Newspaper clippings of articles about the Community Development Committee and its purpose and activities related to wartime housing and other issues. Includes articles about the need for homes for officers, the need for and building of "demountable" houses in Liberty Hill, advertisements for assistance services and for the post-War Reconstruction Planning Committee of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Charleston dwelling survey, anticipated growth of population and related needs, the proposed development of a park and playground adjacent to the Yacht Club, and other community issues. Third of four Community Development Council files.
Newspaper articles, correspondence, and reports from the Civic Services Committee files, on topics related to Charleston architecture, history, government, and city planning. [Note, only a sample is included here.]
Newspaper articles and press releases about the exhibit "This is Charleston," and articles (perhaps interpretive text for the exhibit) written by Samuel Gaillard Stoney, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, and John Mead Howells.
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.
Meeting minutes for the newly-formed Civic Services Committee to Consider Publications Underwriting Plan for the Carolina Art Association, informally known as the "Charleston Grows" Committee. Other documents include correspondence (scant) about the publication; a tentative outline of the publication; lists of underwriters and contributors; and publicity, ordering information, and sponsorship materials.
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).
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.
List/inventory of Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) photographs of Charleston buildings and document with suggested changes of names of Charleston buildings in the Historical American Buildings Survey.
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.
Includes lists of various committees/committee members; correspondence and memoranda; survey materials; booklet "Traffic Regulations and Rules of the City of Charleston"; lists of traffic violations, insurance issues, city-owned property in congested areas; questionnaires on church-owned property; surveys of present off-street parking facilities; and maps of properties affected.
In January 1937, Carolina Art Association members resolved to organize a committee of citizens from cultural and civic organizations to address the protection and beautification of the approaches to Charleston. Folder contains correspondence related to the formation of the committee; minutes of a meeting in which how to organize popular opinion was discussed; correspondence in support of the effort; and newspaper articles.
In 1944, the CSC considered the question of erecting war memorials in Charleston and formed a subcommittee to study the possibility. This folder contains planning documents including general lists of area parks and playgrounds and a list of suggested war memorials; general information about park and recreation planning; correspondence mostly consisting of suggestions for sites but also some related to the formation of the subcommittee, including from Loutrel W. Briggs, and letter to Mayor Wehman; and "Report of Committee on War Memorials."
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.
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.
Correspondence between photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston and Helen McCormack or Robert Whitelaw regarding the use of her photographs of Charleston buildings in the upcoming city planning exhibit. Johnston suggests that the architectural inventory be published. File also contains lists of FBJ photographs, presumably of photos provided to the Carolina Art Association, and newspaper and magazine articles about FBJ and her work.