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College of Urban Development records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-15.20

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).


  • Creation: 1968-1992


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.

Historical Note

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)

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Related Materials

Materials related to the College of Urban Development can also be found in the Center for Urban Affairs records, later known as the Center for Community and Economic Development (2008).

Legal Status

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.

College of Urban Development Records
4 Published And Cataloged
January 2009
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US