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|Abstract||The Southern Growth Policies Board (SGPB), established in 1971, is a public research agency governed and supported by the state governments of the southern United States, which analyzes information and makes policy recommendations to promote sound economic development of the region. Its offices are located in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Records include the SGPB's organizational files, including administrative, financial, and business papers; records on the administration and performance of grants and special projects; records on the administration and activities of adjunct organizations; copies of SGPB's major publications; subject files on individual states, internal committees, outside organizations, and miscellaneous topics; and other materials, mostly nonprint. The records cover a wide variety of topics, including growth management, natural resources, vocational education, urban and rural growth, transportation, international trade opportunities, and technological advancement in the South. Record types include correspondence and memoranda, financial and business papers, personnel records, subject files, reports and publications, promotional and conference materials, photographs, slides, audio and video tapes, films, and computer tapes.|
|Creator||Southern Growth Policies Board.|
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The Southern Growth Policies Board (SGPB), established in 1971, is a public research agency governed and supported by he state governments of the southern United States. The Board analyzes information and makes policy recommendations to promote the sound economic development of the South.
The Southern Growth Policies Agreement, adopted by the legislatures in the region, is the legal means of cooperation for the member states. SGPB works with state and local governments, universities, research agencies, and a wide range of civic organizations concerned with shaping public policies and the development of ways to promote sound urban and rural growth. Duke University served as the fiscal agent for the Board upon its inception.
Board membership consists of five persons from each member state: the governor, a state senator and a state representative appointed by the heads of their respective legislative houses, and two leading citizens appointed by the governor. Members include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is also a member. SGPB also has an associate member program aimed at fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors in reaching economic goals in the region. Associate members include corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions.
SGPB sponsors meetings and conferences that focus on issues of special significance to the southern region. It also researches and publishes background papers and newsletters one merging economic issues, education and training, state and local government capacity, growth and environmental management, international economic problems and opportunities, and technology.
SGPB maintains offices in the Research Triangle Park in central North Carolina. Until 1982 it also maintained an office in Washington, D.C.(Adapted from information in various SGPB publications.)Back to Top
This collection provides opportunities for research on southern economic development. Information appears on a variety of topics, including the availability of natural resources; vocational education and training; the role of state and local governments, business, and civic organizations in development and planning; growth and environmental management; international economic problems and opportunities; and the application of technology to southern agriculture and southern industry.
The bulk of the records consist of the organizational records of the Southern Growth Policies Board of Research Triangle Park, N.C., during the 1970s and 1980s. The remainder are records kept for this period on projects carried out under various research grants; records kept on adjunct organizations; subject files maintained on individual member states, related organizations, and miscellaneous topics; copies of SGPB publications; and nonprint materials.
The organizational files are useful for gaining an understanding of the origins, mission, finances, leadership, administration, and varied activities of the SGPB. Among the record types available are correspondence; memoranda; bylaws; speeches; meeting minutes; clippings; mailing lists; promotional materials; research proposals and reports; surveys and other research data; conference materials; subject files; personnel files; and budgets, contracts, and invoices. Considerable information appears on education, income and poverty, rural economies, coastal development, growth management, international trade, technological development, and federal spending.
Specific grant projects carried out by the SGPB are documented in Series 2. This series contains records pertaining primarily to the administration of grants received by the SGPB and to special grant-funded projects undertaken by the staff and affiliated scholars. The SGPB received monies from a variety of federally and privately funded agencies to conduct research on the Southern economy, regional growth trends, children's welfare, urban growth and transportation, cultural arts, coastal development, and international trade. Record types available are grant proposals and background materials; reports; survey responses and other research data; correspondence; case studies; land-use plans; and financial and business materials such as accounts, invoices, and contracts.
Records in Series 3, Adjunct Organizations, appear in three subseries. Records of the Commission on the Future of the South, an advisory body to the SGPB, comprise correspondence, reports, press releases, clippings, policy statements, and subject files maintained by individual committees within the Commission. Papers of the Southern Federation of State Arts Agencies, an independent cultural arts association for which the SGPB served as fiscal agent, include financial and business records such as contracts, banking statements, income and expenditure statements, and personnel records, and other office files containing correspondence, brochures, proposals, and meeting minutes. The bulk of the records for the Southern Technology Council, an SGPB offshoot organization, are the files of its director, and consist of correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, speeches, reports, notes and background information on grant applications, and copies of the Council's publications.
