General Records of the Department of Housing and Urban
(Record Group 207)
- 207.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
- 207.2 RECORDS OF THE DIVISION OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS, FEDERAL
- 207.3 RECORDS OF THE CENTRAL HOUSING COMMITTEE
- 207.4 RECORDS OF THE DEFENSE HOUSING COORDINATOR AND THE DIVISION
OF DEFENSE HOUSING COORDINATION
- 207.5 RECORDS OF THE NATIONAL HOUSING AGENCY 1934-47
- 207.6 RECORDS OF THE HOUSING AND HOME FINANCE AGENCY 1933-65
- 207.6.1 General records
- 207.6.2 Records of the Division of Housing Research and
- 207.6.3 Records of the Office of Program Policy
- 207.6.4 Records of the Division of Plans and Programs
- 207.6.5 Records of the Community Facilities Administration and
- 207.6.6 Records of the Federal Flood Indemnity Administration
- 207.6.7 Records of the Division of Field Coordination
- 207.6.8 Records of the Investigation Branch of the Compliance
- 207.6.9 Records of the National Voluntary Mortgage Credit
- 207.6.10 Miscellaneous records
- 207.7 RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
1942-87 (bulk 1961-83)
- 207.7.1 General records
- 207.7.2 Records of the Office of Public Affairs
- 207.7.3 Records of the Office of International Affairs
- 207.7.4 Records of the Division of Housing Research, Office of
the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research
- 207.7.5 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for
Community Planning and Development
- 207.7.6 Records of the Urban Renewal Demonstration Division,
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
- 207.7.7 Records relating to "Operation Breakthrough"
- 207.7.8 Records of the New Community Development Corporation (NCDC)
- 207.7.9 Records of the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration (FDAA)
- 207.7.10 Records of the Federal Interagency Task Force on Food and Shelter for the Homeless
- 207.7.11 Records of investigatory and advisory commissions supported by HUD
- 207.8 RECORDS OF REGIONAL OFFICES
- 207.8.1 Records of the Fort Worth Regional Office
- 207.8.2 Records of the San Francisco Regional Office
- 207.9 TEXTUAL RECORDS (GENERAL) 1934-70
- 207.10 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)
- 207.11 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL) 1963-69
- 207.12 VIDEO RECORDINGS (GENERAL)
- 207.13 SOUND RECORDINGS (GENERAL)
- 207.14 MACHINE-READABLE RECORDS (GENERAL)
- 207.15 STILL PICTURES (GENERAL) 1962-80 36,798 images
Established: By the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (79 Stat. 667), September 9, 1965.
- Federal Housing Administration (FHA) (1934-39)
- FHA, Federal Loan Agency (1939-42)
- Central Housing Committee (CHC), (1935-42)
- Defense Housing Coordinator, Advisory Commission, Council of National Defense (1940-41)
- Division of Defense Housing Coordination, Office for Emergency
- Management, Executive Office of the President (1941-42)
In the National Housing Agency (NHA, 1942-47):
- FHA (1942-47)
- Federal Home Loan Bank Administration (1942-47)
- Federal Public Housing Authority (1942-47)
In the Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA, 1947-65):
- FHA (1947-65)
- Public Housing Administration (1947-65)
- Home Loan Bank Board (1947-55)
- Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA, 1950-65)
- Community Facilities Administration (CFA, 1954-65)
- Urban Renewal Administration (URA, 1954-65)
- Federal Flood Indemnity Administration (1956-57)
Functions: Coordinates all federal housing programs.
Finding Aids: Katherine H. Davidson, comp., General Records of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, PI 164 (1965), which includes records of HUD predecessor agencies; supplement in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.
Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Department
of Housing and Urban Development and its predecessors in RG 287,
Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the Federal Housing Administration, RG 31.
Records of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, RG 195.
Records of the Public Housing Administration, RG 196.
Records of the Federal National Mortgage Association, RG 294.
History: Established under provisions of the National Housing Act (48 Stat. 1252), June 27, 1934, as the Division of Economics and Statistics and renamed in the spring of 1940. Responsible for preparing statistical surveys and legal and economic reports. Transferred with FHA to National Housing Agency, by EO 9070, February 24, 1942, and assigned to NHA administrator, July 1, 1942.
Textual Records: Reports, maps, and issuances, 1937-45, containing data about cities compiled from sources dated from 1850 to 1945. Current housing situation reports, 1938-42. Housing monographs, 1939-42. Reports on construction contracts, 1931-41.
