Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection contains materials created or maintained by the Civil Rights Department while processing of discrimination complaints during the years 1956 to 1984. The collection is comprised mostly of files the department kept on each case; other items document procedural matters or provide general information. Cases were referred to the department from a variety of sources: the complainant, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), state civil rights/fair employment/human rights agencies, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (PCOEEO), the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), other federal agencies, congressmen and local unions. Approximately three-quarters of the cases here were referred by the EEOC (instituted in 1965) or state agencies that received complaints for the EEOC. There is little detailed information here on the conciliation of most cases.
This collection documents discrimination complaints primarily made against local unions. A few cases concern internationals, the AFL-CIO, its departments, state and local central bodies, and other organizations. Locals were frequently named as co-respondents with employers.