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(Updated March 2016)

Just as the National Association of REALTORS® celebrated its centennial in 2008, many state and local associations are preparing for significant birthdays and events. The resources on this page offer ideas for recognizing and celebrating an anniversary and writing an organization's history. State and local associations can also tap into the tap into the extensive resources of the NAR Archives for further assistance. (F. Heller, Managing Director, Information Services)

Members of the Washington (DC) Real Estate Board gathered outside Union Station before traveling to the National Association's annual convention in San Francisco, May 1922.

E – EBSCO articles available for NAR members only. Password can be found on the EBSCO Access Information page.

Celebrating Your Association's Anniversary

Anniversaries are not to be wasted, (Harvard Business Review, Nov. 2012).

Celebrating the occasion: making the most of an anniversary, (Chronicle of Philanthropy, Jan. 12, 2006). E

How to celebrate your organization’s anniversary, (Nonprofit World, Sept./Oct. 2005). E

Happy anniversary? Driving the company’s business strategies, (Public Relations Tactics, Mar. 2004). E

Anniversary celebrations: Programs for states & boards (PDF excerpt), (National Association of REALTORS®, 1991).

Writing an Association History

Your company’s history as a leadership tool, (Harvard Business Review, Dec. 2012).

Suggested outline for writing an association history , (National Association of REALTORS®, Aug. 2012).

There are five sides to every story: which are you missing?, (Communication World, Jan./Feb. 2007).  E

Oral histories: the most overlooked PR tool, (Communication World, June/July 1995).  E

Sample Association Histories

Phoenix Association of REALTORS®

Tuolumne County Association of REALTORS®

Greater Baltimore Board of REALTORS®

Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®

Illinois Association of REALTORS®

Birmingham Association of REALTORS®

Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS®

Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®

Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®

Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®

Des Moines Association of REALTORS® Centennial Video:

Other Useful Resources

NAR’s Library Catalog includes summaries of records in the NAR Archives for most state and local associations in the United States. In the Search box, enter part of the name of the association and the word “history” (for example, enter “jasper history” to find information on the Jasper County Board of REALTORS®, “phoenix history” for the Phoenix Association of REALTORS®, etc.).  Contact the NAR Archives for information on accessing a document or other questions.

In addition to the NAR Archives, also visit your local public library, historical societies, and other archival institutions for resources that can help uncover your association’s past. These organizations may have newspaper articles discussing your association’s activities and members, photographs, archival records, and other local historical material. The NAR Archives can help locate historical collections in your area.

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Real Estate in American History (Adobe eReader)—History of the real estate industry and the founding of the National Association of REALTORS®, written by historian Pearl Janet Davies in 1958.

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Early History of the Real Estate Business in Idaho Falls, Idaho, (Idaho Falls Real Estate Board, 1932).

Dreams, Money and Ambition: A History of Real Estate in Chicago, (Chicago, IL: Chicago Real Estate Board, 1983).

The REALTOR® Tradition in Minneapolis: 1887-1987, (Minneapolis, MN: Greater Minneapolis Area Board of REALTORS®, 1985).

The Progress of Women in Real Estate: 50th Anniversary, (Chicago, IL: Women's Council of REALTORS®, 1985).

Celebrating the Century: 100 Years of California Real Estate (Los Angeles, CA: California Association of REALTORS®, 1999).

Progress Towards Professionalism: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Board of REALTORS®, (Waterloo, IA: G&R Publishing, 2006).

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Communications for Associations

Information Services Blog

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