History: Organized as an interagency committee to coordinate federal housing activities and to study operating problems, policies, and objectives, September 27, 1935. Consisted of representatives of the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the FHA, the National Emergency Council, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation Mortgage Company, the Resettlement Administration, and the Treasury Department. Abolished by EO 9070, February 24, 1942, which created the National Housing Agency. SEE 207.5.
Textual Records: Correspondence and other records relating to committee organization, 1933-35. Minutes of CHC meetings, 1935- 42. General records of the executive secretary, 1935-42. Records relating to the termination of the CHC, 1942-43. Records of the Steering Committee, 1936; the Ways and Means Committee, 1938-40; and the Special Committees of Five and Three, 1939-40. Records of several specialized and technical committees, first known as subcommittees, including the Appraisal and Mortgage Analysis Committee, Economics and Statistics Committee, Law and Legislation Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Research, Design, and Construction Committee, 1935-42.
History: Position of Defense Housing Coordinator created under the Advisory Commission to the Council of National Defense by Presidential order, July 18, 1940. Coordinator of Defense Housing transferred to Office for Emergency Management in the Executive Office of the President by EO 8632, January 11, 1941, as head of the newly established Division of Defense Housing Coordination. Functions of the division and the coordinator transferred to the National Housing Agency by EO 9070, February 24, 1942. SEE 207.5.
Textual Records: Policy and administrative records and general records ("Subject File"), 1940-42. Correspondence relating to defense housing, 1941-42.
History: Established as an emergency agency by EO 9070, February 24, 1942, under the First War Powers Act of 1941 (55 Stat. 838), December 18, 1941, to consolidate federal housing agencies and functions. Composed of three constituent units: FHA, Federal Home Loan Bank Administration, and Federal Public Housing Authority. (For administrative histories of NHA constituent units, SEE RG 31, RG 195, and RG 196.) Functions formerly vested in the Division of Defense Housing Coordination administered directly by NHA. NHA superseded by HHFA, effective December 31, 1947, under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1947. SEE 207.6.
Textual Records: General files, 1942-47. Correspondence, memorandums, and directives of Assistant Administrator Coleman Woodbury, 1942-45. Subject file of the war housing program and a 5 percent sample of local program operating files, 1942-46. Records of the Homes Use Division, 1942-46. Case files relating to Farm Security Administration and Resettlement Administration housing projects, 1934-42; and subject file of the Federal Public Housing Authority relating to disposition of case files, 1945-46.
History: Established as a permanent agency by Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1947, effective July 24, 1947, replacing the NHA. Initially consisted of FHA, Public Housing Administration, and Home Loan Bank Board, the last of which separated from HHFA, 1955. (For administrative histories of these constituent units, SEE RG 31, RG 196, and RG 195.) Acquired the Federal National Mortgage Association from Federal Loan Agency as a constituent unit, 1950. (For administrative history of FNMA, SEE RG 294.) HHFA Division of Community Facilities and Operations and HHFA Division of Slum Clearance and Urban Redevelopment redesignated Community Facilities Administration and Urban Renewal Administration, and elevated to constituent unit status, 1954. (For administrative histories of CFA and URA, SEE 207.6.5 and 207.7.6.) Federal Flood Indemnity Administration operated as HHFA constituent unit, 1956-57 (SEE 207.6.6). HHFA superseded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1965. SEE 207.1.
Textual Records: Subject correspondence files of HHFA administrators, 1947-65. Central files, 1947-65 (including some for HUD), and a related alphabetical name index, 1959-65. Issuances, 1947-65. Correspondence and other records relating to the placing of export controls on construction materials needed for veterans' housing, 1945-48. Correspondence relating to HHFA's race relations program, 1946-58; and reports on programs in each Congressional district, 1960-64. Records relating to the prefabricated housing program, 1950-52.
Textual Records: General records, 1942-54. Records relating to the allocation of scarce building materials, 1942-45. Sample case files relating to the construction of prefabricated houses and the production of new building materials, 1946-47. Reports, memorandums, and correspondence, chiefly with the National Bureau of Standards, about contract research projects, 1945-54. Research and technical publications, 1943-54.
Textual Records: Correspondence, 1953-60.
Textual Records: General subject file, 1950-53. Correspondence relating to mobile, demountable housing, 1950-51. Subject file relating to the controlled materials plan, 1950-52. "Locality files" relating to housing in critical defense areas, 1950-54.
