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Anna Holden papers

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (Extant): Papers of Anna Holden, a research sociologist who was active in various civil rights organizations throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The collection reflects Holden's work with the Washington, D.C., and Ann Arbor, Michigan, chapters of the Congress of Racial Equality, and her interest in the fair housing projects sponsored by those organizations. In June 1968 she began a study of desegregation in small and medium-sized school districts for the United States Civil Rights Commission. The study was later taken over by the Center for Urban Education, and involved detailed case studies of the school districts of Charlottesville, Virginia, Providence, Rhode Island, and Sacramento, California. Records from this study and from a similar study made in Clinton, Tennessee, in 1956 are a major portion of this collection. A second portion of Holden's papers consists of records of the activities of the Washington chapter of CORE, primarily during the early 1960s, and of the direct action projects of its Housing Committee. The collection also includes a taped radio interview with Holden, made in 1964, and four tapes recording meetings of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission regarding school desegregation in Charlottesville, 1967-1968. There are very few personal papers in the collection.

Date(s): 1946-1977

Existing IDs: Mss 543; Micro 815; Tape 810A

Extent: 9.0 c.f. (22 archives boxes), 1 reel of microfilm (35mm), 5 tape recordings

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Anna Holden

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


African Americans--Civil rights--Washington (D.C.)
Congress of Racial Equality
Discrimination in housing--Washington (D.C.)
School integration--California--Sacramento
School integration--Rhode Island--Providence
School integration--Tennessee--Clinton
School integration--Virginia--Charlottesville
United States Commission on Civil Rights


Sound recordings


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