The SGPB produced a large number of serial and one-time publications, which appear in Series 4. Serial publications include the SGPB's newsletter, Problems and Promise. Proceedings, monographs, general publications, research reports, press releases, and other papers appear on topics such as growth and environmental management, vocational education, technologies, international economic issues, state welfare issues, natural resources, local and state growth, industry, and federal economic policy. Also included are SGPB annual reports and a number of draft materials for reports.
Subject files appear in Series 5. State files include general correspondence of SGPB officials with southern governors and others; background documents; demographic data; and publications on the individual states. Files on the Coastal Plains Regional Commission contain information on its history and activities, and include correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, background documents, reports, resolutions, and clippings. Files on the Southern Governors Association are mostly informational packets from committee meetings. Other records are correspondence, memoranda, and reports. Records of the SGPB's Local Governments Advisory Committee are mostly the correspondence of SGPB officers, minutes, resolutions, meeting presentations, and informational packets. Additional subject files cover southern agriculture, the federal budget and federal legislation, and community development block grants. Materials include correspondence, issue papers, working papers, and federal guidelines and handbooks.
Appearing in the final series, Series 6, are mostly nonprint items. Included are reel-to-reel and cassette audio tapes, computer tapes; films; 35-mm slides in carousels; 1/2-inch video tape cassettes; and black and white photographic prints and negatives. Most of these items pertain to SGPB meetings and presentations on various subjects given by SGPB members.
Note that additions received after 1991 have not been integrated into the original deposits. Researchers are advised to review materials in these additions for items of interest.Back to Top
Arrangement: by type.
Organizational files of the SGPB, providing information on its establishment and history, its membership, its staff, and its programs. Includes general files, files of the Executive Director and other administrators, files of the Executive Committee, personnel and business records, and records of the organization's Washington, D.C., office.
General files on the history, goals, membership, and mission of the Southern Growth Policies Board.
Files documenting the formation and earliest actions of the SGPB. Included are the 1971 speech by Terry Sanford in which he suggested the formation of an organization like the SGPB, background files, early correspondence and mailing lists, files relating to IRS and copyright considerations, bylaws, documents about the establishment of the financial relationship with Duke University under which Duke assumed the role of fiscal agent for SGPB, and other materials.
Correspondence, mailing lists, promotional materials, and other items relating to the SGPB's associate membership program. Aimed at fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors in reaching economic goals, the program allows corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to participate in the Board's activities.
Speeches on a variety of topics presented by persons apparently representing the SGPB at various functions. Topics include the growth of the southern region, the South's export economy, and the federal government's relations with the South. There are also copies of speeches, chiefly on broad topics, given by governors of member states, probably at SGPB-sponsored meetings.
Newspaper and journal clippings on the SGPB and, more generally, on economic growth in the South. Many of the clippings concern the competition between Northern and Southern legislators for federal funds. The clippings are useful for placing the SGPB in a larger political context.
Arrangement: by director.
Files of the Executive Director of the SGPB, including those of the first director, William Bowden, 1971-mid 1976, and his successors, E. Blaine Liner, mid 1976-1982, and Jesse L. White, Jr., 1982-1988. Includes correspondence, interoffice memoranda, meeting minutes and materials, subject files, speeches, reports, and other materials.
Correspondence, memoranda, meeting and conference files, and speeches of William Bowden. Topics covered in the correspondence include the establishment of the SGPB; the Student Awareness Program; and the Southern State Office in Europe. Much of the correspondence is with officials in member states. Some correspondence appears with Terry Sanford. The meeting files contain correspondence, agendas, minutes, and reports. Some of the files pertain to Executive Committee meetings.
Mostly files on meetings and conferences, consortia, and seminars convened by the SGPB or attended by Liner or other SGPB staff members. Includes files on meetings of the Southern and National Governors Associations, the SGPB Executive Committee, and the Local Governments Advisory Committee. Other items are speeches, interoffice memoranda, proposals, files on consultants and interns, files on individual states, and miscellaneous subject files. Among the subjects for which information appears are the federal tax system; urban development; economic policy; the Regional Programs Advisory Council; the Federation of Southern Arts Agencies; and the Children's Project.
Meeting and conference files; speeches; notebooks; reports; files on individual states; subject files on southern banking, SGPB interns, the Commission on the Future of the South, the Southern States Energy Board, education, the Coastal Plains Regional Commission, and the Common Market; staff memoranda; and some correspondence. Correspondence is mostly with state officials and conference participants. Interspersed with White's correspondence are letters belonging to his predecessor, E. Blaine Liner. Some correspondence appears for the SGPB's Washington office. The meeting files include minutes, agendas,and other items for meetings of the Executive Committee, the National Governors Association, and the Local Governments Advisory Committee. Reports to the SGPB appear from organizations such as the National Scanning Board.
