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Federal Government, 1947-1979

 Series 5

This series is comprised primarily of files on federal government institutions and agencies as related to civil rights issues. It also documents the various government-sponsored councils, committees, and boards on which several AFL-CIO officials served (most notably Civil Rights Department director Donald Slaiman, who served on the Department of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise; the Department of Commerce's National Citizens Committee on Community Relations Service; the Board of Directors of the National Association of Intergroup Relations Officials; and was labor representative to the Department of Labor's Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training; also, AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer William Schnitzler, who served on the President's Committee on Civil Rights and the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity).

This series contains printed, near print, and manuscript material (agendas, minutes, notes, reports, press releases, pamphlets, speeches, and statements).


  • 1947-1979

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.


6.75 Linear Feet


The series is divided into two subseries, arranged alphabetically by subheading, then alphabetically and then chronologically by folder:

Contents of most folders are arranged reverse chronologically.

Subseries 1
General Files, 1957-1978
Subseries 2
Institutions and Agencies, 1947-1979

Processing Information

The series was weeded of duplicate material and some printed material, as well as material available elsewhere (except in the folders labeled "Reference"). Disintegrating newsprint was discarded and rusting paperclips and rubber bands were replaced with plastic clips or staples.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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