Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Administrative Information

Historical Note

Scope & Content Note

Organization & Arrangement

Index Terms

Related Items

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series Arrangement & Description

Series 1: Memorandums

Series 2: Meeting Notes

Series 3: Agency Information

Series 4: Ephemera

Series 5: Administrative Statements

Series 6: Legislation

Series 7: Applicability Information

Series 8: Loose Documents

Series 9: Correspondence

Series 10: Newspaper Clippings

 

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A Finding Aid for the

Community Action Agency of Plainfield
[
1967-1978]



National Logo of the Community Action Agency

Finding aid written by Derek Lavigne and encoded by Sarah Hull in April 2009;
processed in 2009 by Derek Lavigne.


Descriptive Summary

Title:

Records of the Community Action Agency of Plainfield, 1967-1978.

Creator: Community Action Agency

Size:

1 linear foot of records
Comprised of 10 folders in 1 archival box
Repository:

Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Abstract:

The Records of the Plainfield Community Action Agency document the creation and history of the Agency from 1967-1978.  The collection contains administrative materials including memorandums, meeting minutes, correspondence, organization information, financial records and budgets, statements, by-laws, applicability information, and subject files including public ephemera. There are also numerous newspaper clippings and loose, hand-written notes.

Language:

The records are in English.


Administrative Information
Access & Restrictions

The records of the Community Action Agency are available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); "The Records of the Community Action Agency of Plainfield." collection, Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated in 2008 by Mr. Robert Bender on behalf of the Community Action Agency of Plainfield.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Derek Lavigne in 2009. The finding aid was written by Derek Lavigne in 2009. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Historical Note

The Community Action Agency (C.A.A.) is one of the six branches of the Community Services Administration, which is an agency within the Federal Government dedicated to reducing poverty throughout the United States since its inception in 1975. Established under the Economic Opportunity Acts of 1964, the C.A.A. is widely spread throughout the United States, consisting of over 1,000 agencies nationwide. The C.A.A. is responsible for assisting over 30 million poverty-stricken Americans and Puerto Ricans annually. The majority of the Community Action Agency’s funding has been coming directly from the Community Services Administration, with the rest being supplied by State and Local governments. In June of 1977, the Plainfield Community Action Agency Planning Committee requested that a community action agency for the city of Plainfield be formed. In the following August, the Plainfield Community Agency became certified, and has been serving the community ever since.

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Scope and Content Note

The Records of the Agency include a variety of historical material spanning from 1967-1978, with the bulk of records dating between 1977 to1978.  Record types include: memorandums, meeting notes, agency information, ephemera, administrative statements, legislation, applicability information, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and loose hand-written documents.

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Organization and Arrangement

The Records of the Community Action Agency are arranged into ten series:

Series 1: Memorandums
Series 2: Meeting Notes
Series 3: Agency Information
Series 4: Ephemera 
Series 5: Administrative Statements
Series 6: Legislation 
Series 7: Applicability Information
Series 8: Loose Documents
Series 9: Correspondence 
Series 10: Newspaper Clippings

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Index Terms

People:

Bender, Robert
O’Keefe, Paul
Rodriguez, Tito
Harris, Irene 
Whetstone, Freeman
Gomez, Rafael
Anderson, William S.
Sonnenschein, Marilyn 
Saez, Fred 
Blatz, Frank H. 
Bashe, Lawrence 
Henry, Elaine M. 
Rogers, Aubrey

Organizations:

Plainfield Community Action Agency 
Community Services Administration

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)

Subjects:

Poverty
Social Organization

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Related Items

No related items.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents that do not require any additional technology for access.

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Series Description


Series 1: Memorandums [1977-1978]

Series Arrangement

Series 1 is arranged chronologically by date and fills 1 folder.

Description

Series 1 contains documents published by the Community Action Agency of Plainfield. It is composed solely of paper documents. Documents are typed.

 

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Series 2: Meeting Notes [1977-1978]

Series Arrangement

Series 2 is arranged chronologically by date, and fills one folder..

Description

Series 2 contains meeting minutes (unbound). It is composed solely of paper documents. Documents are typed.

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Series 3: Agency Information [1977-1978]

Series Arrangement

Series 3 is arranged chronologically by date, and fills one folder.

Description

Series 3 contains organizational chart, hiring procedures, program account budgets, membership contact information, personnel title and salary range, and thorough job descriptions.  It is composed solely of paper documents. Documents are typed and handwritten.

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Series 4: Ephemera [1977-1978]

Series Arrangement

Series 4 is arranged chronologically by date, and fills one folder.

Description

Series 4 contains ephemera such as public announcements and administering board reception invitation.  It is composed solely of paper documents. These documents are typed and handwritten.

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Series 5: Administrative Statements [1975-1977]

Series Arrangement

Series 5 is arranged chronologically by date and fills 1 folder.

Description

Series 5 contains Administrative Statements published by the Community Action Agency of Plainfield, the mayor of Plainfield, and the Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield. It is composed solely of paper documents. Documents are typed.

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Series 6: Legislation [1967-1977]

Series Arrangement

Series 6 is arranged chronologically by date, and fills one folder.

Description

Series 6 contains proposed by-laws, a minority report, the designation of Community Action Agency programs and functions, and the Office of Economic Opportunity organizational guidelines pertaining to the C.A.A.  It is composed solely of paper documents. Documents are typed.

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Series 7: Applicability Information [1974-1977]

Series Description
Series 7 contains applicability information and requirements set forth by the Office of Economic Opportunity.  A district map as well as a petition to become a census tract candidate is also included. It is composed solely of paper documents. Documents are typed and handwritten.

Arrangement
Series 7 is arranged chronologically by date, and fills one folder.

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Series 8: Loose Documents [1977]

Series Description
Series 8 contains handwritten notes taken from meetings, as well as rough drafts of correspondence, organization agenda, position requirements, and a list of the needs of the Community Action Agency of Plainfield. It is composed solely of paper documents. These documents are handwritten.

Arrangement
Series 8 is arranged chronologically by date, and fills one folder.

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Series 9: Correspondence [1977-1978]

Series Description
Series 9 contains correspondence between the organization, the mayor, Robert Bender, as well as the Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield. Documents are handwritten.

Arrangement
Series 9 is arranged chronologically by date, and fills one folder
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Series 10: Newspaper Clippings [1974-1978]

Series Description
Series 10 contains newspaper clippings ranging from 1977-1978 as well a numerous undated clippings. It is composed solely of paper documents. These clippings are typed.

Arrangement
Series 10 is arranged chronologically by date where possible, and fills one folder.

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Container Listing

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

Memorandums

1977-1978

 

2

Meeting Notes

1977-1978

 

3

Agency Information

1977-1978

 

4

Ephemera

1977-1978

 

5

Administrative Statements

1975-1977

 

6

Legislation

1967-1977

 

7

Applicability Information

1974-1977

 

8

Loose Documents

1977

 

9

Correspondence

1977-1978

 

10

Newspaper Clippings

1977-1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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