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Harvey Newman papers

Identifier: Y016

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Harvey Newman papers (1967-2015) consists of Newman's professional, academic papers from his time at Georgia State University and contains teaching files, research materials, publications, drafts, interviews, and correspondence. The papers are divided into two series: Office files and Making of Modern Atlanta interviews. The office files, 1967-2015, make up the bulk of the papers and include course files for Newman's teaching, research files from Newman's scholarly writing, as well as materials detailing his civic engagement in the City of Atlanta. The Making of Modern Atlanta files, 2011-2012, include interview transcripts and paperwork related to the project concerning Andrew Young. The material was utilized in a book co-written by Newman with Andrea Young and Ambassador Andrew Young (Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta, 2016) and a two-part documentary film (Andrew Young's Making of Modern Atlanta, 2016). The interviews, with political and civic leaders, concern the modernization of Atlanta in the late 20th century.


  • Creation: 1967-2015


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. Access restrictions vary. Access restrictions are noted on files.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Harvey Newman

Dr. Harvey K. Newman has an extensive academic and professional background in urban policy studies with much of his research focused on Atlanta. He holds an undergraduate degree from Davidson College, a masters degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has written a book on tourism as an economic development policy in Atlanta called Southern Hospitality: Tourism and the Growth of Atlanta, as well as numerous articles on policy decision making in the city. He edited a book, Citizenship, the Community and the Public Service, to serve as a text for a course in the Bachelor of Public Policy degree program. Newman has also been active in public affairs in Atlanta. He served for eleven years as a member (two as Chair) of the City of Atlanta's Urban Design Commission and as a member of the Mayor's Task Force on the Design of the Public Safety Building. Newman was also a member of Congressman John Lewis' Fifth Congressional District Multi-Cultural Initiatives Task Force and serves as a faculty member on the Policy Institute for Civic Leadership. He was also a member of the Coalition to Remember the 1906 Race Riot, which was recognized with the Phoenix Award from the City of Atlanta. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and community service, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Torch of Peace Award. Newman was also inducted into the Morehouse College, ML King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars.

Newman began his association with Georgia State University in 1970, serving in a variety of administrative positions including Assistant Dean, College of Urban Life and Chair, Department of Urban Studies. In 1975, he assisted in the preparation of a grant from the Kellogg Foundation that created what is now known as the Nonprofit Studies Program, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He served two terms as Chair of the Governing Board of his professional organization, the Urban Affairs Association. Newman recently served as Director of Educational Programs for the Nonprofit Studies Program and helped with the reorganization of the curriculum, as well as the development of the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations. He assisted in the development of a joint degree program and served as a member of the faculty of the Center for Research in Social Economy (CIES), University of Barcelona. He has also served as a faculty member and for three years was Director of the Faith And The City Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.

From 2008 to 2012, Newman served as Chair of the Department of Public Management and Policy. Since his retirement, he continues to teach the undergraduate Policy Leadership course with Dr. Mike Mescon and Dr. Andrea Young. He also directs the Andrew Young Legacy Project to produce a book and film on the role of Ambassador Andrew Young in The Making of Modern Atlanta. Since retirement Newman volunteers as a member of the Board of the Andrew J. Young Foundation and the GSU Emeriti Association Coordinating Board.


13.75 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

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The Harvey Newman papers (1967-2015) consists of Newman's professional, academic papers from his time at Georgia State University and contains teaching files, research materials, publications, drafts, interviews, and correspondence. Dr. Harvey K. Newman has an extensive academic and professional background in urban policy studies, with much of his research focused on Atlanta.


The papers retain their original order.

Born-Digital Access

Born-digital content is found in Series II, Making of Modern Atlanta interviews, and III, Case Studies project, and must be accessed in the Special Collections and Archives reading room. Access to this material requires an appointment and at least two working days’ advance notice; consult Special Collections staff for assistance. Files are stored in the Special Collections preservation system and can be made available by request on a reading room computer, subject to any restrictions deemed necessary after a department review.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Harvey Newman, 2010-2019.

Online Access Copies

Online copies of some interviews can be accessed through the Digital Collections at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections. Additions to the Digital Collections are ongoing.

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hansen, 2019. The papers were not reorganized during processing and represent the donor's filing system.

Harvey Newman:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Under Revision
Hal Hansen, Lin Davies
May 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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