Athens Model Cities Program

Athens Model Cities Program

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Athens Model Cities Program (Athens, Ga.).
Title: Athens Model Cities Program
Dates: 1968-1973
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of the correspondence, policy board minutes, by-laws, surveys, plans, evaluations and projects connected with the Athens Model Cities Program. This material duplicates, and in come cases supplements, the materials in the catalogued collection of material regarding this program.
Coll. Number: ms879

Biographical/Historical Note

"The Model Cities Programme was an element of United States President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty. The ambitious federal urban aid program ultimately fell short of its goals.

Authorized November 3, 1966 by the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966, the program ended in 1974. Model Cities originated in response to several concerns of the mid-1960s. Widespread urban violence, disillusionment with existing urban renewal programmes, and bureaucratic difficulties in the first years of the War on Poverty led to calls for reform of federal programmes. The Model Cities initiative created a new program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intended to improve coordination of existing urban programs. Several still troubled cities including Detroit, Oakland, Newark and Camden received funding. The program's initial goals emphasized comprehensive planning, involving not just rebuilding but also rehabilitation, social service delivery, and citizen participation. In 1969 the Nixon administration officially changed course; however in the majority of cities, citizen participation mechanisms continued to play an important role in local decision-making."

Source: "Model Cities Program." Wikipedia.


The collection is organized into two boxes which contain a total of 16 folders. Box 1 contains: 1. Correspondence. 2. Policy board minutes, 1968 : by-laws and representatives. 3. Policy board mintues, 1969. 4. Policy board minutes, 1970. 5. Policy board minutes, 1971. 6. Policy board minutes, 1972. 7. Policy board minutes, 1973. 8. Policy board, drafts of by-laws, 1970-1973. 9. Community survey. Box 2 contains: 1. Project evaluation and priority rankings. 2. Social services and economic manpower projects, third action year. 3. Plans for the fourth action year. 4. Social services and economic manpower projects, fourth action year. 5. Employment services project. 6. Physical environment projects. 7. Miscellaneous material and duplicates. In addition to this material, there is a grouping of 26 items from Dr. Melvin's office. The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Athens Model Cities Program (Athens, Ga.).
Bylaws (adminstrative records)
City planning--Georgia--Athens.
Community development--Georgia--Athens.
Comprehensive plans.
Projects (artistic concepts).
Surveys (documents)

General Notes

Related materials held by the Georgia Room: Athens model cities, Athens, Georgia: second year plan / Athens Model Cities Program. [Athens, Ga., 1971]. HN80.A83 A83 and Athens model cities, Athens, Georgia: third year plan / Athens Model Cities Program. [Athens, Ga., 1972]. HN80.A83 A84.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Athens Model Cities Program, 1968-1973. MS 879. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Code Sheet
2Draft and Agreement
3 - 4Correspondence
5Policy Board Minutes, 1968
6Policy Board Minutes, 1969
7Policy Board Minutes, 1970
8Policy Board Minutes, 1971
9Policy Board Minutes, 1972
10Policy Board Minutes, 1973
11Policy Board, Drafts of By-Laws, 1970 - 1973
12Community Survey
21Project Evaluation & Priority Rankings
2Social Service Components
3Social Service and Economic Manpower Projects, Third Action Year
4Plans for the Fourth Action Year
5Social Services and Economic Manpower Projects, Fourth Action Year
6Employment Services Project
7Recreation - Cultural Component
8Physical Environment Projects
9Miscellaneous Material and Duplicates
10Information System Workshop, 1970 March 23-26