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Durham Urban Renewal Records

Title: Durham Urban Renewal Records
Inclusive Dates: 1964-1976 and undated
Extent of Materials: 8.5 linear feet
Location: Shelved 93-95
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR The records document the plans for the urban redevelopment of Durham in the 1960s and 1970s.
Processor: Amy McDonald
Subject Headings: Durham (N.C.)–History.
Urban renewal–North Carolina.
Scope and Content: 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 affected neighborhoods, the city council, and county commissioners and several scrapbooks of collected newspaper clippings on the urban renewal projects. An informational folder of clippings and maps that summarize the urban renewal projects may be found in Box 1.
Related Materials: Durham Urban Renewal Clippings, 6 vols., NC 711.409 DURH
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical/Historical Note: 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. Projects were referred to by several designations: (see maps located in the information folder in Box 1):
Project 1 N.C. R-16
Project 2 N.C. R-17
Project 3 N.C. R-54
Project 4 N.C. R-88
Project 5 no designation
Project 6A N.C. R-52
Project 6B no designation
Downtown Conservation Project N.C. R-26
Organization of Collection: 1. NC R-16, 1961-1968
1.1. Property Appraisals, 1961
1.2. Property Appraisals, 1962-1963
1.3. Land Utilization and Marketability Study, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Area, Project No. 1, Durham, North Carolina, 7 June 1961
1.4. Project N.C. R-16, Final Project Report, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area, Durham, North Carolina, [1968]
2. NC R-17, 1962-1976 and undated
2.1. Property Appraisals, 1962-1963
2.2. Reuse Appraisal, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area, Project No. 2, N.C. R-17, Durham, North Carolina, 7 June 1962
2.3. Reuse Appraisal, Project N.C. R-17, Parcel B-5, St. Joseph A.M.E. Church, for Redevelopment Commission of Durham, 12 May 1976
2.4. Project N.C. R-17, Final Project Report, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area, Durham, North Carolina, undated
3. NC R-26, 1957-1970
3.1. Durham Central Business District, Segment A Property Appraisals, 1963-1964
3.2. Durham Central Business District, Segment B Property Appraisals, 1963-1964
3.3. Property Appraisals, 1966-1967
3.4. Property Disposal Map, Durham Central Business District, August 1964
3.5. Appraisal of NC R-26, Redevelopment Commission of Durham, North Carolina, 24 January 1964
3.6. Third Reuse Appraisal, Project N.C. R-26, for the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Durham, 5 January 1970
