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Guide to the Reseda Chamber of Commerce Papers, 1935-1987
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  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Reseda Chamber of Commerce Papers
    Dates: 1935-1987
    Identification: URB/RCC
    Creator: Reseda Chamber of Commerce (Reseda, Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Physical Description: 5.10 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Reseda Chamber of Commerce was formed by area merchants in 1935 to promote the welfare of the community, and to cultivate the business and social interests of its members. The records of the Reseda Chamber of Commerce document the functions of the organization through meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, business directories, event records, newspaper clippings and photographs. The collection dates from 1935 to 1987 and illustrates various chamber activities such as community outreach, municipal development, street improvements, merchant promotions, clean-up campaigns, beauty pageants, and civic awards.

    Historical Note:

    The Reseda Chamber of Commerce was formed by area merchants in 1935 to promote the welfare of the community and to cultivate the business and social interests of its members. In the 1920s and 1930s, Reseda was a small agricultural community in the San Fernando Valley, and was known for its sugar beets, lima beans, and lettuce crops.
    Billed as "the ideal home community" in 1943, the area began to attract a larger residential population. In response to that growth, the chamber involved itself in such municipal concerns as parking, flood control, street development, and zoning issues. The organization also promoted local business by providing information about the community to attract potential commercial and residential growth.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Reseda Chamber of Commerce (Reseda, Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Reseda Merchants Association (Reseda, Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material
    Scrapbooks

    Geographic Name:

    Reseda (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Administrative Information

    Accruals:

    2003

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall and Cathy Sluter, 1987

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Reseda Chamber of Commerce Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Administrative Records, 1935-1986
    Series II: Chamber Activities and Subject File, 1954-1986
    Series III: Historical Scrapbook, 1955-1957; 1981-1982
    Series IV: Non-Manuscript Material, 1956-1983

    Scope and Contents

    The Reseda Chamber of Commerce Papers document the functions of the organization through meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, business directories, event records, newspaper clippings and photographs. The collection dates from 1935 to 1987, and illustrates various chamber activities such as community outreach, municipal development, street improvements, merchant promotions, clean-up campaigns, beauty pageants and civic awards. The collection includes information from other local and state chambers of commerce and the Reseda Merchants Association, including numerous newspaper clippings from 1955-1957 about Reseda chamber activities. Of interest are correspondence and reports on San Fernando Valley freeway and surface street development. The collection is divided into four series: Administrative Records (1935-1986), Chamber Activities and Subject File (1954-1986), Historical Scrapbook (1955-1957; 1981-1982), and Non-Manusccript Material (1956-1983).
    Series I, Administrative Records, includes Articles of incorporation, board of directors meeting minutes, business directories, by-laws, correspondence, financial records and officers' reports. The series also includes records of the Reseda Retail Merchants Association and the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.
    Series II, Chamber Activities and Subject Files, contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, beauty pageant and civic award nominations, newsletters, statistics, reports, and related items that document the various activities of the Reseda Chamber such as the Fernando Award, the Miss Reseda Beauty Pageant, the Fun Fair and the annual Golf Tournament. Also included are documents recounting municipal issues such as the widening of the Reseda Boulevard-Sherman Way intersection, freeway development in the San Fernando Valley, population figures and zoning issues. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.
    Series III, Historical Scrapbook, contains newspaper clippings copied onto acid-free paper from two RCC scrapbooks. The newspaper clippings date primarily from 1955 to 1957 and detail Reseda Chamber activities and sales promotions. The series also contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings from 1981-82. Files are arranged in chronological order.
    Series IV, Non-Manuscript Material, consists of oversized maps and photographs.