A Guide to the Kenwood Community Council Records, 1964-1975
The Kenwood Community Council, an incorporated neighborhood organization established in 1964, sought "means of building low-cost housing to replace or rehabilitate the many deteriorating homes" in the blighted Kenwood area of San Antonio, Texas. Kenwood was home to about 3,500 people. The council spearheaded multimillion dollar projects to transform vacant lots into tree-lined parks, move the neighborhood’s children into better schools, build new privately-funded, federally-subsidized homes, and refurbish salvageable structures.
The Kenwood Community Council Records include legal documents, news clippings, correspondence, a memoir, a photographic print and minutes that illustrate the formation, growth and organization of the Kenwood Community Council (San Antonio, Tex.) The collection highlights in particular the efforts of the council’s legal adviser, Andrew V. Allison, to assist in securing better housing, improved educational facilities, drainage and street projects and continued financing for this non-profit, charitable organization. Of particular note is a memoir from the late 1960s, author unknown, chronicling efforts by Kenwood officials to close down rundown schools, gain an audience with city and school district officials who ignored them, and secure a partnership with a construction firm to begin rebuilding the Kenwood community with federal urban development funds.
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[Identification of item], Kenwood Community Council Records, MS 157, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Transferred from the Institute of Texan Cultures Library, Spring 2007.
Processed by Fernando Ortiz, Jr., Volunteer
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