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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
Planning documents for the off-street parking study that was conducted in response to Frederick Law Olmsted's report. George W. Simons served as consultant on the study. Includes CSC meeting minutes and memoranda in which the study is discussed at length; meeting minutes of the Metropolitan Council; "Objectives of Off-Street Parking Plan"; article announcing the start of a parking poll sample "Opinion Poll on Automobile Parking Problems in Charleston" and "Off-Street Parking Questionnaire"; draft of report/article "So You Want to Park."
Planning documents for traffic study conducted by a group of Charleston Boy Scouts. Includes instructions on how to conduct a traffic flow survey; survey assignments; traffic count sheets; list of Charleston Boy Scouts; maps; and correspondence between Robert N.S. Whitelaw and George W. Simons.
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 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.