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William Whitaker papers

Repository: Ohio Historical Society. Archives/Library Division

Collection Description (Extant): Social worker, of Columbus, Ohio. Correspondence, reports, and memoranda, relating to welfare rights in general and the National Welfare Rights Organization, particularly the Columbus and Cleveland branches, tape recorded interviews between Whitaker and WRO officials; and his doctoral thesis, "The Determinants of Social Movements Success: A Study of the National Welfare Rights Organization." Includes material on the poor people's campaign, food stamp program, Ohio and Franklin County Committees for Adequate Welfare, and the 1967 welfare dispute in Columbus.

A36 - William Whitaker Social Welfare Audio Collection - Reel to reel tape recordings relating to the organization and activities of National Welfare Rights Organization and Columbus area welfare rights activities (ca. 1960s).

Origin Info: Donated to OHS in 1972.

Access Copy Note: Researchers must complete OHS confidentiality agreement before using this collection.

Date(s): 1961-1973

Existing IDs: MSS 373; A36

Extent: 4.5 cubic feet (18 reel-to-reel tape, 6 photos, promotional materials, manuscripts, and collateral materials)

Finding Aid URL:,4369 External Link

Language: English

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


African Americans--Ohio
Civil rights movements--Ohio
Civil rights--Economic aspects
National Welfare Rights Organization (U.S.)
Social workers
Welfare rights movement


Sound recordings


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