Community Development Service records, 1900 - circa 1990 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
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The Community Development Service records document the CDS’s economic and social development projects in rural communities, towns, and cities throughout southern Illinois. The collection provides a record of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s economic and social impact on the approximately 31 counties of southern Illinois, with emphasis on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Franklin, Gallatin, Jackson, Jefferson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Wabash, and Washington.
The majority of the records relate to projects of the 1950s and 1960s when the Community Development Service was most active. Series 1: Newspaper Clippings, Series 2: City and Town Files, and Series 4: Industrial Development Files provide strong documentation of the research and activities being conducted in a given community. The newspaper clipping files contain related media coverage, while the city and town files include subject-specific reports on topics such as education, public health, retail, industry, churches, local government, housing, libraries, recreation, community organizations, local history, beautification, and agriculture. The city and town files also includes correspondence and consultant reports often pertaining to industrial development or the previously mentioned topical reports. The bulk of the industrial development files are “industrial inventories” with data on individual businesses and files of correspondence organized by company concerning attracting physical infrastructure and jobs to a community.
The collection also consists of records documenting the CDS’s involvement in organizations such as the Shawnee Development Council, Community Progress, Inc., and the Saline Valley Development Association. Community Progress, Inc. was active in East St. Louis development and the SVDA focused on Saline and Gallatin counties.
Other records of note include Series 9: America at the Confluence Project Files, documenting an attempt to establish a showboat theater on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The Comprehensive Health Planning Files concern healthcare delivery, accessibility, and quality in 27 southern Illinois counties. The Sub-series 2: Community Development Institute records of Series 11: Community Development Service Unit Files, contains curriculum information and syllabi of the academic unit of the CDS. Lastly, the hospital and physician research, and Human and Community Resources in Southern Illinois Bulletins in the Ray E. Wakeley Files, were used to support the establishment of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1970.
Series 1: Newspaper Clippings, 1943-1968
Series 2: City and Town Files, 1924-1976
Series 3: Reports and Printed Materials, 1952-1974
Series 4: Industrial Development Files, 1951-1966
Series 5: Shawnee Development Council, 1966
Series 6: Correspondence Files, 1949-1974
Series 7: Community Progress, Incorporated Records, 1955-1969
Series 8: Saline Valley Development Association Records, 1952-1973
Series 9: America at the Confluence Project Files, 1972-1973
Series 10: Comprehensive Health Planning Files, 1966-1974
Series 11: Community Development Service Unit Files, 1951 - circa 1990
Series 12: Ray E. Wakeley Files, 1900-1979
Series 13: Maps and Architectural Drawings