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AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records

 Collection 0068-LBR-RG9-003
This collection is comprised of the records of the AFL-CIO's Civil Rights Department, primarily from the 1960s through the 1980s and under the directorships of Donald Slaiman (1964-1974) and William Pollard (1974-1986). The Civil Rights Department worked to oppose employment discrimination and for other labor civil rights causes. Materials include correspondence, press releases, reports, subject files, and interviews. The topics in this collection cover all the activities conducted by the Civil Rights Department.

Dates

  • 1946-2000

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a research find sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Extent

121.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection is comprised of the records of the AFL-CIO's Civil Rights Department, primarily from the 1960s through the 1980s and under the directorships of Donald Slaiman (1964-1974) and William Pollard (1974-1986). Materials include correspondence, clippings, press releases, minutes, reports, subject files, and interviews. The topics in this collection cover all the the activities conducted by the Civil Rights Department.

Biographical / Historical

Historical information about the Civil Rights Department, department directors, and common abbreviations are available in the external document below.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into twelve series:
Series 1
Departmental and Administrative Files
Series 2
Public Statements
Series 3
State and Local Organizations and State and Local Central Bodies
Series 4
Trade Unions
Series 5
Federal Government
Series 6
Apprenticeship
Series 7
Subject Files
Series 8
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Series 9
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Series 10
National Urban League
Series 11
A. Philip Randolph Institute
Series 12
Photographs

Custodial History

The Civil Rights Department records were transferred from the department to the George Meany Memorial Archives in eighteen accessions between 1982 to 2002. The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these records as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.

Processing Information

Sarah Springer and Lynda DeLoach at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 2009. The collection was minimally processed in favor of public access in a timely manner, rather than full processing that would take significantly longer to finish. The University of Maryland Libraries received the records and the finding aid in 2013. In 2017, Bria Parker exported and cleaned the finding aid contents from the Eloquent Systems database using OpenRefine, and finally transformed the finding aids into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) using a series of programmatic scripts. The finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in 2018, at which point Rebecca Thayer updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to biographical/historical notes, scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Rebecca Thayer also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.
Title
Guide to the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records
Status
Completed
Author
This collection was processed by Sarah Springer and Lynda DeLoach at the George Meany Memorial Archives.
Date
2009-07
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212