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Guide to the John Zuccotti Papers
1956-2015
 MS 3018

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Series III. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Files, 1966-1969. 2.33 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The series includes documents concerning a range of HUD initiatives of the mid-1960s. These include land use policies, urban development and housing, and efforts to alleviate urban racial tensions during the summer months. Documents include correspondence, memos, reference material, proposals, speeches and other remarks, background papers, working files, drafts of reports and other matter, press releases, and other documents. Several of the folders provide a glimpse into how HUD sought to respond to the policy pronouncements of leaders such as President Johnson and HUD Secretary Robert Weaver and to national urban issues.

The series also includes a few files concerning particular housing projects, perhaps especially the Pruitt-Igoe housing in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Heritage Plaza site in Salem, Massachusetts. The series also includes print matter, including materials from 1968-69 concerning urban unrest and race relations.

Arrangement Note

The series is organized by topic. Generally, the opening files in the series are on broad subjects, such as public policies or initiatives, and then move to files with a narrower focus, such as those on particular projects. The series closes with print matter.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1-6 Urban Land Use Policy. European Research (6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes specific country reports on Poland, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands; project outline; summaries; the HUD publication Industrialized Housing: A Comparative Analysis of European Experience; several booklets in German and French, particularly concerning Dusseldorf and Parlay 2 in Chesnay, Paris; and newspaper clippings in German and Italian concerning Zuccotti's visits there (December 1968).

circa 1967-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 7-11 Urban Land Use Policy. General (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drafts of goals for metropolitan development; papers on proposed elements of a national land use policy, public and private sector roles in land use and development, and related issues; remarks by Land Development Director Dwight F. Rettie on planning; background paper on metropolitan area growth projections; and several addresses from 1966-68 by HUD Secretary Robert C. Weaver, which appear in part to be source material for a draft speech prepared by Zuccotti on the topic "Towards a National Urban Land Policy" (November 1968).

1966-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 12-16 Neighborhood Facilities / Neighborhood Centers (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to HUD's response to President Lyndon B. Johnson's speech of 19 August 1966 in Syracuse, New York, in which he called on HUD to establish neighborhood service centers in "every ghetto in America." Primarily includes documents related to developing a pilot program in fourteen cities, including draft plans, program guides, inter-agency meetings, status reports, evaluations, and the like.

1966-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 17-18 Task Force on Urban Summer Problems (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among other documents, the first draft of the task force's report (October 1967) and Zuccotti's report from the Program Policy Subcommittee of the task force.

1967
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Summer Activities / President's Council on Youth Opportunity
1968
Box: 4 Folder : 20 "Introduction and Summary of the Report of The National Commission on Urban Problems"

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the first draft of the document, prepared by Richard W. O'Neill.

1968 July 12
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Task Force on Home Ownership

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the contents of a binder of working papers compiled by I.P. Margulies, Chairman of the HUD Task Force on Home Ownership, and distributed to the task force members and others.

1967
Box: 4 Folder : 22-23 Urban Development Corporation Proposal (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes "Interim Report: Study of the Feasibility of an Urban Development Corporation" (1 September 1966);, documents related to a pilot proposal for a UDC (referred to as the Santa Barbara proposal, perhaps because the Defense Research Council, based in that city, was involved in preparing it); a "Proposal for a Nationally Based Private Non-Profit Urban Development Corporation to Rehabilitate and Replace Substandard Urban Slum Dwellings"; project budgets and timelines; and other documents.

1966
Box: 5 Folder : 1-2 "Marshall Plan Speech" / Urban Development (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drafts of speeches for delivery in Cleveland titled "The Promise of the American City," other related remarks in draft and final form, other documents, and 5 booklets published by The Urban Institute.

1968
Box: 5 Folder : 3-4 "$1 Billion" / Life Insurance Industry Financing (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes press releases, correspondence, notes, meetings, etc. regarding the life insurance industry's commitment of $1 billion to fund urban center housing development.

1967-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Revenue Sharing

Scope and Contents Note

Includes mostly print matter concerning federal funding to states, with a HUD summary of a meeting of the Joint Economic Committee hearings on the subject.

1967
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Open Space

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memos concerning programs and funding for open space land (including vest pocket parks), urban beautification and historic preservation (e.g., Cleveland's interest in using HUD funds to purchase the Astor Theater) in connection with metropolitan development.

