Administration of the CEC changed over time in response to different styles of board leadership, degree of financial stability, and community need. In the beginning, the founders managed the organization's activities. Sometimes there were paid full time executive directors, other times half time paid directors. During most of its history, CEC usually had at least one person in the office to answer phones. As is fairly common with non-profit groups, CEC changed location as required by changing circumstances. The Administration series includes 3 sub-series: History and Mission, Financial Records, and Office Management preserved in a total of 174 folders housed in 16 boxes.
Included within the Administration series are 3 sub-series, the first of which is History and Mission sub-series. Documents relating to CEC's origins and subsequent management are cataloged here. Because the hope of a CEC library was one of the initial goals of the organization, papers regarding attempts to establish a library are included in this sub-series which is stored in 1 box holding 7 folders.
Second in the Administration series is the Financial Records sub-series which preserves CEC's financial history. Success of a non-profit group often emerges from its financial solvency. Although check stubs and deposit records might not appear important historical information at first glance, such documentation provides a valuable retrospective on CEC's organizational history including types and amounts of income and expenditures. CEC also offered clerical services to the environmental community, and financial records reveal those relationships. Financial records are categorized and then ordered chronologically in 12 boxes holding 124 folders.
Third in the Administration series is the Office Management sub-series which includes records involving the day-to-day operations of the CEC office and its personnel. CEC's office was an important aspect of the organization's value to the environmental community throughout much of its history. As an organization dedicated to centralizing communication among groups, the CEC offered a mailing address and phone answering services to neophyte organizations whose tiny budgets could not accommodate such services. Office location and adequate staffing were important aspects of CEC administration, and the Office Management sub-series provides insight into those arrangements. Office Management records are preserved in 43 folders housed in 4 boxes.
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