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Urban Renewal in Minnesota (1960s-1970s): Overview


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Learn more about urban renewal in the 1960's and 1970's in Minnesota via this research guide.  This guide highlights urban renewal topics that are heavily represented in our collections.  Additional materials related to urban renewal in cities across the state can be found by searching our library catalog.  

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Minnesota Experimental City Authority Records 1963-1987 
The records cover all aspects of the steering committee and MXCA’s actions and activities in planning for the MXC, including research, legislation, funding, site study and selection, promotion and public relations, the international new city movement, private business and foundation partners, the University of Minnesota’s involvement, and their relations with various state and federal government agencies. Included in the records are maps, drawings, and photographs of the site and city concept. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Model City Program Records, 1967-1998
The records document the policies, decisions, and day-to-day activities of the program and its relationship with numerous government units and private social service organizations active in the program area. They include correspondence, minutes and motions of the executive board and policy and planning bodies, subcommittee and core group files, reports, memos, election materials, newsletters, policy statements, monthly and staff work reports, and subject files.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Redevelopment Project Files, 1953-1969
The majority of the records concern the Eastern and Western Redevelopment projects, which were conducted on more than 60 acres of land, located in neighborhoods to the immediate east and west sides of the State Capitol.  Properties were appraised for city acquisition and future demolition. Folders are arranged by street name and address and dates range from June 1953-January 1957, certain folders contain photographs of properties.
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Jackie Beckey
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