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These digitized readers come from the Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies records collection, #6756.

The guide for the entire collection can be accessed here: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/htmldocs/RMM06756.html.

The Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies emerged from a meeting in Madison, Wisconsin in 1975 where its members met to discuss ways of tying the aspirations of a generation of activists to the institutions of local and state government. They wanted redistributive policies and more open government, achieved through practical measures that could get majority support.

They represented an outpouring of energies, ideas and projects, most effectively displayed through a series of readers prepared for national and regional meetings, the first two in 1975 and 1976 by Conference founder Lee Webb and co-organizer Derek Shearer, who traveled around the nation collecting copies of legislation, internal memoranda and press reports documenting the introduction of these ideas into the mainstream of state and local governments. The Conference held regional and national meetings through the decade; then continued with more specialized functions and reports.

A group of exemplary, second generation “progressive cities” made further strides in the 1980s, despite the retreat of national urban policies: the citizens movement in San Francisco, the mayoralties of Harold Washington in Chicago and Raymond Flynn in Boston, and Bernie Sanders and his successors in Burlington Vermont.

These Conference themes are documented in this collection; while subsequent and related city and state experience are represented in the larger collection on “Progressive Cities and Neighborhood Planning” – cities like Berkeley, Burlington, Cleveland, Hartford, Santa Monica and others in the United States and abroad. The guide for the entire collection can be accessed here: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/htmldocs/RMA03414.html.

Other related collections at Cornell include organizations like the Planners Network, individuals like, Paul Davidoff and Walter Thabit, and other collections.

Additional bibliography and commentary is at the associated website and blog for the Progressive Cities and Neighborhood Planning Project http://www.progressivecities.org.

Background and Context on the Readers

The Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies is most effectively understood through its “Readers” prepared for meetings of its membership. The first two Readers were compiled in 1975 and 1976 by Conference founder Lee Webb and co-organizer Derek Shearer, who traveled around the nation collecting copies of legislation, internal memoranda and press reports documenting an outpouring of energy and the aspirations of a generation of officials and activists who sought redistributive policies and more open government, to be achieved through practical measures that could get majority support. The Readers present these themes in topical groupings current at the time and often of continuing concern through subsequent decades.

Copyright and Permissions

Most of the items included in the Readers on Alternative Public Policies were published without copyright notice and hence entered the public domain upon initial publication. Some of the items found in the Readers are still subject to copyright. For a number of items still subject to copyright we have received permission to include the article online in this collection. In some cases, even after extensive research efforts, we were unable to identify a possible rightsholder. We have elected to place the items in the online collection as an exercise of fair use for strictly non-commercial educational uses.

The Cornell University Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or holders of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. There may be content that is protected as "works for hire" (copyright may be held by the party that commissioned the original work) and/or under the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations.

The Cornell University Library would like to learn more about these materials and to hear from individuals or institutions having any additional information about rightsholders. Please contact the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in the Library at: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/find/reference.php.

 
 
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