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Guide to the Jeanne R. Lowe Papers, 1959-1973

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Lowe, Jeanne E., 1924-1972
Title: Jeanne R. Lowe Papers
Dates: 1959-1973
Quantity: 34.5 cubic ft. (34 boxes, 2 scrapbooks, and 1 folio volume) - also includes 2.5 shelves of her book and magazine library.
Abstract: Materials pertaining to urban renewal, urban housing, role of women in the sciences, race, public housing, the National Urban Coalition, community planning, and academic classes and seminars she led at Goucher College, the New School for Social Research, and New York University. Also includes manuscripts and scrapbooks relating to her book Cities in a Race with Time (1967), biographical material, and miscellaneous items relating to Vassar College and her participation in its 100th anniversary.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, reports, speeches, and articles.

Biographical Note

Jeanne R. Lowe (1924-1972) was born in Pelham, NY, and attended the Horace Mann School for Girls. After she was graduated from Vassar in December 1944 (Class of 1945-4), Lowe began a career in journalism. In time her interests focused on urban affairs, and she became known as an expert in that field. From 1959 to1960 she directed Goucher College's seventy-fifth-anniversary, year-long program on urban society. She was a frequent lecturer on college and university campuses, and spoke before numerous national organizations. A regular contributor to magazines such as HARPER'S and THE NATION, Lowe's major publication was her book, Cities in a Race with Time, published in 1967. She was engaged as a consultant by many organizations, including the National Urban Coalition, the Fund for the City of New York, and the Ford Foundation. At the time of her death Jeanne Lowe was a senior fellow at the Urban Center of New York University and a lecturer at the university's Washington Square campus.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, reports, speeches, articles, and other materials pertaining to urban renewal, urban housing, role of women in the sciences, race, public housing, the National Urban Coalition, community planning, and academic classes and seminars she led at Goucher College, the New School for Social Research, and New York University; specific cities covered include New York, New Haven, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Miami, Sunnyvale (Calif.), Chicago, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C.; manuscript of her book Cities in a Race with Time (1967) and scrapbooks of reviews and references to the book and her other work in urban affairs; her diary for 1968; and miscellaneous materials relating to Vassar College and her participation in its 100th anniversary.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Goucher College.
  • National Urban Coalition (U.S.)
  • New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)--Faculty.
  • New York University.
  • Vassar College--Anniversaries, etc.

Subjects:

  • City planning.
  • Housing.
  • Public housing.
  • Racism.
  • Urban renewal.
  • Women authors, American.
  • Women college teachers.
  • Women in science.
  • Women journalists.
  • Women--Diaries.

Places:

  • Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions.
  • Cleveland (Ohio)--Social conditions.
  • Miami (Fla.)--Social conditions.
  • New Haven (Conn.)--Social conditions.
  • New York (N.Y.)--Social conditions.
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)--Social conditions.
  • Sunnyvale (Calif.)--Social conditions.
  • Washington (D.C.)--Social conditions.

Document Types:

  • Diaries.
  • Scrapbooks.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jeanne R. Lowe Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

This collection is currently unprocessed; however, a preliminary box listing is available.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph Lowe.

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Container List

Boxes 1-2 Biographical information, special projects and ideas for projects, and correspondence. Includes information about the Lowe papers; career résumés; publicity; material on urban renewal; Andrew Haswell Green; material on the Goucher College 75th anniversary program, 1959/60 (a seven month seminar on "Human Values in the Emerging American City," directed by J.R.L.); Citizens Union proposal for decentralizing city government; Committee for Economic Development project on Rochester, N.Y., with report and related materials; relations with MacDowell colony; urban renewal seminar at the New School, 1965; lectures at colleges and universities, and other lectures; correspondence with McCall's as Urban Affairs Editor and with the Saturday Review; material on European cities; the Negro woman; New York City housing; relations with Twentieth Century Fund; Municipal Art Society; Committee on Architectural Preservation; Architects Technical Assistance Center; New York University course, "The City in Crisis," 1972; and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1972-73.
Box 3 Copies of articles and speeches by Jeanne Lowe, including material relating to her visit to Vassar, October 1971, as a participant in the program for the 100th anniversary of AAVC.
Box 4 Correspondence, promotion, reviews, etc., relating to J.R.L.'s book, CITIES IN A RACE WITH TIME (NY: Random House, 1967).
Box 5 New York Urban Coalition materials and report, New York City Housing Authority, and Fund for the City of New York Report.
Box 6 Committee for Economic Development; Lowe program for cities; Ford Foundation Report, 1971, and earlier versions; N.Y.U. urban course; housing round table, 1969; N.Y. State Urban Development Corporation.
Boxes 7-8 Sloane Foundation Report on the role of women in the sciences with materials collected during the preparation of the report, 1971; materials collected during a tour of European cities, 1970; items relating to Vassar, including student papers.
Box 9 N.Y.U. secondary curriculum studies and manuscript of a book on urban studies for junior high schools.
Box 10 Materials on housing (middle-income housing, public housing, race, and housing).
Box 11-13 Metropolitan planning and problems (transportation, taxes, local government, etc.). Box 13 also includes material on new town and speeches by Paul N. Ylvisaker.
Boxes 14-19 Manuscript of J.R.L.'s book, Cities in a Race with Time; additional versions of individual chapters with materials related to the chapters.
Box 20 Washington, D.C. and federal programs for cities; redevelopers; James Scheuer.
Box 21 Victor Gruen Associates, including an interview with Victor Gruen, 1959; George Raymond; New Jersey planning.
Boxes 22-23 New York City and Robert Moses
Boxes 24-26 New Haven
Boxes 27-29 Philadelphia
Box 30 Pittsburgh
Box 31 Miami
Box 32 Sunnyvale
Box 33 Chicago, Chelsea, Cleveland, and other cities
Box 34 Copies of J.R.L.'s book and other publications, and a 1968 diary.
Box 34 Also two large scrapbooks of reviews and references to Cities in a Race with Time and other items relating to J.R.L.'s work and the New York City Planning Commission's Plan for New York City, 1969. A Proposal.

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