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Guide to the Downtown CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) Records
||Congress of Racial Equality.
||Downtown CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) Records
||Downtown CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), one several New York City chapters of
the CORE national organization, was formed in March 1963, and remained active until
the end 1966. Founders included Rita and Michael Schwerner (the latter one of the
group of three civil rights workers murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1964),
and members included well-known leftist and radical pacifist activists, such as Murray
Bookchin and Igal Rodenko. The chapter focused on tenant organizing, combatting racial
discrimination in housing and the exclusion of nonwhites from building trades unions.
Women members of Downtown CORE who were arrested in a demonstration and had served
jail terms at New York City’s Women’s House of Detention organized a campaign to reform
the prison. Most of the materials in the collection concern conditions in New York
City’s Women’s House of Detention or racial discrimination in housing in New York
City. Organizations represented in the collection include Downtown CORE, the Human
Rights Commissions of New York City and State, the National Committee Against Discrimination
in Housing, Committee of Outraged Parents, and the national CORE office. Documents
include letters to the editors of New York City newspapers and New York City public
officials, memoranda to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, spiral bound notebooks
with handwritten notes, newspaper clippings and newspapers, circulars, press releases,
policy statements, reports, leaflets, and posters, mainly between the years 1963 to
||0.5 linear feet Two boxes
|General Physical Description note:
||Collection includes fragile onion skin typing paper and newsprint.
||Materials are located at the Tamiment Library.
|Language of Materials note:
||Materials are in English