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Guide to the Ronald Shiffman collection on the Pratt Center for Community Development 2013.023

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Collection processed by Maggie Schreiner and Kevina Tidwell

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 11, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shiffman, Ron
Title: Ronald Shiffman collection on the Pratt Center for Community Development
Dates [inclusive]: 1950-2018
Dates [bulk]: 1980-2010
Abstract: Ron Shiffman is a city planner, architect, and expert in community economic development and sustainable development assistance for community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In 1964, Ron Shiffman co-founded the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development (known today as the Pratt Center for Community Development). The following year, Shiffman, in partnership with the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, assisted in the conception and launch of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the country's first community development corporation. Shiffman served on the New York City Planning Commission from 1990-1996 and was the Pratt Center's Director until 2003. As of 2018, Shiffman was a Professor Emeritus at Pratt Institute's School of Architecture. This collection documents the broad scope of Shiffman's career from the 1960s to the present, and is a rich source of material pertaining to community-based planning, participatory and advocacy planning, self-help and sweat equity, housing programs and policies, community development corporations, and land use across New York City and internationally.
Quantity: 74.37 Linear Feet in 116 manuscript boxes and 26 record cartons.
Language: Materials in this collection are in English
Call Phrase: 2013.023
Sponsor: Processing of this collection was supported by the Pratt Institute Library.