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Old West Durham Neighborhood Association

Title: Old West Durham Neighborhood Association Records
Inclusive Dates: 1996-2002
Extent of Materials: 1 hollinger box (.4 linear feet; approx. 150 items)
Location: Cabinet #20
Donor: John Schelp, president of the OWDNA
Processor: Amy McDonald
Subject Headings: Citizens’ associations — North Carolina — Durham.
Community development, Urban–United States–Citizen participation.
Community life–North Carolina–Durham.
Durham (N.C.)–History.
Historic buildings–North Carolina–Durham.
Scope and Content: The collection documents the association’s neighborhood advocacy and public outreach efforts, particularly the development of its resource-rich website. Research files about the neighborhood and its historic buildings, businesses, and families are also included. Photographs document the neighborhood’s buildings and natural areas, as well as the organization’s activities.
Related Materials: Durham People’s Alliance Records, 1975-2007. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Biographical/Historical Note: The Old West Durham Neighborhood Association was founded in 1995 to renew community development in the neighborhood (roughly located between Broad Street, the Durham Freeway, and Club Boulevard) and the celebration of its place in Durham’s history. Nick Tennyson, Durham mayor, proclaimed October 17, 1998 “Old West Durham Day” in honor of the association’s accomplishments; a neighborhood sign–including the motto, “Diversity, Harmony, Community”–was dedicated at the corner of Hillsborough and Ninth Streets.
Container List: Box 1
Awards and Honors 1998-1999
Clippings 1996-2000 and undated
Erwin Mills Cemetery 1999-2000
Events 2000 and undated
Friends of South Ellerbe Creek 2000
Includes photographs of the South Ellerbe Creek and the Stream Watch sign.
Historical Documents about Old West Durham (photocopies) 1927-1973
Loose Photographs undated
Photographs show many Old West Durham properties (including several Ninth Street businesses) and OWDNA activities.
Membership Solicitations ca. 2002 and undated
Newsletters 1997-2002
Old West Durham Day 1998
Includes photographs of the installation of the Old West Durham sign.
Website Materials 1999-2001
West Durham from Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory (photocopies) 1982