1968
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Mass Transportation

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a draft memorandum of understanding between HUD and the Department of Transportation in connection with President Lyndon B. Johnson's Reorganization Plan No. 2 transfering functions from HUD to DOT (a printed copy of the plan is also in the file); a copy of Senator Jacob Javits's letter to HUD Secretary Weaver expressing concerns about the reorganization; and correspondence related to a dispute over the proposed demolition of a housing project in Cleveland to make way for an expressway.

1968
Box: 5 Folder : 8-9 Tenants Rights / Turnkey Projects (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

The label of the original folder holding these documents was "Tenants' Rights." There are some notes and correspondence on that matter. In addition, there are press releases and memoranda on turnkey projects and memos concerning HUD's use of Professional Organization Representatives for advice on policy. The folders also include a copy of The Mayor's Task Force on Reorganization of New York City Government: Report and Proposed Local Law (December 1966) and a related draft note thanking Mayor John V. Lindsay for it, and two papers written by the Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana (CVG) staff: "Planning and Administration of New Towns" (June 1963) and "Recommended Policies for Land Tenure in the City of Santo Tome de Guayana" (September 1963).

1967-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 10-11 Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY) Development Project

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence, project summaries, and meeting notes, including a package of material for a conference at First National City Bank for the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Bedford-Stuyvesant D and S Corporation.

1967
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Boston Rehabilitation Project

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence and memos about the project, including the script of a proposed movie, concerns about relocation, and a proposed project evaluation by the Joint Center for Urban Studies. Also includes statistics, memos, etc. concerning the Boston Housing Authority and its tenant selection, particularly with regard to "non-white occupancy."

1968-1969
Box: 5 Folder : 13-14 Jacksonville (Florida) Housing Authority

Scope and Contents Note

Includes correspondence, memos, and a HUD Inspection Division's Report of Investigation concerning an allegation by former Florida governor Haydon Burns that the site for a turnkey project in Jacksonville was not properly selected.

1967-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Salem (Massachusetts) Urban Renewal

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memos, correspondence, reports, clippings, and opposition concerning the Heritage Plaza -- East Urban Renewal Area.

1967-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 16-17 St. Louis (Missouri) Housing Authority. Pruitt-Igoe Project (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memos, correspondence, schedules, background reports, and other documents concerning the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects.

1968
Box: 5 Folder : 18 St. Louis (Missouri). Sports Stadium

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a memo from Zuccotti to Undersecretary Wood concerning St. Louis's request for HUD funds for a stadium, and Wood's resulting letter to Congresswoman Leonor K. Sullivan.

1967
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Washington, D.C. Parkchester Apartments

Scope and Contents Note

Includes memos and press release concerning HUD's project to turn Parkchester Courts into a low income housing cooperative.

1967
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Memos on Federal Assistance to Various Cities

Scope and Contents Note

Includes summaries of HUD assistance prepared by Zuccotti for the Office of the Vice President in connection with, at least in some instances, upcoming trips by the Vice President. Cities included are: Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Springfield, Illinois; Brooklyn, New York; Tallahassee, Sanford, Orlando, and Cocoa, Florida; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; New York City; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

1967-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Housing. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various documents generally related to housing, including a HUD circular summarizing its new program under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968; a draft description of a grant program for public facilities in low income areas; notes of recommendations from an unidentified task force; the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Housing and Urban Development Law's paper on funding for a program of urban action sponsored by the ABA; memos on potential investments by union pension funds in housing; recommendations of an unidentified task force concerning "Increased HUD Consciousness of Slum Situations"; and a National Research Council paper "The Industrialization of Housing in the United States."

1967-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Studies on Race Relations

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a proposal from the University of Chicago for a federal grant to study "The Urban Negro American in the Twentieth Century" and a paper from the Lemberg Center for the Study of Violence "Six-City Study: A Survey of Racial Attitudes in Six Northern Cities: Preliminary Findings."

1968
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Federal Panel on Early Childhood

Scope and Contents Note

Includes minutes of the panel's first meeting (1 May 1968) and briefing papers and other documents in connection with its second meeting in July.

1968
Box: 5 Folder : 24 HUD Administration. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a memo on planning a series of center city conferences; a list of general questions about operations; a draft memo from Mitchell Sviridoff about the President's Task Force on Government Organization; and some other minor documents.

