Guide to the Robert T. Norman Papers, 1958-1997 UA.90.F94

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Robert T. Norman Papers
Creator
Norman, Robert (Robert T.)
Collection Number
UA.90.F94
Date
1958-1997
Extent
2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract
Robert Toll Norman is a former professor of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh and a program officer, economist and planner with the U. S. Department of States' USAID/ India and Nepal program. A majority of the collection consists of work produced during his long career in academia on topics including the role of government in cities, and issues of urban and regional planning in the global context. The collection also includes correspondence with publishers and colleagues, as well as personal items and photographs belonging to Dr. Norman.

Preferred Citation

Robert T. Norman Papers, 1958-1997, UA.90.F94, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Robert Toll Norman was born on July 9, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Early in his youth, the family moved to Stockton, Ca. Norman would call Stockton home until enrolling at Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1955, and an M.A. in Political Science two years later. He continued his formal education at Harvard University, receiving a Masters Degree of Public Administration in 1958, and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government in 1963. Following his time at Harvard, Dr. Norman spent one year working for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., helping to draft a national plan for American civil aviation. The next three years were spent working for the United States Department of State—USAID (United States Agency for International Development)—in both India and Nepal as an economist, planner, and assistant program officer. While abroad, Dr. Norman played a prominent role in organizing and conducting the International Seminar on Urban and Industrial Growth of the Kanpur Region held in India in 1967.

In 1967, Robert T. Norman was offered a position as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor a year later. During his career as a professor of urban affairs, Dr. Norman worked to broaden the focus of urban studies, carving out a special academic niche for himself as an authority on the place of cities in the international system—particularly on problems of government. Over the course of his distinguished academic career, several of Dr. Norman's articles were published in both national, and international journals of political science and urban affairs. Dr. Norman's many contributions to the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs helped to transform the program into one of the foremost schools of public and international affairs in the United States, annually ranking amongst the top 25. In 1997, Dr. Robert Toll Norman retired from GSPIA after 31 years of service and dedication to the program.

Dr. Norman continues to reside in Pittsburgh and make contributions to GSPIA.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Robert T. Norman Papers consists of three boxes containing personal correspondences, published articles, and unpublished manuscripts from 1957-1997. These include a few college writings; his doctoral thesis; drafts and published copies of articles published in national publications; seminar reports; and unpublished manuscripts. Also included is correspondence between colleagues, editors, and publishers throughout his career in academia. The collection also contains items of a personal nature as well, including class notes; photographs; letters; and postcards from both personal acquaintances and family alike.

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Arrangement

The collection is housed in two boxes and arranged in five series:

Series I. Academic Career

Series II. Professional Career

Series III. Personal Correspondences

Series IV. Personal Items

Series V. Books and Journals

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, April 2013

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. Robert Toll Norman on July 22, 2009.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Cameron Villarreal, January-March 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh. Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. -- Faculty
  • University of Pittsburgh. -- Faculty

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Norman, Robert (Robert T.)

Subject(s)

  • Cities and towns -- Research -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Cities and towns -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Education
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Urban policy -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Robert T. Norman Papers, 1958-1997, UA.90.F94, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Academic Career, 1958-1998 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of 85 folders, arranged in five subseries, containing documents pertaining to the academic work of Dr. Robert Toll Norman. These include manuscripts written by Dr. Norman during his formal schooling at both Stanford and Harvard Universities; draft versions of short manuscripts written while he was at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA); two longer manuscripts; lecture notes, class handouts, assignments and student work; and official publications of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, including 1958-1959 provisional bulletin.

