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Jacob B. Ukeles papers regarding the University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Research and Experiment


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Jacob Benjamin "Jack" Ukeles was born in 1937 to Meyer and Anna Ukeles of New York. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India. Ukeles served as Deputy Director for Comprehensive Planning in the New York City Planning Department before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1966. He taught urban planning in the University's Center for Urban Research and Experiment. He also taught policy analysis and management at Columbia University and was the first chair of Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research. He held a variety of local and state government roles including Deputy Director for Program Analysis of the Emergency Financial Control Board for New York State and Executive Director of the Management Advisory Board for New York City. In 1986, Ukeles established Ukeles Associates, Inc. a planning, policy research and management firm for Jewish communities and organizations. Prior to this, he was a senior executive at the New York Jewish Federation.

Ukeles married artist Mierle Laderman in 1966. They have three children.


"Core Team." Ukeles Associates, Inc., Accessed 25 September 2023.

AncestryLibrary. Accessed 25 September 2023.

This collection contains correspondence, reports, memorandum, minutes and audiocassettes accumulated by Jacob B. "Jack" Ukeles while teaching in the Center for Urban Research and Experiment at the University of Pennsylvania. The Center was established in 1968 under the direction of Robert B. Mitchell. The Center's objectives were to increase understanding of urban settlements as phenomena and as they influence human develpment and welfare; define and contribute to the solution of problems of human settlements with special attention to the Philadelphia region; and improve opportunities for education and training. The bulk of the material focuses on Ukele's work on the Urban Strategies Project, which was under his direction. Completed in April 1970, the project attempted to designate alternative strategies for the urban problems of "urban slums, poverty, race and ghetto."

Gift of Jacob B. Ukeles, 2019

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Kristine McGee
Finding Aid Date
2023 September 25
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The bulk of this collection is open for research use. However, use of original audiocassettes in Box 1, Folders 9-10 are restricted from use. If the original does not already have a copy, it may be sent to an outside vendor for copying. Patrons are financially responsible for the cost. The turnaround time from request to delivery of digital items will depend on the nature of the material and is subject to review for condition. Please contact the Kislak Center ( for cost estimates and ordering. Researchers should be aware of specifics of copyright law and act accordingly.

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City of Philadelphia Planning Commission letter, undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
City planning curriculum, 1966-1972.
Box 1 Folder 2
Center for Urban Research: minutes, 1969.
Box 1 Folder 3
Center for Urban Research and Experiment: prospectus, 1969-1972.
Box 1 Folder 4
Center for Urban Research and Experiment strategies project: open reel audiotapes: [RESTRICTED], 1970.
Box 1 Folder 9
Center for Urban Research and Experiment: summary report draft, 1972.
Box 1 Folder 5
Mitchell, Robert B.: proposal, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
National Advisory Committee Conference and Center for Urban Research and Experiment strategies project: open reel audiotapes [RESTRICTED], 1969-1970.
Box 1 Folder 10
National Committee on Urban Strategies, Center for Urban Research and Experiment: minutes, 1970.
Box 1 Folder 7
"Toward the Development of Alternative Urban Strategies-the Dilemma of Race, Poverty, Slum and Ghetto", 1969.
Box 1 Folder 8

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