Finding Aid to the Cow Hollow Improvement Club Records, 1939-1974 MS 3161

Finding aid prepared by California Historical Society staff; revised by Tanya Hollis in 2010.
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San Francisco, CA, 94105
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Title: Cow Hollow Improvement Club records
Date (inclusive): 1939-1974
Collection Number: MS 3161
Creator: Cow Hollow Improvement Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
Extent: 4 boxes (2.0 Linear feet)
Repository: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
415-357-1848
reference@calhist.org
URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Contains organizational papers, including constitution and bylaws, minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and reports, as well as cases before the Board of Appeals concerning new constructions and conversions, newspaper clippings, and several zoning reports and maps. Correspondence contains detailed accounts of block-by-block zoning procedures. Also includes materials pertaining to the establishment of the Delancey Street Foundation in 1968, which founded a drug rehabilitation center in Cow Hollow.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cow Hollow Improvement Club Records, MS 3161, California Historical Society.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the North Baker Research Library. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections Number:
NUCMC 82-359

Separated Materials

Photographs shelved as MSP 3161.

Arrangement

Arranged in four boxes, as follows: Box 1: Organizational and membership materials; Box 2: Correspondence, arranged alphabetically by street; Box 3: Reports and cases before the Board of Appeals; Box 4: Zoning and development materials, and miscellany.

Scope and Contents

Contains organizational papers, including constitution and bylaws, minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and reports, as well as cases before the Board of Appeals concerning new constructions and conversions, newspaper clippings, and several zoning reports and maps. Correspondence contains detailed accounts of block-by-block zoning procedures.
Also includes materials pertaining to the establishment of the Delancey Street Foundation in 1968, which founded a drug rehabilitation center in Cow Hollow.

History

The Cow Hollow Improvement Club records document the activities of one of San Francisco's well known neighborhood associations. Residents of the area founded the organization in 1946 in order to advance and promote their neighborhood, as well as improve the welfare of the City of San Francisco. With both a sense of history and humor, the members choose the name Cow Hollow in honor of the farms which once overlooked the hillside. Within a short time, the Club boasted a membership of over thirty-two families within the district boarded by Lyon to the west; Pierce to the east; Filbert to the north; and, Pacific to the south.
Among the early successful efforts of this permanent and vigorous neighborhood association, was the establishment of a playground in 1948; increased fire and police protection; improved transportation; development of underground facilities; and, improved zoning ordinances sensitive to resident needs.
From its inception, the Club members were most active in determining zoning ordinances. Whenever an issue of construction arose, members were notified and a consensus was reached. Without hesitation, the Club went directly before the Board of Appeals over zoning conflicts if they believed that they would aversely affect the overall welfare of the Cow Hollow district. Often, they were successful in their efforts to curtail additional construction.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Delancey Street Foundation (San Francisco, Calif.).
Citizens' associations--California--San Francisco.
Cow Hollow (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

History of Cow Hollow Improvement Club

Box 1, Folder 2

Minutes 1947-1971

Box 1, Folder 3

General Correspondence 1939-1974

Box 1, Folder 4

Membership Correspondence 1953-1974

Box 1, Folder 5

Membership Lists

Box 1, Folder 6

Membership Journal

 

Street Files

Box 2, Folder 7

Baker Street 1947-1956, 1970

Box 2, Folder 8

Broadway 1947-1966

Box 2, Folder 9

Broderick 1965, 1969

Box 2, Folder 10

Divisadero 1947-1967

Box 2, Folder 11

Filbert 1947-1973

Box 2, Folder 12

Green 1965-1971

Box 2, Folder 13

Greenwich 1956, 1968

Box 2, Folder 14

Lyon 1947-1972

Box 2, Folder 15

Pacific 1947-1972

Box 2, Folder 16

Pierce 1947-1953

Box 2, Folder 17

Scott 1947-1971

Box 2, Folder 18

Union 1948-1971

 

Board of Appeals

Box 3, Folder 19

Reports on the Board of Appeals 1964

Box 3, Folder 20

Breeden Case 1969

Box 3, Folder 21

Burrell 1966

Box 3, Folder 22

Cohen 1946

Box 3, Folder 23

DiBene 1962

Box 3, Folder 24

Larsen 1960

Box 3, Folder 25

Clippings

Box 4, Folder 26

Zoning Study 1947

Box 4, Folder 27

Zoning Study 1960s-1970s

Box 4, Folder 28

Presidio Gate Study 1964-1965

Box 4, Folder 29-30

Delancey Street Foundation Studies 1968, 1973

Box 4, Folder 31

Traffic Control Study 1971

Box 4, Folder 32

Miscellaneous