Subseries  1. Undergraduate/Graduate Papers and Teaching, 1955-1964 

Scope and Content Notes

The first subseries, Undergraduate/Graduate Papers and Teaching, consists of 20 folders containing draft and completed versions of manuscripts and seminar papers written by Dr. Norman during his formal schooling. These early writings are concerned with topics such as local and regional transit planning; administrative policy; the future of urban government; metropolitan integration; and a copy of a speech discussing the future of government in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  BoxFolder
'The Sacred Cow Steps Up To the Trough' or A Study of: The Politics of Education in A Federal System, 03/06/1956 11
  Folder
The Problem of Knowledge for Meaningful Decision in Transportation Planning: The Case of a Regional Rapid Transit System for San Francisco, 12/10/1957 2
  Folder
Euphoria and the Sythions: The Soviet Challenge to American Administrative Theory, 1957 3
  Folder
The Autonomous Metropolis, 1958 4
  Folder
Politics, 1961 5
  Folder
Federal Policy on State and Local Government, 1963 6
  Folder
Community, 07/1960 7
  Folder
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1961 8
  Folder
The Future of Urban Government 9
  Folder
The Harvard Plan for Metropolitan Boston, 1963 10
  Folder
Defense By Contract, 1963 11
  Folder
Yale University Speech 12
  Folder
Max Weber and The Asian City 13
  Folder
A Turning Point on the Road to Freedom 14
  Folder
A Local Government Approach to World Order 15
  Folder
On Why City Government is in Crisis 16
  Folder
Civic Associations 17
  Folder
Metropolitan Integration 18
  Folder
Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America 19
  Folder
Assorted Manuscript Title Pages 20

Subseries  2. GSPIA: Drafts and Short Manuscripts, 1967-1998 

Scope and Content Notes

The second subseries consists of 49 folders containing draft and final versions of manuscripts and journal articles written by Dr. Norman during his time as professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. These writings adress various subjects such as local urban government; urbanization; urban planning at both the local and regional level; the role of cities in their global context; theories of public administration; the Pittsburgh Steelers victory in Super Bowl XIII; and other issues associated with urban affairs. This subseries represents a substantial portion of the comprehensive body of work of Dr. Norman during his 31 year stay at GSPIA.

  Folder
The Political Subsystem 21
  Folder
PIA 2707: Third World Urbanization and Political Development 22
  Folder
Empowerment of Cities and Citizens, 08/04/1988 23
  Folder
Politics of Global Resources and Empowering Cities and Citizens 24
  Folder
Administration of Public Affairs 25
  Folder
Politics of Global Resources 26
  Folder
Urban Theory 27
  Folder
Third World Urbanization and Political Development 28
  Folder
Subscriptions of Large Nations, 01/25/1970 36
  Folder
World Cities 29
  Folder
GSPIA Closing, ca. 1984 30
  Folder
Annexation: White Power? Black Power? Action in Alphadelphia, 09/09/1969 31
  Folder
Black Power, Irish Bosses and the Metropolis, 09/12/1969 32
  Folder
Education for All: A Crucial Test for the Urban Community, 10/05/1969 33
  Folder
Rough Notes on City vs. National Power: Or Will Regional Development Produce Better Cities? 11/10/1969 34
  Folder
The Future of Urban Government, 01/1970 35
  Folder
On the Government of Cities, 01/1970 37
  Folder
Urban Political Development: India, 09/11/1971 38
  Folder
Regional Cities, 11/10/1971 39
  Folder
Distance, Technology, and the Areal Division of Power, 40
  Folder
What Americans Might Learn from the Study of Regional Development in India, 10/1978 41
  Folder
Towards An Urban Political Development Model, 02/1972 42
  Folder
Urbanization in Europe and The United States, 01/28/1973 43
  Folder
Poverty, Politics, and Participation in Kanpur, India: A Regional Analysis, ca. 1976 44
  Folder
Prospects for Decentralization Under the Janata, 10/03/1977 45
  Folder
The Theory of Sub-National Government: or The Value of Wormes in the Body Politick, 03/18/1978 46
  Folder
On Winning Super Bowl XIII, 01/21/1979 47
  Folder
The Theory of Compensatory Control, 01/23/1979 48
  Folder
Like Wormes in the Entrayles of the Body Politick: The Linking of Sub- and Supra-National Theories of Government, 06/1979 49
  Folder
Cities As Hostage, 09/22/1981 50
  Folder
Walls and the Tradition of Civil Defense, ca. 1982 51
  Folder
Hurdles, Obstacles, and Objectives, 03/1982 52
  Folder
Beyond Soveriegnty, 06/26/1982 53
  Folder
Public Administration and the Arms Race, 08/09/1982 54
  Folder
Why Cities Should Have Offices of Community Survival, 09/08/1982 55
  Folder
The City as Urban Region: Toward a Redefinition, 10/1982 56
  Folder
The Alternative of Integrated City-States, ca. 1983 57
  Folder
The Unconstitutionality of American Government, 12/10/1983 58
  Folder
War, Women, and Work: The Democratic Imperative, ca. 1984 59
  Folder
Public Administration- 1984 60
  Folder
Metropolitan Integration, 01/25/1984 61
  Folder
City Management, 01/28/1984 62
  Folder
The Autonomous Metropolis, 01/28/1984 63
  Folder
Public Administration and the Arms Race, 01/1986 64
  Folder
World Order Thinking: Alternatives to the Sovereign State, 08/09/1991 65
  Folder
Regime Theory in Cultural Context 04/18/1991 66
  Folder
Vienna: The Shaky Tradition, 08/27/1995 67
  Folder
Municipal Corporations: Borrowings and Failures 68
  Folder
Subscriptions of Large Nations, 01/25/1970 69

