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Milwaukee Urban League records

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (Extant): Records of an affiliate of the National Urban League, which provides vocational and guidance counseling, job training, job development, and a variety of services to families and to the community. Most of the records date from the early 1960's and 1970's. Included are correspondence of the executive director, primarily from the tenure of Wesley L. Scott (1959-1981); minutes of the board of directors and of the executive committee; financial records, with budgets, expenditure analyses, and financial reports; annual reports; newsletters; membership files; and committee records. A substantial administrative subject file consists of correspondence, minutes and agenda, financial records, notes, and printed items from many related local and state organizations, committees, service and religious groups, and clubs.
General reference material deals with Milwaukee minority opportunities, civil rights, and other topics. Records of the various Milwaukee Urban League departments illustrate the different projects undertaken within the League's major program areas. Within each series may be found correspondence and memoranda of the department director and staff, government contracts and financial records, periodic reports of the progress of projects and activities, records of special department work, and reference and research materials.
The Milwaukee Urban League's involvement with the National Urban League is illustrated through files of conference and project records; papers of the Council of Executive Directors, including Wesley Scott's notes from meetings; printed memoranda; press releases; manuals; directories; national office mailings; and copies of Milwaukee reports sent to the national office.
On microfilm, in addition to minutes of board of directors meetings, are news clippings and photographs illustrating community events, 1957-1958. Five tapes record a discussion and interviews with job applicants to the Labor Education Advancement Program, and speeches of several civil rights leaders.

[...] Five tapes record Vincent Toran and Bennett Johnson discussing the LEAP program and interviewing job applicants, and Opinion Institute speeches of four civil rights leaders and professionals. Received with the collection were a motion picture, Action Not Anger (1964), which was aired on Milwaukee television, and two filmstrips with accompanying disc recordings entitled "Adventures in Negro History," (1963) and "Charm by Choice."

Date(s): 1919-1979

Existing IDs: Milwaukee Mss EZ; Milwaukee Micro 20; Micro 862; Micro 784; Milwaukee Tape 6; Tape 883A; DD 225; Disc 156A; PH 6530; PH Milwaukee Mss EZ

Extent: 24.5 c.f. (24 record center cartons, 1 archives box), 5 reels of microfilm (35mm), 5 tape recordings, 1 film, 2 filmstrips, 2 disc recordings, and 140 photographs

Finding Aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mil000ez External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Vincent Toran, Bennett Johnson, Mr. Cobb, Lester B. Granger, James M. Nabrit, Mr. Rowan

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

Subjects:

African Americans--Education--Wisconsin
African Americans--Employment--Wisconsin
African Americans--Housing--Wisconsin
Civil rights movements--Wisconsin
National Urban League
Nonviolence

Genres:

Manuscripts
Photographs
Sound recordings
Videorecordings

 

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