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Guide to the University of Chicago Center for Urban Studies Records 1967-1968

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Descriptive Summary


University of Chicago. Center for Urban Studies. Records




.75 linear feet (2 boxes)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The Center for Urban Studies was established by the University of Chicago in 1963. This collection contains reports from 1967-1968, when the Center was working with The Woodlawn Association (TWO) to develop the Woodlawn Model Cities Plan.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Center for Urban Studies. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Center for Urban Studies was established by the University of Chicago in 1963, funded with federal grants. In 1967 the Center, then under the direction of faculty member and urban planner Jack Meltzer, set up a colloquium to discuss issues facing neighbouring Woodlawn. The Woodlawn Organization, founded in 1960 to promote the community's "self-determination" – and to oppose University expansion into the neighbourhood – partnered with the Center that same year. Although Chicago had received funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Model Cities Program, TWO did not find the official role they hoped for in the city's planning process. The result was a collaboration between TWO and the Center to develop the Woodlawn Model Cities Plan, drafted in the fall of 1968. The proposal placed importance on the role of community members in developing policy. It called for a move away from the fragmented provision of social services dominated by specialized professions, embracing instead a focus on the whole individual.

Scope Note

This collection contains reports generated by the Center for Urban Studies during 1967 and 1968.

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Subject Headings


Box 1   Folder 1

"Continuing Colloquium on the University of Chicago Demonstration Projects in Woodlawn," 1968

Box 1   Folder 2-3

"Report to the Senate Subcommitee on Employment, Manpower, and Poverty," 1967

Box 1   Folder 4-5

"Selecting and Using Social and Economic Information in Urban Planning," 1968

Box 2   Folder 1-3

"Woodlawn's Model Cities Plan: A Demonstration of Citizen Responsibility," 1968