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Fisher Park Neighborhood Association Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0215

Scope and Contents

The types of materials in this collection include newspaper clippings, magazines, bylaws and guidelines, correspondence, proceedings, financial statements, newsletters, awards, contracts and proposals, maps, compact discs, audiotapes, and photographs.

Most of the material pertains to official business of the Fisher Park Neighborhood Association (FPNA) and its contributory committees.

Dates

  • 1973 - 2014
  • Other: Date acquired: 2012 June 1

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Fisher Park Neighborhood is named for the property's early owner, Captain Basil John Fisher. Captain Fisher was a retired British army officer, originally from Scotland, who immigrated to Asheboro, North Carolina in the mid-1880s to assist in the management of a gold mine. Fisher's interests soon turned to real estate development. He acquired a tract of land in Greensboro, North Carolina then known as Lindsay's Woods -- a lowland swamp area that served as a dumping ground for Greensboro's 10,035 residents. In 1902, Captain Fisher and his wife, Isabella, donated twenty-eight acres of this land to the City of Greensboro for the development of the city's first suburban neighborhood designed around a park. In exchange for the land and $5, the city agreed to build a driveway through the land - roadways that would eventually traverse the heart of the neighborhood: Fisher Park Circle, North Park Drive, and South Park Drive.

Captain Fisher died in 1903 in New York City. He was buried there, though his remains were later moved to Green Hill Cemetery in the Fisher Park Neighborhood. The neighborhood saw the majority of its development between the turn of the century and the 1930s. Most homes reflect the popular styles of this time as Craftsman, Prairie Style, and Colonial Revival structures dominate the neighborhood.

The Fisher Park Neighborhood Association was formed in 1978 in response to commercial developments and rezoning and with the intent to preserve the neighborhood's historic aesthetic and residential nature. In 1982, a portion of the neighborhood gained national and local historic district designation. This Fisher Park Historic District is within the larger boundaries of the Fisher Park Neighborhood.

Extent

7.00 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection comprises the records of The Fisher Park Neighborhood Association, a not-for-profit organization serving the Fisher Park Neighborhood and Fisher Park Historic District in Greensboro, North Carolina. The collection documents the Association operations, sponsored events, and fundraising as well as neighborhood events and legislation. Materials include press clippings, reports, newsletters, bylaws, compact discs, board proceedings, photographs, fliers, posters, papers, and audio recordings.

Arrangement Note

The Fisher Park Neighborhood Association Records consists of seven series: press, administrative documents, newsletters, community, legislation/politics, history, and environment.

Series 1: Press is subdivided into clippings, primarily from the Greensboro News and Record and its predecessors, the Greensboro Record and the Greensboro Daily News; and magazines, which include both local magazines (bulk: 99 Blocks magazine) and one national publication (Southern Living). Within each subseries, items are arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Administrative Documents is subdivided into articles of incorporation and bylaws, board meeting agendas and minutes, financial records, and historic district materials. Within each subseries, items are arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Newsletters is subdivided into newsletters, 1979-2014, and clip art representing architectural features of Fisher Park homes and used in early newsletters. Newsletters are arranged chronologically.

Series 4: Community is subdivided into activities, awards, events and organizations. Activities, awards, and events are arranged chronologically. Organizations are arracnged alphabeticaly. It should be noted this series has one flat file box of oversized documents.

Series 5: Legislation/Politics is subdivided by nature of legislation: Re-zonings, School Redistricting, Historic District Quest, Bicentennial Garden Proposal, and Baseball Stadium Proposal. Re-zonings are arranged by location.

Series 6: History is subdivided into General/Captain Fisher, General House Histories, Real Estate Sales Flyers, and Fisher Park Oral Histories. House histories are arranged alphabetically by street name then numerically by house number.

Series 7: Environment is subdivided into Landscape, Streetscape, and Maps. Landscape refers to all park improvements and is arranged chronologically. Streetscape refers to the Streetscape Project and is also arranged chronologically. Maps are undated and loosely arranged by area represented.

Source of Acquisition

Fisher Park Neighborhood Association

Method of Acquisition

Gift of the Fisher Park Neighborhood Association in December, 2013.

Related Materials

Basil J. Fisher Papers, MSS Collection #109. Greensboro Historical Museum Archives, Greensboro Historical Museum, North Carolina. http://archives.greensborohistory.org/manuscripts/fisher-bj Fisher Park Neighborhood Association http://www.fisherparknc.org/

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Processing Information

Processed by Amanda Fonorow in June 2012; Additions processed by Lisa Withers in May 2014.
Title
Fisher Park Neighborhood Association Records
Author
Amanda Fonorow
Date
05/21/2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US
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