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Title
National Urban League records,
Summary
Parts I-III include correspondence, minutes of meetings, speeches, reports, surveys, statistical data, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, printed material, and other records relating to the programs and policies of the National Urban League and its affiliates chiefly in the field of human services and social change. Topics include the League's adoption program, the aged, citizenship education, civil rights, community health, crime, relief for African Americans during the Depression, employment opportunities, housing, industrial relations, juvenile deliquency, minorities in law enforcement, medical care, migration of African Americans from rural to urban areas, race relations, assistance for minority servicemen and veterans, African American social workers, urban renewal, vocational and on-the-job training, voter education, and provision of manpower during World War II.
Parts I-III include files of Lester B. Granger (executive director, 1941-1961), Whitney M. Young (executive director, 1961-1971), Harold R. Sims (acting executive director, 1971), Vernon E. Jordan (executive director, 1972-1981), and Donald Henry McGannon (chairman of the Board of Trustees, 1974-1978); personal papers (1931-1986) of League employee Ann Taneyhill; transcripts of radio broadcasts (1941-1945) by Langston Hughes and prominent African American entertainers in support of the war effort; and drawings by Oliver W. Harrington.
Parts IV-V include correspondence, memoranda, reports, subject files, personnel records, charts, articles, newspaper clippings, printed material, photographs, and other records of the Washington Bureau, later the Office of Washington Operations Policy Unit, document its role in monitoring and analyzing federal legislation, administrative guidelines, and public policy decisions; lobbying on behalf of African Americans, the poor, and other minorities; and disseminating information relating to League concerns. Washington Bureau officials represented include Ronald Harmon Brown, Maudine Rice Cooper, and Cernoria D. Johnson.
Parts VI-VII include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, surveys, minutes of meetings, speeches and articles, financial records, printed material, photographs, and other records of the Southern Regional Office and regional affiliates. Pertains chiefly to the founding and organization of the office, relations with affiliate offices and the national office, and work of the office in relation to economic and social concerns of African Americans in the South. Topics include the League's adoption program, the Atlanta School of Social Work, boycotts of retail merchants, business and employment opportunities, civil rights, community development, crime, disaster relief, education, health, housing, manual and vocational training programs, continued migration to the northern states, relief for African Americans during the Depression, activities of segregationist organizations, minority recruitment by the U.S. Navy, voter education, the return of African American veterans following World War II, and women's issues.
Officials of the Southern Regional Office represented in Parts VI-VII include Harry L. Alston, William Y. Bell, Jr., Clarence D. Coleman, Nelson C. Jackson, Vernon E. Jordan, Franklin O. Nichols, Mahlon T. Puryear, Clarence E. Thomas, and Jesse O. Thomas. Includes personal papers of office directors Jesse O. Thomas and Nelson C. Jackson. Correspondents include Claude Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Lester B. Granger, George Edmund Haynes, T. Arnold Hill, Albon L. Holsey, John Hope, Eugene Kinckle Jones, J.R.E. Lee, Benjamin Elijah Mays, Robert Russa Moton, Guichard Parris, C.C. Spaulding, Ann Tanneyhill, Forrester B. Washington, L. Hollingsworth Wood, Monroe Nathan Work, and Whitney M. Young.
Contributor Names
National Urban League.
Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976.
Harrington, Oliver W. (Oliver Wendell), 1912-
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
Jackson, Nelson C. (Nelson Crews), 1907-
Jordan, Vernon E. (Vernon Eulion), 1935-
McGannon, Donald Henry, 1920-
Sims, Harold R., 1935-
Tanneyhill, Ann.
Thomas, Jesse O., 1885-
Young, Whitney M.
National Urban League. Office of Washington Operations.
National Urban League. Southern Regional Office.
