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Guide to the Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley Collection, 1955-1977
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley Collection
    Dates: 1955-1977
    Identification: URB/ACCSFV
    Creator: Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley
    Physical Description: 4.59 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley Collection documents the expansion of business, industry, and suburban consumer culture throughout the San Fernando Valley during its post-war period of rapid growth from the 1950’s through the 1970’s.

    Historical Note:

    The West Valley Associated Chambers of Commerce was organized in December 1927 by four West San Fernando Valley chambers of commerce -- Canoga Park [formerly Owensmouth], Chatsworth, Northridge [formerly Zelzah and North Los Angeles] and Reseda [formerly Marion]. The chambers joined together to promote a spirit of cooperation among the West Valley's business, residential and civic interests, and to advance the civic, commercial and industrial welfare of the region through legislative action.
    In 1928, Granada Hills became the fifth community chamber to join the Associated Chambers.It was followed by Tarzana in 1930, Encino in 1931, West Van Nuys in 1956, Sepulveda in 1960, Sherman Oaks in 1972, Greater Las Virgenes in 1974, and North Hollywood in 1975. In 1966, the Associated Chambers changed their name to the present Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley to remove the impression that the members were exclusively from the West Valley.
    The collection of the Associated Chambers documents the expansion of business, industry and suburban consumer culture in the San Fernando Valley during its post-war period of rapid growth from the 1950’s through the 1970’s.

    Access Terms

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

    Corporate Name:

    Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley
    San Fernando Chamber of Commerce

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records

    Geographic Name:

    Canoga Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Chatsworth (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Encino (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    North Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Northridge (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Reseda (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
    San Fernando Valley (Calif.) -- History
    Sepulveda (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Tarzana (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Personal Name:

    Bell, Alphonzo, 1914-2004
    Bradley, Tom, 1917-1998
    Brown, Jerry, 1938 -
    Carrell, Thomas C., 1900-1972
    Corman, James C. (James Charles), 1920-2000
    Yorty, Sam, 1909-1998

    Topical Term:

    Boards of trade -- California -- San Fernando Valley
    Business enterprises -- California -- San Fernando Valley
    Civic leaders -- California -- San Fernando Valley
    Economics -- California -- San Fernando Valley
    Industries -- California -- San Fernando Valley

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Robert Freeman, October 1981

    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 https://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: Correspondence, 1958-1977
    Series II: Minutes and Agendas, 1955-1976
    Series III: Administrative Records, 1956-1976
    Series IV: Issues and Topics, 1956-1977
    Series V. Publicity Files, 1955-1976

    Scope and Contents

    The Associated Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley Collection and its predecessor organization, the West Valley Associated Chambers of Commerce, reveal the rapid growth of the organization during the post-war years and the corresponding growth of the San Fernando Valley business community. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes and agendas, by-laws, articles of incorporation, city planning reports, resolutions, rosters of Chamber delegates and officers, printed brochures and literature, newspaper clippings, newsletters and press releases. The materials help to explain the history of commerce and community development in the San Fernando Valley since 1955. Gaps may exist in documentation of the Chamber's first twenty-five years [1927-1954] as an organized body. The collection has been divided into five series: Correspondence (1958-1977), Minutes and Agendas (1955-1976), Administrative Records (1956-1976), Issues and Topics (1956-1977), and Publicity Files (1955-1976).
    Series I, Correspondence, consists of letters and memoranda exchanged between officers of the organization and officers of the various member Chambers. The series also contains correspondence relative to the Associated Chambers' advocacy of community development in the San Fernando Valley through legislation. Included are letters from various local, state and federal government representatives and officials such as United States Senators Thomas Kuchel and George Murphy, United States Congressmen Alphonzo Bell and James Corman, California Governors Edmund Brown and Ronald Reagan, State Senators Tom Carrell and Thomas Rees, Assemblymen Lou Cusanovich and Charles Conrad, Los Angeles County Supervisors Warren Dorn and Kenneth Hahn, Los Angeles Mayors Tom Bradley and Sam Yorty, and Los Angeles City Councilmen Ernani Bernardi and John Ferraro. All correspondence in the series is arranged chronologically.
    Series II, Minutes and Agendas, documents the contributions of the various member Chambers of the San Fernando Valley regarding the formulation of administrative policy. Included are the minutes and agendas of the Associated Chambers' Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The series is arranged in chronological order.
    Series III, Administrative Records, consists of attendance records, articles of incorporation, ballot propositions, by-laws and amendments, financial records, reports, resolutions, senate and assembly bills, and rosters of Chamber delegate committee members and officers. Also included in this series is a history of the ACCSFV, which depicts the early phase of the organization (1927-1954). The files are arranged alphabetically according to subject heading and chronologically within.
    Series IV, Issues and Topics, consists of printed information published by various outside organizations. The material deals with issues and topics which were of interest to the ACCSFV, as well as items which the Chamber kept on hand for their own reference. Included are press releases, reports and subject files. The series provides information on a variety of topics from city planning to California business trends to rapid transit. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
    Series V, Publicity Files, consists of newspaper clippings. Newspaper clipped articles, most of which were taken from issues of San Fernando Valley newspapers like the Valley News [now Daily News] and the San Fernando Valley Times, document the civic and organizational activities of the ACCSFV over a thirty year period. The articles provide a reliable source of information on the recent history of the Association and the issues and events with which it was concerned and are filed chronologically.