Files on the quarterly and annual meetings of the SGPB's Executive Committee. Includes correspondence with participants and others; meeting minutes; memoranda concerning the budget of the SGPB; proceedings of the annual meetings; reports of the Executive Director; annual reports; address lists; lists of delegates; agendas; and meeting handouts. Also appearing are files on the 1971 general planning conference held at Duke University, out of which the SGPB grew; files on SGPB-sponsored conferences; recommendations to the Executive Committee by the Regional Programs Advisory Council (RPAC); and summaries of RPAC meetings.
Arrangement: alphabetical by name of administrator.
Files of various administrators and their support staff concerning the research agenda, long-range planning, and administration of the SGPB. Includes files of administrators specializing in urban affairs, intergovernmental affairs, and federal affairs. These files contain mostly correspondence and memoranda, meeting files, notes and background materials, subject files, financial records, and speeches.
Files of Evan Brunson in his tenures as Associate Director of Programs and Research and later as Director of Research, including correspondence, internal memoranda, speeches, and subject files. The bulk of the files pertain to the NASA Remote Sensing project; the Coastal Zone Management project; the Southern Federation of State Arts Agencies; the Regional Programs Advisory Council; the Regional Program of Interstate Cooperation to Improve Productivity of State and Local Governments; the N.C.Manpower Development Corporation; and other grant-funded projects.
Files of Carol Conway, Deputy Director of the SGPB, containing staff research reports, memoranda, correspondence, and workplans for the SGPB. Reports discuss work done, work planned, and the general direction of the SGPB's research efforts.
Financial records of the SGPB kept by Sandra Copeland, Director of Administration. The records contain contract documents and reports; budgets; accounts with consulting scholars and grant recipients; correspondence; and records of salaries and supplies, conference expenses, and other materials. Financial records also appear for the SGPB's Washington, D.C., office, and consist mostly of accounts for petty cash, supplies, rent, and miscellaneous operating expenses.
Files of Patricia J. Dusenbury, Associate Director for Urban Affairs. Included are correspondence; questionnaires; issue papers; program reports; speeches; internal memoranda; and data tables. A large number of completed questionnaires are available as part of a survey on the New National Urban Policy.
Files of David Gillespie, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Publications. About half of the files contain correspondence, and are arranged in files marked "General Correspondence" and in files arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The remainder of the material consists of subject files, annual SGPB reports to the legislators of member states, and internal memoranda. Among the correspondents is Terry Sanford. Subject files appear on the Commission on the Future of the South and various conferences and meetings.
Files pertaining to research completed by David Godshalk, Scholar-In-Residence in the area of growth management policy in the South. Includes Godshalk's correspondence with state officials and SGPB personnel; completed surveys; progress reports; financial records; speeches; and conference materials. A few subject files also appear on the Regional Resource Analysis Center and the Coastal Zone Management Project and on growth management in individual southern states.
Files of Sandra Kramer, Associate Director for Federal Affairs, containing correspondence, interoffice communications, and research proposals.
Files of Sondra Nelson, Programs Assistant. Files include prospecti, development proposals, handwritten notes, and other background materials related to the development of a Southern Policies Information Network; files containing socioeconomic profiles on Tennessee and Kentucky; notes and background materials on the Regional Programs Advisory Council, remote sensing in the South, and coastal plains development; review drafts of project reports; minutes of committee meetings on regional transportation, growth management policies, and land and natural resources; biographical information on committee members; reports from the Southern Regional Council to the Commission on the Future of the South; papers and speeches given at meetings; conference materials; and notes and correspondence concerning the gathering of data on poverty and growth management in the South by the Commission on the Future of the South.
Files of Janet Papke, Administrative Assistant. Papke's files contain materials developed for meetings of the SGPB Executive Committee, conferences sponsored by the SGPB, conferences attended by its leaders, and SGPB's annual meetings. Conference materials include speeches; correspondence with participants and others; invitations; questionnaires to participants and attendees; meeting minutes; agendas; brochures; and proceedings. Meeting topics include rural economies, vocational education, economic growth, international trade, forestry and waterways, and interstate banking. Meetings of the Southern Governors Association, National Governors Association, the Local Governments Advisory Committee of the SGPB, the Southern Technology Council, and the National Urban League are included.
Personnel records of the SGPB, including documentation of personnel policies and procedures and records of salaries, staff performance, and job applicants.
Staff handbooks and other items relating to general personnel policies and procedures followed at SGPB.
Salary schedules, information about raises, and budgetary projects having to do with salary.
Forms listing weekly activities as reported by staff members.
