simons correspondence and documents.
"Report on Planning Procedure at Charleston, South Carolina" by George W. Simons, Jr. Describes Charleston's "unique problem," growth and development, current planning activities and future planning needs, community needs, and a program of action. Also includes correspondence and the News and Courier's publication of the report. See also Folders 5, 7, 10, 22, and 23 for additional Simons correspondence and documents.
Report entitled "A Review of the Work of the Charleston Regional Planning Committee, and Estimate of its Future, and a Request to the Carnegie Corporation for a Grant to Continue its Work to 1943," which requested continued funding to support the architectural inventory/survey. Submitted to the Carnegie Foundation by Robert N.S. Whitelaw on behalf of the Carolina Art Association. Carnegie had given the Carolina Art Association grant funding with which to retain Frederick Olmsted and to hire a secretary and research assistant for the architectural inventory/survey.
Report submitted to the Rockefeller Foundation, describing the work and accomplishments of the Civic Services Committee. Exhibits include newspaper and magazine articles, budget information, the original grant request, Carolina Art Association newsletters, etc. File also includes letter from Robert N.S. Whitelaw to the Civic Services Committee announcing the grant award; copy of the grant application also in file. Note: Carnegie Foundation awarded the Carolina Art Association $24,000 to fund operations of the Civic Services Committee from 1942-1945.
Letter to William P. Jacobs, State Council of Defense, from Robert N.S. Whitelaw, describing the work of the Charleston Regional Planning Committee; unattributed statement, perhaps a press release, regarding the first public announcement of the architectural survey and the associated exhibition; "Statement of the Purpose of the City Planning Committee of the Carolina Art Association" prepared for the National Park Service; offprint of article that appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Architectural Historians entitled "An Architectural Inventory for Charleston" by Helen G. McCormack.
Sample speeches, notes, and outlines of presentations attributed to the Speaker's Bureau of the Civic Services Committee. Also includes list of Speaker's Bureau assignments. Topics include the work of the Committee; Charleston generally, off-street parking; benefits of city planning; etc. Attributed speeches include "How a Community Plans Together" by Henry P. Staats; "Presentation of Off-Street Parking Plan" by Robert N.S. Whitelaw; "Organizational Set-Up for City Planning" by M.T. Mitchell; "Address Before Rotary [Club]" by Robert N.S. Whitelaw. (Note: Excellent source for background information.)
Correspondence mostly from (and some letters to) Robert N.S. Whitelaw. Of note is the correspondence with Frederick P. Keppel, president of the Carnegie Corporation, outlining Mr. Whitelaw's desire to create a committee to promote Charleston's art and history, to conduct an architectural survey, to retain Frederick Law Olmsted for which Carnegie contributed funds, and regarding funds to pay the salary of an assistant, Helen G. McCormack. There is also correspondence to Committee members concerning the status of Mr. Olmsted's report and about grants awarded; a letter from Albert Simons to Harold Mouzon critical of a recent meeting (annotated, possibly by Whitelaw); correspondence with executives at Eastman Kodak Co. regarding request for funding; a postcard from Elizabeth O'Neill Verner; an anonymous author complaining about the slums on Beaufain Street. Other correspondents include John Mead Howells; William Emerson; David Stevens (Rockefeller Foundation); Robert D. Kohn; Charles F. Colbert of the Pittsburgh Metallurgical Company; the Mayor of Savannah (Thomas Gamble) regarding the parking survey; Seward Mott of the Urban Land Institute; and Kerman Kobbe.
Contains the correspondence of Helen G. McCormack from 1941 through April 1946 concerning the architectural survey and other matters related to the Civic Services Committee. Also contains a copy of the offprint of her JASAH article and a draft of same; an invitation to her to join the American Planning and Civic Association; questionnaire about Carolina Art Association activities, filled out by John Mead Howells, Homer M. Pace, Albert Simons; sketch for a "Star of Merit" plaque to be awarded by the Carolina Art Association for "Architecture, Harmony, Landscape." Grouped separately is her correspondence with other planning commissions (Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, Dayton OH, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara, Bridgeport CT, Williamsburg). Includes letters to/from planning commissions, business cards for individuals, handwritten index cards for various organizations, and American Society of Planning Officials membership certificates for the Carolina Art Association, Helen G. McCormack, and Robert N.S. Whitelaw. Helen G. McCormack was the former director of the Valentine Museum of Richmond, Virginia. She began her work with the Civil Services Committee as secretary/researcher, a position funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. She was the author of article entitled "An Architectural Inventory for Charleston" that appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Architectural Historians (v. 1, n. 3-4, Oct. 1941).
Lists of books on planning and housing, architecture, and Charleston, and of foundations that make grants for planning; notes on a variety of topics (planning, historic preservation, community development). Presumably prepared and/or compiled by Helen G. McCormack. Articles on housing for defense, San Diego "Boom Town," New York City, new building techniques, students talking with Eleanor Roosevelt, and American Gothic-style houses.
Correspondence between Frederick Law Olmsted and Robert N.S. Whitelaw that initiate the arrangements to hire Olmsted as a consultant and that convey the progress of Olmsted's report and the CSC's architectural survey.