Reston Museum collection
Scope and Content
The Reston Museum Collection is a collection of papers and images pertaining to the development of Reston, Virginia. The collection contains correspondence, reports, paperwork about the creation of Reston and papers from the Federal government. There also pamphlets from different housing developments in Reston and publications with articles about Reston from different magazines and newspapers. There are maps of Reston with slides and photographs.
Series one is titled correspondence. The series contains mostly memorandums from different groups in Reston, including the Reston Association, Gulf Reston Incorporated and personnel correspondence. The series is dated from 1962 to 1984 and contained in boxes 1-3.
Series two is titled reports and plans. The series is comprised of reports about on going projects and construction in Reston. There are also geological surveys, statistics and financial information pertaining Reston's growth. The series is dated from 1962 to 2000 and contained in boxes 3-7.
Series three is titled pamphlets. The series has brochures and pamphlets from different housing developments and neighborhoods in Reston. There are also brochures about different community projects and buildings in development. The series is dated from 1964 to 2004 and contained in boxes 7-8.
Series four is titled publications. The series contains different magazines and newspaper articles written about Reston and articles that were published in Reston publications. Some of the publications include Newsweek, The Restonian, The Washingtonian and The Reston Letter. The series is dated from 1963 to 2005 and contained in boxes 8-9.
Series five is titled images. This a small series that contains slides and photographs. The slides are a variety of photos of a Reston Town Center model and the photographs incorporated the early years in Reston. The series is dated from 1960s-1980s and is contained in box 9.
Series six is titled maps. The series has a collection of maps from Reston. They include preliminary plans and master plan for Reston among others. The series is dated from 1970 to 1989 and is contained box 10.
Series seven is titled general information. This series covers a variety of information pertaining to Reston. Included in the series are notebooks documenting the attendance and costs of the museum, profiles and association minutes. The series is dated from 1968 to 2006 and is contained in boxes 10-11.
Series eight is titled oversize. This a small series that contains an award for the bicentennial committee in Reston and a brochure. The series is dated from 1980 to 1991 and contained in box 12.
- Creation: 1962-2006
- Reston Museum (Organization)
Collection is open to research.
There are no restrictions.
Reston is a planned community in Northern Virginia. Robert E. Simon, Jr. was the founder of Reston, he purchased the land with the proceeds from the sale of Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1961. Construction began in 1963 with the building of Lake Anne.
The Reston Museum opened in 1997 by the Reston Historic Trust. It is run by volunteers and located in the Lake Anne Village Historic District. The museum has permanent exhibits devoted to community life in Reston and rotating exhibits of works from students of all ages in Reston.
6 Linear Feet ( (12 boxes))
Language of Materials
The Reston Museum collection is a collection of papers and images pertaining to the development of Reston, Virginia. The collection contains correspondence, reports, paperwork about the creation of Reston and papers from the Federal government. There also pamphlets from different housing developments in Reston and publications with articles about Reston from different magazines and newspapers. There are maps of Reston with slides and photographs. The collection is divided into eight series and is dated from 1962 to 2006.
Organized into eight series.
- Series 1: Correspondence, 1962-1984 (Boxes 1-3)
- Series 2: Reports and Plans, 1962-2000 (Boxes 3-7)
- Series 3: Pamphlets, 1964-2004 (Boxes 7-8)
- Series 4: Publications, 1963-2005 (Boxes 8-9)
- Series 5: Images, 1960s-1980s (Boxes 9)
- Series 6: Maps, 1970-1989 (Boxes 10)
- Series 7: General Information, 1968-2006 (Boxes 10-11)
- Series 8: Oversize, 1980-1991 (Boxes 12)
Donated by the Reston Museum on March 10, 1998.
Processed by Emily Martin in January 2010 . EAD markup completed by Emily Martin in January 2010.
- Guide to the Reston Museum collection, 1962-2006
- Reston Museum collection
- Edited Full Draft
- Emily Martin
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