1967
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Edward W. Brooke

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to Congressman Brooke's expressed concerns about the administration of the low and moderate income program generally and in connection specifically with the Bryant Terrace project in Malden, Massachusetts. Includes correspondence, chronologies, background information, clippings, draft responses from HUD to Brooke, and other documents.

1967
Box: 5 Folder : 26 Lawrence M. Cox

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copies of an exchange between U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy and Cox, Executive Director of the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority, in which Cox expresses support for HUD's administration of a FHA program. Zuccotti's notes and drafts in the file suggest he was consulted in advance of Cox's response to Percy.

1967
Box: 5 Folder : 27 Jacob Javits

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents concerning housing-related legislation sponsored by or of interest to U.S. Senator Javits, including notes, Congressional Record tearsheets, and a copy of a letter from HUD Secretary Weaver to U.S. Senator John Sparkman.

1966-1967
Box: 5 Folder : 28 Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents related to HUD's analysis of Kennedy's proposed health care legislation, prepared at Kennedy's request.

1968
Box: 5 Folder : 29-30 Robert F. Kennedy (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes copies of memos from Kennedy's office concerning housing, two bills (S. 2088 and S. 2100) sponsored by Kennedy in 1967, a cost analysis of a 1967 Kennedy housing bill, statement by Kennedy introducing S. 3029 (1968), Kennedy's press release announcing his candidacy for U.S. president, and resolutions passed at a 1968 Rural Conference by N.A.C.D. (full name is unidentified but is associated with the National Sharecroppers' Fund).

1967-1968
Box: 5 Folder : 31 President's Message

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the advance text of President Lyndon Baines Johnson's speech to the Congress on "Message on America's Unfinished Business: Urban and Rural Poverty" (1967), with related memos from HUD Secretary Weaver and Special Assistant to the President Joseph A. Califano, Jr.; talking points for the president for a meeting with the National Housing Incorporators (October 1968) and for the signing of a bill on interest rates on insured mortgages;, and White House press releases and other documents.

1967-1968
Box: 6 Folder : 1 HUD Annual Report Transmittals
1967-1968
Box: 6 Folder : 2-3 Speeches by HUD Undersecretary Robert C. Wood (2 folders)
1966-1968
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Speeches. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Includes a statement by HUD Secretary Robert C. Weaver before the Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization of the Senate Committee on Government Operations on "The Role of the Federal Government in Urban Areas" (16 August 1966); three drafts of a speech (by Robert C. Wood?) titled "Vox Populi, Vox Dei--The Rule of All Good Governments"; a speech labeled "Introduction to Urbana Speech" from the third session of a series of "Centennial Symposia" (1968?); and a two page statement concerning the participatory role of citizens.

circa 1966
Box: 6 Folder : 5 The Center of Our Society: The American City

Scope and Contents

HUD publication with the remarks of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson at Syracuse on 19 August 1966.

1966
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Federal Role in Urban Affairs

Scope and Contents

Includes three books: Part 1, Part 2, and the Appendix to Part 1 of the Hearings before the Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization of the U.S. Committee on Government Operations.

1966
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Buying From Developers: A Guide to the 'Turnkey' Method of Public Housing Construction (HUD Booklet)
1967
Box: 6 Folder : 7 New York State Urban Development Acts of 1968 (Complete Text of Law)
1968 June
Box: 6 Folder : 7 The House on W. 114th Street

Scope and Contents

HUD booklet concerning a project in Harlem conducted by the New York City Rent and Rehabilitation Administration.

1968 September
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Recommendations of the National Commission on Urban Problems

Scope and Contents

Includes two copies of Commerce Clearing House's "Special Report" in its Urban Affairs Reports series compiling the recommendations of the Commission.

1968 December 16
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Shoot-Out in Cleveland: Black Militants and the Police, July 23, 1968

Scope and Contents

Staff report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. Prepared by Louis H. Masotti & Jerome R. Corsi.

1969 May
Box: 6 Folder : 9 One Year Later: An Assessment of the Nation's Response to the Crisis Described by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders

Scope and Contents

Published by Urban America, Inc. and the Urban Coalition

1969
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Violence in America: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Scope and Contents

Staff report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. Prepared by Hugh Davis Graham & Ted Robert Gurr.

1969 June

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