3.7. Market Data Sales, Project N.C. R-26, CBD Redevelopment Project, Durham, North Carolina, 1957-1965
4. NC R-41, 1974
4.1. Property Appraisals, 1974
5. NC R-52, 1965-1967
5.1. Property Appraisals, 1965-1967
6. NC R-88, 1973
6.1. Property Appraisals, 1973
7. NC R-54, 1966-1975
7.1. Property Appraisals, 1966-1975
7.2. Property Acquisitions, 1971-1972
8. Brochures, undated
9. Photographs
9.1 Identified Photographs
9.2 Unidentified Photographs
10. Slides
10.1. Identified Slides
10.2. Unidentified and Miscellaneous Slides
11. Audiovisual Materials
11.1-11.7 Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes
12. Oversize
12.1-12.11. Scrapbooks
12.12. Photo Album
Container List: 1. NC R-16, 1961-1968
Box 1
1.1.  Property Appraisals, 1961
Block Streets
1 S. Roxboro St., E. Pettigrew St., S. Mangum St., Cora St.
2 Cora St., S. Roxboro St., Poplar St., S. Mangum St., Morehead Ave., Adams St.
3 Vivian St., South St., S. Mangum St.
4 South St., Matthews St., Tatum Pl.
5 South St., Tatum Pl., Matthews St.
6 Blackwell St., Matthews St.
7 Carr St., Morehead Ave., Blackwell St., W. Pettigrew St.
8 Carr St., Pettigrew St., Ashton Pl., Jackson St.
9 W. Pettigrew St., W. Chapel Hill St., Willard St., Jackson St., Ashton Pl.
10 W. Chapel Hill St., N. Duke St.
11 W. Chapel Hill St.
12 Jackson St., S. Duke St., Willard St., Yancey St.
13 Yancey St., Willard St., S. Duke St., Morehead Ave.
Box 2
1.2. Property Appraisals, 1962-1963
Block Streets
7 Carr St., Blackwell St., Morehead Ave., Pettigrew St.
8 Carr St., Pettigrew St., Ashton Pl., Jackson St.
9 W. Pettigrew St., W. Chapel Hill St., Willard St., Jackson St., Ashton Pl.
10 W. Chapel Hill St., N. Duke St.
11 W. Chapel Hill St.
12 Jackson St., S. Duke St., Willard St., Yancey St.
13 Yancey St., Willard St., S. Duke St., Morehead Ave.
14 Carr St., Willard St., Morehead Ave.,
15 Carr. St., Portland Ave., Willard St., Michie Alley
16 Carr St., Warren St., Portland Ave., Jackson St.
17 Warren St., Jackson St., Willard St.
1.3. Land Utilization and Marketability Study, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Area, Project No. 1, Durham, North Carolina, 7 June 1961
1.4. Project N.C. R-16, Final Project Report, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area, Durham, North Carolina, [1968]
2. NC R-17, 1962-1976 and undated
Box 3
2.1. NC R-17, 1962-1963
Block Streets
8 Mobile Ave., Fayetteville St.
12 Mobile Ave., Fayetteville St., Ray Alley, Ray Pl.
13 Fayetteville St., Ray Pl., Ray Alley, S. Elm St.
14 Fayetteville St., S. Elm St., St. Joseph St.
15 St. Joseph St., Mebane St., Fowler Ave., Fayetteville St.
16 Fayetteville St., Fowler Ave., E. Piedmont Ave.
17 Fayetteville St., E. Piedmont Ave., E. Enterprise St.
18 Fayetteville St., Enterprise St., Umstead St.
19 Whitted St., E. Enterprise St., Fayetteville St., E. Umstead St.
20 Whitted St., Fayetteville St., Enterprise St., Banks Pl.
21 Whitted St., Fowler Ave., Fayetteville St., Banks Pl.,
22 Glenn St., Fayetteville St., Fowler Ave., Whitted St.
23 Fayetteville St., Glenn St., Whitted St.,
2.2. Reuse Appraisal, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area, Project No. 2, N.C. R-17, Durham, North Carolina, 7 June 1962
2.3. Reuse Appraisal, Project N.C. R-17, Parcel B-5, St. Joseph A.M.E. Church, for Redevelopment Commission of Durham, 12 May 1976
2.4. Project N.C. R-17, Final Project Report, Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area, Durham, North Carolina, undated
