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Detroit Renaissance Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001581
This collection mostly contains newspaper clippings on projects and topics related to urban renewal, riverfront development, and living in Detroit during the years of 1974-1993. The rest of the collection is made up of organizational records and materials given to executive members of Detroit Renaissance from 1970-2002. Record types from this section include formal reports, promotional brochures, meeting minutes from various committees within Detroit Renaissance, and budgetary materials. Topics covered include development within Detroit, a proposed riverfront sports arena, and discussions on how to stabilize the city financially. A portion of Detroit Renaissance projects contained in this collection are: Detroit Strategic Plan, Harmonie Park, Renaissance Center, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit People Mover, and the Cobo Hall Expansion.

Important Subjects: Detroit Strategic Plan Neighborhoods — Michigan -- Detroit Renaissance Center (Detroit, Mich.) Riverfront Development (Detroit, Mich.) Transit Urban housing

Dates

  • 1969 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 2000

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature - personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (6 SB)

Overview

The City of Detroit had difficulty rebuilding after the riots of 1967, as its population dwindled, along with available capital and a supply of suitable housing, which suffered from neglect and abandonment. The Detroit Renaissance, a non-profit organization of business and community leaders, was formed in 1970 by the chief executives of the region's most influential employers to focus on the redevelopment of Detroit. Promoting urban renewal, this Southeast Michigan business roundtable created a series of programs helping to support virtually every major development project in Detroit, playing a major role in coordinating their funding. During the 2000's, the organization evolved and expanded its focus on regional issues while continuing its support for Detroit's redevelopment. In 2009 the roundtable was united with others across Michigan to form the group, Business Leaders for Michigan. This collection mostly contains newspaper clippings on projects and topics related to urban renewal, riverfront development, and living in Detroit during the years of 1974-1993. The rest of the collection is made up of organizational records and materials given to executive members of Detroit Renaissance from 1970-2002. A portion of Detroit Renaissance projects contained in this collection are: Detroit Strategic Plan, Harmonie Park, Renaissance Center, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit People Mover, and the Cobo Hall Expansion.

History

The City of Detroit had difficulty rebuilding after the riots of 1967, as its population dwindled, along with available capital and a supply of suitable housing, which suffered from neglect and abandonment. The Detroit Renaissance, a non-profit organization of business and community leaders, was formed in 1970 by the chief executives of the region's most influential employers to focus on the re-development of Detroit. Promoting urban renewal, this Southeast Michigan business roundtable created a series of programs helping to support virtually every major development project in Detroit, playing a major role in coordinating their funding. During the 2000's, the organization evolved and expanded its focus on regional issues while continuing its support for Detroit's redevelopment. In 2009 the roundtable was united with other across Michigan to form the group, Business Leaders for Michigan.

Arrangement of the Records

Folders in this collection are not necessarily arranged in any particular order. The box folder listing provides an inventory based on their original order. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Acquisition

Records were placed in the Reuther Library on March 3, 1994. Additional records were transferred from the records of Max Fisher on May 1, 2014

Transfers

Photographs were transferred to the Reuther's Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Mauren Simari on 2010-06-21. Revisions made by Gavin Strassel on 2014-05-22.
Title
Guide to the Detroit Renaissance Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library; encoded by Jennifer Meekhof and revised by Gavin Strassel.
Date
2010-06-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2014-05-22: Box folder list and scope and content updated by Gavin Strassel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA