Table of Contents

Overview of the Collection

Historical Information

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Items

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Administrative Information

Series Description

Series 1: Administrative Records

Series 2: Subject Files

Series 3: Newspaper Clippings

Contents List

Plainfield Public Library

Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield
(S.C.O.P.) [1969 – 1980]


Finding aid written and encoded by Sarah Hull in May 2009; processed in May 2009 by Sarah Hull.


Overview of the Collection
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Creator: Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield (S.C.O.P.)
Title: Records of the Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield (S.C.O.P.)
Dates: 1969 – 1980, with gaps
Quantity:

.5 linear feet of records
Comprised of 9 folders housed in one (1) 10”x15”x5” legal document box.

Abstract: The Records of the Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield document the creation and history of the S.C.O.P. from 1969 to 1980.  The collection includes administrative & legal documents, financial records, meeting minutes, by-laws, correspondence, newspaper clippings and subject files.
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Information

The Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield (S.C.O.P.) was a social services organization that provided a variety of programs to Plainfield’s Latino community.  The S.C.O.P. was formed in 1969 as a component of Plainfield’s original anti-poverty agency, Community Action Plainfield.  It incorporated in 1970, was run by a board of directors, and began to administer its own programs and obtain funds.  Its budget was nearly $500,000 in 1975. A variety of internal struggles arose at that time that affected some services, and the State Department of Community Affairs seized control of certain programs.  By 1977, the agency took back control of those programs with a renewed spirit to help the Latino community.  Agency activities included basic social services, family planning, Juveniles in Need of Supervision (JINS), summer/after-school programs, ESL classes, and child development.  The S.C.O.P. was active during the 1970s, and is no longer in operation.

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Scope and Contents

The Records of the Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield include a variety of historical material spanning from 1969 to 1980, with the bulk of records dating between 1975 to1977.  Record types include: administrative & legal documents, by-laws, financial records, correspondence, minutes, and numerous newspaper clippings.  Subject files include: Blanca Lozada, Community Action Agency, Community Day Care/Family Planning, Model Neighborhood Council, and the “S.C.O.P. Tragedy”/ Tito Rodriguez file.

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Arrangement

The Records of the Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield are arranged into three series:

Series 1: Administrative Records
Series 2: Subject Files, A to Z
Series 3: Newspaper Clippings

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Access and Use

Restrictions on Access

The "Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield" records 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.

Restrictions on Use

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.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

People:

Bender, Robert
Lozada, Blanca
Rodriguez, Tito

Organizations:

Community Action Agency, Plainfield, NJ
Model Neighborhood Council, Plainfield, NJ
Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield, Plainfield, NJ

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)

Subjects:

Plainfield, NJ - Clubs and organizations
Plainfield, NJ - History
Plainfield, NJ - Latino community (Hispanics, Latin Americans, Latinos/Latinas)
Political activism
Social service agencies
Social Service, Welfare

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Related Items

The Community Action Agency of Plainfield records, Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, NJ.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation for Collection

Identification of item; Date (if noted); "The Records of the Spanish Community Organization of Plainfield (S.C.O.P.)," Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated in 2007 by Patty and Robert Bender.  Bob served as S.C.O.P.’s Program Coordinator and Planner during the mid- to late-1970s.

Processing Information

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

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Series Description of the Collection
Series 1: Administrative Records [1973 -- 1977]

Series Description
Series 1 contains correspondence, memos and pamphlets, administrative documents, and legal records of the S.C.O.P.  It is composed solely of paper documents in English and Spanish.

Arrangement
Series 1 is arranged by date and fills one folder.


Series 2: Subject Files [1969--1978]

Series Description
Series 2 contains press releases, correspondence, minutes, planning reports, petitions, and handwritten notes. It is composed solely of paper documents that are typed and handwritten in English and Spanish.

Arrangement
Series 2 is arranged chronologically by subject, and fills five folders.

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Series 3: Newspaper Clippings [1971--1980]

Series Description
Series 3 contains newspaper clippings relating to the S.C.O.P. administration and subject files.  It is composed solely of original and photocopied clippings in English and Spanish.

Arrangement
Series 3 is arranged chronologically by subject, and fills three folders.

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Contents Listing

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

Administration of S.C.O.P.

1973-1977, undated

 

2

Blanca Lozada

1977, undated

 

3

Community Action Agency

1977

 

4

Community Day Care/Family Planning

1975-1978

 

5

Model Neighborhood Council

1969

 

6

“S.C.O.P. Tragedy” / Tito Rodriguez

1977

 

7

Clippings, general

1973-1977, undated

 

8

Clippings, Plainfield, NJ

1971 & 1980

 

9

Clippings, “S.C.O.P. Tragedy” / Tito Rodriguez

1977-1978

  10 Hola Amigo.Amiga 1978, undated

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