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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Kenwood Community Council Records

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Kenwood Community Council Records, 1964-1975



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kenwood Community Council (San Antonio, Tex.)
Title: Kenwood Community Council Records
Dates: 1964-1975
Creator Abstract: The Kenwood Community Council is an incorporated neighborhood organization in San Antonio, Texas, established in 1964.
Content Abstract: The 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.
Identification: MS 157
Extent: 0.2 linear feet (about 150 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

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.

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Scope and Content Note

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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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Please contact University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections for information about permission to publish material from the collection.

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Index Terms

Organizations
Kenwood Community Council (San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
Community organization--Texas--San Antonio
Urban renewal--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--Economic conditions--20th century.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Local Subjects
African Americans
Clubs and Organizations
Neighborhood Associations
San Antonio History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kenwood Community Council Records, 1964-1975, MS 157, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Institute of Texan Cultures Library, Spring 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Fernando Ortiz, Jr., Volunteer

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Kenwood Community Council Records

Arranged alphabetically by format type.
Box Folder
1 1 Activities of the Kenwood Community Center, undated
2 Articles of Incorporation, 1970
3 Constitution, 1970
4 Correspondence, 1969-1972
5 Flyers, undated
6 Lease, 1969
7 Legal Aid Referral Plan, 1973
8 Memoir, undated
9 Minutes, 1970-1972
10 News clippings, 1964-1975 and undated
11 Photograph, 1973
12 Proposal from Kenwood to National Catholic Bishop's Fund, 1970
13 Real Estate Records, 1970-1975 and undated

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