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Howard W. Hallman papers

Identifier: MS2283

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains government publications, organizational publications, newsletters, research materials, reports, and newspaper articles. These materials date from 1945-2003 with the bulk falling within 1961-1985. The subject matter within this collection cover citizen participation in neighborhood decentralization, revitalization, and community organizing. The records deal with background material on emergence of community corporations in the 1960s, studies and reports on creation of little city halls, neighborhood councils, and other modes of municipal decentralization in various cities (1969-77), training and technical assistance on citizen participation in community development and neighborhood self-help activities (1977-83), articles and papers on these topics by such persons as Jim Cunningham, Joseph Zimmerman, Milton Kotler, and Donna Shalala (1960s, 1970s), citizen participation in local budget making including reports covering 15 years in New York City, Dayton, St. Paul, and Portland, Oregon, studies for city charter commissions in Pittsburgh (1975) and New York (1989), reports and newsletters from national organizations dealing with neighborhoods, reports developed by the National Commission on Neighborhoods (1977-79), papers on neighborhood topics prepared for HUD by various authors (1983), and community crime prevention (1980s).


  • Creation: 1945-2003
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1961 - 1983

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.


Howard W. Hallman spent thirteen years engaged in housing and community improvement programs in Philadelphia, PA and New Haven, CT. From 1969 to 1983 he headed the Civic Action Institute, which conducted research, training, and technical assistance on employment training programs, local government decentralization, citizen participation, and neighborhood self-help activities.

In 1976 Hallman was the principal founder of Neighborhoods, USA, a national association of neighborhood leaders and local officials. He has conducted studies and made presentations in Sweden, Canada, Puerto Rico, Yugoslavia, Israel, Japan, and Turkey. He is author of more than 250 publications including nine books, such as Small and Large Together: Governing the Metropolis and Neighborhoods: Their Place in Urban Life.

Hallman has also been a peace activist since his college days at the University of Kansas. His peace activism has lead him to work towards nuclear disarmament. He is also chair of Methodists United for Peace with Justice, a national association of laity and clergy and is active in local church activities.


38.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is the working papers of Howard W. Hallman. Howard Hallman worked for many years within the citizen participation movement in American cities from the middle 1960s through the 1980s. The collection containes correspondence, newsletters, publications, and reports from 1945-2003 with the bulk falling within 1961-1983. Topics of these materials include city bugeting, citizen participation, decentralization of government services and poverty.


Arranged in the original order donated with original folder titles.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Howard W. Hallman, 2010 (2010.011)

Preliminary Guide to the Howard W. Hallman papers, 1945-2003
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Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
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