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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs records

Identifier: ua2001-41

Scope and Content

The collection contains files on research projects conducted with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) grants, data collected during research and correspondence of faculty, students and community groups associated with CURA.


  • 1967-1993


Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) was established in 1968 to assist communities across Minnesota find solutions to issues with housing, job placement, access to health and human services, crime and educational opportunities. CURA’s establishment was in response to the social change occurring in local communities at the time of its creation, and as such many of its initial projects were experimental and short-term (1). While other similar programs across the country have shifted their focus, CURA continues to evolve to respond to community needs (1). The goal of CURA is to find avenues that allow faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota to work with groups and agencies in the local communities to find solutions to current problems. CURA has formed councils within the University as well, such as the All-University Council on Environmental Quality (1) and the All-University Council on Aging (1), which have allowed for departments with similar goals and research to coordinate more effectively. CURA also oversees the University's survey research center.


(1) Files on Campus Departments, Organizations, and Athletics, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Information files collection, University Archives


40.55 Cubic Feet (31 record boxes, 4 flat boxes )

Language of Materials



Collection contains the records of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs ( CURA) at the University of Minnesota. Correspondence, records of meetings and field data are prevalent, as are records pertaining to research projects within Minnesota and nationwide.


The collection is arranged into the following series:

  • Series 1: Subject Files, 1967-1993

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in the University Archives on December 30, 2001.

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Processing Information

Processing completed with funds from the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (2021-2022).

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs records, 1985-2001
Karen Spilman; Zoltan Lohse
February 2005; November 2021
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Revision Statements

  • November 2021 - February 2022: Contents list added, Notes updated by Zoltan Lohse and Katelyn Morken

Collecting Area Details

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