2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 23, 2020 2:42 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of New York office of Department of Housing & Urban Renewal

    David Hochfelder Newbie

      Hi! I'd like to locate the records of the New York City regional office of the Department of Housing and Urban Renewal, particularly those records dealing with urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s. Thanks.

        • Re: Seeking records of New York office of Department of Housing & Urban Renewal
          Susannah Brooks Navigator

          The New York office is not specifically listed in the Guide to Federal Records for the Dept. of Housing & Urban Renewal, but they may be included with the general records. www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/207.htm

          There is mention of motion picture films for NY in the 1960's.   All motion picture records are at NARA College Park, MD.  They probably also have the majority of the other records from this department.

          • Re: Seeking records of New York office of Department of Housing & Urban Renewal
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Mr. Hochfelder,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

            The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established September 9, 1965.  We searched the National Archives Catalog and the only record series we could locate that was created by HUD’s Region II (New York) office is Systematic and Secretary Initiated Complaint Case Files, 1976 - 1999 in the General Records of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (Record Group 207).


            We also locate records relating to urban renewal in New York during the 1950s and 1960s. Record Group 207 includes 169 record series created by HUD and its predecessor agencies from the 1950s and 1960s, of which 38 record series mention urban renewal in the Catalog description. Of these 38, 10 record series were created by the Urban Renewal Administration (12/23/1954 - 9/9/1965) and its components.


            In addition, we located 2 record series in the Records of the Federal Housing Administration (Record Group 31) and 3 record series in the  Records of the Public Housing Administration (Record Group 196) with records relating to urban renewal.


            For more information about these records, please email the reference units listed as the contact in the Catalog descriptions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from the various NARA units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            Lastly, you may wish to contact the New York State Archives and the New York City Municipal Archives for records of state and municipal agencies relating to urban renewal.


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