Hough Area Development Corporation Records

The Hough Area Development Corporation (f. 1967) was formed in Cleveland, Ohio, by DeForest Brown in conjunction with African-American professionals and neighborhood leaders in the wake of the Hough riots by DeForest Brown to aid in bringing economic prosperity to Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. Dedicated to African-American self-determination, the group initially met in secret in order to prevent competition for dollars and outside attempts to control it. The group promoted African-American business entrepreneurship and better housing. The collection consists of board minutes, correspondence, clippings, legal papers, financial records, reports, and the working papers of the corporation’s offices.