2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2019 11:29 AM by Teresa LePors

    Home Owners' Loan Corporation in North Carolina


      Was Burlington, North Carolina one of the cities surveyed by the Home Owners' Loan Corporation?  I know 239 cities were surveyed and I've identified five in North Carolina (Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham, and Charlotte).  I haven't been able to confirm if these are the only NC cities to be surveyed.  If Burlington, NC was surveyed, has the map been digitized.  Thank you!

        • Re: Home Owners' Loan Corporation in North Carolina
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. LePors,


          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!

          We searched the series City Survey Files, 1935 - 1940 but were unable to locate any files for Burlington, North Carolina.  Since the survey focused on cities that had a population of 40,000 and above as of 1930, the five cities listed in your request were the only North Carolina cities surveyed. The file units for these five cities include reports and maps. However, a file unit in container 70 labeled “North Carolina” includes maps with varying degrees of information for Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Hendersonville, High Point, Elizabeth City, New Bern, Rocky Mount, Statesville, and Wilson, North Carolina. There are no reports or other accompanying documentation for these locations and it is likely that these municipalities were not included in the formal survey of 239 cities, as many of them had populations much lower than the 40,000 threshold. For access to this series, please contact the  National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via their email address archives2reference@nara.gov.

          Although none of the file units in this series have been digitized by the National Archives Catalog, the University of Richmond’s “Mapping Inequality, Redlining in New Deal America” includes scans of many of the reports and integrates many of the residential security maps with other geographic information. These scans include information for the five cities already mentioned, but no other towns in North Carolina.


          We also searched the series Residential Security Maps, 1933 1939 but were unable to locate maps for any locations in North Carolina. This series only includes a small sample of the maps. The bulk of the residential security maps are in the City Survey Files.  For access to this series, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Cartographic (RDSC) via their email address carto@nara.gov.

          Additional records of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation that may provide insight into their activities in North Carolina include Copies of General Administrative Correspondence, 1933 - 1936 and Sample of General Loan Correspondence of Regional Offices, 1933 - 1936.  Both of these record series are in the custody of RDT2.

          We hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck with your research!

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