Subseries  3. GSPIA: Completed Manuscripts 

Scope and Content Notes

The third subseries consists primarily of two completed manuscripts written by Dr. Norman during his time as GSPIA. The first manuscript, entitled "Two Flags Flying: Toward A City-Based World Order Model," is focused on the role of cities in the world, and how cities can contribute to the quality of government. The second manuscript, "Beyond the United States: America After the Cold War," discusses the emerging problems of urbanization and governance faced by the United States following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Additionally included are three completed chapters focused on warfare and its justifications, presumably written by Dr. Norman; the book in which these chapters were to be included is unknown.

  Folder
Two Flags Flying: Toward A City-Based World Order Model, 07/1989 70-72
  Folder
Beyond the United States: America After the Cold War, 07/04/1990 73-76
  Folder
War and Why We Have It 77

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Subseries  4. GSPIA: Lecture Notes, Assignments and Student Work 

Scope and Content Notes

The fourth subseries consists of six folders which contain the notes, graphs, handouts, and miscellaneous assignments used by Dr. Norman during his time as a professor in GSPIA. The personal lecture and organizational notes of Dr. Norman account for the majority of this subseries; these notes provide a unique glimpse into the mind of a college professor, and address a wide variety of topics related to urban affairs and metropolitan integration. However, this subseries also includes copies of work--both draft and completed--submitted by students of Dr. Norman. Topics addressed within this subseries include: political theory; metropolitan integration and issues; the nuclear crisis and more.

  Folder
Lecture Notes 78
  Folder
Class Notes & Maps 79
  Folder
Handouts 80
  Folder
Assignments 81
  Folder
Articles for Class 82
  Folder
Student Work 83

Subseries  5. GSPIA: Publications 

Scope and Content Notes

The fifth subseries consists of two folders containing a few official publications of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) located at the University of Pittsburgh. Included in the subseries are both public and private releases which provide a look into the development of the renowned school from 1978-1997. Many of the documents are concerned with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the school, which took place in 1997. Also included in this subseries is the original provisional bulletin of GSPIA from 1958; this proposal led to the creation of the school.

  Folder
Assorted GSPIA Publications 84
  Folder
GSPIA Bulletin 1958-1959 1958-1959 85

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Series  II. Professional Career, 1964-1968 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of nine folders which include the writings and reports of Dr. Robert Toll Norman during his professional career in both the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of State. A majority of this series relates to the International Seminar on the Industrial and Regional Development of the Kanpur Region of northern India, which Dr. Norman helped to organize. Other topics addressed include issues of U.S. foreign policy, as well as domestic transportation policy and planning.

