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Consists primarily of correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, minutes, reports, pamphlets, programs, newsletters, membership lists, reprints, speeches, press releases, broadsides, clippings, photographs, and copies of legislative hearings and bills documenting Vinton's active role in designing and implementing federal housing policies from 1935 to 1957. Most are administrative records produced during his tenure as Chief of Research in the Suburban Resettlement Division of the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), Chief Economist and Planning Officer of the U.S. Housing Authority (1937-1949), and First Assistant Commissioner of the Public Housing Administration (1949-1957). Also included are records of the Central Housing Committee (1935-1942), on which Vinton represented the Resettlement Administration and later the U.S. Housing Authority, and of the Advisory Committee of the
Bureau of the Census for the 1940 Federal Census of Housing. Papers concern many aspects of governmental activity in the public housing area, including low-income housing, defense housing, housing for the elderly, racial policy in public housing, and particularly the development and passage of housing legislation and congressional investigations of federal housing practices.
In addition to Vinton's own work, the papers document the work and opinions of many other planners, architects, housing experts, economists, federal administrators, and politicians, including Charles Abrams, Tracy B. Auger, Edmund N. Bacon, Catherine Bauer, Russell Van Nest Black, John B. Blandford, Jr., Lawrence N. Bloomberg, Walter H. Blucher, Ernest J. Bohn, Harry F. Byrd, Henry S. Churchill, Jacob L. Crane, Frank R. Creedon, Frederick A. Delano, Henry Ellenbogen, Herbert Emmerich, Raymond M. Foley, Philip M. Glick, Sergei N. Grimm, Justin Hartzog, Benjamin H. Higgins, John Ihlder, Leon H. Keyserling, Philip M. Klutznick, David L. Krooth, J.S. Lansill, Albert Mayer, Bleecker Marquette, Joseph R. McCarthy, Lewis Mumford, Dillon S. Myer, Charles F. Palmer, Horace W. Peaslee, Elbert Peets, Hugh R. Pomeroy, Don K. Price, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James W. Routh, Boris B. Shiskin,
Charles E. Slusser, Clarence S. Stein, Nathan Straus, Rexford G. Tugwell, Sir Raymond Unwin, Robert F. Wagner, Jesse R. Wolcott, Edith E. Wood, Elizabeth Wood, Coleman Woodbury, and Wilson W. Wyatt. Also included are documents related to the work of municipal housing authorities, including those of Syracuse and New York, N.Y., Winston-Salem, N.C., Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C.; activities of professional organizations, including the National Association of Housing Officials, National Housing Conference, and the American Society of Planning Officials; and Vinton's consulting work.