Beavercreek Committee of Eleven, Inc. Records
Scope and Content
Spanning the time period from the inception of the Committee of Eleven, Inc. in August 1964 to its dissolution in March 1980, this collection provides excellent source material for research relating to municipal incorporation, citizens' action committees, and the evolution of local government. The papers reveal why the Committee of Eleven was organized, who its members and officers were, details regarding the formal organization and function of the group, results of research conducted indicating the pros and cons of incorporation, and decisions made regarding legal problems, litigations, and fund-raising. The records are divided into two series.
Series I, Administration, includes membership lists for the general committee and the Trustees from 1969 to 1980 but there are omissions for the years 1973, 1975 and 1977. The minutes of the Committee's Trustee meetings, which were held irregularly every two, three, or four weeks and date from August 27, 1964 to March 27, 1980 are also included. The newspaper clippings in the second series can be used to fill the gap in the minutes from December 3, 1975 to April 16, 1979. It was during this period that the Committee fought legal battles with Dayton, Kettering, Fairborn, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Technology, Inc. This series also contains correspondence between the general committee and the Trustees as well as general in and out correspondence. Spanning from 1965 to 1979 are legal documents of the legal battles fought to make Beavercreek a village and later a city.
The research reports prepared by the Committee reveal the pros and cons of incorporation and its costs. There are also reports which compare the financial advantages and disadvantages of incorporation with or without the Valleywood area. A copy of the petition to incorporate, complete with signatures of freeholders, is included in the collection as well as related information to the petition. Along with the petitions, there is information about public outreach from articles submitted to the Beavercreek Daily News to fund-raising and promotional materials; which include a slide presentation. The "Time Capsule" was written in 1976 and tells the history of the Beavercreek Committee up to that point when Beavercreek is about to become a village. There is also an article in the Beavercreek Daily News from May 24, 1980 that gives an excellent summary of the Committee's activities from their start in 1964 to being dissolved in 1980.
Series II, Newspaper Clippings, contains newspaper clippings related to the Committee of Eleven and their legal battles and celebrations from 1965 to 1980. These articles are mainly from the Beavercreek Daily News, but also from the Dayton Daily News. This series also includes annexations plans for Fairborn and rates of taxations from 1956-1966.
- Creation: 1956-1980
- Creation: 2016
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1964-1980
- Beavercreek Committee of Eleven, Inc. (Organization)
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History of Beavercreek Committee of Eleven, Inc.
In August of 1964, the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce initiated proceedings to annex a portion of Beavercreek Township to Fairborn In response, eleven citizens of Beavercreek formed a study group to determine a means of keeping the township boundaries intact. The original eleven members represented the following organizations: Beavercreek Improvement Association, Beaver Valley Grange, Beavercreek Schools, Beavercreek Lions Club, Woodhaven Homeowners Association, Friends of the Beavercreek Library, Beavercreek Democratic Club, Elano Corporation, and Greene County Medical Association. Although the membership was greatly expanded after May 1965, the group never changed its original title.
After researching the township's tax duplicates, alternative forms of governments, background reports indicating how incorporation had been achieved in nearby areas, and records of the township's police, fire, and road departments, the Committee of Eleven, Inc. concluded that incorporation of the township was the best way to prevent any neighboring city from annexing portions of the township. The members agreed also that the township form of government had become inadequate for this growing urbanized community, and that by incorporating, a more efficient and effective form of government could be established.
Fairborn's determination to annex a portion of Beavercreek Township was only the first of many obstacles which the Committee of Eleven was to face in its fifteen-year struggle to incorporate Beavercreek. A small section of the township petitioned to incorporate separately; several neighboring municipalities filed suits to prevent Beavercreek from incorporating, each with the intent of annexing portions of the township; court hearings were frequently delayed; and raising money for legal fees, which ultimately totaled over $50,000, required considerable time and effort.
Fairborn's annexation petitions were denied in August 1965, but several months earlier, residents of a small portion of Beavercreek Township petitioned to incorporate separately as the Village of Valleywood. With its legal representative, John P. McHugh, the Committee was in and out of court until Valleywood's goal of separate incorporation was defeated. On September 30, 1975, the Greene County Commissioners approved the incorporation of Beavercreek Township.
A sixty-day waiting period was established during which time suits could be filed opposing the Commissioners' approval of incorporation for Beavercreek Township. The neighboring municipalities of Dayton, Kettering, and again, Fairborn each filed suits to prevent the incorporation of the entire township, hoping to eventually annex portions of it. Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Technology, Incorporated also filed suits against the Committee. Several years of intense litigation followed. In a compromise decision, the Committee of Eleven agreed to pursue the incorporation of an area much smaller than the entire township. Finally, on July 3, 1979 Beavercreek became a village with certification of municipal status by the Ohio Secretary of State.
1.25 linear feet
Language of Materials
Records document a 15-year struggle by a citizens' committee to prevent neighboring cities from annexing portions of Beavercreek Township in Greene County and secure incorporation for Beavercreek as a village. Included are minutes, membership lists, correspondence, legal papers, petitions, community attitude surveys, fund raising materials, and newspaper clippings. A copy of the book Birth of a City: a Somewhat Personalized View of the Incorporation of Beavercreek, Ohio written in 2016 by David A. Shumway, is also included.
Statement of Arrangement
The collection is arranged into2 series:
- Series I: Administration
- Series II: Newspaper Clippings
The Beavercreek Public Library director, Karl Van Ausdal, donated the record to Special Collections and Archives on January 27, 1981. An addition consisting of a history on the incorporation of Beavercreek, Ohio by David Shumway was donated in August, 2016 by Carol Graff, former member of the Committee of Eleven.
Existence and Location of Copies
The collection was microfilmed by Wright State University Libraries, circa 1980. The two reels of microfilm are located in the microfilm cabinets (MFM-35, DB Rolls 2458-2459).
- Guide to the Beavercreek Committee of Eleven, Inc. Records (MS-112)
- Finding aid prepared by Shirley Wiley, 1981
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- October, 2012: Victoria Penno
- 2016: Toni Vanden Bos added donation of book to the collection.
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