Annual Reports, 1945-63, 1965-82
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Brief Description:

Annual reports of the Small Homes Council-Building Research Council showing staff appointments, lectures, visitors, professional association activities, meetings attended, publications, publications distribution, extension courses and workshops.

Reports for 1979 and later years are brief narrative summaries. Council annual reports for 1995-99 are combined with National Consortium of Housing Research Centers Annual Reports. Annual reports can also be found in the College of Fine and Applied Arts Dean's Office correspondence in the Small Homes Council Subject File (Record Series 12/6/5), Boxes 8-9.

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University of Illinois Archives
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Urbana, IL 61820
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Record Series Number: 12/6/1
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Small Homes Council
Volume: 0.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 3/2/83, 3/2012
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.

Subject Index
Building Research
Housing Research
Residential Construction
Small Homes Council
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Languages of Materials
English [eng]