Adelphi Citizens Association archives
The Adelphi Citizens Association was formed in 1944 as an umbrella organization for neighborhood councils in suburban Prince George's County. The collection reflects the participation of the Association's members and officers in regional planning and governmental activities which had direct bearing on their neighborhoods. Topics include zoning, mass transportation, highway construction, and municipal services. The collection also includes the records of one member neighborhood council, the Knollwood Citizens Council, from 1960 to 1961.
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Adelphi Citizens Association archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.
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The Adelphi Citizens Association was formed in 1944 as an umbrella organization for the neighborhood citizens' councils of this suburban Prince George's County area. Its interests covered such matters as zoning ordinances, mass transit including commuter rail service, community services, and the location and construction of highways, especially I-95, through the Adelphi area. Around 1951, the Association began publishing a newsletter, The Adelphi Grist. In 1972, the Maryland Department of Transportation organized the Steering Committee for the Western Prince George's Transportation Alternatives Study to assess transportation options in the area. The committee members were elected officials, agency representatives and private citizens, including Kathleen Manglitz, then President of the Adelphi Citizens Association. Officers and members of the Adelphi Citizens Association participated in many of the regional planning and governmental activities, which bore directly on their neighborhood, and this participation is reflected in the collection.
As of 1983, the Association was not listed in the Directory of Organizations in Prince George's County. The Adelphi Grist is no longer published.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The archives of the Adelphi Citizens Association span the years 1960 through 1976. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between the Association presidents and county and state offices; zoning notices; maps and reports; notes related to zoning disputes; and neighborhood services. Topics covered include zoning; mass transportation issues; highway construction; commuter rail service; and municipal services. Among the correspondents are Meyer Emanuel; Francis B. Francois; William W. Gullet; Royal Hart; Lawrence J. Hogan; Harry Hughes; Ann R. Hull; Hal Kassoff; Winfield Kelly; and Gladys Noon Spellman. Organizations included are the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission; the Prince George's County Council; and the Maryland Department of Transportation. Within the collection are the papers of one of the component neighborhood councils, the Knollwood Citizens Council, which date from November 1960 through August 1961.
Some Association members participated in the Steering Committee for the Western Prince George's Transportation Alternatives Study. The bulk of the items from this committee include minutes of meetings, memorandums, correspondence, and publications.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The president of the Adelphi Citizens Association, Margaret Howard, donated the archives to the University of Maryland Libraries in August 1976.
Processed June 1977. Reprocessed by Terry Sayler, September 2004.
The collection was initially processed in June 1977. It was reprocessed in September 2004 and the guide rewritten at that time. At that time, several publications also located in the Marylandia and Rare Books Department were discarded, and some additional materials were transferred to that department.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine, September 2004.
Arrangement of Collection
The collection has been organized into two series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Local Activities of the Adelphi Citizens Association, 1960-1973 (0.50 linear feet)
The Adelphi Citizens Association actively participated in planning and zoning issues. The correspondence includes letters from and to residents of the area, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Prince George's County Council members. Also included are Maryland National Capital Park and Planning public hearing summary statements, petitions, and resolutions; zoning maps; a blueprint layout of Adelphi Terrace; and the Adelphi Manor blueprint.
The Knollwood Citizens Council was a member of the Adelphi Citizens Association. The majority of the materials in the folder consist of correspondence with the Board of County Commissioners regarding zoning issues and related reference sources dating from November 1960 to August 1961.
Arrangement is alphabetical by organization and then chronological.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1964||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1966-68||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1969||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1970||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1971||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1972||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1973||series 1||box 1||folder 7|
|Adelphi Citizens Association, 1974-1976 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 8|
|Knollwood Citizens Council, November 1960-August 1961||series 1||box 1||folder 9|
Series 2: Transportation Issues, 1971-1976 (1.25 linear feet)
From 1971 through 1976 the Adelphi Citizens Association participated in many groups and meetings related to Interstate 95, Metro, and other transportation issues affecting their area. In 1972, the Maryland Department of Transportation formed the Steering Committee of the Western Prince George's County Transportation Alternatives Study. At least two members of the Adelphi Citizens Association participated in this committee, which disbanded in 1973 following the presentation of its report to Secretary of Transportation Harry R. Hughes. The bulk of this series consists of correspondence and related reference sources.
Arrangement is alphabetical by topic and then chronological.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|I-95 and Metro Alternatives Studies, 1971-1973||series 2||box 1||folder 1|
|I-95 and Metro Alternatives Studies, 1974||series 2||box 1||folder 2|
|I-95 and Metro Alternatives Studies, January-June 1975||series 2||box 1||folder 3|
|I-95 and Metro Alternatives Studies, July-December 1975 and 1976||series 2||box 1||folder 4|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, 1972||series 2||box 1||folder 5|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, January 1972-July 1972||series 2||box 1||folder 6|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, August 1972||series 2||box 1||folder 7|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, September 1972||series 2||box 2||folder 1|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, October 1972||series 2||box 2||folder 2|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, November 1972||series 2||box 2||folder 3|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, December 1972||series 2||box 2||folder 4|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, 1973||series 2||box 2||folder 5|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, January 1973||series 2||box 3||folder 1|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, February 1973||series 2||box 3||folder 2|
|Western Prince Georges County Transportation Alternatives Study, March-September 1973||series 2||box 3||folder 3|
Researchers may consult the following works in the Maryland Room:
The Archives and Manuscripts Department Photograph Vertical File contains several folders of photographs under the heading "Adelphi Citizens Association. In addition, the University of Maryland Libraries contains the papers of several politicians from the Prince George's County area, including the Papers of Ann R. Hull and the Papers of Lawrence J. Hogan.
For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
(Transferred to the Marylandia and Rare Books Department, September 2004)
- Diemer, Robert A. et al, About zoning in Prince George's County. Riverdale, Md., Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 1964.
- Maryland. Dept. of Transportation. Action plan describing the transportation planning process. Draft summary of annual update. Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Md., The Department, May 1974.
- Maryland. Dept. of Transportation. Western Prince George's County transportation alternatives study : Phase II report summary. College Park, Md., The Department, 1972?
- Prince George's County, Md., A study of income and expenditures by family dwelling, apartment and business units and individual school children for the fiscal year 1963-1964. Hyattsville, Md., Prince George's County Economic Development Committee, 1963.
- Prince George's County, Md., Community Goals Advisory Committee. Assessment of progress, priorities for action. 1972 report. Riverdale, Md., The Committee, 1972.
- Prince George's County, Md., Community Goals Advisory Committee. Recommended goals 1970, interim report. Riverdale, Md., The Committee, 1970.
- Prince George's County, Md., Community Goals Advisory Committee. Recommended goals 1971, interim report. Riverdale, Md., The Committee, 1971.
- Urban Sciences Corporation. Activities and attitude study, planning area 68. Bethesda, Md., Urban Sciences Corporation, 1969.
- Wallace, McHarg, Roberts and Todd. Environmental impact study, Greenbelt E route. Volume two, Part 1, Sections E006-E008, Summary and conclusions and Volume two, Part 2, Sections E006-E008, Inventory and analysis of impacts. 1975.
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Regional metro system. March 1973.
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Regional metro system. April 1974.
- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Report on the Potomac River. 1974
Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Adelphi Citizens Association (Md.)
- City planning -- Maryland -- Adelphi
- Local transit -- Maryland -- Adelphi
- Municipal services -- Maryland -- Adelphi
- Zoning -- Maryland -- Adelphi