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John H. Boner Community Center Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS137

Scope and Contents

The John H. Boner Community Center Records consist of eight series: Board of Directors Records, Administrative Records, Associated Organizations, Financial Records, Publications, Publicity, Events, and Photographs.

Board of Directors Records, 1972-2017, includes Annual Reports produced by the organization, as well as minutes, correspondence, and reports associated with Board of Directors meetings and Executive Committee meetings. These range from compilations of correspondence, notes, and minutes in the 1970s and 1980s to formally laid-out groupings of materials in later years. The collection contains six different Board of Directors Orientation Manuals, which together give an historical perspective on key issues and how they have changed over the years.

Administrative Records, 1971-2017, includes information about the history, structure, bylaws, policies, and programs of the organization. There is significant material related to organizational, strategic, and business planning, as well as awards received by the organization and its members. Two separate United Way agency evaluations present an outside perspective on the Center.

Associated Organizations, 1975-2011, represents a large portion of the collection. This includes articles of incorporation, Board of Directors minutes, and planning data for organizations heavily allied with the JHBCC. Most of this part of the collection pertains to Community Centers of Indianapolis (CCI) and Eastside Community Investments (ECI) and the housing developments it owned/maintained.

Financial Records, 1972-2017, contains financial statements and tax documents for the JHBCC, CCI, and ECI. This includes state and federal tax forms (Form 990). This series also includes grant and funding materials and materials discussing the organization’s financial obligations.

Publications, 1967-2008, includes two kinds of materials: 1) publications produced by the JHBCC, including brochures, bulletins, and community newsletters; and 2) publications on relevant topics produced by other local organizations.

Publicity, 1970-2018, primarily consists of newspaper/magazine clippings, some assembled into scrapbooks. This series also contains press releases, posters, promotional realia, and large-format presentation advertisement boards.

Events, 1981-2013, contains materials relating to events the JHBCC hosted or in which they participated, including conferences, graduations, anniversary dinners, and programs. Two subseries focus in on events of particular note: 1) the 2012 Super Bowl and the Near Eastside Legacy Center that resulted from its presence in Indianapolis; and 2) a 2003 urban design workshop targeting the Near Eastside. The former includes several scrapbooks of Super Bowl memorabilia and materials describing Legacy Center planning, design, and financing; and the latter includes a series of large presentation foam boards utilized at the workshop to highlight particular buildings and corridors in the neighborhood as design opportunities.

Photographs, 1950-2012, consists of two boxes of photographs, negatives, slides, and photograph album pages representing community members and events at the JHBCC and in the surrounding neighborhood. There are many portraits of John H. Boner and views of the NEMSC/JHBCC building through the years, as well as photographs of neighborhood houses and buildings, usually identified by address.

Dates

  • 1950 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 2017

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Historical Note

The Near Eastside Multi-Service Center (NEMSC) was founded in 1971 as a nonprofit, community-based agency designed to coordinate and provide social services and programs for the diverse population of the near eastside of Indianapolis. In 1994, NEMSC officially changed its name to the John H. Boner Community Center (JHBCC) in order to honor John H. Boner, a long-time active member and director of the organization, and “to ensure that the Center would forever embody his wisdom, compassion, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, spirit of cooperation and commitment to the community.” Between 2009 and 2012, the Center worked closely with the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy project to revitalize the near eastside, including building a football training facility at Arsenal Tech High School.

The JHBCC presents its vision that “the Near Eastside is a vibrant, thriving community,” and their mission is to inspire “neighbors and partners to improve the quality of life on the near Eastside by providing tools for change and growth.”

Historically, the JHBCC’s services have shifted based on funding and community needs, but they largely focus on cooperating with other neighborhood and Indianapolis organizations to provide social services, housing, and community programming to inhabitants of the near eastside community (defined initially in 1971 by the bounds of I-70 on the North, Washington Street on the South, Emerson on the East, and Meridian Street on the West). The JHBCC currently provides a number of programs to benefit community members, including senior programs and adult day services; a fitness and learning center; financial education; afterschool and summer youth programs; and affordable, senior, and supportive housing. The center works to serve the whole family through a two-generation approach, combining adult programs (asset development, income/housing direct assistance, workforce development) with those directed at youth (tutoring, health and wellness, career exploration, and instructional programs). Community improvement extends beyond social services to include efforts at urban renewal through the Inspire 10th Street project and participation in urban design workshops.

Over the years, the JHBCC has cooperated closely with many neighborhood organizations and corporations aimed at improving the living situation of the near eastside population. These include the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO), which predates it; the Community Centers of Indianapolis (CCI), a federation of neighborhood centers it joined in 1983; and Eastside Community Investments (ECI), a neighborhood-based development corporation to improve housing conditions, create jobs, and provide a source of capital for businesses in the community. Through ECI and its own efforts, the JHBCC took on a pivotal role in a number of housing and apartment developments, including homes in the Highland-Brookside area, as well as New Life Manor, Brookside, Byrne Court, and Jefferson Apartments. The JHBCC continues to emphasize the importance of affordable and senior housing, through its current association with IndyEast Homes and Moving Forward 2.0.

The organization is spearheaded by a Board of Directors, including an Executive Committee and committees focusing on finance, fund development, governance and audits, housing, human resources, programs, and Promise Zone activities.

Extent

21.5 Cubic Feet (15 cartons, 6 oversized boxes, 1 oversized folder in a drawer)

Overview

The Near Eastside Multi-Service Center (NEMSC) was founded in 1971 as a nonprofit, community-based agency designed to coordinate and provide social services and programs for the diverse population of the near eastside of Indianapolis. In 1994, NEMSC officially changed its name to the John H. Boner Community Center (JHBCC) in order to honor John H. Boner, a long-time active member and director of the organization. Historically, the JHBCC’s services have shifted based on funding and community needs, but they largely focus on cooperating with other neighborhood and Indianapolis organizations to provide social services, housing, and community programming to inhabitants of the near eastside community.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the John H. Boner Community Center, October 2017-November 2017. A2018/19-007. A2018/19-015.

Bibliography

Weekly, Faith. "Neighbors First: The Transformative Role of Community Development Corporations in Developing Neighborhoods of Choice." Bridges (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) (Summer 2018): 6-8.
John Boner Neighborhood Centers. https://jhbcc.org/ (Accessed November 30, 2018).

General

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Title
John H. Boner Community Center Records, 1950-2018
Status
Completed
Author
Catherine Walsh
Date
2018-11
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

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