Friends of Responsible Government Collection
Scope and Contents
According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Friends of Responsible Government (FORGE) began in 1976 made up of citizens from Kalamazoo Township who, according to the newspaper, "...clashed with Kalamazoo Township officials in the last several months over issues of the conduct of township leaders, public participation in board meetings and recent special assessment tax hikes." Heading the group was Beverly Britner who was a long-time critic of Kalamazoo Township officials and actions. Eventually she became Kalamazoo Township Supervisor in 1980 and held that position until 1987. The newsletters themselves contained information on various Township issues like zoning, water and sewage, township expenditures and the Open Meetings Act.
Conditions Governing Access
0.05 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
The collection is composed of eight newsletters called the Kalamazoo Township Monitor produced by the Friends of Responsible Government located in Kalamazoo Township, Michigan. The newsletters date from December, 1976 to September, 1977.
The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of eight newsletters, 8 ½”x14”, folded in half. They are off-white with black printing on all sides. They are filled with news about various issues such as zoning, ordinances, traffic, taxes and assessments in Kalamazoo Township. The newsletters are in good condition.
- Friends of Responsible Government Collection Finding Aid
- Lynn Houghton
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US