NOTE: Collection stored in off-site facility. Contact Special Collections regarding retrieval.
Size: 97.0 linear feet
Literary rights were granted to the Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.
The World Homes Collection tells the story of Willard Garvey's effort to build housing in developing nations. For Garvey, World Homes represented the practical application of his idea "Every Man a Home Owner, Every Man a Capitalist," which attempted to introduce the American concept of private property through home ownership. The collection chronicles the Garvey effort in international housing finance and development from the conception of the idea by Willard Garvey in the late 1950s to the liquidation in the 1980s. During its life World Homes had subsidiary and affiliate companies operating on four continents in countries as diverse as Mexico, Taiwan, and Morocco. The collection includes corporate correspondence, financial and legal records, project plans and designs, photographs, and films.
The World Homes Collection offers a variety of research opportunities for researchers of history, business, and international development, including the interplay between private U.S. corporations and U.S. foreign aid, and the issues involved in the management of multi-national corporations.
The processors of this collection have prepared an Introductory File to present the researcher a preliminary understanding of the nature and contents of the collection. None of the material in the introductory file is unique; the file consists of photocopied material that can be found in other parts of the collection.
Acquisition: Gift of Jean and Willard Garvey.
Processed by: James Oberst, Teresa Tatro, Mark Unruh and Jerome Waltner with assistance from Cheryl Gillenwater, Shauna Payne and Mary Nelson, May 13, 1994