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North Carolina Poverty Project Collection

Identifier: MSS 0213

Content Description

This collection contains materials relating to the North Carolina Poverty Project. It includes correspondence, staff evaluations, publications, resumes, and a seminar builder.


  • 1985-2002, bulk 1987-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical / Historical

The North Carolina Poverty Project (NCPP) was founded as an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in 1986 for the purpose of studying the causes of poverty and to build consensus around strategies to address those root causes. NCPP was founded by a group of concerned citizens under the direction of NCPP Executive Director J. Gordon Chamberlin. In 1990, the Board of Directors voted to expand the project by establishing the Poverty Information and Resource Center, which later received funding from the North Carolina General Assembly. The organization also received two $25,000 MacArthur Foundation grants in 1992 to work with policymakers in nine southeastern states to address the intersectional causes of poverty. Due to funding challenges, the NCPP closed its doors in 1993 but some of the work was continued by other related organizations.

NCPP Executive Director John Gordon Chamberlin (1914-2006) was a teacher, Methodist minister, writer, and advocate for people living in poverty.


0.84 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Related Collections at Other Institutions

Duke University Libraries Archives and Manuscripts also has a collection of North Carolina Poverty Project materials.

University of Iowa in Ames, IA holds the complete collection of J. Gordon Chamberlin's personal and professional papers.

Condition Description

2 archival boxes containing materials relating to the North Carolina Poverty Project.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US