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Guide to the Downtown CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) Records TAM.633

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Erika Gottfried

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 10, 2013
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Congress of Racial Equality.
Title: Downtown CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1963-1967
Abstract: 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 1965.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet Two boxes
General Physical Description note: Collection includes fragile onion skin typing paper and newsprint.
Location note: Materials are located at the Tamiment Library.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.633