The Community Development Council was formed to serve as a single, voluntary agency to serve as a clearinghouse for the many City, County, and local activities which function in the development of the metropolitan area of Charleston; to assist with planning for the needs of a growing wartime population; and determine future needs and solutions of post-war problems. Funded by the Carolina Art Association, with offices at the Gibbes Art Gallery. Folder contains documents pertaining to the creation of the Committee and membership, including "Purpose and Objects" statement, membership lists, and correspondence related to the formation of the Committee. Most of the letters are to (or from) Frederick H. McDonald, committee chairman, from prominent Charlestonians including Albert Simons who expresses criticism of the suggested program, and from businessmen, military personnel, and local politicians regarding their receipt of invitations to join the Committee. First of four Community Development Council files.
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.
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.
Planning documents for an exhibition of "This is Charleston," to be held at the Gibbes Art Gallery in early 1942. Includes outline and narrative description of the exhibit; event invitation and mailing list; receipts, expenditures, cost analysis, and receipts for loans of exhibit items; and exhibit layouts, some with photographs affixed.
Transcript of a meeting of the Committee for a Graphic Survey of Charleston in which the approach to Charleston, the need for a plan, and the need to catalogue the places in Charleston "worth keeping and preserving" were discussed. Those in attendance were Mr. Olmsted, Mr. Pace, Mr. Stoney, Mr. Burton, Mr. Simons (Albert?), Mr. Howells, Mr. Rittenberg, Mr. O'Hear, Mr. Whitelaw, and Miss Alice R. Huger Smith.
Planning documents for the Charleston Metropolitan Area Exhibit at the Gibbes Art Gallery rotunda. Includes drawing of exhibit, reference maps, and "original sections of 1941 [Sanborn?] maps with buildings colored by Helen McCormack."
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.
Sent by architect and engineer Hermann Herrey to Robert N.S. Whitelaw after RNSW expressed interest in Herrey's work. Two city planning reports/articles by Hermann Herrey entitled "An Organic Theory of City Planning" and "Comprehensive Planning for the City: Market and Dwelling Place."
Report entitled "The Comprehensive City Plan of Jacksonville, Florida," by George W. Simons. Also includes "Historical Sketch and Brief Resume of the City Plan of Jacksonville." See also Folders 5, 7, 10, 11, and 22 for additional Simons correspondence and documents.
Correspondence between (mostly) Robert N.S. Whitelaw and George W. Simons, primarily related to Simons consulting with the CSC about post-war city planning, specifically to address traffic/parking problems. See also Folders 5, 7, 10, 11, 23 for additional George Simons correspondence and documents.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.)
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.
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.