Guide to the West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce Collection, 1953-1977

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce Collection
Dates: 1953-1977
Identification: URB/WVNCC
Creator: West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce
Physical Description: 1.48 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: The West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce (WVNCC) was established in 1952 by a group of merchants in Van Nuys, who were members of the West Valley Associated Chambers of Commerce and the Valley-Wide Streets, Highways, and Transportation Committee. The collection documents the administrative functions of the association through correspondence, minutes, newsletters, pamphlets and reports. Subject files also contain materials that depict the various activities and goals of the organization.

Historical Note:

The West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce (WVNCC) was established in 1952 by a group of local merchants. The Chamber was a member of the West Valley Associated Chambers of Commerce and the Valley-Wide Streets, Highways and Transportation Committee. Through voluntary associations, local businessmen and property owners helped direct the growth and development of the San Fernando Valley.
Because WVNCC long championed the cause of the Van Nuys Airport, the most active private-plane airport in California, the association is often referred to as "The Airport Chamber." Other important issues backed by the Chamber include defense contracts coming to the San Fernando Valley, the development of transportation networks, education, housing and population growth, recreational facilities and public works.

Access Terms

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

Corporate Name:

West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce (Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Calif.)
West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce (Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Archives

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Photographic material
Publications

Geographic Name:

Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Robert G. Marshall and Larry Mark Herskovic, 1986

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. 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.

Electronic Format:

Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.  For more information please see http://digital-library.csun.edu/.  

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Related Materials:

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1954-1976
Series II: Subject Files, 1953-1977

Scope and Contents

The West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce Collection documents the administrative functions, activities, and goals of the West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce (WVNCC) through correspondence, minutes and agendas, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets. The Chamber supported the expansion of Van Nuys Airport, improvement of local high schools, the development of recreational facilities in the Sepulveda Dam Basin and the promotion of local businesses. The bulk of the collection dates from the early 1950s and 1960s; material dating from the 1970s is very limited. The collection is arranged in two series: Administrative Records (1954-1976) and Subject Files (1953-1977).
Series I, Administrative Records, contains agendas and minutes, by-laws, correspondence, membership lists, reports, and related administrative records of the Chamber. Also included are by-laws and membership lists of the West Valley Associated Chambers of Commerce. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.
Series II, Subject Files, includes brochures, correspondence, handouts, newspaper clippings, newsletters, reports, statistical data, and related items that document the various interest areas of WVNCC. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Administrative Records, 1954-1976

Box 1, Folder 1

Agendas and Minutes: WVNCC meetings, 1959, 1960, 1964

Box 1, Folder 2

Agendas and Minutes: WVNCC meetings, 1965

Box 1, Folder 3

Agendas and Minutes: WVNCC meetings, 1968, 1970

Box 1, Folder 4

Agendas and Minutes: WVNCC meetings, 1971, 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 5

Brochures: WVNCC publicity material, 1975

Box 1, Folder 6

Committee Objectives: notes; reports, 1956-1957

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence: airports, 1955-1959

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence: California Chamber of Commerce, 1971, 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 9

Corman, James C., 1957-1958, 1960

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence: City Council of Los Angeles, 1955-1957, 1960, 1968, 1971, 1973

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence: general, 1955-1957, 1963, 1965, 1968

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence: general, 1970

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence: general, 1972, 1973, 1976

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence: Miller, Isla, 1964-1974

Box 1, Folder 15

State Board of Equalization, 1970

Box 1, Folder 16

Teague, Rod, 1971

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence: WVNCC (outgoing), 1954-1958, 1965

Box 1, Folder 18

correspondence: WVNCC (outgoing), 1968-1973

Box 1, Folder 19

Wynhausen, Frits, 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 20

Zoraster, Mr. & Mrs. Albert, 1956-1975

Box 1, Folder 21

Fellowship Dinner: agendas; minutes, June 1960

Box 1, Folder 22

Fernando Award: nominations; installments, 1970, 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 23

Financial Audits: reports on WVNCC, 1956

Box 1, Folder 24

Installment Dinner: announcements; menus, 1955-1960, 1962, 1965, 1972

Box 1, Folder 25

Membership lists, 1955, 1957-1958, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969

Box 2, Folder 1

Programs: advertising material, 1954-1956, 1964, 1971

Box 2, Folder 2

Resolutions: City of Los Angeles, 1958, 1964-1965, 1967-1968, 1971, 1973-1974, 1976

Box 2, Folder 3

Valley Roundtable Council: agendas; minutes, 1970, 1974

Box 2, Folder 4

West Valley Associated Chambers of Commerce (WVACC): by-laws, 1963

Box 2, Folder 5

WVACC: lists of officers, 1956, 1963, 1965

Box 2, Folder 6

WVNCC: newsletters, 1958, 1977

Box 2, Folder 7

WVNCC: notes from meetings, 1968-1970, 1972

Box 2, Folder 8

WYNCC: officers; directors; lists of committees, 1960-1964, 1966, 1969-1972

Box 2, Folder 9

WVNCC: president's message, 1958, 1963, 1969

 

