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Granite Mansion Fund, Inc., documents


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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The Granite Mansion Fund, Inc., was a non-profit grassroots organization formed during the late 1980s with the mission to protect and preserve the historic nineteenth century Granite Mansion house in Newark, Delaware.

Concerned citizens of Newark, Delaware, formed the Granite Mansion Fund, Inc. in response to plans to tear down the historic Granite Mansion house located at 292 West Main Street. The First Presbyterian Church was the owner of the historic structure but could not afford the maintenance costs associated with an old building. The Church permitted outside rescue operations to save the building with the condition that a community group lease the property for non-profit, non-conflicting use. The Granite Mansion Fund, Inc. was formed to realize this goal and worked with the City of Newark to develop a plan for a community-based recovery organization for first-time addicts to lease the building.

Historical information derived from the collection.

The Granite Mansion Fund, Inc., papers include materials relating to the formation of the organization and its fundraising efforts to save the historic Granite Mansion structure from demolition in 1986.

The materials in the collection include the organizational by-laws, a flyer soliciting donations for preservation funds, financial statements, meeting minutes, a questionnaire surveying the need for facilities for non-profit organizations in the Newark area, correspondence, a copy of a newspaper article about the group, and a draft of an incorporation document.

Box 7, F180: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0098 manuscript boxes

Gift of Max Yela, 1978.

Processed and encoded by Natalie Baur, October 2009. Further encoded by George Apodaca, March 2015.

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Collection Inventory

Granite Mansion Fund, Inc. documents, 1986.
Box 7 Folder F0180

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