Marietta Housing Authority historical records to be archived at Kennesaw State University

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Records reflect changes in society and housing policy since 1938

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Nov. 16, 2012) — Photographs, minutes of meetings, blueprints and other Marietta Housing Authority (MHA) records will soon be housed at Kennesaw State University’s Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books.

Raymond C. Buday, the executive director of the MHA, and Tamara Livingston, the associate director of the department, have signed a deed of gift that will transfer the materials to the University.

“We are very proud and honored that the Marietta Housing Authority has entrusted Kennesaw State University with this very important task of preserving its history and making it available for students, historians and researchers,” Livingston said.

“The decision to designate the University Archives as the repository for the Marietta Housing Authority historical records is an act based on trust in Kennesaw State’s ability to provide good stewardship, coupled with a deep understanding of the importance of preserving the historical record,” she said. “We view the signing of the deed of gift as the beginning of a long-term partnership.”

Laura Drummond, principal at the Atlanta Preservation and Planning Services, will write a history of the MHA using the archives.

The collaboration began with a letter from Tom Scott, Kennesaw State professor emeritus of history, to Buday in 2010. Buday then approached Scott about working together to preserve the records. The discussions have been going on since April 2011. The deed of gift was signed at the KSU Center on Nov. 15.

“I look forward to the day when all these records and all these articles are all organized,” Buday said.

“If you think we are turning over a bunch of records that have to do with buildings and brick structures and plans, you would be mistaken. It is a rich, rich history with interesting events and occasions,” he said.

The record of the first organizing meeting for the MHA was written in graceful script in a log book that belonged to the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. in July 1938. The first officers met at the offices of the Brumby Chair Co.  Decades of providing housing for low-income residents followed and reflected changes in society and in housing policy from public housing to urban renewal to Section 8 housing vouchers. The MHA currently provides housing for senior citizens and assists first-time homebuyers, among other services.

--Yolanda Rodriguez

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