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Urban Studies Institute records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Georgia State University. Urban Studies Institute
Title: Urban Studies Institute records
Dates: 1953-1995
Quantity: 1.4 linear ft. (3 document cases; 1 half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS951

Biographical/Historical Note

The Urban Studies Institute, part of the School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, conducted research and collected data regarding the revitalization of inner city areas in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1980s and 1990s. The rehabilitation that occurred in 1994 due to Atlanta's award of the President's Empowerment Zone relates to the research concerning the lack of funding at Grady Memorial Hospital in the preceding decade. The strategic plan, "Creating an Urban Village," contains a survey of problematic areas in the City of Atlanta. One such problem area was the hospital facilities at Grady Memorial Hospital. The Hospital Authority serves Fulton and DeKalb counties at Grady Memorial Hospital. Grady is located downtown, and its patients primarily consist of lower income residents and indigents who have not applied for Medicaid or are not eligible for such aid. The hospital, therefore, suffers from a high inpatient count while receiving low state and federal funding. The Urban Studies Institute sought to discover where and how the hospital could increase its financial support. Simultaneously, Grady, which had been a prominent teaching hospital in the past, lacked the proper funding to maintain its historical level of training of interns from surrounding Atlanta medical schools.

Scope and Content Note

The records are organized into two series, which best represent the Institute's research agenda. The more recent documents have been organized in the first series, which contains the application to the national community building project introduced by President Bill Clinton. The application and information regarding community building are followed by the City of Atlanta's 1993 strategic plan, which won Atlanta the title of Empowerment Zone and funding. The second series chronologically precedes the 1993 strategic plan, but it provides a history of the strategic planning research, which was addressed in the 1994 Empowerment Zone award. The second series is arranged into two subseries: the administrative attention given to strategic planning and the strategic planning research materials. The second series covers the funding problems faced by Grady Memorial Hospital between 1975 and 1995. The records in this series primarily consist of financial and research information from the 1980s.


This collection is arranged in two series. The first series, dated 1993-1994, is titled Strategic Planning. The second series, divided into two subseries, is titled Grady Memorial Hospital and is dated 1975-1995.

Index Terms

City planning--Georgia--Atlanta
Community health services--Georgia--Atlanta
Dalton, Carol Ann
Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.)
Hospital and community--Georgia--Atlanta
Sociology, urban--Georgia--Atlanta
Strategic planning--Georgia--Atlanta
Urban impact analysis--Georgia--Atlanta
Urban policy--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Urban Studies Institute records, MSS 951, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1997

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List


Series I: Strategic Planning, 1993-1994



11Briefing on Atlanta Empowerment Zone application, 1994
2"Building Communities: Together," Guidebook, 1994
3"Creating an Urban Village," Strategic Plan, 1993
4Strategic Plan Appendix, Volume 1, 1993
5Strategic Plan Appendix, Volume 2, 1993
6Strategic Plan Appendix, Volume 2, 1993
7Strategic Plan Appendix, Volume 3, Sections 1-3, 1993
8Strategic Plan Appendix, Volume 3, Section 4, 1993



21Strategic Plan Appendix, Volume 3, Sections 5-6, 1993
2Strategic Plan Appendix, Volume 3, Sections 7-8, 1993

Series II: Grady Memorial Hospital, 1953-1995

Subseries I: Administrative Attention on Strategic Planning, 1980-1989



23Correspondence, 1981
4Legislative Section Meeting Minutes, 1980-1989
5Medicaid coverage and benefits, 1981-1985

Subseries II: Strategic Planning Research, 1953-1995



26Annual Reports, 1989-1992
7Consultant Firm's Reports, 1975
8Facilities Development report, 1983



31Financial Plan - Research Atlanta, 1980
2Financial Reports on hospital patients, 1984-1992
3Financial research reports, 1977-1979
4Financial statements, 1988-1990
5Funding projects, papers, and presentations, 1992
6Funding research, 1991
7State funding for Hospital Authority, 1977-1980
8Hospital Special Care Units finances, 1976-1988
9Legal documents, 1953-1962
10Long range plan, 1983



41Mayor's Task Force summary report, 1989
2Newsclippings - Grady Memorial Hospital, 1975-1995
3Senate Study Committee papers, 1980-1987