The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Civil Rights Congress records
Repository: New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Collection Description (Extant): National organization established in 1946 to, among other things, "combat all forms of discrimination against ... labor, the Negro people and the Jewish people, and racial,political, religious, and national minorities." The organization folded in 1955 under pressure from the UnitedStates Attorney-General and the House Un-American Activities Committee, which accused the organization of being subversive.
Records represent the files of the national office of the Congress, based in New York City, including several hundred case files; publications produced and received by the Congress; files of the Literature Department; Executive Director William Patterson's correspondence files; correspondence and other materials from Civil Rights Congress chapters around the country, including case files of the New York chapter; and files of the New York headquarters of the Communist Party of the United States of America, created during the trial of twelve Communist leaders, 1948-1949, including two black members,Benjamin J. Davis and Henry Winston, consisting of correspondence, transcripts, legal briefs, and printed material.
Digital Status: No
Extent: 53.6 lin. ft.; 125 microfilm reels
Finding Aid URL: http://www.nypl.org/archives/3556
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Civil Rights Congress (U.S)
Communist Party of the United States of America