The Law Library is working with Georgetown Law alumnus Mr. Carl Coan, Jr. (L’1958) to bring together the papers of two generations of the Coan family and their fight to bring to reality the Declaration of National Housing Policy, set out in the Housing Act of 1949, of a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.
Inspired by the Georgetown mission to engender social justice, Mr. Coan, Jr. has spent his entire career as a housing attorney and as an advocate for the principles espoused in the National Housing Policy. Part of his legacy will be his work to help draft the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Act, which also became law in 1968.
His work complements Georgetown’s existing collection of his father’s papers, the Carl A.S. Coan, Sr. Collection. The Carl A.S. Coan, Sr. Collection chronicles his work on the issues of public housing, after the Great Depression brought it into the national spotlight. Mr. Carl A.S. Coan, Sr. is well known for his work as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing for 16 years. Prior to his work on the Senate Subcommittee he began his career of public service in 1939 working with the Works Progress Administration, where he specialized in housing research. Housing issues were the focus of Mr. Coan, Sr.’s career during which he spent many years at the U.S. Census Bureau, including helping to develop the first Census of Housing, and with the U.S. Public Housing Administration. His efforts can be seen through the legislation and policies that grew out of his tenure. His papers paint the story of housing development over the period of 1954-1976. It records the intimate details of leading reforms in providing Federal assistance to the development of affordable housing.
For more information on the Carl A.S. Coan, Sr. Collection, please contact Special Collections firstname.lastname@example.org.