3. NC R-26, 1957-1970
Box 4
3.1. Durham Central Business District, Segment A Property Appraisals, 1963-1964
Block Streets
4 Cleveland St., Roxboro St., Holloway St.
5 Elliott St., Roxboro St., Holloway St., N. Queen St.
7 Oakwood Ave., Carlton Ave., N. Queen St., Holloway St.
8 N. Dillard St., Holloway St., Liberty St., N. Queen St.
9 Holloway St., N. Queen St., Roxboro St., Liberty St.
3.2. Durham Central Business District, Segment B Property Appraisals, 1963-1964
Block Streets
30 Foster St. (Durham Armory)
31 Morgan St., Holland St., Rigsbee Ave.
32 N. Mangum St., Rigsbee Ave., Chapel Hill St.
33 Rigsbee Ave., Chapel Hill St., N. Mangum St., Orange St.
34 E. Chapel Hill St., Orange St., Parrish St.
36 Foster St., Roney St., Morgan St.
38 Morgan St., Morris St.
39 Morris St., Morgan St.
Box 5
Block Streets
40 Morgan St., Great Jones St., W. Main St.
41 Morgan St., W. Main St., Great Jones St., Morris St.
43 W. Main St.
45 N. Mangum St., W. Main St.
46 S. Mangum St.
47 W. Chapel Hill St.
48 W. Main St., W. Chapel Hill St.
49 W. Main St.
50 N. Dillard St.
51 S. Church St.
52 unknown
Box 6
3.3. Property Appraisals, 1966-1967
Block Streets
4 Cleveland St., Roxboro St., Holloway St.
5 Elliott St., Holloway St., N. Queen St.
7 Holloway St., Oakwood Ave.
8 N. Dillard St., Holloway St., Liberty St., N. Queen St.
9 Holloway St., N. Queen St., Roxboro St., Liberty St.
10 Roxboro St., Cleveland St., Liberty St.
14 Liberty St., N. Queen St., E. Parrish St., E. Liberty St., Roxboro Rd., E. Main St.
15 N. Dillard St., Liberty St., N. Queen St.
Box 7
Block Streets
18 Parrish St., Main St., Church St.
19 Church St., Parrish St., Mangum St.
20 Mangum St., Peabody St.
21 Main St.
22 Dillard St., Peabody St.
23 Seminary St., Mangum St.
25 Morgan St., Mangum St.
26 Cleveland St., Seminary St.
27 Mangum St., Morgan St., Rigsbee Ave.
28 Morgan St., Seminary St.
29 Morgan St.
Box 8
Block Streets
31 Morgan St., Rigsbee Ave.
32 Chapel Hill St., Mangum St., Rigsbee Ave.
33 Rigsbee Ave., Chapel Hill St., Mangum St., Orange St.
34 Chapel Hill St.
36 Foster St.
38 Morgan St., Morris St.
39 Morris St.
40 Morgan St., Great Jones St., Main St.
41 Morris St., Morgan St., Main St.
43 Main St.
45 Mangum St., Main St.
46 Mangum St.
48 Main St., Chapel Hill St.
49 Main St.
50 Dillard St.
51 Union Station Property
Box 9
3.4. Property Disposal Map, Durham Central Business District, August 1964
3.5. Appraisal of NC R-26, Redevelopment Commission of Durham, North Carolina, 24 January 1964
3.6. Third Reuse Appraisal, Project N.C. R-26, for the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Durham, 5 January 1970
3.7. Market Data Sales, Project N.C. R-26, CBD Redevelopment Project, Durham, North Carolina, 1957-1965
Forms detail the acquisition, including costs and the names of the sellers, of properties in the R-26 area. Photographs of the properties are included.
3.8. Parking Financial Feasibility Study, Central Business District, December 1966
3.9. Downtown Development Association, Report 1, 9 November 1960
3.10. Downtown Revitalization Foundation, Summary Report 1976-1977, April 1977
4. NC R-41, 1974
Box 10
4.1. Property Appraisals, 1974
Block Streets
9 Atlantic St.
21 Nash St.
23 Fayetteville St.
5. NC R-52, 1965-1967
Box 10
5.1. Property Appraisals, 1965-1967
Block Street
1 Liberty St., Elizabeth St.,
2 Liberty St.
3 Elizabeth St., Taylor St., Peachtree St., Peachtree Alley
4 Dillard St., Elizabeth St., Peachtree Alley, E. Main St.
5 Elizabeth St., Verbena St., Peachtree Alley, Peachtree St.
6 E. Main St., Verbena St., Elizabeth St.,
6. NC R-88, 1973
Box 10
6.1. Property Appraisals, 1973
7. NC R-54, 1966-1975
Box 11
7.1. Property Appraisals, 1966-1975
Initial appraisals of the R-54 area were made in 1966. Reappraisals followed in 1971.
Block Streets
3 Pettigrew St.
4 Pettigrew St., Ramsey St., Mt. Vernon Ave., Branch Pl.
5 Pettigrew St., S. Roxboro St.
6 Poplar St., Queen St., Mt. Vernon Ave., Ramsey St., S. Roxboro St., Proctor St.
7 Ramsey St., Proctor St., Mt. Vernon Ave., Queen St.
8 Mt. Vernon Ave., Ramsey St., Proctor St., Branch Pl.
9 Mobile Ave., Chess Pl., Ray Pl.
10 Henry St., Proctor St., Mobile Ave., Branch Pl., McCoy St.
11 Ramsey St., Branch Pl.
12 Ramsey St.
13 S. Roxboro St., Ramsey St., Bancroft St., Meade Pl., Pickett St.
14 Mobile Ave., McCoy Alley, McCoy Pl., Ramsey St., Pickett St., Ray Alley
15 Ray Alley, Ray Pl., Mebane St., Elm St.
Box 12
Block Streets
16 Elm St., St. Joseph St.
17 Ray Alley, Pickett St. (Philmont St.), St. Joseph St.
18 Pickett St., Moore St., S. Roxboro St.
19 Pickett St., Moore St., S. Roxboro St., Gould St.
20 Gould St., S. Roxboro St., Memphis St., Pickett St.
21 Macklin St., St. Joseph St., Pickett St., Memphis St.
22 St. Joseph St., Macklin St., Fowler Ave., Mebane St.,
23 Fowler Ave., E. Piedmont Ave., Pickett St.
Box 13
Block Streets
24 Macklin St., Fowler Ave., Memphis St., Pickett St.
25 Mason St., E. Piedmont Ave.
26 Mason St., S. Roxboro St., Piedmont Ave.
27 E. Piedmont Ave., Roxboro St., Mason St.
28 E. Piedmont Ave., E. Enterprise St., Mason St.
29 Enterprise St., Umstead St.
30 Mason St., Enterprise St., S. Roxboro St.
7.2. Property Acquisitions, 1971-1972
Forms detail the acquisition, including costs and the names of the sellers, of properties in the R-54 area. A map of the N.C. R-54 area is included.
