Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Records
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The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) was founded in 1974 to preserve the historic and unique character and amenities of the community of Hyde Park. The nucleus of founders, including Dr. Agnes Edwards, Dorothy Richter, Merle Franke, Cathy Goodwin, Tom and Ann Zelinka had coalesced in 1971/72 over the issue of Fire Station No. 9. In a round of cost-cutting fervor the city manager had determined to close the local fire station. Residents found this measure counter-intuitive and draconian so they banded together to resist. The outcome was that more the a quarter century later, the 1930’s brick and tile building was still standing. Today the fire truck is never more than a minute or two away from any house in the neighborhood.
Austin residents are eligible for membership if they reside within the boundaries of HPNA or within 300 feet of the boundaries. The boundaries south of 45th Street are: Guadalupe to Duval and 38th Street to 45th Street. The boundaries north of 45th Street are Guadalupe to Red River (excluding the intramural fields) and 51st Street to 45th Street.
SOURCE: Hyde Park Neighborhood Association website
Accessed 2010 July 16
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association records include assorted administrative materials, membership lists, newsletters, correspondence, mailings and flyers and newspaper clippings that span the years 1975 through 1984. The administrative records include meeting notes, bylaws, proposal for a Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, calendar of events and membership brochures. The nature of the materials suggest that the donor was a member of the organization but not office holder in the association. The newspaper clippings highlight events and issues concerning the Hyde Park Neighborhood. Of interest are the articles following City Council's 1983 decision to end the moratorium on the destruction of old Hyde Park houses and the differing opinions among the residents of Hyde Park. Also documented in the clippings is the controversy surrounding the plan to move the Woodburn House in the late 1970s. Also included is an emblem with an image of the Elizabet Ney house and the words "I live in Hyde Park".
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Material found in an attic.
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Records (AR.2005.038). Austin History Center. Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1982/070
Donation Date: 2005
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.
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