Habitat for Humanity International Records, Series 1.3: Papers - Administrative

Habitat for Humanity International Records, Series 1.3: Papers - Administrative

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
Title: Habitat for Humanity International Records, Series 1.3: Papers - Administrative
Dates: 1977-2005
Quantity: 5.5 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3786_1.3

Biographical/Historical Note

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit Christian housing ministry founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976. The organization works to build decent, safe housing for needy families and individuals around the world. Its operational headquarters are located in Americus, GA, and its administrative headquarters are in Atlanta. Habitat operates on the community level through independent local affiliates and performs work internationally through national offices.

The concept for Habitat began at Koinonia farm, a small, interracial community outside of Americus, GA. This community was founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan in 1942. In 1965, the Fullers visited Koinonia and, together with Jordan, developed the idea of “partnership housing,” a system in which those in need of housing would work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

In 1976, Habitat for Humanity International was officially established. Former U. S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter got involved in 1984 with the first Jimmy Carter Work Project. Since then, the Carters have been consistent supporters of Habitat, giving it a national and international spotlight.

In 2005, Fuller was dismissed from Habitat for Humanity amid unresolved disputes and established the Fuller Center for Housing. Jonathan Reckford took the position of executive director. As of 2013, Habitat for Humanity has built over 600,000 homes, eliminating poverty housing or homelessness for 3 million people worldwide.

Scope and Content Note

The administrative files consist of the papers of Habitat for Humanity's International Board of Directors (IBOD), project manuals and guides, land and legal files, and watchdog reports and surveys. The IBOD files mostly contain meeting minutes and annual reports created by top-level administration. The project manuals and guides are bound volumes focusing both on specific projects and broader planning initiatives for the organization. The land and legal papers primarily concern properties in and around Americus, GA, home of the Habitat for Humanity headquarters. The watchdog files are made up of surveys and reports regarding consumer protection.


The materials are arranged into four series: International Board of Directors (IBOD), project manuals and guides, land and legal files, and watchdog files.

This finding aid represents just one portion of the Habitat for Humanity International Records, which altogether consist of correspondence, event files, administrative files, affiliate files, media project files, newsletters, clippings, and print samples, as well as photographs, artifacts, and audiovisual materials.

Index Terms

Administrative records.
Fuller, Millard, 1935-2009
Legal documents.
Nonprofit organizations.
Property records.
Public interest groups.
Reckford, Jonathan

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Habitat for Humanity International Records, ms 3786, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in the Hargrett Library include the Millard and Linda Fuller papers, ms 3770, the Fuller Center for Housing records, ms 3771, Koinonia Farm photographs, ms 3049, Clarence L. Jordan papers, ms 756, ms 2340, and ms 2341.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


International Board of Directors

11How-to Manual
2-17Financial reports, 1977-1992
21Habitat's beginning, 1978-1979
2Executive Committee meeting, 1981
3Executive Committee, 1980-1981
4Board of Directors and Advisors, 1981
5Board of Advisors, 1982
6Fall Board meeting, 1982
7Board meeting, 1983
8April Board meeting, 1984
9Executive Committee meeting, 1984
10Nomination forms for Board of Directors and Advisors, 1984
11Advisors' letters, 1984
12Board of Advisors, 1984
13Board of Directors, 1984-1985
14-18Committee of Seven "Million Dollar Club, 1981-1984
19-21Annual reports, 1997-2000
118Financial report, 1995
19Annual report, 1981
20-31Annual reports, 1983-1994
32Habitat by-laws
33-37Public minutes, 1994-1997
38Millard Fuller reports to Wayne Walker, 1997
39Summer Phone Campaign, 1997
40Minutes, 1998
41Public minutes, 1998
42-44Memos, 1998
45-51Public minutes, 1999-2005
52Risk Purchasing Group minutes, 2001-2005
53Middle East documents and minutes, 1999-2004
54Swiss Association documents, 2005
55Crisis managements

Project Manuals and Guides

31Overseas Structural Training Manual, 1983
2Resource packet, 1984
3Habitat Headlines, 1987
4Like the Rush of a Mighty Wind, 1989
5Los Formularios y Documentos, 1989
6Affiliate profiles, 1990
7Planbook, 1990
8Sponsored Project Workbook, 1989
9Accelerated Building Project Manual, 1989
10Sponsored Project House Plan Book, 1990
11Rylander Theatre notes, 1992
12Rylander Theatre floorplans, 1992
13Rylander Theatre restoration, 1992
14Habitat Directory, 1992
41Proposed Five Year Plan, 1993
2Board of Directors Manual, 1993
3Planbook, 1993
4Five Year Plan, 1994
5Board of Directors minutes, 1994
6Board of Directors meeting, 1995
7Style Guide, 1994
8-9Participant's Manual, Overseas Workcamp Orientation
10Facilitator's Manual, Overseas Workcamp Orientation
11Resource Manual, Campus Chapters Department
11Homeowner's Guide to Home Care and Maintenance

