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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.