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Urban Studies Institute records

Collection number: ahc.MSS951

Scope and Content

The records are organized into two series, which best represent the Institute's research agenda. The more recent documents have been organized in the first series, which contains the application to the national community building project introduced by President Bill Clinton. The application and information regarding community building are followed by the City of Atlanta's 1993 strategic plan, which won Atlanta the title of Empowerment Zone and funding. The second series chronologically precedes the 1993 strategic plan, but it provides a history of the strategic planning research, which was addressed in the 1994 Empowerment Zone award. The second series is arranged into two subseries: the administrative attention given to strategic planning and the strategic planning research materials. The second series covers the funding problems faced by Grady Memorial Hospital between 1975 and 1995. The records in this series primarily consist of financial and research information from the 1980s.


  • 1953-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Urban Studies Institute, part of the School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, conducted research and collected data regarding the revitalization of inner city areas in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1980s and 1990s. The rehabilitation that occurred in 1994 due to Atlanta's award of the President's Empowerment Zone relates to the research concerning the lack of funding at Grady Memorial Hospital in the preceding decade. The strategic plan, "Creating an Urban Village," contains a survey of problematic areas in the City of Atlanta. One such problem area was the hospital facilities at Grady Memorial Hospital. The Hospital Authority serves Fulton and DeKalb counties at Grady Memorial Hospital. Grady is located downtown, and its patients primarily consist of lower income residents and indigents who have not applied for Medicaid or are not eligible for such aid. The hospital, therefore, suffers from a high inpatient count while receiving low state and federal funding. The Urban Studies Institute sought to discover where and how the hospital could increase its financial support. Simultaneously, Grady, which had been a prominent teaching hospital in the past, lacked the proper funding to maintain its historical level of training of interns from surrounding Atlanta medical schools.


1.4 linear ft. (3 document cases; 1 half document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series. The first series, dated 1993-1994, is titled Strategic Planning. The second series, divided into two subseries, is titled Grady Memorial Hospital and is dated 1975-1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1997

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2013.

Urban Studies Institute records
Josh Hogan
April 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305