Bell Court Neighborhood Association records

Abstract

The Bell Court Neighborhood Association records (dated 1957-1991; 1.1 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 folder) contains the association's articles of incorporation, projects and grants files, surveys, historic district nomination material, correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, and newspaper clippings, which document operation of the neighborhood association in Lexington, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Bell Court Neighborhood Association records
Extent
1.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Historic buildings -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Historic preservation -- Kentucky.
Neighborhood government
Neighborhoods -- Kentucky -- Lexington
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Ally Ayers
Preferred Citation
1997ms198: Bell Court Neighborhood Association records, 1957-1991, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Bell Court Neighborhood Association was formed in 1962 and incorporated in 1965. Its primary purpose was to further the preservtion and improvement of the Bell Court neighborhood through charitable, educational or scientific activities. The Bell Court neighborhood was defined as including all residences, businesses and other entities bounded by the west side of Walton Avenue, the north side of Main Street, the east side of Indiana Avenue and the north side of Boonesboro Avenue.
The Bell Court neighborhood was developed around the turn of the 20th century as a middle class neighborhood. There are 157 buildings in the district most of which are homes built in the Victorian or Queen Anne styles. The most notable house in the neighborhood is known as Bell Place, owned and eventually donated to the city of Lexington by Clara Bell Walsh. Bell Place was designed by Lexington architect Thomas Lewinski and combines both Greek Revival and Romanesque features. It was constructed for Henry and Clarissa Bell beginning in 1845. Other notable pieces of architecture in Bell Court Historic Neighborhood District are the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd and Clay Villa, the oldest home in the neighborhood.
Sources:
Bell Court Historic Neighborhood District, Lexington, Kentucky. Accessed June 27, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/lexington/bel.htm.
Scope and Content
The Bell Court Neighborhood Association records (dated 1957-1991; 1.1 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 folder) contains the association's articles of incorporation, projects and grants files, surveys, historic district nomination material, correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, and newspaper clippings, which document operation of the neighborhood association in Lexington, Kentucky. Of particular note in the collection are the records documenting the association's efforts during 1983-1988 to prevent the McDonald's on Main Street from providing drive-up window service.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Administrative files, 1965-1991

The Administrative files series contains articles of incorporation, by-laws, membership and meetings files, reports, and legal documents concerning the Bell Court Neighborhood Association's lawsuit with McDonald's over a property on East Main Street. Series is organized alphabetically.

Articles of incorporation information, 1965-1981

  • Box 1, folder 1
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The Bell Place News , 1975-1990

  • Box 1, folder 2
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By-laws, 1989

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Environmental Commission award, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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McDonald's lawsuit background information, 1983-1988

  • Box 1, folder 6
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McDonald's petition flyers, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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McDonald's lawsuit, 1983-1985

  • Box 1, folder 8
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McDonald's case legal fees, 1983-1984

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Meetings, 1965-1991

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Membership, 1967-1990

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Membership surveys, 1989-1990

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Quarterly Status Report of Active Projects , 1986

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Affiliated groups, 1981-1990

The Affiliated groups series contains files concerning other related organizations, including the Aylesford Place Neighborhood Association, the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, the Board of Adjustment, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Series is organized alphabetically.

Ayelsford Place Neighborhood Association, 1988-1989

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, 1981-1990

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Board of Adjustment cases, 1986-1989

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Council meeting, 1983-1989

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council: Division of Sanitation, 1986

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government green space conservancy, 1989

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government handouts, 1986-1989

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Correspondence, 1978-2002

The Correspondence series contains letters between the Bell Court Neighborhood Association and its members or other local organizations. These letters include information on the Kentucky Business College, parking and zoning violations and complaints, and traffic concerns. Series is organized alphabetically.

Kentucky Business College, 1980

  • Box 1, folder 20
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Parking and zoning violations and complaints, 1979

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Traffic problems, 1978-1981

  • Box 1, folder 22
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1979-1989

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Handwritten notes, undated

  • Box 1, folder 58
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Financial information, 1976-1990

The Financial information series consists of receipts, tax documents, treasurer reports, and an account and dues book, which document the financial activities of the Bell Court Neighborhood Association. Many of the receipts document local partnerships and informal activities, such as picnics and participation in other Lexington events.

Account and dues book, 1978-1980

  • Box 1, folder 53
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Lawyer billing statements, 1989

  • Box 1, folder 54
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Receipts, 1976-1989

  • Box 1, folder 55
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Tax information, 2002

  • Box 1, folder 56
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Treasure reports, 1979-1990

  • Box 1, folder 57
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Printed material, 1974-1990

The Printed material series contains development plans, newspaper clippings, maps, programs, and surveys. Series is organized alphabetically.

Action Match Program, 1986-1987

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Coca-Cola Bottling Midwest , 1986

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Comprehensive Plan , 1987

  • Box 1, folder 26
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The Downtown View , 1990

  • Box 1, folder 27
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Fayette County Public Schools survey, 1990

  • Box 1, folder 28
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Historic district legislation, undated

  • Box 1, folder 29
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Kars Cookbook corrections, undated

  • Box 1, folder 30
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Maps, undated

  • Box 1, folder 31
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Neighborhood associations in Fayette County, 1987-1989

  • Box 1, folder 32
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Neighborhood participation in planning, zoning, and development, undated

  • Box 1, folder 33
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Newspaper articles, 1974-1990

  • Box 1, folder 34
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Newspaper article copies, 1974-1990

  • Box 1, folder 35
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Referral Directory, 1989

  • Box 1, folder 36
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Social Survey of Neighborhood Conditions: Kenwick, Eastside, Bell Court, and Henry Clay , 1976

  • Box 1, folder 37
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Small Area Plan for Bell Court, East Side, and Henry Clay Small Areas , 1976

  • Box 1, folder 38
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Staff Report on Petition for Zone Map Amendment , 1988

  • Box 1, folder 39
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Tree care information, 1986

  • Box 1, folder 40
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Project files, 1957-1990

The Project files series includes material documenting Bell Court Neighborhood Association projects, including festivals, the Bell House restoration, zone changes, historic designation material, home tours, neighborhood watch activities, a Kentucky historic resources inventory, and a tree match grant. Series is organized alphabetically.

Activities and festivals, 1968-1991

  • Box 1, folder 41
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Bell House restoration, 1981-1990

  • Box 1, folder 42
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Residence of D.D. Bell, Esq., 545 Sayre Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky, architectural drawings, architect S.E. Des Jardins, Cincinnati, undated

  • Folder 1
Architectural drawings include front, rear, west, and east elevations; longitudinal and transverse sections; and a foundation plan.
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Bell Place Historic District Designation Report , 1990

  • Box 1, folder 43
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Clara Bell Walsh, 1957-1989

  • Box 1, folder 44
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509 East Main Street, 1990

  • Box 1, folder 45
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Ellerslie Avenue proposed zone change, 1988

  • Box 1, folder 46
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Historic district designation materials, 1976-1990

  • Box 1, folder 47
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Home tours, 1988

  • Box 1, folder 48
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Good Shepherd Episcopal Church house acquisition , 1987-1990

  • Box 1, folder 49
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Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, 1980

  • Box 1, folder 50
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Neighborhood Watch marking day, 1982

  • Box 1, folder 51
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Tree Match grant, 1989-1990

  • Box 1, folder 52
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