Short Course Administrative File, 1945-1989
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Brief Description:

Short Course Administrative File includes correspondence, announcements, published programs and manuals, and attendance lists for annual Short Courses conducted by the Council for homeowners, contractors, builders, government officials and mortgage lenders, including the Academy for Code Administration and Enforcement (1968-74); Advanced School for Homebuilders (1953-70); Associated Two-Year Schools in Construction (1975); Basic Construction and Materials Take-off Workshop (1964-81); Blueprint Reading Short Course (1969); Building Construction Technology Workshop (1973); Building Officials Institute ((1955, 1959-68); Champaign County Board of Realtors Short Course (1964, 1970-74); Design Seminar/Workshop (1966-67); East Ohio Gas Company Short Course (1972-75); Electric Heating Workshop (1961-63); Estimating Short Course (1955-63); Farmers Home Administration Short Course (1982-84); Federal Housing Administration Seminar (1967); Illinois Lumber and Materials Dealers Short Course (1946-47, 1954-55); Illinois Technical Drafting Teachers Association Short Course (1973-74); Kitchen Planning Short Course (1977-78); Lumber Dealers Training Institute (1956); Masonry Short Course (1961); Mortgage Lenders Short Course (1956-81); Muncie Federal Short Course (1972-73); Residential Construction Short Course (1945-70); Rogers Supply Company Short Course (1986); Roofing Seminar (1984); U. S. Postal Service Short Course (1982-83); Vocational Technical Workshop in Bricklaying and Masonry Construction (1971-75); Vocational Technical Workshop in Building Construction Technology (1970-71, 1977); and Vocational Technical Workshop in Mechanical Trades (1972-75).

This series also includes files concerning proposed short courses, workshops, and seminars.

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: 12/6/10
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Small Homes Council
Volume: 7.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/63, 1/7/2005, 3/2012
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Arrangement: Alphabetically by Short Course title and chronologically thereunder.
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.

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Subject Index
Construction Research
Housing Standards
Small Homes Council
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]