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Detroit Urban League records

Repository: University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library

Collection Description (Extant): Social Service organization serving the Detroit African American community, affiliate of the National Urban League; includes minutes of the Board of Directors, correspondence and topical files of Executive Directors and Presidents, budgets and financial records, and papers concerning National Urban League conferences and Green Pastures Camp; also departmental files relating to community services, housing, vocational services, health and welfare, job development and employment, and education and youth incentives; and photographs.

Recordings of Urban League sponsored radio programs and of appearances by staff members on the radio; also recordings of Urban League functions featuring executive director Francis Kornegay.

Photographs of chapter activities, meetings, and ceremonies; photos of buildings and staff (notably executive directors, John Dancy and Francis Kornegay); also motion picture film produced by the National Bank of Detroit encouraging employment of African Americans, and miscellaneous film clips [about civil rights].

Access Copy Note: DVD use copies have been made of the motion pictures.

Date(s): 1916-1992

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Call number: 851100 Bd 2 UBDm

Extent: 96 linear feet and 1 oversize folder (UBDm); 16mm film; 28 sound tape reels : 1 7/8-7 1/2 ips ; 5-7 in.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See also the Grand Rapids Urban League records, 1941-1986; the Greater Lansing Urban League records, 1964-1976; the Southwestern Michigan Urban League records, 1962-1992 (contains 12 cassettes recorded during meetings); the Urban League of Greater Muskegon records, 1943-1995; the John C. Dancy papers, 1920-1960; and the Francis A. Kornegay papers, 1936-1977. Descriptions of and links to these collections can be found at

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


African American youth
African Americans--Education--Michigan
African Americans--Employment
African Americans--Michigan
Civil rights movements--Michigan
Civil rights--Economic aspects
Medical care
National Urban League


Sound recordings


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