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Title Public Relations, MDEM
Reference WUA/06/wua00107 Series 3, Box 4, Folder 38. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis
Library University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries
Collection Name Delmo Housing Corporation Records, 1945-1989
Collection Overview The Delmo Housing Corporation was formed in 1945 when ten Farm Security Administration communities were being sold. In order to prevent these homes from being sold to commercial interests with a resulting loss of migrant housing, a group of concerned people came together as the Delmo Housing Corporation, a charitable and educational corporation. Among the founding members were Bishop William Scarlett, Henry V. Putzel, Edwin P. Coleman, Jr., Oliver M. Langenberg, and Rev. Charles C. Wilson. They raised some of the down payment money and collected small down payments from the occupants of the homes, and were able to purchase nine of the communities (in 1954 an additional village was added). These homes were then purchased by the tenants at modest prices, allowing them to become homeowners, often for the first time.
Series Description Ralph E. Pumphrey, professor emeritus of Social Work at Washington University, served for a number of years on the Delmo Board of Directors. These files are a record of his involvement with Delmo. Also included is a copy of a draft of "Delmo Saga" by W. Wilder Towle, a longtime Board member who wrote "Delmo Saga" as an account of the history of the corporation's beginnings.
Date 8 Sep 1978 - Dec 1979
Document Type Periodical; Newspaper; Ephemera
Theme(s) Organisations, Associations and Societies; Poverty and Discrimination; Faith and Religion
Keywords government, poverty, public opinion, community development, housing, church, Christianity, poverty, education, health, racial tensions, integration, farming
Organisations/Associations Delmo Housing Corporation; National Sharecroppers Fund (NSF)
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