Topical Files 1951-1989
The Topical Files in series is composed of seven major files. Most of this material is correspondence, but news clippings and speeches also exist. The Ann Arbor 2000 file demonstrates the association's eagerness to be a part of city planning and events.
The Bader School Property file (1984-1991) contains records documenting the AAHA's concern over the closing of Bader School and its eventual sale to Fellowship Bible Church. Of the six Bader School folders, three folders contain correspondence related to the school's closure and sale. One folder contains news clippings pertinent to the sale, and one folder contains public speeches and statements about the sale by association members. The last folder in this sub-series contains the tense exchange of correspondence between the AAHA and the Fellowship Bible Church.
The Community Concerns file (7 folders) deals with covenants, safety issues and improvements to the Ann Arbor Hills area. A large number of folders focus on covenants: relationships, restrictions, disputes and litigation taken by the association against its own members. The association constantly surveyed its own members' development and use of their property, and maintained strict control over the neighborhood through rigorous restrictions promptly communicated and exercised. The second folder in this section holds correspondence dealing with a dispute among two residents: Carpenter and Weaver (1961). The litigation file contains correspondence and legal documents concerning members who refused to comply with AAHA restrictions. By far the most significant of these is the Robey file (1968-1981), followed by the Broomfield/Pollard file (1980-1982). Not all the association's members appreciated the AAHA's readiness to take its own members to court. Some members protested by requesting termination of their membership in the association. This correspondence is in the Neighborhood Relations file (1948-1988, scattered dates).
Other Community Concerns were issues such as traffic control and intersections (Sheridan/Manchester, 1982), the development of a Neighborhood Watch (1977-1983), the resistance to sidewalks (1986), and objections to a half-way house (1988-1989). Two major property improvements took place: the Cora Shoecraft Park (1980-1984), and the Tuomy Hills Gas Station (1987-1988).
The Hubbard/Duffus Correspondence has been extracted from general correspondence for reasons of interest. This correspondence spans two generations of a family and concerns the story of one family living in the Ann Arbor Hills area of the city (1946-1985).
The Huron Parkway file documents the Association's efforts to prevent construction of the Huron Parkway on or near Ann Arbor Hills. The three major components of this file have been arranged in a partially chronological fashion, inasmuch as the dates overlap: Exmoor By-Pass [3 folders] (1959-1986), Western Access [2 folders] (1964), and Mills Property [1 folder] (1983-1986).
The Padover Proposal covered a lengthy process of objection and negotiation regarding residential use of property versus commercial and business use of the same property. The file covers the years 1959-1971.
The file on Planning Commission issues documents one smaller concern of Land Use Control (1971-1972), and three larger issues for the association: Annexation (1952-1963), Sewage (1951-1959) and Water (1951-1958).