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Randolph Warren Carter papers

Repository: University of Washington. Special Collections Division

Collection Description (Extant): Carter is a member of the state program for black vocational rehabilitation. He is a sociologist in social work, having received a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1952. When he first came to Seattle, there was much housing discrimination. There were also few black teachers so Carter encouraged the hiring of blacks. The schools were also very segregated. Carter formed a "Block System" in the Central Area to encourage blacks to help themselves. In 1962 Governor Rosellini appointed Carter to the Washington State Board Against Discrimination. He was the only black cabinet member. At the time of the interview, he was employed by the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of Washington State.

Carter served as Executive secretary for the Washington State Board Against Discrimination and as a counselor for the Model Cities Sheltered Workshop Program.

Minutes, correspondence, reports and agreement (photocopies). Accession also includes a tape recorded interview.

Carter discusses the segregated nature of Seattle in the early 1950s when he arrived. He outlines the status of black and white relations in Seattle between 1952 and 1969, particularly in the areas of education, employment and housing. He chronicles efforts to overcome discrimination in employment. He discusses crime statistics and police/community relations and identifies these areas as ones in which little progress has been made. Carter evaluates the policies of President Nixon as they affect black Americans. He also discusses Governor Evans' efforts to solve the problems of blacks living in the State of Washington. He describes the state program for black vocational rehabilitation, the employment program he currently directs.

Access Copy Note: Open to all users.

Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Date(s): 1969

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: 1220

Extent: .06 cubic foot; 1 sound cassette

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Randolph Warren Carter

Rights (Extant): Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.


African American civil rights workers--Washington (State)
Civil rights movements--Washington (State)
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in housing
Race discrimination--Washington (State)
Social workers
Washington (State)--Politics and government


Sound recordings


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