Subject Headings
-  Alston, Harry L.,--1914
-  Barnett, Claude,--1890---Correspondence
-  Bell, William Y.--(William Yancy)
-  Bethune, Mary McLeod,--1875-1955--Correspondence
-  Coleman, Clarence D
-  Granger, Lester B.--(Lester Blackwell),--1896-1976--Correspondence
-  Haynes, George Edmund,--1880-1960--Correspondence
-  Hill, T. Arnold--(Thomas Arnold),--1888-1947--Correspondence
-  Holsey, Albon L.,--1883---Correspondence
-  Hope, John,--1868-1936--Correspondence
-  Jones, Eugene Kinckle,--1885-1954--Correspondence
-  Jordan, Vernon E.--(Vernon Eulion),--1935
-  Lee, J. R. E.--(Joseph Robert Edward),--1864-1944--Correspondence
-  Mays, Benjamin E.--(Benjamin Elijah),--1894-1984--Correspondence
-  Moton, Robert Russa,--1867-1940--Correspondence
-  Nichols, Franklin O
-  Parris, Guichard--Correspondence
-  Puryear, Mahlon T
-  Spaulding, C. C.--(Charles Clinton),--1874-1952--Correspondence
-  Tanneyhill, Ann--Correspondence
-  Thomas, Clarence E
-  Washington, Forrester B.,--1887---Correspondence
-  Wood, L. Hollingsworth--(Levi Hollingsworth),--1874-1956--Correspondence
-  Work, Monroe Nathan--Correspondence
-  Young, Whitney M.--Correspondence
-  United States.--Navy--Recruiting, enlistment, etc
-  Atlanta School of Social Work
-  Adoption
-  African American veterans
-  African Americans--Economic conditions
-  African Americans--Employment
-  African Americans--Social conditions
-  African Americans--Southern States--Economic conditions
-  African Americans--Southern States--Social conditions
-  Armed Forces--Minorities
-  Boycotts
-  Business enterprises
-  Citizenship
-  Civil rights
-  Community development
-  Community health services
-  Crime
-  Depressions--1929
-  Depressions--1929--Southern States
-  Disaster relief
-  Employees--Training of
-  Education
-  Health
-  Housing
-  Human services
-  Industrial relations
-  Juvenile delinquency
-  Law enforcement
-  Manual training
-  Medical care
-  Migration, Internal
-  Older people
-  Public welfare
-  Race relations
-  Segregation
-  Social problems
-  Social work with African Americans
-  Urban renewal
-  Vocational education
-  Voting
-  Women
-  World War, 1939-1945--African Americans
-  World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
Notes
-  Arranged in seven parts composed of fifty series.
-  Part I arranged in fifteen series. Series A: Administration Department, 1911-1964; Series B: Community Services Department, 1951-1963; Series C: Housing Activities Department, 1941-1964; Series D: Industrial Relations Department, 1922-1962; Series E: Public Relations Department, 1913-1963; Series F: Research Department, 1916-1963; Series G: Vocational Services Office, 1930-1962; Series H: Urban League Fund, 1947-1961; Series J: Conferences and Conventions, 1918-1962; Series K: Related Organizations, 1940-1962; Series L: Minutes of Meetings, 1910-1960; Series M: Miscellany, 1908-1961; Series N: Printed Matter, 1910-1962; Series P: Scrapbooks, 1920-1960; and Series Q: Addition, 1924-1961.
-  Part II arranged in eight series. Series A: Administration Department File, 1953-1966; Series B: Community Services Department File, 1958-1962; Series C: Personnel and Training Department File, 1963-1966; Series D: Program Department File, 1956-1968; Series E: Public Relations File, 1956-1967; Series F: Annual Conference File, 1951-1967; Series G: General Miscellany File, 1959-1968; and Series H: Printed Matter, 1956-1966.
-  Part III arranged in seven series. Series 1: Administrative and Public Affairs Department, 1961-1983; Series 2: Community Development Department, 1947-1979; Series 3: Economic Development Department, 1961-1977; Series 4: Executive Office, 1927-1986; Series 5: National Committee on Household Employment, 1964-1981; Series 6: Personal Papers, 1931-1986; and Series 7: Research Department, 1918-1980.
-  Part IV arranged in five series. Series 1: Washington Office, General Office File, 1961-1967; Series 2: Washington Office, Correspondence File, 1961-1966; Series 3: Washington Office, Personnel Referral File, 1962-1964; Series 4: Washington Office, Publicity File, 1964-1967; and Series 5: Washington Office, Resource and Information File, 1961-1966.
-  Part V arranged in three series. Series 1: Washington Office, Correspondence File, 1969-1984; Series 2: Washington Office, General Office File, 1971-1985; and Series 3: Washington Office, Publicity File, 1963-1988.
-  Part VI arranged in ten series. Series 1: Southern Regional Office, General Office File, 1919-1979; Series 2: Southern Regional Office, Affiliates File, 1966-1976; Series 3: Southern Regional Office, Applications File, 1919-1978; Series 4: Southern Regional Office, Projects and Programs File, 1973-1979; Series 5: Southern Regional Office, Speech and Article File, 1922-1979; Series 6: Southern Regional Office, Financial File, 1919-1977; Series 7: Southern Regional Office, Printed Matter, 1919-1978; Series 8: Southern Regional Office, Miscellany; Series 9: Southern Regional Office, Jesse O. Thomas Papers, 1911-1919; and Series 10: Southern Regional Office, Nelson C. Jackson Papers, 1930-1946.
