Urban Development in North Carolina

About this collection

The State Library of North Carolina houses around 500 documents created throughout the latter half of the twentieth century that speak to future town planning and urban development of North Carolina counties, cities, neighborhoods, and lakes. Many of the earlier reports, partially funded through a federal urban planning grant under the Housing Act of 1954, were the product of efforts by the Division of Community Planning under the North Carolina Department of Conservation (now the Department of Environmental Quality). Counties and towns would contract with the state to develop an urban planning program, part of which involved studying a designated community or area and then presenting its findings to local leaders.

These reports give snapshots of communities throughout North Carolina in the 1960s with an eye toward future urban development. Many contain detailed maps of the cities and their business districts. Also common are demographic statistics, urban area photographs, traffic circulation reports, descriptions of local establishments, land use surveys, growth projections, and development suggestions. You can now browse and search digital versions of over 450 of these reports, including:

The reports featured in this collection are part of the State Publications Collection at the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC), and SLNC holds many more urban development reports that can be found through the SLNC catalog. We are pleased to bring you digitized versions of some of the oldest reports in the collection, and hope to add more in the future.

This collection includes reports from the project Up & Out: Urban Development in North Carolina. This project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as administered by the State Library of North Carolina. The digitized versions reside along with numerous born-digital and digitized documents in the North Carolina Digital Collections. Reports were digitized at the Carolina Digital Library and Archives on a Scribe machine through their partnership with the Internet Archive.