  BoxFolder
Seminar on Regional Development in India, 1978 21
  Folder
The Need for Economic Analysis of Nepals' Fertilizer Situation, 03/22/1966 2
  Folder
International Seminar on Industrial and Urban Growth of Kanpur Region, 3
  Folder
Seminar in U.S. Foreign Policy, ca. 1963 4
  Folder
The Kanpur International Seminar, 5
  Folder
Transportation, Power and Communication, 6
  Folder
End of Tour Report, ca. 1966 7
  Folder
Seminar on Neighborhood Preservation, ca.1977 8
  Folder
Reflections on the Cheat Lake (Lakeview) Conference 9

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Series  III. Personal Correspondences 1958-1998 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of five folders containing the numerous personal correspondences between Dr. Norman and his peers, colleagues, and publishers he was in contact with throughout his career in academia. Correspondences with colleagues such as Robert C. Wood, Charles Mills, Harvey Robins, Samuel H. Beer, and other prominent figures in academia accounts for about half of the series. Dialogues with various notable publishing companies such as the Oxford Press, Purdue University Press, and others, make up much of the remainder of the series. Other prominent subjects within the correspondences include: planning for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of GSPIA; family and personal happenings; travel experiences; multilateral coordination of research; granting of tenure; and organizational memos.

Within each folder, the correspondences are organized chronologically by date; they are also grouped into two areas: Colleagues and Academic Work; and Personal.

  Folder
 1958-1979 10
  Folder
 1980-1989 11
  Folder
 1990-1997 12
  Folder
 Undated 13
  Folder
Book Correspondences 14

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Series  IV. Personal Items 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of five folders containing items of a personal nature belonging to Dr. Robert Toll Norman. Included in the series are documents pertaining to a 1970 dispute over the tenure of Dr. Norman including numerous copies (dates varying) of his curriculum vitae and a complete write-up of the dispute. Additionally, Folder 17 contains 27 photographs taken at two different times during Dr. Norman's life: childhood, and a group picnic during the 1990s. The series is concluded by two folders which contain newspaper clippings and personal awards received by Dr. Norman during his youth.

  Folder
Tenure Credentials 1970 15
  Folder
Tenure Dispute 1970 16
  Folder
Personal Photographs 17
  Folder
Personal Items 18
  Folder
Assorted Newspaper Clippings 19

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Series  V. Books and Journals 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of a small portion of Dr. Norman's personal book collection. Additionally, bound-reference copies of Dr. Norman's doctoral thesis, and other significant research papers written as a graduate student at both Stanford and Harvard Universities. His thesis, entitled "The Metropolitan State: The Urbanization of Greater Boston," presents a comprehensive plan for the modernization of the Boston metropolitan area; the library of Harvard University still retains a copy of Dr. Norman's thesis for reference purposes. Also included in this series are copies of national and international publications of political science and urban affairs which feature selected articles written by Dr. Norman, addressing issues of city governance and regional planning.

  Item
The Metropolitan State: The Urbanization of Greater Boston, 1963 1
  Item
The Planning of An Inter-City Rapid Transit System for the San Francisco Bay Area: Some Theoretical Considerations, 1957 2
  Item
A Tale of Two Models, 1957 3
  Item
The Logic of Political Prediction: A Micro-Analysis, 1957 4
  Item
Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 1984 5
  Item
PARIYOJAN: An International Journal of Planning and Policy Sciences, 1983 6
  Item
National Civic Review: Citizens Forum on Self-Government, 1982 7
  Item
The Journal of Asian Studies, 1978 8
  Item
Journal of Comparative Administration, 1972 9
  Item
The American Political Science Review, 1967 10
  Item
Comparative Urban Research, 1975-1976 11
  Item
Urban and Industrial Growth of Kanpur Region: Report of the International Seminar, 1967 12
  Item
The Gandhian Model of Development and World Peace, 1989 13
  Item
Main Currents in Indian Sociology, 1983 14

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