Scope and arrangement
The Harlem Neighborhoods Association Collection is a segment of that organization's records, salvaged from the rubble during renovation of the building where HANA was located. The collection has been divided into two series: RECORDS OF THE CENTRAL HARLEM COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY PLANNINGwhich span from 1941 to 1958, and RECORDS OF THE HARLEM NEIGHBORHOODS ASSOCIATION,1958 to 1978. Each series is in turn divided into two subseries: Board of Directors Records,and Committee and Program Files.The collection chronicles the deteriorating quality of life in Harlem over three decades, along with the often ill-adapted responses of social agencies and municipal bodies.
The Board of Directors Recordsare arranged chronologically and consist of correspondence and memoranda, minutes, agendas and reports, publicity and outreach materials, financial records, membership lists and printed matter. The Committee and Program Filesin both series document an ongoing organizational concern for chronic social dysfunctions and urban poverty in Harlem. The most substantive files are: the Day Care Committee, 1950-1956; the Housing Committee, 1952-1956; the Recreation Committee, 1948-1958; the Parents Committee, 1952-1968; and several youth related programs spanning from 1948 to 1963. Other issues and projects documented in the collection include: the desegregation and decentralization of public schools in Harlem, urban planning and racial segregation, the Haryou-Act project, drug prevention, and family planning. Also included is a scrapbook of articles and other printed matter documenting local community efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new two hundred bed hospital in Mount Morris Park in 1963.
The Harlem Neighborhoods Association records are arranged in two series: