Papers of the Community Development Project

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Planning papers, research reports, and administrative papers and correspondence of the Project between 1967 and 1975; (2) Many books on economic history and pamphlets on urban development in Britain and other parts of Europe dated from ca.1945 onwards, including a minority of foreign publications, such as a few in Swedish.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Community Development Project was formed by the Home Office as 'a modest attempt at action/research into the better understanding and more comprehensive tackling of social needs, especially in local communities within the older urban areas, through closer co-ordination of central and local official and unofficial effort, informed and stimulated by citizen initiative and involvement'. It was the first time that central and local government had made a joint venture into this field. Started in 1967, the programme in Britain had by 1973 reached the planned total of twelve areas.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Possibly the gift of Professor John Greve, ca.1987


In English, but with a few titles in Swedish.