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Descriptive Summary

Historical/Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Administrative Information

Access Points

Inventory

Guide to the Carmela George Papers First Addendum
1927-2008
(Bulk 1971-2004)
Control # G-16a

Finding Aid prepared by: Feckett, Zachery

Archives at Queens Library
Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 990-0770


Descriptive Summary

Creator George, Carmela, 1929-
Title Carmela George Papers First Addendum,
Dates: 1927-2008, (Bulk 1971-2004)
Abstract: The Carmela George Papers (4 boxes, 1927-2008) document Carmela George’s dedication to the welfare of her community in Corona, Queens over the course of nearly four decades. The collection also contains personal documents of Mrs. George’s, including photographs of hers and her parents’ weddings, and other materials relating to her husband Alfred. Much of the collection also pertains to Mrs. George’s lifelong interest in art and how it contributed to her work in sanitation. These records were added to the collection in May 2009.
Extent: 4 boxes, 1.9 cubic feet
Identification: G-16a
Location: The material is located in the Archives at Queens Library.

Historical/Biographical Note

See the finding aid for the Carmela George Papers for the biography of Carmela George.

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Scope and Content Note

The Carmela George Papers (4 boxes, 1927-2008) document Carmela George’s dedication to the welfare of her community in Corona, Queens over the course of nearly four decades. The collection also contains personal documents of Mrs. George’s, including photographs of hers and her parents’ weddings, and other materials relating to her husband Alfred. Much of the collection also pertains to Mrs. George’s lifelong interest in art and how it contributed to her work in sanitation. These records were added to the collection in May 2009.

The papers are in the form of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, and award certificates.

Researchers must use this scope and content note in combination with the creators sketch and inventory to uncover pertinent information.

The series Community Board Number 4 (9 folders, 1 photograph, 1975-2005) consists of notebooks, rules and procedures, civic lists, names and addresses, and other materials relating to the inner workings of Community Board Number 4. The section gives researchers an idea of Mrs. George’s role as a board member, including the nature of her duties and the ways that she went about fulfilling them. It contains Mrs. George’s correspondence with Claire Schulman, President of the Borough of Queens, on all sorts of matters, including inaugural dates and membership term limits. There is heavy documentation of internal affairs, including a bylaw dispute and the interests of the board in the broader community. This is detailed in the sub series Health, Social Services, and Aging Committee (1 folder, 1988-1992) and Utility Bill Payment (1 folder, 1980-1987). Interested parties may also read about Mrs. George’s involvement in removing graffiti from public venues.

The series Corona, Clippings (2 folders, 1972-1986, 1999-2004) gathers together documents ranging from the 1970s onwards concerning Carmela George’s neighborhood. The first folder mostly contains articles pertaining to sanitation and her work with the 97th Block Association. It includes a series of pieces either written by or about Archie Waters, a Long Island Press “Civic Corner” columnist. The folder consists of newspaper clippings as well as an award certificate, church service programs, and correspondence relating to specific articles. The second folder contains articles describing the ethnic diversity of the Corona community.

The series Corona Block Association, (2 folders, 2 photographs, 1976-1986) pertains to Mrs. George’s work on the Corona Block Association. It holds documents relating to her sanitation work, including the 1983 mural project, as well as flyers, petitions, and Block Association meeting notices.

The series Corona Community Development Corporation, (2 folders, 1986-1990) contains CCDC bylaws, meeting notices, flyers, programs, and a letter of resignation. The series also documents Mrs. George’s work with the St. Leo’s Golden Age Club, which included working as an art teacher.

The series Flushing Art League (1 folder, 41 photographs, 1962-1990) documents Mrs. George’s work with the Flushing Art League. It contains details of her early education as an artist as well as flyers and a booklet she wrote titled “Illustrated Guide to Basic Drawing.” The series also contains photograph albums of Carmela George’s paintings and prints of several galleries that she has participated in over the years. The series illustrates Mrs. George’s progress as an artist as well as how she applied it later in life.

