Collection documents activities of a non-profit, neighborhood-based organization involved in planning, architecture, transportation,
historic preservation and education issues concerning the Sunset District of San Francisco.
The Sunset-Parkside Education and Action Committee, or SPEAK, is an active neighborhood organization with a 50-year history
of involvement in neighborhood-based planning, architecture, and historic preservation issues. It was founded in 1969 by
a group of ministers and businessmen, to inform area residents "about matters of mutual concern in government and in the community
and improve the quality of life in the area and citywide." SPEAK had an architectural review role and communicated with both
project sponsors and city planners to achieve improved design and use of space. The agency sponsored an annual summer festival
featuring art, music and dance, as well as a candidates' night. At one point, the board met monthly and the general membership
met annually in May, as well as in October in election years.
6.2 Cubic Feet
(5 boxes, 1 manuscripts box)
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