Lisa Redfield Peattie papers
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Publications by Peattie include writings on Aboriginal rights, slums and housing, homelessness, feminism, the concepts of marginality and the informal sector, economic conversion, as well as numerous reviews of other works. Her focus on the members of communities, especially underrepresented groups led to the creation of the concept of advocacy planning which sought to address the issues and needs of those often left out by planning processes. Her writings concern Latin America, China, Australia, Wales, India and the United States. Found in boxes 1-3.
Records related to Ciudad Guayana include correspondence, reports, memoranda, interviews, meeting minutes, prints, negatives, transparencies, articles, and a diary. It also includes records on Roderick Peattie’s memorial and library planned in his memory. Boxes 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11.
Records concerning Peattie’s strong involvement with social justice issues include writings, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets on homelessness, post-Cold War military budget, economic conversion, rights of minorities, the War Relocation Authority, and the involvement of religion in social justice, including, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic faiths. Found in boxes 3-11.
Correspondence discusses the Guayana project, activism, and the publications of her books. Peattie corresponded with many professionals including Lloyd Rodwin, Guan-bao Shen, Xiaotong Fei, Sol Tax, and Wilhelm von Moltke. Found in boxes 2, 3, 5-10.
Also found are curricula, course materials, lecture notes, student information and student papers, reading lists, and exam questions for courses Peattie taught and co-taught with Martin Rein and Ralph Gakenheimer including Social Aspects of Development, Implementation of Metropolitan Planning in Developing Countries, as well as courses on slums, housing, social policy, and educational policies. Found in boxes 2-6.
- 1949 - 2003
- Peattie, Lisa Redfield (Person)
Intellectual Property Rights
As part of the Joint Center’s efforts in Ciudad Guayana, Peattie lived in one of the city’s barrios instead of commuting from Caracas as most of the team had done. Thus, she was able to interact with the people she wanted to interview and experience the lives she wanted to document. Her work in Guayana resulted in the publication of the View from the Barrio in 1968. Peattie also reflected on Ciudad Guayana in 1987 when she published Planning: Rethinking Ciudad Guayana.
Peattie’s work focused on advocacy planning which sought social change and focused on including all social groups in the planning process, specifically low-income communities. After her retirement from MIT in 1985 she became more active in the peace movement and participated in protests across the country advocating for economic divestment from the military and investing in non-military industries. She also supported the right of free determination of people, work which brought her to Wales and Australia.
11 Cubic Feet (11 record cartons)
36.056 Megabytes ((759 digital files; including 32 disk images) )
Language of Materials
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
In addition to those 33 disks, there are two floppy disks in the collection that he was unable to image which remain in their box for possible future processing.
Processing Information note
- Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Lisa Redfield Peattie
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2021 April 30: Digital Archivist, Joe Carrano updated collection level notes to include information about the floppy disk digital media transfer (accession 2020-029).
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