The series 97th Place Block Association (18 folders, 356 photographs, 1969-2007) is the largest in the collection and shows Mrs. George’s responsibilities within the Block Association, such as managing issues relating to block busting and the housing task force. She was often called upon to relay petitions and complaints concerning matters such as an unpopular gross receipts tax and the impact of language on Corona’s ethnically diverse population. The section consists mostly of the sub series Clean Up (6 folders, 331 photographs, 1975-2003), which documents Mrs. George’s work with sanitation in the Corona community. It contains flyers, posters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and over three hundred prints and negatives. The sub series also provides information on an outdoor mural that Mrs. George painted in 1983.

The series United Corona Association (5 folders, 1978-1987) gives details about Mrs. George’s participation in the United Corona Association. It provides information about the inner workings of the organization, including the minutes as well as members’ names and addresses. It demonstrates a decade’s worth of Mrs. George’s commitment to community issues, including the implications of bilingual signs and letters hung in public places and the state of affairs within the 110th Precinct. The series also contains correspondence with elected officials, wherein Carmela George voiced the concerns of her neighbors and pushed for responses on behalf of the community as a whole.

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Arrangement

The series are in alphabetical order. The photographs are physically separate from the paper documents and are arranged in chronological order.

The papers are grouped into series by subject and function.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Creator of item, date of item (if known), identification of item, if a photograph its control number. The Carmela George Papers First Addendum, Archives at Queens Library, Queens Borough Public Library.

Provenance

These papers were in the possession of Carmela George before she donated them to the Archives at Queens Library

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions. Manuscripts are only available in the Archives at Queens Library, please call (718) 990-0770 for hours. Manuscript users will be required to complete the division's Manuscript Usage Form and deposit their photograph identification or Queens Borough Public Library card with a staff member. The identification will be returned to the user after she/he has returned the material. Manuscript users will deposit all their personal items behind the reference desk. Manuscript users must use the division's loose sheets of paper for note taking. To reiterate, no pen of any type is permitted. Paper and a pencil are available upon request. Manuscript users may be required to use special handling procedures depending on the conditions of the material.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:

Archives at Queens Library
Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 990-0770.

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Access Points

Subject Names:

  • George, Carmela, 1929-

Subject Organizations:

  • 97th Place Block Association
  • Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association of Far Rockaway, Inc.
  • Flushing Art League

Subject Topics:

  • Citizens' associations
  • Italian Americans
  • Restaurants
  • Stores, Retail

Subject Places:

  • Corona (New York, N.Y.)
  • Far Rockaway (New York, N.Y.)

Document Types:

  • Photographs

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Inventory

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]

Alfred George ( 1949-1976, 9 photographs)

Alfred and Carmela George’s Wedding ( 1949, 4 photographs)
Box - Folder: P125

Ice Cream Truck ( 1959-1976, 5 photographs)

First Ice Cream Truck ( 1959, 2 photographs)
Box - Folder: P109

Second Ice Cream Truck ( 1968, 2 photographs)
Box - Folder: P109

Third Ice Cream Truck ( 1976, 1 photograph)
Box - Folder: P109

Art Lessons and Awards ( 1986-2006, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-1

Award Certificates and Related Programs, Newspaper Clippings, and Photograph ( 1999-2002, 1 folder, 1 photograph)
Box - Folder: 636-2

Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association, Clippings, Correspondence ( 1990-2008, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-3

Bellacicco, Joseph, Seventh Annual Dinner Dance of Queens Museum Honors Joseph Bellacicco and Family ( 1983, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-4

Community Board Number 4 ( 1975-2009, 9 folders, 1 photograph)

Civic List ( ca.1980, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-5

Health, Social Services and Aging Committee ( 1988-1992, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-6

Information and Letters of Appointed ( 1989-1994, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-7