History: Division of Defense Public Works (DDPW) established in the Federal Works Agency (FWA) by administrative order, July 16, 1941, to supervise national defense public works projects. Division of War Public Service (DWPS), established in FWA August 3, 1942, under provisions of the National Defense Housing (Lanham) Act (54 Stat. 1125), October 14, 1940, to administer public services required by the war effort. DDPW and DWPS consolidated, effective January 1, 1945, as Bureau of Community Facilities (BCF), FWA, by Administrator's order, December 12, 1944. BCF transferred to General Services Administration (GSA) with other constituent units of FWA when FWA abolished by the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (63 Stat. 377), June 30, 1949, and became the Community Facilities Service (CFS). Transferred to HHFA from GSA by Reorganization Plan No. 17 of 1950, effective May 24, 1950, and designated the Division of Community Facilities and Operations (DCFO). Redesignated Community Facilities Administration and made constituent unit of HHFA by Administrator's Organizational Order No. 1, December 23, 1954. Abolished by Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (79 Stat. 667), September 9, 1965, and functions assigned to HUD.
Textual Records: Subject files, 1943-48, 1950-64, and related alphabetical name indexes, 1950-58, 1963-64. FWA memorandums and other issuances inherited by CFA, 1940-50. CFA program files, 1963. Lanham Act war public works file, 1943-52. Lanham Act defense public works program records, 1941-50. DCFO general subject file and project files relating to the disaster relief program, 1947-53. DCFO Hawaiian tidal wave damage relief project files, 1946.
History: Established as a constituent unit of HHFA by Administrator's Organizational Order No. 1 , effective September 28, 1956, under provisions of the Federal Flood Insurance Act (70 Stat. 1078), August 7, 1956. Abolished for lack of appropriations by Administrator's Organizational Order No. 3, effective July 1, 1957.
Textual Records: Survey materials pertaining to a proposed program, 1956-57.
Textual Records: Regional reports, 1952-55.
Textual Records: Correspondence, reports, case files, and other records relating to special investigations into operations of the agency and its programs, 1954.
History: Established under the chairmanship of the HHFA Administrator, by the Housing Act (68 Stat. 638), August 2, 1954. Terminated October 1, 1965, as provided in establishing legislation. Facilitated private funding of housing in depressed areas.
Textual Records: Records accumulated by the national executive secretary and by the executive secretaries of the regional subcommittees, 1954-65.
Textual Records: Correspondence files of the President's Advisory Committee on Housing Policies and Programs and its subcommittees, 1953-54. Correspondence and reference files pertaining to the Women's Congress on Housing, 1956; and to the White House Conference on Aging, 1959-61. Records relating to Public Agency (Public Facility) Loans, 1933-55, a continuation of a similar program begun under the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
Textual Records: Subject correspondence files of Robert C. Weaver, Administrator of HHFA and HUD Secretary, 1961-68; Under Secretary Robert C. Wood, 1967-68; Preston Brown, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary, 1967-68; and Lewis E. Williams, Assistant Administrator (Administration) under NHA and HHFA and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration under HUD, 1942-66. Subject files of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and its predecessors, 1952-69. Subject correspondence, reading file, and staff correspondence of Under Secretary Richard C. Van Dusen, 1969-72. Records of Executive Assistant to the Secretary Albert A. Applegate, 1970-72; and of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Management G. Richard Dunnells, 1971-73.
Motion Pictures (28 reels): Press conferences and speeches of Secretary George Romney, 1969-71 (27 reels). Black employees' demonstration at HUD, 1970 (1 reel). Unfinished motion picture Instant Rehabilitation documenting a pre-fabricated housing unit project in New York, NY, ca. 1966-69 (14 reels). Motion picture Open Space and outtakes documenting urban recreation facilities around the nation, 1967-69 (28 reels). Fair housing public service announcements in English and Spanish, ca. 1970 (24 reels). General motion pictures (258 reels) and video recordings (8 videotape cassettes)produced or acquired by HUD or its predecessor HHFA relating to housing and urban development issues, programs, activities, and policies, 1948-80 . SEE ALSO 207.10.
Sound Recordings (501 items): Speeches, media appearances, and press conferences of the secretary and assistant secretaries; staff meetings; Presidential addresses relating to HUD programs; media broadcasts on the agency's programs; demonstrations; hearings and workshops; and spotmasters for radio announcements, 1966-80. SEE ALSO 207.12.
