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This Is Our Home: The Save New Helvetia Collection
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Description
The New Helvetia Historic District contains the Alder Grove and Seavey Circle housing complexes and Leataata Floyd Elementary School in Sacramento, California. Collection record types include photographs; ephemera of the effort to Save New Helvetia and reject the West Broadway Specific Plan so far as it gentrifies the area, displaces current residents, and demolishes historically significant housing on the ground where Nathaniel Sextus Colley, Esq. fought a historic civil rights battle to racially integrate said housing in 1952; correspondence; public comments to Sacramento City Council; yearbooks; newspaper clippings; and videos available on an external hard drive.
Background
Overall, the collection provides a glimpse into the effort to retain Sacramento's racially, culturally, and architecturally significant history amidst a City Council interested in allowing its demolition. Originally World War II military housing, the New Helvetia history district includes Alder Grove and Seavey Circle. It houses many Sacramentans from a variety of backgrounds, serving as a multicultural epicenter and among the few remaining affordable housing options on a rapidly gentrifying downtown grid. Integrated by Nathaniel Sextus Colley, Esq., the site has national civil rights significance predating the U.S. 1964 Civil Rights Act. The collection includes information on social justice, civil society, racial integration, the impacts of COVID-19 on community organizing, public housing, diversity, and historic dwellings.
Extent
1 Linear Feet 1 archival box, 14 acid-free folders, and a 1-terrabite Seagate external drive, 1 linear foot