Membership and Bylaw Dispute ( 1988-2005, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-8

Notebooks ( 1975-1994, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-9

President of the Borough of Queens Claire Shulman and Comptroller Goldin ( 1980-2005, 1 folder, 1 photograph)
Box - Folder: 636-10, P109

Service Award ( 1999,20042009, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-11

Telephone Numbers, Addresses, Parliamentary Procedure, and Admitted Letter ( 1982-1989, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-12

Utility Bill Payment ( 1980-1987, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-13

Corner of 46th Avenue and 102nd Street ( 2005, 6 photographs)
Box - Folder: P109

Corona, Clippings ( 1972-1986,1999-2004, 2 folders)
Box - Folder: 636-14, 636-15

Corona Block Association ( 1976-1986, 2 folders)

Clean Up, Including Joseph Bellacicco and Mural Project ( 1976-1986, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-16

Flyer, Petition and Meeting Notices ( 1977-1978, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-17

Corona Community Development Corporation ( 1986-1990, 2 folders)

Bylaws and Letter ( 1986-1990, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-18

St. Leo’s Golden Age Club ( 1986-1990, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-19

Department of Sanitation, Civilian Patrol ( 1979, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-20

Film Made In 4507 97th Place Corona House ( ca1975, 2 photographs)
Box - Folder: P109

Flushing Art League ( 1962-1990, 1 folder, 47 photographs)
Box - Folder: 636-21, P109

44th Avenue and Junction Boulevard ( ca1965, 1 folder, 1 photograph)

Note ( ca1965, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637/4

Photograph ( ca1965, 1 photograph)
Box - Folder: P109

Harry “The Peddler” Pennachio ( ca1970-1999, 1 folder, 4 photographs)

Frank Pennachio Letter Regarding His Father ( 1999, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-22

Photographs ( ca1970, 4 photographs)
Box - Folder: P109

97th Place Block Association ( 1969-2007, 18 folders, 356 photographs)

Block Busting ( 1985, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-23

Citizens Committee For New York City, Inc. ( 1976-1979, 2 folders)

Contest and Correspondence ( 1976-1979, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-25

Flyers, Letters, Pamphlets and Record ( 1978-1979, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-26

Clean Up ( 1975-2003, 6 folders, 331 photographs)

Certificates ( 1976-1988, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-24

Clean Up ( 1975-2003, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-27

I Love a Clean New York, Inc. ( 1976-1978, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-31

Pictures in May ( 1989-1990, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-37

Photographs ( 1979-2002, 331 photographs)
Box - Folder: P109

Queens Beautification Day and Correspondence ( 1976-1978, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-38

We Care About New York, Inc. ( 1987-1993, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-3

Correspondence ( 1969-2007, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-28

Gross Receipts Tax and English Speaking ( 1996-2006, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-29

Housing Task Force ( 1988-1989, 1 folder, 25 photographs)
Box - Folder: 636-30, P109

Joseph Lisa/Ivan Lafayette Correspondence ( 1976-1984, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-32

Long Island Railroad ( 1981-1994, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-33

Minutes ( 1975-1978, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-34

Names, Addresses and Telephone Numbers ( 1979-1986, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-35

Petitions For Street and Store Front ( 1984, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 636-36

Vincent Tomeo Correspondence ( 1976-1979, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-2

Rosa and Guiseppi Guastadisegni, Wedding Day ( 1927, 1 photograph)
Box - Folder: P125

St. Leo’s Residence Catholic Charities, Donald Savio Residence ( 1987, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-5

Television Show With Roger Sanjek ( 1997-1998, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-6

United Corona Association ( 1978-1987, 5 folders)

Bilingual Letters ( 1983-1984, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-7

Correspondence ( 1979-1982, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-8

Extra Names and Addresses ( 1980-1981, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-9

Minutes ( 1978-1981, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-10

110th Precinct Letter ( 1987, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 637-11

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