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Finding Aid to the Mission Neighborhood Centers Records
BANC MSS 73/101 c  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Separated Materials
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Mission Neighborhood Centers records
    creator: Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., San Francisco
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 73/101 c
    Physical Description: 55 linear feet (41 cartons, 2 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 cardfile box, 1 oversize folder)
    Date (bulk): approximately 1926-1972 (bulk 1958-1972)
    Abstract: The records of Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., a social service organization in San Francisco, from its founding in 1958 until 1972. Also some records from predecessor organizations dating back to 1941.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Mission Neighborhood Centers records were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. in 1972-1973.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mission Neighborhood Centers records, BANC MSS 73/101 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in February 2015.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of the Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1973.047).

    Biographical / Historical

    Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. is a non-profit, non-sectarian community services center formed in San Francisco in 1958 from the merger of the Good Samaritan Community Center, the Precita Valley Community Club Hall Association, and the Mission Community Center.
    The Good Samaritan Community Center was established in 1922 as an independent social agency, though its roots lay in the the Good Samaritan Mission, founded by San Francisco Episcopalians in 1894. The Mission Community Center was, until 1942, The Girls Club. It was founded in 1896 by Rachael Wolfsohn and incorporated as a non-profit agency in 1910. By the early 1940s, The Girls Club had re-evaluated its mission, decided to provide services to a wider range of children and adults, and changed its name to the Mission Community Center. The Precita Valley Community Club Hall Association was a neighborhood association founded in 1921.
    The founding goal of Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. was to create better and more integrated social services for residents of San Francisco's Mission District. The organization worked with Mission residents through individual counselling services, group activities, and neighborhood organization and action. Mission Neighborhoods Centers, Inc. was, during its first decade, affliliated with the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers, the National Conference of Social Welfare, the California Conference of Social Work, the Department of Christian Social Relations of the Episcopal Diocese of California, the San Francisco Neighborhood Centers Association, the San Francisco Boys Work Association, the Mission Youth Council, and the United Community Fund.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of a large alphabetical subject file documenting the work of Mission Neighborhood Centers and some of its predecessor organizations from approximately 1941 until 1972 (with the bulk of materials dating after 1958). Included in the subject file are administrative records of Mission Neighborhood Centers as well as files on topics ranging from education to urban renewal to welfare. Also included in this subject file are records created by and about various other social welfare and neighborhood organizations working in the Mission District and throughout San Francisco. Also included in the collections are clippings and clippings scrapbooks.

    Related Materials

    Girls' Club records : San Francisco, Calif., 1924-1973 (BANC MSS 75/69 c).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mission Neighborhood Centers, Incorporated, San Francisco--Archives
    Good Samaritan Community Center (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Precita Valley Community Hall Club Association
    Mission Neighborhood Centers, Incorporated, San Francisco
    Greater Mission Citizens' Council
    Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council
    Mission Community Center (San Francisco, Calif.)
    National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers
    Upper Noe Valley Neighborhood Council
    Bernal Heights Association
    Community centers -- California -- San Francisco
    Poverty -- California -- San Francisco
    Neighborhoods -- California -- San Francisco
    Public welfare -- California -- San Francisco
    Charities -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
    Urban renewal -- California -- San Francisco
    Education, preschool -- California -- San Francisco
    Juvenile delinquency -- California -- San Francisco
    Housing -- California -- San Francisco
    Ethnic groups -- California -- San Francisco
    Older people -- Services for -- California -- San Francisco
    Mission District (San Francisco, Calif.)