College of Urban Development records
Scope and Content
This collection contains material relating to the founding, history, and administration of the College of Urban Development. Materials include annual reports, meeting minutes, administration correspondence, workshop and conference information, college publications, and extensive subject files relating to issues pertinent to urban issues and development. Of special note, the collections contains audio recordings and information related to the College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Lectures and Urban Forum, which hosted many important speakers related to urban development and civil rights. There are also photographs/negatives documenting College events.
Archivist’s note: because of the cross-over of personnel and programs involved with the College’s founding, there are materials in this collection that may relate to other university programs. See Finding Aids for: UA 3.23 (Center for Urban Affairs), UA 8.2 (Center for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives), and UA 17.20 (Robert L. Green papers).
- Michigan State University. Urban Affairs Programs (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Some of the materials are restricted.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
The College of Urban Development was created in 1972 and offered classes the fall of 1973. The Board of Trustees created the College to train individuals to produce and apply a body of knowledge related to the identification and solution or urban and ethnic problems. This College cooperated with the other academic units of the university to address the human-social problems relevant to the College in order to offer a multi-disciplinary and problem-focused program. Robert L. Green was the first dean of the College of Urban Development and also the first African-American dean at Michigan State University. While at MSU, he helped push for affirmative action hiring programs and was an outspoken civil rights activist.
At the October 22-23, 1981 Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved changing the name of the College of Urban Affairs to the Urban Affairs Program.
11 Cubic Feet (11 boxes)
Language of Materials
Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Property Rights: Michigan State University.
- African American college students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
- African Americans -- Civil rights
- African Americans -- Education (Higher)
- Annual reports
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Conference materials
- Course schedules
- Green, Robert Lee
- Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
- King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
- Michigan State University. Urban Affairs Programs
- Minorities -- Education (Higher) -- Michigan -- East Lansing
- Negatives (Photographs)
- Programs (Publications)
- Race discrimination
- Serial publications
- Sound recordings
- Video recordings
- Wharton, Clifton R., 1926-
- College of Urban Development Records
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- January 2009
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.