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Model Cities Program Records, 1966-1975 | University Archives

By Jaime Janda

Collection Overview

Title: Model Cities Program Records, 1966-1975Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1969-1974
ID: 01/HM.8
Primary Creator: Model Cities Program
Extent: 26.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically where needed.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1976. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: United States -- Model Cities Administration, United States. Model Cities Administration -- Archives, Urban renewal -- Arkansas, Urban renewal -- Louisiana, Urban renewal -- New Mexico, Urban renewal -- Oklahoma, Urban renewal -- Texas
Languages: English

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The records of the Model Cities Program detail the establishment and development of the federal program in the Southwest region. Included in these papers are examinations of the programs in sixteen of the selected cities in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These records consist of the following: an abbreviation guide; an act establishing the program; documents concerning committee, conferences, funding, program policies, procedures, and its establishment; pilot programs and studies; documents concerning the Model Cities program in Albuquerque, Austin, Eagle Pass, Edinburg, Houston, Laredo, Lawton, Little Rock, McAlester, New Orleans, North Little Rock, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Texarkana, Tulsa, and Waco; monthly reports; a MAP review; financial reports; new or corrective projects which include career opportunities, local executive reviews and comments, migrant evaluations, and a talent pool; OE data collection; Operational planning; documents concerning Flower Mound New Town, REO, TREND, Regional Contact people for Non regionalized programs, Spanish- speaking grants, special services for disadvantaged students, summer expedition for Gifted Students; and Intergovernmental relations documents which include Federal acts, agency meetings and conference papers, departmental policies, departmental communications, reports, and program phase-out papers.

Collection Historical Note

The Model Cities Program was authorized November 3, 1966 by the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966. It was part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty initiatives. The Model Cities Program was developed in response to concerns about urban violence and ineffective urban renewal programs. Emphasis was placed on comprehensive planning by citizens. Historians consider Model Cities to be the least effective of the Great Society programs due to problems arising from competing local interests, bureaucracy, and insufficient funding. The program was shut down in 1974. ("Model Cities Program," Wikipedia)

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Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Accruals: 76-018
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use. Boxes 1-26 are housed in the Research Collections Library.
Acquisition Source: John Thompson
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Model Cities Program Records, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: Previously, the records were part of a processing project in 2001 where all materials were refoldered and reboxed. The order that the materials were placed in during the 2001 project did not change during the final processing in 2014.
Finding Aid Revision History: A historical note was added in June 2016.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 5: Albuquerque - Austin, 1969-1974Add to your cart.
Barcode: 60431
Folder 1: Albuquerque: Program Information - Correspondence, and Membership, 1971-08-1972-03Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Albuquerque: Program Information - Correspondence, and Membership; HUD News, and Project, 1972-05Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Albuquerque: Program Information - Projects (Career Opportunities), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Albuquerque: Program Information - Projects (Environment, Kindergarten, Learning Center, Pregnant Teen Aid, Esperanza, and Library Materials), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Albuquerque: Program Information - Projects, Application and Review Reports, Correspondence, and Membership, 1969-02-1970-07Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Albuquerque: Application and Review Reports - Correspondence and Membership, 1970-08-1971-07Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Albuquerque: Application and Review Reports - Correspondence and Membership, 1971-09-1972-09Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Application and Review Reports: Newspaper Art; Reviews; Status Reports, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Albuquerque: Evaluation Reports, 1972-04Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Albuquerque: Evaluation Reports, 1973-01Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Albuquerque: Evaluation Reports; Technical Assistance - Correspondence and Membership, 1969-06-1974-08Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Albuquerque: Technical Assistant - Notes; Travel Form; New, Amended, or Revised Programs - Correspondence and Membership, 1969-07-1970-04Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Albuquerque: New, Amended, or Revised Programs - Correspondence and Membership; Austin: Funding - Correspondence and Membership, Budgets, 1970-05-1970-12Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Austin: Funding - Comprehensive Demonstration Plan; Fund Allocation; Project Application, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Austin: Funding - Project Summaries, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Austin: Program Information - Correspondence and Membership, 1970-05-1972-03Add to your cart.

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