Land and Legal Files

51126 Strife Street
2218 and 224 McCoy
3310 Crawley Street
4410 Jefferson Street
5623 Winn Street
61004 Magnolia Street
7Barlow, Rosa - 204 Ashby Street
8Barner, Fred Arthur - 315 Allen Street
10Champion, Dock - E. Lester Street
11Church Street
12Cummings, Fannie - Norris Circle
15Douglas Circle
16Educare Center, Title - 209 Habitat Street
18Foster, Bennie - 115 West Lester Street
19Green, James Arthur
20Greene, Mildred
21Habitat addresses
22Hall, Tom - 1614 Jackson Street
23Hartman - 514 and 516
24Hill, Emma Juanita - Peppermint Way
25Hopkins, Charles - 1313 Montgomery Street
26Ingram, Isom - 319 Allen Street
27Little, Wanda - Russell Street Extension
28Mack, Annie Mae - 936 North Jackson Street
29New Street
30Owens, Addie - 404-406 Ashby Street
31Owens, Addie - Lindsey Lane
32Russell Street Extension
33Russell Street Extension, Lot 176
34Thomas, Bennie - 317 Allen Street
35Thomas, Dora - 121 W. Lester Street
36Thomas file - 18 acres
37Trice, Mamie - 1310 N. Jackson Street
38Western Wayne County [Michigan]
39Wilson, Gwendolyn (Butler) - 115 Peppermint Way
401727 Bluebell Avenue, Boulder, CO
41Square footage
43Zoning - Builder's remedies
44Lot size
452nd Mortgages
46Sec. deeds for AAR homeowners


2National Charities Information Bureau Survey
3Non-Profit Times, 2001
4Non-Profit Times 100, 2000
5Non-Profit Times, 1999
6Non-Profit Times
7Smart Money magazine, 1997
8Watchdog Surveys, 1996
11Watchdog Reports, 1994-1996
12Evangelism and Missions Information Service (EMIS) handbook
13IRS 990 disclosures, 1999
14Charities Review Council, 1998
15Better Business Bureau (BBB) Survey, 1997
16American Institute of Philanthropy, 1997
17Better Business Bureau Survey, 1999
18National Charities Information Bureau, 1996-1997
19Non-Profit Times, 1997
20Non-Profit Times, 1998
21American Institute of Philantrhopy, 1999
22Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, 2002
23Better Business Bureau (BBB), 1995
24Better Business Bureau (BBB), 1994
25Better Business Bureau (BBB) West Georgia, 1997
26Builder 100, 1995-1997
27Builder 100, 1999-2000
28Builder 100 survey, 2001
29Builder 100, 2000
30-31Builder 100 survey, 1999
32Builder magazine, 1998
33Builder 100 survey, 1997
34Builder 100 survey, 1996
35Builder 100 survey, 1994
36Charities Review Council, 2000
37Charity Watch, 2000
38Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2001
39Chronicle of Philanthropy survey, 2000
40Chronicle of Philanthropy survey, 1999
41Chronicle of Philanthropy, 1997
42Chronicle of Philanthropy, 1998
43Chronicle of Philanthropy 400 survey, 2000
44Chronicle of Philanthropy, 1998
45501(c)(3) letter, 1998
46-47Watchdogs (General)
71Reports on Habitat for Humanity Meetings, 1976-2011
2Annual Reports, 2007-2011
3Sam Emerick - Reflections on Habitat's Past and It's Future Promise, 2010
4Style Guide and Prject Milestones
5Harvard Business School Case Study - Brand Valuation, 2008
6National Service Leadership Conference, 2009
7Rebuild Haiti: The Three-Month Update, 2010
8Katrine and Rita: Five Years Later, 2005-2010
9Calendars, 2006-2011
10Endorsements from Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, and Dr. David Johnson Rowe
11Legal Documents
13J. Ronald Terwilliger Legacy Gift: Media Report
14Mining Our Past to Inspire Our Future, 2015