Scope and arrangement
The Robert C. Weaver papers, Additions II date from 1882 to 2008 (bulk dates 1950s-1980s) and primarily document Weaver's writing on urban development, his appointment as secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and his autobiographical project.
Weaver's interest in urban development and his evolving ideas are illuminated in his writing, such as his Urban Complex manuscript (1964, box 26 folders 3-5); "The Negro Comes of Age in Industry" (1943, b.19 f.11) and the "Land and Opportunity" (1975, b.19 f.5) articles; and various unpublished drafts. Weaver also offered feedback and expertise to others writing on the subject. This is reflected through the drafts and accompanying correspondence for John W. Shively's "History of Urban Renewal From 1966 to 1968," (b.26 f.7-8).
Weaver's appointment as secretary of HUD is the main subject in the Clipping Scrapbooks, and the congratulatory and farewell letters (b.11). The HUD files contain proposals and papers such as "Goals in Housing" (b.17 f.10). The chronology of HUD prepared by Joseph Garonzik provides details on the department from 1965 to 1976, including organizational charts (b.17 f.11 and b.18 f.1).
The National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing (NCDH) files demonstrate another aspect of Weaver's work, as he was the leader of a few organizations, and member of various visiting committees. While president of the NCDH, he oversaw the Housing Mobility Project, the proposed merger with the Center for National Policy Review (CNPR, 1986), and the termination of the NCDH activities (1987).
Comprehensive accounts of Weaver's work are exhibited in a transcription of Joe B. Frantz's interview (1968), in which Weaver discussed his early career up until the late 1960s; and Alma Rene Williams's thesis titled Robert C. Weaver: From the Black Cabinet to the President's Cabinet (1978). There is a chronology of Weaver's activities from 1960 through 1963, which includes details of his role in the signing of an executive order on equal opportunity in federally assisted housing by President Kennedy (1962). The calendar and appointment books dating from 1956 to 1992 provide glimpses into Weaver's daily personal and professional activities. Weaver intended to author an autobiography, and after he passed away, Walter Stafford, and possibly others, attempted to complete the project. This work is conveyed through the genealogy and research notes; various drafts of the text; and a notebook with information on Weaver's life and death (b.22 f.4). The materials from Weaver's memorial tribute in 1997 also contain pertinent information about his legacy. Based on the writing style of the autobiographical drafts, historical context for significant places and time periods, it appears most of the included publications from Weaver's personal library were used for reference and research during this project. A few books have marginalia, and several others have highlighter marks and post-it notes.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject or format.