This collection (1913, 1926, undated) of notes, correspondence, and reports were found in a book titled A City Plan for Raleigh : Being a Report to the Civic Department of the Woman's Club of Raleigh, N. C. / by Charles Mulford Robinson published in 1913. Included are a report related to the civic beautification plan for Raleigh, North Carolina (ca. 1913); a letter (1926) from E. B. Jeffress, mayor of Greensboro, NC, describing recent civic improvements; and a 1926 Report of Conditions on Newbern Ave. and Hillsboro Street in Raleigh, by T. L. Mulford for the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Elvira Evelyna Worth Moffitt moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, in early 1900's. By 1904, Ms. Moffitt felt the need to organize a woman's club to help the city deal with unattractive and dirty streets and sidewalks and yards needing care. The charter members of the Woman's Club of Raleigh (WCR) numbered 141; they elected Miss Fannie Heck as the first president and selected Child Culture, Literature, Domestic Science, Art, Village Improvement, Charities, and Music as the beginning departments for the club's service to the community. The number of members quickly grew to 180 dedicated women determined to improve their city. The WCR joined the NC Federation of Women's Clubs in 1906 and incorporated the club as The Woman's Club of Raleigh, Inc. It is also a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
This collection of correspondence, notes, and a report was found in a book given to Daisy Denson by the Woman's Club of Raleigh. The book was titled A City Plan for Raleigh : Being a Report to the Civic Department of the Woman's Club of Raleigh, N. C. / by Charles Mulford Robinson and published in 1913. Included are a list of goals for the Civic Beautification for Raleigh (ca. 1913), and handwritten notes concerning beautification and conservation and choosing a slogan. The correspondence from Mayor E. B. Jeffress (April 1926) of Greensboro, North Carolina, concerns appropriating land and money for parks in Greensboro as well as beautification of the country schools. T. L Mumford (1926) wrote The Report of Conditions concerning Newbern Avenue, and Hillsboro Street in Raleigh for John J. Blair, Director of School House Planning for the Department of Public Instruction. Mulford also provided ideas to improve the streets including placing of wires underground, and re-locating sidewalks to permit adequate parking space between the sidewalk and the curb, and he discussed planting of crepe myrtles for beautification, mentioning that the local sentiment was that the crepe myrtle was regarded as the "State Flower."
Gift of Daisy Denson, via Maury York
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