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October Collection of the Month: Foggy Bottom Association Records

Image by Robin Schaefer, 2013.The Special Collections Research Center has recently processed and made available the records of the Foggy Bottom Association (FBA). This group, formed in 1955 and still active today, was founded to enhance and protect the residential quality of the area and keep residents informed on matters affecting the community. The objectives of the FBA are to further the civic, cultural, social and economic welfare of the Foggy Bottom/West End community; preserve and enhance the residential character of the community; and promote historic preservation in the area.

The FBA has been an important player in the changes to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood over the past 60 years. This collection of their records includes meeting minutes and administrative files as well as memoranda and correspondence with various public officials, including Advisory Neighborhood Commission representatives, mayors, DC City Council members, and the president of The George Washington University. It also includes historical and architectural studies of many addresses and landmark buildings in the neighborhood, and reports and proposals for new or modified buildings and open spaces. While the files date primarily from the 1980s-2000s, the information gathered within them also offers insight into the neighborhood's 19th and early 20th century character. The collection also features a near-complete set of the Foggy Bottom News, which has been cataloged and is also now available in the Special Collections Research Center.

Please browse the finding aid for more information on the Foggy Bottom Association Records: http://library.gwu.edu/ead/ms2311.xml

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