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Joint Center for Urban Studies, records of the Guayana [Guiana] Project

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0292

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains correspondence, reports, and drafts of working papers of members of the Joint Center for Urban Studies Guayana Project in Venezuela. Report topics are as follows: A is Public Administration, B is Economic Factors, C is Social Factors, D is Physical Planning-Regional, E is Physical Planning-Urban, F is General and Miscellaneous.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1969


Access note

This collection is open.

Digital Access Note

Some parts of this collection are available online. Links to specific online digital items are found within their entry in this finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Historical Note

In 1961 the Joint Center for Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University arranged to provide technical and research assistance to the government of Venezuela to develop the Guayana region, an area near the confluence of the Orinoco and Caroni rivers that possessed great natural resources. The Center helped determine the requirements for housing, industry, and public services in the city, expected to reach a population of 200,000, as well as for the region as a whole.

At MIT the work was centered in the Department of City and Regional Planning (later the Department of Urban Studies and Planning). The project, under the direction of visiting professor Norman William, also involved MIT professors Donald S. Appleyard, John Friedman, and Lloyd Rodwin. Lisa Peattie was appointed as project anthropologist in 1962, later in 1968 she became the first tenured female faculty in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.


6.7 Cubic Feet (6 record cartons, 1 half-manuscript box, 1 large flat box, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Other Aids to the Collection

This collection is not yet fully processed. More detailed information of memoranda and report titles can be found in a catalog located in box 2 of the collection.

Related Materials

Lloyd Rodwin papers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections, MC 490.

Lisa Peattie papers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections, MC 723.


  • Friedman, John. Regional Development Policy: A Case Study of Venezuela. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1966.
  • Peattie, Lisa R. The View from the Barrio. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1968.
  • Planning Urban Growth and Regional Development: The Experience of the Guayana Program of Venezuela, edited by Lloyd Rodwin. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1969.
Preliminary Inventory to the Joint Center for Urban Studies Records of the Guayana [Guiana] Project
Preliminary Inventory
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Repository Details

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