Files on individual staff members, including summer interns.
Resumes and other materials relating to applicants for various positions at SGPB.
Records of income and expenditures, including budgets and work plans, accounts with vendors for goods and services, payroll accounts, and files relating to financial contributions of member states. Many files document travel expenses of employees and printing and other costs associated with SGPB publications. boxes 50-53 contain chiefly cancelled checks, check stubs, and ledgers; boxes 54-55 contain payroll printouts, 1980-1982. While some records relating to various grant income and expenditures are inextricably intertwined with records of SGPB core funds, the bulk of the fiscal records relating to specific grants (budgets, final fiscal reports, etc.) is in Series 2.
Financial records and work plans for the SGPB's Washington office, which was charged with identifying and monitoring federal project opportunities for the SGPB and its member states. Financial items make up the bulk of this series. They are chiefly records of expenditures associated with running the office: rent, telephone, travel, salaries. The office was closed in 1982.
Records maintained on work conducted by the SGPB with funding from both government and private agencies. Includes records kept on several major projects.
Records on grant-funded projects, arranged by funding agency.
Files pertaining to an economic analysis of the South, conducted under a grant from the EDA in 1976.
Files pertaining to a project on growth trends in the South, funded by the EPA in 1976.
Files on research by a Scholar-in-Residence funded by the Ford Foundation in 1979 -1980.
Files on the Children's Project, carried out under a grant from HEW in 1979.
Files on several grants received from HUD between 1977 and 1980 to study urban growth and transport.
Files on the Future of the South Project funded by NEH in 1980.
Files on the Coastal Zone Management Project funded by NOAA in 1976.
Files on a project to develop a Standard Terminology Lexicon, funded by the NSF between 1979 and 1980.
Files on miscellaneous small grants received from the National Endowment for the Arts, Babcock, the International Trade Administration, and other funding sources.
Records maintained on a large traveling exhibit of Southern artists, conducted between 1971 and 1974, with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. Includes financial and legal materials, such as accounts, budgets, travel records, contracts, and business agreements, as well as trip reports, newspaper clippings, and committee reports.
Files on the Small Cities Project, a study of the problems of growth in small cities, and recommended solutions. Materials include correspondence with city officials, grant proposals, reports, background data, and small city profiles.
Files on the Economic Development Survey, a survey of business and opinion leaders on economic development issues.
Files on the Small City Annexation Study, which explored the growth of small cities. Includes surveys, case studies, correspondence, land-use plans, and other materials.
Records of several autonomous bodies affiliated with the SGPB, including information on their establishment, missions, financial histories, and activities.
Created by the SGPB in response to anticipated growth of the southern population, the Commission consisted of a set of committees concerned with identifying and clarifying the most important policies for the SGPB in the areas of human resources, transportation, land and natural resources, growth management, and energy. The bulk of the records are files maintained by the various committees, containing their correspondence and internal memoranda, policy statements, subject files, reports to the SGPB and other publications, meeting minutes, press releases, clippings, and publicity materials.
The SGPB served as a fiscal agent for the Federation; provided it secretariat, consultative, and research support; and aided it with fundraising and publicity. The papers include the financial records of the SFSAA, including financial statements, invoices, bank statements, information on salaries, accounts of income and expenditures, and files on grants; correspondence; reports to the SGPB; brochures; and meeting minutes. A few files on the history of the SFSAA and a copy of its Articles of Incorporation also appear.
Files of Stuart Rosenfeld, Director of the Southern Technology Council. Includes minutes of STC meetings, office memoranda, correspondence, speeches, and notes and other background materials gathered for preparing grant proposals. Considerable information appears on the Consortium for Manufacturing Competitiveness. The files also include publications of the STC, including Technogram, the bulletin of the STC's Consortium for Manufacturing Competitiveness; the STC Regional Forum, the STC's newsletter; reprints of articles published by the STC; and project reports.
Arrangement: by type.
Background files on publications and drafts and final copies of proceedings, press releases, serial publications, research reports, background, issue, and occasional papers, addresses, and other reports published by the SGPB.
Lists of SGPB publications, mailing lists, printing estimates, brochure copy, and other background materials related to the production and distribution of SGPB publications.
Published proceedings of panels, workshops, and conferences held by the SGPB.
Press releases issued by the SGPB between 1972 and 1987. Most are for the early 1970s.
Draft and final copies of several serial publications, including the SGPB's newsletter, Problems and Promise. Other serials include SGPB Alert; the Annual Report to the Legislators; Growth and Environmental Management; Implementation; Local Insights; Foresight; Issue Brief; SGPB Report; SGPB Update; Southern Growth; Southern International Perspectives; Southern View; and Strategic Indicators. The newsletter of the Clearinghouse for State International Policies is filed with other papers for that organization in Additions after 1991.