8. Brochures, undated
Box 13
8.1. Facts and Figures on Durham’s $8,600,000 Bond Issue (2 copies)
8.2. Facts about the North Carolina College Project
8.3. Downtown Durham: A Report by the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Durham, N.C.
8.4. Concerning Durham’s Urban Renewal Program
8.5. Report 2, The Redevelopment Commission of the City of Durham, Durham, North Carolina.
9. Photographs
Box 14
9.1 Identified Photographs
Photographs have been identified and arranged by street name. These are photographs of buildings—houses, apartment buildings, and commercial properties—in the areas marked for urban renewal projects.
9.1.1. Alston Avenue
9.1.2. Angier Avenue
9.1.3. Atlantic Street
9.1.4. Bancroft Drive
9.1.5. Baxter Street
9.1.6. Belvin Street
9.1.7. Branch Place
9.1.8. Burlington Avenue
9.1.9. Canal Street
9.1.10. Carrington Street
9.1.11. Calumet Drive
9.1.12. Carroll Street
9.1.13. Cecil Street
9.1.14. Chalmers Street
9.1.15. Chapel Hill Street
9.1.16. Clemmons Avenue
9.1.17. Cobb Street
9.1.18. Davis Street
9.1.19. Dillard Street
9.1.20. Dorothy Drive
9.1.21. Drew Street
9.1.22. Duke Street
9.1.23. Dunstan Street
9.1.24. Elizabeth Street
9.1.25. Elm Street
9.1.26. Elmira Avenue
9.1.27. Enterprise Street
9.1.28. Fargo Street
9.1.29. Fayetteville Street
9.1.30. Foster Street
9.1.31. Fowler Avenue
9.1.32. Glasson Street
9.1.33. Glenn Street
9.1.34. Gould Street
9.1.35. Hancock Street
9.1.36. Holloway Street
9.1.37. Holman Street
9.1.38. Lakeland Avenue
9.1.39. Lane Street
9.1.40. Lawson Street
9.1.41. Lincoln Street
9.1.42. Linwood Avenue
9.1.43. Macklin Street
9.1.44. Main Street
9.1.45. Mangum Street
9.1.46. Martha Street
9.1.47. Mason Road
9.1.48. Massey Avenue
9.1.49. Matthews Street
9.1.50. McCall Street
9.1.51. Meade Place
Box 15
9.1.52. Memphis Street
9.1.53. Mobile Avenue
9.1.54. Moore Street
9.1.55. Morgan Street
9.1.56. Morning Glory Avenue
9.1.57. Mt. Vernon Street
9.1.58. Nash Street
9.1.59. Nelson Street
9.1.60. Oldwell Street
9.1.61. Parrish Street
9.1.62. Peabody Street
9.1.63. Peachtree Place
9.1.64. Pettigrew Street
9.1.65. Philmont Street
9.1.66. Piedmont Street
9.1.67. Plum Street
9.1.68. Poplar Street
9.1.69. Price Avenue
9.1.70. Proctor Street
9.1.71. Queen Street
9.1.72. Ramsey Street
9.1.73. Red Oak Avenue
9.1.74. Roxboro Street
9.1.75. St. Joseph Street
9.1.76. Sawyer Street
9.1.77. Shady Bluff
9.1.78. Shepherd Street
9.1.79. Sima Street
9.1.80. South Street
9.1.81. Southland Drive
9.1.82. Sparkman Lane
9.1.83. Vickers Avenue
9.1.84. Wabash Avenue
9.1.85. Weaver Street
9.1.86. Willard Street
9.1.87. Yellow Stone Drive
Box 16
9.2 Unidentified Photographs
9.2.1. Buildings (4 folders)
9.2.2. People
10. Slides
11. Audiovisual Materials
Box ?
11.1-11.7 Reel-to-Reel Tapes
Audiotapes record meetings between the Durham Redevelopment Commission and affected neighborhoods, the city council, and county commissioners. The tapes must be reformatted before use.
12. Oversize Materials
Cabinet 7
12.1-12.11 Scrapbooks
Scrapbooks contain clippings on various urban redevelopment projects. All of the clippings have been photocopied into six volumes available in the North Carolina Collection.
12.12. Photo Album
The photo album contains photographs of various properties. No identifying information is provided with the photographs.