Guide to the Robert B. Pitts Collection

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
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Oakland, California 94612
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African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Robert B. Pitts Collection

Collection number: MS 116

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
01/30/2014
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Pitts (Robert B.) collection
Dates: 1965-1988
Collector: Pitts, Mattalyn.
Collection Size: .1 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: Regional HUD director Robert B. Pitts (1909-1985) was born in Macon, Georgia. After earning degrees from Howard University and the University of Washington, he served as the first regional director of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department from 1964-1970. The Robert B. Pitts collection includes a portrait of William and Mattalyn Pitts, proclamations in memoriam, letters of condolence, a program of the Westminster Neighborhood Center renaming ceremony, and assorted magazine articles and newspaper clippings documenting to the career of HUD regional secretary William B. Pitts.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

Access Restrictions

Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish from the Robert B. Pitts Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Pitts (Robert B.) collection, MS 116, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 01/31/2014.

Biography / Administrative History

Regional HUD director Robert B. Pitts (1909-1985) was born in Macon, Georgia. After earning degrees from Howard University and the University of Washington, he served as the first regional director of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department from 1964-1970. He was a founder of the Bay Area Black United Fund and the consulting firm Urban Consultants and was a lecturer in the School of Business Administration at the University of California Berkeley.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Robert B. Pitts collection includes a portrait of William and Mattalyn Pitts, proclamations in memoriam, letters of condolence, a program of the Westminster Neighborhood Center renaming ceremony, and assorted magazine articles and newspaper clippings documenting to the career of HUD regional secretary William B. Pitts.

Arrangement

Series I. Biographical Series II. Printed material

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Pitts, Robert B.


Collection Contents

 

Biographical

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes a portrait of Robert and Mattalyn Pitts, letters of condolence and proclamations in memoriam to Robert B. Pitts, and a program of the renaming ceremony of the Westminster Neighborhood Center to the Robert Pitts Westminster Neighborhood Center.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:5

Portrait of Robert B. and Mattalyn Pitts 1970

Box 1:6

Westminster Neighborhood Center renaming ceremony program 1985

Box 1:7

Letters of condolence and proclamations in memoriam 1982-1988

 

Printed material

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes volume 11 number 2 of SDC magazine which features an article on public housing programs with photographs of Robert B. Pitts and assorted newspaper clippings on Pitts' career and his obituary.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:7

SDC magazine, vol. 11, no. 1 1968

Box 1:9

Newspaper clippings 1965-1985