Drafts and final copies of grant and other research reports published by the SGPB.
Miscellaneous papers written in response to particular issues or topics of interest.
A few addresses given by SGPB officials and others at conferences and other occasions.
Drafts and final copies of reports published by the SGPB, covering topics related to economic growth, development, and planning in the South. Includes copies of SGPB annual reports.
Files maintained on individual member states and on miscellaneous organizations and subjects of interest.
General correspondence of SGPB officials, mostly the executive director, with southern governors, other state officials, state municipal leagues, businesses, university administrators, organizational leaders, the press, and others. Much of the correspondence concerns SGPB business, personal contacts, research plans, conferences, committee business, membership, the Southern common market, budgets, southern agriculture, and national and state legislative issues. The files contain background information on the individual states, including brochures, data, reports, and copies of state legislation.
Miscellaneous subject files on various organizations, including the Coastal Plains Regional Commission (CPRC), the Southern Governors Association (SGA), and the Local Governments Advisory Committee (LGAC).
The Coastal Plains Regional Commission is a multi-state regional action planning commission set up to advise the U. S. Secretary of Commerce on coastal plains development. The SGPB was under contract in 1981 to evaluate the effectiveness of the CPRC. The records here were most likely gathered as part of that process, and include a notebook of CPRC resolutions from 1967-1980; a notebook and other materials on the history of the organization; meeting minutes; speeches; background documents on the coastal plains; clippings; correspondence; internal memoranda; files on coastal development in individual states; background data; reference materials on regional development; and annual and other reports.
The SGA worked closely with the SGPB to establish political contacts in Washington, D.C. Most of the papers are bound packets distributed at the SGA's staff advisory and executive committee meetings. The packets contain agendas, meeting minutes, memoranda of work done and memoranda on issues before the SGA, newsletters, resolutions, correspondence, and reports on regional coordination and cooperation.
Records of the SGPB's Local Governments Advisory Committee. The records consist of internal memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, resolutions, copies of presentations made at meetings, meeting informational packets, including agendas and handouts on issues to be discussed, publications by the committee, and work plans.
Topics in these files include the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), southern agriculture, budget analysis, and President Reagan's 1982 budget. The materials include correspondence, issues papers, working papers on national legislation, notebooks on the sunbelt, community development block grants, background information on grants and legislation, including the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and other data.
Mostly nonprint items, including audio and computer tapes, films, slides, and photographs.
Reel-to-reel and cassette audio tapes of various meetings sponsored by SGPB. Many tapes were recorded at meetings of the executive committee or at SGPB annual meetings. Most of the tapes are labeled, and tape indexes are available for some.
Undated, unidentified computer tapes.
Files, 35-mm slides in carousels, and 1/2-inch videotape cassettes, come containing images relating to SGPB meetings and other, particularly the slides, to presentaions on various subjects given by SGPB staff or associates.
Black and white photographic prints and negatives ,chiefly of participants at various meetings sponsored by the SGPB. Some of these materials were used to illustrate SGPB publications.
Items relate to speeches, articles, and presentations, and to annual meetings and the Commission on the Future of the South. Of particular interest are materials, 1981-1988, relating to budget, program, and policy matters and a 1992 item documenting the development of that year's report of of the Commission on the Future of the South.
1974-1977 and undated.
"Measure by Measure: Benchmarking and Performance Measurement in the South," 13-14 June 1994 #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 134
"Halfway Home and a Long Way to Go--Making the Report a Reality," master copy #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 134
"Not Just Whistling Dixie Anymore" #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 134
Includes accompanying audiotape
"Whistling Dixie" #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 134
Includes accompanying audiotape
"A Picture of the South," master #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 135
"Looking South" #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 135
Includes accompanying audiotape, instructions, and presentation script
"Turning to Technology" #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 135
Includes accompanying audiotape
"Raising a New Generation in the South," master #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 136
Includes accompanying audiotape
"Improving the Local Business Climate" #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 136
Includes accompanying audiotape
"Southern Growth Policies Board Forecasts" #04589, Subseries: "Addition of March 2004 (Acc. 99746), 1971-1999 and undated." Box 136
Includes accompanying audiotape
Processed by: Library Staff, 1991, with subsequent additions
Encoded by: Lynn Pricher
Note that additions received after 1991 have not been integrated into the original deposits.
In November 2015, the Director of the Southern Historical Collection lifted the access restrictions governing Subseries 3.2, boxes 90-91.Back to Top