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Congress of Racial Equality records

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Tape 449A is a recording of CORE Rally, 1964, May 17.

Collection Description (Extant): Records of a national inter-racial organization of semi-autonomous groups dedicated to the use of non-violent direct action to combat racial discrimination. Although CORE was founded in 1942, the majority of the records date from the period 1959-1964 when the organization expanded greatly in size, financial support, and activities. During this period CORE also received its greatest national attention through sit-ins protesting discrimination in public accommodations in the South in 1960, Freedom Rides in 1961, participation in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964, and various other national projects protesting discrimination in employment and housing. Earlier records are contained in the files of the executive secretary and the National Action Council; later material on the administration of Floyd B. McKissick is not included.
Although the type of materials present vary for each series, the documentation generally consists of correspondence, constitutions, minutes, reports, memoranda, financial statements, press releases, clippings, and printed matter. Most of the collection is available on film from the Microfilm Corporation of America, together with a printed guide, The Papers of the Congress of Racial Equality, 1941-1967 (1980).
The processed portion of the collection is summarized above, dates 1941-1967, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1945-1964 and are described below.

Additions, 1946-1964 (mostly 1964), including miscellaneous memoranda concerning harrassment and violent incidents, notes on meetings, flyers re starting Negro-owned grocery and marketing co-ops in Opelousas, La., and publications and reprints. See box list with accession form. Qty: 0.2 c.f. (1 archives box)

Photographs including newsphotos, portraits, and snapshots, ca. 1945-1964. Images show meetings, parties, award presentations, demonstrations, and other activities. Qty: 58 photographs and 11 negatives (1 folder)

Date(s): 1941-1967

Existing IDs: Mss 14; Micro 806; Tape 449A

Extent: 43.5 c.f. (103 archives boxes), 49 reels of microfilm (35mm), and 1 tape recording, plus additions of 0.2 c.f., 58 photographs, and 11 negatives.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The Wisconsin Historical Society holds numerous other (non-audio/video) records related to CORE activities, including:

Congress of Racial Equality Washington Interracial Workshop Records, 1942-1956 (Mss 223; no audio). This collection comprises 1.0 c.f. (3 archives boxes), plus additions of 61 photographs and 91 negatives; photographs document protests against segregation at the Rosedale Playground.

Jack and Judith L. Ladinsky papers, 1951-1972 (M82-302): Papers, mainly 1960-1962, of two University of Wisconsin professors, who were involved with the Ann Arbor Direct Action Committee (affiliated with the Congress of Racial Equality) and SDS while graduate students at the University of Michigan and the University of Missouri. Includes 41 photos.

Interviewees: James Farmer

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Education
Civil rights demonstrations
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Civil rights workers
Congress of Racial Equality
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in housing
Discrimination in public accommodations
Freedom Rides, 1961
Mississippi Freedom Project


Sound recordings


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