Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records

In late 2007, the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections & University Archives University of North Carolina - Asheville aquired Housing Authority records from the City of Asheville. The following is a description of the collection:

"This collection consists of nearly 130 linear feet (129 cartons) of administrative records for  Asheville’s Redevelopment Commission dating from around 1958 to 1970, as well as the official records of Asheville’s Housing Authority from the late 1940s to the 1990s.  The records in this collection pertain primarily to several significant redevelopment projects undertaken by Asheville from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s.  Also represented to a lesser extent are smaller development and redevelopment projects, as well as several housing projects and bridge projects. 

In general project records include standard planning documents such as project area maps, a survey of the existing structures in the project area, the redevelopment plan, appraisal reports, and ownership data.  Also included are general project administrative documents such as correspondence, contracts, reports, news clippings, and summary documents.  In addition to general administration files and planning documents are several series pertaining to the acquisition, disposal, or rehabilitation of individual parcels, as well as the relocation of individual occupants.  

The collection is currently being processed and some sections have not been thoroughly examined.  Consequently information about the collection and the activities it documents are not fully known and described at this time. Several series containing sensitive information are closed to all researchers (faculty, students, public) while retention and privacy laws are being researched by library staff.  

The records of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville were acquired by UNCA in July 2007, and the legal transfer of ownership occurred on October 16, 2007 when the Asheville City Council approved the transfer of the material files and photographs and provided a subsidy for the processing of the collection.  Since then, additional materials were identified and acquired in 2008 and it is anticipated that additions to the collection will be forthcoming."

Link to the "Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, N.C., Records" at University of North Carolina - Asheville:


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