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Henderson Coordinating Council Records

The Henderson Coordinating Council was originally organized in 1943 with representatives of local businesses and non-political organizations to address a "developing problem" in the community that is not explicitly identified. After a period of inactivity, the Council was reorganized and reactivated in 1945, supporting community development and charitable works until it disbanded in 1955.

Funding for its activities came initially from member organization dues and later from the Community Chest. Meeting minutes indicate that early Henderson was particularly troubled by poor animal control and teenage delinquency in addition to the post-war sale of federally owned housing to private citizens.

Interested in strengthening local unity, the Council focused on developing community recreation and hosted yearly Halloween and Christmas parties, providing charitable donations of food to needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The minutes of the final meeting report that Youth Activities funding was turned over to the City Recreation Board, with records and supplies turned over to the City of Henderson, and all other funds returned to the Community Chest.

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Type of materials in this collection: Typewritten and handwritten materials related to the Henderson Coordinating Council, including its Constitution and By-laws, financial statements and audits, correspondence, and meeting minutes.

Timeframe: 1943-1955

Items included: In 2013, the City of Henderson provided Henderson Libraries with digitized records of the Henderson Coordinating Council, formatted as searchable PDF files. Henderson Libraries attempted to improve the Optical Character Recognition of the PDF files using ABBYY FineReader 11 and generated PDF/A copies for digital display and archival storage. Because the document images were probably scanned from microfilm, they are of poor quality, but most of the materials are legible. Optical Character Recognition of handwritten pages was loosely achieved by designating the text area type as a table rather than text and manually entering the text into the table. Searching can therefore be performed on handwritten documents, but highlighted areas will appear near the search result rather than directly upon it.

Copyright information: The items in this collection are in the public domain and may be used freely.

Digitization process and software needed: The items in this collection are PDF files. You must have a PDF reader in order to view the items in this collection.

Acknowledgements: The Henderson Coordinating Council Records were generously provided by the City of Henderson.

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