Small Homes Council Research Reports, 1948-2005
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Brief Description:

Research Reports of studies and investigations undertaken by the Small Homes Council in cooperation with foundations, government agencies, and trade groups and written by the faculty of several departments concerning aging, blast resistance, ceilings, concrete floors, construction methods, electrical heating, foundations, framing, insulation, mobile homes, mold and moisture damage, parking garages, roofing, sheathing materials, solar, space use, stairs, storage, trusses, walls, water pipes, windows, and windstorm mitigation.

Report authors include Donald E. Brotherson, Brian J. Crumlish, Raymon Harrell, Rudard A. Jones, William H. Kapple, James T. Lendrum, Marylee MacDonald, Byron E. Munson, Donald H. Percival, Bernard S. Phillips, William B. Rose, Stanley K. Suddarth, David Wickersheimer, and Willard J. Worth.

This series also contains reports (2002-2005) prepared for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Native American Programs assessing mold and moisture conditions in the housing found on Native American reservations.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 12/6/812
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Small Homes Council
Volume: 3.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/63, 1/7/2005, 3/2012
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Small Homes Council :

In 1944, the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Small Homes Council.1

The purpose of the council was to focus "talents on the small home problems, rural and urban." Its objectives were to inform the public on all home building problems and solutions, "to keep abreast of all that is new", and to work continually for the improvement of homes and housing. It was to publish "bulletins and circulars in convenient form on all subjects pertaining to planning, financing and building the home." Homes were to be built on campus to demonstrate good homes to thousands of visitors to the campus.2

Students in University courses which relate to construction, design, and management of the home would have advantages of practical studies. Financing was expected from sponsors.3

In 1955 the responsibility for the director to report directly to the University president was changed so that he reported to the Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts.4 The council issues non-technical circulars for home owners and planners, publishes research reports and presents short courses for contractors, builders, mortgage lenders and others.

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 43rd Report, September 29, 1944, pp. 214-15.

2. Ibid., p. 214.

3. Ibid., p. 215.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 48th Report, May 19, 1955, p. 353.

Access Restrictions: None.
Subject Index
Building Construction
Concrete Construction
Construction Research
Heating Systems
Housing, Family
Music -- Native American
Residential Construction
Wood Construction
Languages of Materials
English [eng]