-  Part VII arranged in two series. Series 1: Southern Regional Office, Affiliates File, 1962-1984; and Series 2: Southern Regional Office, General Office File, 1900-1988.
-  Part I. Series P: Scrapbooks, 1920-1960, available only on microfilm, no. 20,735.
-  Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1994.
-  Gift, National Urban League, 1966-1994.
-  Other gifts, 1973-1987.
-  Transfer, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, 1994.
-  Engraving plates, plaques, and photographs transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
-  Books transferred to Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
-  Maps transferred to Library of Congress Geography and Maps Division.
-  Motion pictures and sound recordings transferred to Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
-  Serials transferred to Library of Congress Serial & Government Publications Division.
-  The National League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, later the National Urban League, resulted from the 1910 merger of three welfare organizations in New York, N.Y.: the Committee for Improving Industrial Conditions among Negroes in New York, the Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, and the National League for Protection of Colored Women.
-  The Washington Bureau was established in 1961 chiefly as the National Urban League's liaison office with the U.S. Congress and government agencies. In 1979 it was renamed the League's Policy Unit and was brought together administratively with the League's Research Department as the Office of Washington Operations.
-  The National Urban League opened the Southern Regional Office in 1919 to assist the national office in establishing and monitoring affiliates in southern states.
-  Collection material in English.
-  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms997012
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616,000 items.
2,000 containers plus 2 oversize.
821 linear feet.
18 microfilm reels.
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Library of Congress Control Number
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Access Advisory
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Language
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Description
Parts I-III include correspondence, minutes of meetings, speeches, reports, surveys, statistical data, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, printed material, and other records relating to the programs and policies of the National Urban League and its affiliates chiefly in the field of human services and social change. Topics include the League's adoption program, the aged, citizenship education, civil rights, community health, crime, relief for African Americans during the Depression, employment opportunities, housing, industrial relations, juvenile deliquency, minorities in law enforcement, medical care, migration of African Americans from rural to urban areas, race relations, assistance for minority servicemen and veterans, African American social workers, urban renewal, vocational and on-the-job training, voter education, and provision of manpower during World War II. Parts I-III include files of Lester B. Granger (executive director, 1941-1961), Whitney M. Young (executive director, 1961-1971), Harold R. Sims (acting executive director, 1971), Vernon E. Jordan (executive director, 1972-1981), and Donald Henry McGannon (chairman of the Board of Trustees, 1974-1978); personal papers (1931-1986) of League employee Ann Taneyhill; transcripts of radio broadcasts (1941-1945) by Langston Hughes and prominent African American entertainers in support of the war effort; and drawings by Oliver W. Harrington. Parts IV-V include correspondence, memoranda, reports, subject files, personnel records, charts, articles, newspaper clippings, printed material, photographs, and other records of the Washington Bureau, later the Office of Washington Operations Policy Unit, document its role in monitoring and analyzing federal legislation, administrative guidelines, and public policy decisions; lobbying on behalf of African Americans, the poor, and other minorities; and disseminating information relating to League concerns. Washington Bureau officials represented include Ronald Harmon Brown, Maudine Rice Cooper, and Cernoria D. Johnson. Parts VI-VII include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, surveys, minutes of meetings, speeches and articles, financial records, printed material, photographs, and other records of the Southern Regional Office and regional affiliates. Pertains chiefly to the founding and organization of the office, relations with affiliate offices and the national office, and work of the office in relation to economic and social concerns of African Americans in the South. Topics include the League's adoption program, the Atlanta School of Social Work, boycotts of retail merchants, business and employment opportunities, civil rights, community development, crime, disaster relief, education, health, housing, manual and vocational training programs, continued migration to the northern states, relief for African Americans during the Depression, activities of segregationist organizations, minority recruitment by the U.S. Navy, voter education, the return of African American veterans following World War II, and women's issues. Officials of the Southern Regional Office represented in Parts VI-VII include Harry L. Alston, William Y. Bell, Jr., Clarence D. Coleman, Nelson C. Jackson, Vernon E. Jordan, Franklin O. Nichols, Mahlon T. Puryear, Clarence E. Thomas, and Jesse O. Thomas. Includes personal papers of office directors Jesse O. Thomas and Nelson C. Jackson. Correspondents include Claude Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Lester B. Granger, George Edmund Haynes, T. Arnold Hill, Albon L. Holsey, John Hope, Eugene Kinckle Jones, J.R.E. Lee, Benjamin Elijah Mays, Robert Russa Moton, Guichard Parris, C.C. Spaulding, Ann Tanneyhill, Forrester B. Washington, L. Hollingsworth Wood, Monroe Nathan Work, and Whitney M. Young.
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