Textual Records: Subject correspondence files and bilateral and cultural exchange records, 1966-77. Country files, 1968 . Mixed files, 1965-73 , 1942-67.
Machine-Readable Records (1 data set): Housing evaluation form survey conducted as part of the experimental housing allowance program, 1972-76, with supporting documentation. SEE ALSO 207.13.
Textual Records: Urban information and technical assistance program files of the Program Regulation Division, 1967-73, consisting of case histories of states (AZ, NJ, OH, OR only) awarded grants under the Demonstration and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966. Comprehensive Planning Assistance Program records of the Planning Assistance Division, 1972-81. Model Cities Program reports of the Data Systems and Statistics Division, 1966-73. Flood insurance study files of Marion Clawson, Director, Studies of Natural Disasters, an ad hoc study group appointed by the director, Office of Program Policy, pursuant to the Hurricane Disaster Relief Act of 1965, to prepare a report on the possible establishment of a comprehensive, integrated flood and disaster relief program, 1966.
Microfilm Publications: M1384.
Machine-Readable Records (1 data set): Records of the Program Management Division, consisting of HUD rehabilitation loans and grants master file, containing information on loans and grants made to owners and tenants in urban rehabilitation projects, 1968-79, with supporting documentation. SEE ALSO 207.13.
History: Division of Slum Clearance and Urban Redevelopment established in HHFA to administer provisions of the Housing Act of 1949. Redesignated Urban Renewal Administration and made constituent unit of HHFA by Administrator's Organizational Order No. 1, December 23, 1954. Transferred with HHFA to HUD, 1965. Functions assigned successively to Demonstration Programs Administration and Office of Urban Studies and Clearinghouse Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Demonstrations and Intergovernmental Relations, 1965-68; and to independent Office of Urban Technology and Research, 1968, which became Office of Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OASRT), 1969. Urban Renewal Demonstration Program established in OASRT, 1970, and designated Urban Renewal Demonstration Division, 1971. Responsibility for urban renewal transferred to Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Development, 1972, and decentralized.
Textual Records: Subject files, 1949-65, and a related name index, 1958-65, in the form of a reading file. Subject files of the Finance Branch, 1948-68. Urban renewal demonstration grant case files, 1954-72; and unsuccessful grant proposals, 1954-71.
Photographs (12,548 images): Areas throughout the United States before redevelopment, 1951-67 (UR). SEE ALSO 207.14.
History: "Operation Breakthrough," 1969-78, was a HUD effort, under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, to stimulate the private housing industry by promoting volume industrialized housing production, particularly through modular construction.
Textual Records: Press releases, 1969-72. Company and subject file, 1972-73. Press clippings, 1971-73. Site publicity records, 1969-73. Publications relating to "Operation Breakthrough," 1970- 76.
Architectural Plans (5,000 items): Primarily ozalid copies, some annotated, of site plans, construction specifications, floor plans, elevations, cross-sections, and details of demonstration projects scattered throughout the United States, 1969-72. SEE ALSO 207.9.
Motion Pictures (5 reels): "Operation Breakthrough" housing program, 1971-72. SEE ALSO 207.10.
Photographs and Other Graphic Media (391 images): Site models, types of homes and apartments, and tests by the National Bureau of Standards, 1970-72 (A, B, D). SEE ALSO 207.14.
History: Established by the Urban Growth and New Community Development Act (84 Stat. 1804), December 31, 1970. Abolished by the Housing and Urban-Rural Recovery Act (97 Stat. 1238), November 30, 1983.
Textual Records: Briefing books, 1971-82. Records relating to NCDC activities in support of the development of Soul City, NC, 1974-83.
Maps (966 items): Property survey and utility maps of Soul City, NC; Woodlands, TX; and other planned communities, 1970-83. SEE ALSO 207.9.
Architectural Plans (500 items): Design drawings of Soul City, NC; Woodlands, TX; and other planned communities, 1970-83. SEE ALSO 207.9.
History: Responsibility for administering the Federal Disaster Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 1109), September 30, 1950, assigned to the Office of Defense Mobilization (ODM) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP) by EO 10427, January 16, 1953. ODM consolidated with Federal Civil Defense Administration to form Office of Defense and Civilian Mobilization, EOP, by Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1958, effective July 1, 1958. Redesignated Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization (OCDM), EOP, by an act of August 26, 1958 (72 Stat. 861). OCDM redesignated Office of Emergency Planning, EOP, by an act of September 22, 1961 (75 Stat. 630). Redesignated Office of Emergency Preparedness, EOP, by an act of October 21, 1968 (82 Stat. 1194). Abolished by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973, effective July 1, 1973, with disaster relief functions to Federal Disaster Assistance Administration, HUD. FDAA abolished with functions to Federal Emergency Management Agency by EO 12148, July 20, 1979, retroactive to July 15, 1979.