Series II: Subject Files, 1953-1977

Box 2, Folder 10

Airports: annual reports, 1960, 1964, 1972

Box 2, Folder 11

Airports: brochures

Box 2, Folder 12

Airports: newsletters, 1959-1960

Box 2, Folder 13

Airports: regulations and procedures, 1960, 1973

Box 2, Folder 14

Awards: certificates, 1967

Box 2, Folder 15

Awards, 1967

Box 2, Folder 16

Cline, Robert C, Chairman, Bustop Campaign: press releases, 1971, 1974, 1977

Box 2, Folder 17

Community Issues and Actions: newspaper clippings, 1972

Box 2, Folder 18

Defense: Congressional Record, 1954

Box 2, Folder 19

Defense Contracts: speeches; reports, 1964-1965, 1972

Box 2, Folder 20

Girl Scouts: announcements, 1953-1955, 1960

Box 2, Folder 21

Growth in the San Fernando Valley: newspaper clippings, 1957-1958, 1960-1961, 1964-1965, 1970, 1977

Box 2, Folder 22

Health: brochures

Box 2, Folder 23

Holt, Joe: correspondence; newsletters, 1958-1960

Box 2, Folder 24

Legislation: correspondence, 1971

Box 2, Folder 25

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce: correspondence, 1955-1957

Box 2, Folder 26

Major Issues: newspaper clippings, 1957, 1964-1965, 1970, 1972, 1977

Box 2, Folder 27

Maps: Reseda-West Van Nuys, 1970

Box 3, Folder 1

Marquardt Corporation: correspondence, 1960

Box 3, Folder 2

Miller, Isla: newspaper clippings, 1959, 1960, 1970, 1972

Box 3, Folder 3

Other Chambers of Commerce: newspaper clippings; membership lists: rosters, 1955, 1957-1958, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975

Box 3, Folder 4

Other Council Business: newspaper clippings, 1954, 1957, 1965, 1972, 1974

Box 3, Folder 5

Population - Dwelling Units: reports, Los Angeles Planning Commission, 1963 October, 1964 January

Box 3, Folder 6

Population - Estimates: City of Los Angeles, 1957-1960

Box 3, Folder 7

Population - Estimates: The Regional Planning Commission, 1960 April, 1960 July

Box 3, Folder 8

Public Works: reports, 1957, 1971

Box 3, Folder 9

Rapid Transit: Senate Bill 205

Box 3, Folder 10

Real Estate: statistics, 1965, 1973-1974

Box 3, Folder 11

Rotary Club: publications, 1956

Box 3, Folder 12

San Fernando Valley: brochures, 1959

Box 3, Folder 13

San Fernando Valley: census, 1957

Box 3, Folder 14

San Fernando Valley: demographics, 1971

Box 3, Folder 15

San Fernando Valley: statistical data

Box 3, Folder 16

Social Services: publications, 1959, 1969

Box 3, Folder 17

Streets, Highways & Transportation: minutes; Valley Wide Committee, 1962

Box 3, Folder 18

Streets, Highways & Transportation: minutes; Valley Wide Committee, 1964-1965

Box 3, Folder 19

Streets, Highways & Transportation: minutes; Valley Wide Committee, 1974

Box 3, Folder 20

Streets and Freeway Project: reports, 1964-1965, 1971

Box 3, Folder 21

Van Nuys Helicopter Terminal: reports, 1965

Box 3, Folder 22

Water & Power: publications, 1963-1964

Box 3, Folder 23

WVNCC: newspaper clippings, general, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1969-1973, 1975, 1977

Box 3, Folder 24

Zoraster, Albert: newspaper clippings, 1957-1958, 1963-1966, 1971

Flat File Cabinet 3, Folder 1

Photo - Members of WVNCC, ca. 1950-ca. 1959

Box 4, Item 1

Photo - Installation Dinner, two members of the WVNCC

Box 4, Item 2

Photo - Group picture including Albert Zoraster and Isla Miller, eleven members in photograph

Box 4, Item 3

Photo - Group picture including Albert Zoraster and Isla Miller, six members in photograph

Box 4, Item 4

Photo - members of WVNCC and Airport Theatre displaying advertisements for the movie 'The Chairman,' three people holding tickets

Box 4, Item 5

Photo - members of WVNCC and Airport Theatre displaying advertisements for the movie 'The Chairman,' 4 people with movie poster

Box 4, Item 6

Photo - members of WVNCC and Airport Theatre displaying advertisements for the movie 'The Chairman,' 4 people with movie poster

Box 4, Item 7

Photo - members of WVNCC and Airport Theatre displaying advertisements for the movie 'The Chairman,' Anne Heywood with 4 other people, lights and movie poster

Box 4, Item 8

Photo - members of WVNCC and Airport Theatre displaying advertisements for the movie 'The Chairman,' Anne Heywood with 1 other person, lights and movie poster

Box 4, Item 9

Photo - members of WVNCC and Airport Theatre displaying advertisements for the movie 'The Chairman,' Anne Heywood with 2 other people, lights and movie poster reading a document

Box 4, Item 10

Photo - members of WVNCC and Airport Theatre displaying advertisements for the movie 'The Chairman,' 5 people with movie poster