The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
George Wiley papers
Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives
Collection Description (Extant): Papers of George Wiley (1931-1973), a founder and executive director of the National Welfare Rights Organization, documenting both his public and private lives, and his civil rights and anti-poverty activities. While teaching chemistry at Syracuse University, Wiley helped found the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality; later he served on CORE's National Action Council, and was associate national director of CORE, 1965-1966.
Wiley's records on the National Welfare Rights Organization (1967- ) form the majority of the collection.
The tape recordings in the collection overlap the time periods and subject matter of the papers, and include personal, civil rights, welfare rights, and tax reform topics. There are speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. ("I Have a Dream"), Bayard Rustin, Richard Cloward, Frances Piven, James Farmer, Dick Gregory, and others.
The processed portion of this collection is summmarized above, dates 1949-1975, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1972-1973 and are described below.
Additions: Photographs related to Wiley's personal life and his involvement in various civil rights groups. The personal photographs include images of family and friends as well as Wiley in military uniform. The photographs related to his civil rights work include images of civil rights demonstrations, activists speaking, and Wiley on various television programs. Vintage prints are available for all negatives. Qty: 49 photographs and 17 negatives
Additions: Photographs documenting living and working conditions of African Americans. Included are images of families at home, children, and people working in fields. Qty: 26 photographs (1 folder)
Access Copy Note: Access to boxes 45 and 46 is limited to those researchers possessing the written permission of either Maya or Daniel Wiley. This restriction will expire upon the deaths of Maya Wiley and Daniel Wiley or 100 years from the date of donation, whichever comes first.
Existing IDs: Mss 324; Tape 544A; PH 5025; PH 5026
Extent: 17.2 c.f. (44 archives boxes) and 28 tape recordings; plus additions of 0.2 c.f., 75 photographs, and 17 negatives.
Finding Aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00324
Interviewees: George Wiley, Richard Cloward, Frances Piven
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American civil rights workers
African American scientists
Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty
Congress of Racial Equality
National Welfare Rights Organization (U.S.)