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Durham Urban Renewal records

Identifier: NCC-0068

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised largely of property appraisal forms completed as part of the City of Durham’s plans to redevelop the Hayti-Elizabeth St. area and the downtown business district. Appraisals often include photographs and architectural sketches of the properties. A series of loose photographs, most organized by street name, document the architecture of these areas. The collection also includes seven reel-to-reel audio tapes of meetings between the Durham Redevelopment Commission and residents of affected neighborhoods, city councilmembers, and county commissioners and several scrapbooks of collected newspaper clippings on the urban renewal projects.


  • Creation: 1964-1976, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Created in 1958, the Durham Redevelopment Commission oversaw seven projects of urban renewal aimed at combating “urban blight” in Durham’s downtown and Hayti-Elizabeth Street areas. Projects 1-6, not including the project to revitalize Durham’s downtown business district, affected a primarily residential area of some 9,100 people, or 11.7% of Durham’s population at the time. Beginning in 1961 and initially scheduled for completion within ten years, the full slate of projects was never finished.


8.5 Linear Feet ((24 archival boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranved into the following series: 1. Property Appraisals; 2. Reports and Brochures; 3. Photographs; 4. Slides; and 5. Audio Recordings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

Durham Urban Renewal Clippings, 6 vols. (NC 711.409 DURH)

Portions of the collection have been digitized and are available via Digital NC:

Finding Aid for the Durham Urban Renewal Records
Amy McDonald and Kristen Merryman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Amy McDonald and Kristen Merryman

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States