Textual Records: Correspondence, memorandums, and reports relating to Hurricane Agnes relief programs, 1972-74.
Textual Records: Administrative files and general correspondence, 1983-87. Records relating to task force involvement with the Community for Creative Non-Violence (Washington, DC), the University of the District of Columbia Shelter, 1983-86. Records relating to task force involvement with the DC Coalition for the Homeless, 1985-86.
Textual Records: Records of the Commission on Mortgage Interest Rates, including subject correspondence, research papers, reports of meetings, transcripts of hearings, and a final report, 1968- 69. Records of the National Commission on Urban Problems, including subject correspondence, reports of meetings, transcripts of hearings, studies, and a final report, 1965-68, including also records of the Douglas Commission, 1967-68.
Sound Recordings (27 items): Hearings of the National Commission on Urban Problems, 1965-68. SEE ALSO 207.12.
Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Public works planning program project control cards for CO, LA, NM, OK, and TX, 1953-65. Accelerated public works program project control cards, 1962-67, including cards pertaining to defense community facilities projects, 1953-55.
Textual Records (in San Francisco): Prefabricated Housing Loan Program records (files 356-378 only), 1953-54.
Correspondence, 1966-78 . Agency issuances, ca. 1934-70 . Publications describing inner city renewal programs, 1965-75 . Records relating to the Advance Planning Program, 1948-54. Housing market analyses, 1968-78 . Economic analysis surveys of families moving from low rent housing in various cities, 1938-49 . Alaskan housing case files, 1949-67 . New Community Development Program files, 1967-72 . College housing correspondence, 1952-67 . Reference correspondence (Name Index) files, 1966-78 . Records of the Veterans Educational Facilities Program, 1946-49 . Microfilm copy of public works project case files, 1949-50 (1774 rolls) . Metropolitan Development records, 1965-68 . Metropolitan and Community Planning subject files, 1967-69. Community Planning and Management program records, 1969-71 . Policy analysis and program evaluation files, 1965-73 . Records relating to Accelerated Public Works Programs, 1945-65.
SEE Maps UNDER 207.7.8.
SEE Architectural Plans UNDER 207.7.7 and 207.7.8.
207.11 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)
Creation of HUD and appointment by President Johnson of Robert C. Weaver as the first HUD Secretary, 1963-66 (3 reels). Ceremonies relating to the establishment and early activities of the department, 1966-67 (5 reels). Problems of housing and of urban development and planning, 1966-69 (124 reels). Fair housing rights, energy conservation, urban housing construction materials and techniques, environmental and ecological issues, addresses by HUD secretaries, and other subjects, 1950-79 (30 reels) . Building a Solar Home (5 reels and 1 videotape), ca. 1970.
SEE UNDER 207.7.2 and 207.7.7.
Spot announcements, farewell speech by HUD Secretary Patricia Harris, and HUD activities in Greensboro, NC, 1978-80.
SEE UNDER 207.7.2 and 207.7.11.
SEE UNDER 207.7.4 and 207.7.5.
Photographs (9,200 images): Construction progress on Indian low- rent housing projects in AZ, MT, NM, and SD, 1962-68 (I, 300 images). Low-rent housing in the United States, 1963-69 (G, 7,700 images). Building techniques and housing production activities at prototype sites, 1969-73 (HSP, 1,200 images).
Color Photographs (1,723 images): Prototype housing developments, 1970-73 (PHS, 1,500 images). Projects in MA, NH, OH, TX, and CT, 1972-73 (C, 223 images).
Photographs and Other Graphic Media (24,100 images): Projects submitted to the HUD biennial design competition, 1969-80 (UED).
Photographs and Drawings (44 images): Low-income and urban housing developments in nine U.S. cities; "Habitat 67" exhibit at Expo '67, Montreal, Canada, 1969 (LIH).
Poster (1 image): HUD Urban Environmental Design National Awards, 1980 (P).
Filmstrips (1730 images)and associated audio cassettes (16 recordings) describing Department programs and policies, ca. 1968-74 (FS).
SEE Photographs UNDER 207.7.6.
SEE Photographs and Other Graphic Media UNDER 207.7.7.
Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.