Research Projects File, 1944-2004 | University of Illinois Archives
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Research Projects File of the Small Homes Council-Building Research Council includes project proposals and reports; contracts; correspondence and memoranda; budgets; work diaries; blueprints; detailed drawings; worksheets; checklists; invoices, vouchers, payroll ledgers and other financial records; publicity releases; radio and film scripts; working files; and photographs concerning research projects undertaken by the Small Homes Council to study electric and coal heating, roofing materials and installation, mobile home construction, work efficiency, interior space designs; to build demonstration houses, including a farmhouse, and faculty residences; and to investigate and recommend improved techniques for housing construction in Bogota Columbia (1954-57).
The research projects were sponsored by corporations, foundations, and trade groups (including Edison Electric, INT, Inc., Farm Journal, Inc., the Lumber Dealers Research Council, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, and Bituminous Coal Research, Inc.), government agencies (including the Housing and Home Finance Agency, Federal Housing Administration, the Foreign Operations/International Cooperation Administration, the Office of Civil Defense, the U. S. Army, and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and the University.
This series also includes several files concerning proposed or uncompleted research projects.