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Little Rock Housing Authority Scrapbooks Microfilm Collection, 1950-1980

Little Rock Housing Authority Scrapbooks Microfilm Collection, 1950-1980

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Little Rock Housing Authority Scrapbooks Microfilm Collection, 1950-1980 UALR.MS.0085

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-21T16:34-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Little Rock Housing Authority Scrapbooks Microfilm Collection, 1950-1980
Dates: 1950-1980
Quantity: 5.0 containers; 4 microfilm reels and 1 OV box
Identification: UALR.MS.0085
Location NoteMicrofilm reels are located in the research room of the Arkansas Studies Institute. Materials related to the promotion of the Housing Authority's 1964 "Mr. Happy Fixit" campaign were detached from Scrapbook 11 for microfilming and stored separately in an oversize box.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains microfilmed scrapbooks from the Little Rock Housing Authority (later renamed Metropolitan Housing Alliance), which include news clippings concerning urban renewal in Little Rock, plans for the Central Arkansas Urban Renewal Project, and project map drawings by land planning consultant, Sam Zisman. Also included are oversize materials and ephemera from the Housing Authority's "Mr. Happy Fixit" campaign.

This collection was originally numbered Z-6.

Historical Note

In 1937, the United States Congress passed legislation to combat slum housing, and the Housing Act provided funds for this purpose. In 1939, the Arkansas Legislature adopted the Housing Authority Act of the State of Arkansas, providing for local governments to establish housing authorities.

On October 14, 1940, Little Rock Mayor J. V. Satterfield, Jr., appointed a five-member board as the first Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Members of the board were R. Redding Stevenson (chair), Gladys S. White, Van E. Manning, Louis E. Hurley, and Clyde E. Lowry. During the next forty years, Little Rock became one of the first cities in the South to construct and operate public housing projects. From 1940 to 1955, five such projects were constructed, providing 1,200 units of housing for low income families.

In 1949, Congress amended the Housing Act of 1937 to provide an urban renewal program to remove blighted areas and enhance community life. Additional legislation enabled local governments to provide for separate urban renewal boards or to permit existing local Housing Authority Boards to merge urban renewal programs with those already in existence.

In 1950, the Little Rock Housing Authority embarked on one of the first urban renewal projects in the United States. From 1950 to 1980, ten urban renewal projects were completed in Little Rock. The ten projects were completed within the scope of financing plans approved by the federal government, an effort believed to be unmatched by any other agency.

Activities of the Housing Authority were expanded in the 1970s to include the construction and addition of three high-rise apartment buildings for the elderly (Fred W. Parris Towers, Cumberland Towers, and Jesse Powell Towers) and the addition of Section 8 housing, a program designed to provide rental assistance to low- to moderate-income families and the elderly. (Information from "Housing Authority News Dispatch," Volume 3, March 1981.)

On 2011 December 28, the Little Rock Housing Authority changed its name to Metropolitan Housing Alliance.

City planning--Arkansas--Little Rock
Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock (Ark.).
Metropolitan Housing Alliance (Little Rock, Ark.), donor.
Metropolitan Housing Alliance (Little Rock, Ark.).
Urban renewal--Arkansas--Little Rock


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Little Rock Housing Authority Scrapbooks Microfilm Collection, 1950-1980, UALR.MS.0085. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, microfilm number, Little Rock Housing Authority Microfilm Scrapbooks Collection, 1950-1980, UALR.MS.0085.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Metropolitan Housing Alliance (Little Rock, Ark.), 1980.

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