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Center for Community Change Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR000966

Scope and Content

The papers of the Center for Community Change consist of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, clippings, press releases and publications documenting the activities and concerns of the Center, the Citizens’ Crusade Against Poverty and the community groups with which it was associated from 1960 to 1979.

Important subjects include: Afro-Americans--Community development. Agribusiness. Appalachia--Community development. Bedford-Stuyvesant--Community development. Child development. Citizens Advocate Center. Citizens’ Crusade Against Poverty. Civil rights. Community centers. Community health programs. Community organizing. Council for Community Action. East Los Angeles Community Union. Head Start programs. Health care programs for the poor. Housing--Low income and Public. Manpower development programs. Mexican-Americans--Community development. Migrant workers. Mississippi Action for Community Education. National Farm Workers Service Centers. National Urban Coalition. Native Americans--Community development. North Jersey Community Union. Poverty--Rural and Urban. United Farm Workers. U. S.--Economic Development--Rural and Urban. VISTA. Watts Labor Community Action Committee. Woodlawn Organization.

Important correspondents include: Jeremy J. Berman, Julian Bond, Richard Boone, Edgar S. Cahn, Cesar Chavez, Jack T. Conway, Matthew J. Domber, Hortense W. Gabel, Benjamin Goldstein, James Goodall, James Hightower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Richard M. Nixon, David Ramage, Jr., Walter P. Reuther, Hillary Rodham, Ralph Showalter, Sargent Shriver, Adlai E. Stevenson III, Thomas A. Villanova and George C. Wallace.

Dates

  • 1960 - 1979

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

History

In 1968, the Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty merged with several other organizations to form the non-profit Center for Community Change (CCC). It began operations by working with six community groups: Mississippi Action for Community Education, the National Farm Workers Service Center, the East Los Angeles Community Union, the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, the Woodlawn Organization (Chicago), and the North Jersey Community Union.

The Center for Community change provides a wide range of assistance in program and organizational development for local community development groups in low-income communities, both urban and rural. This includes resource development, technical assistance, lobbying, research, and the design of social programs for health, hunger and malnutrition, early childhood education, manpower, and housing for grassroots community organizations associated with the Center. In addition to its drive to promote self-sufficient community organizations in impoverished African-American, Latino, Native American and white communities, the Center also focuses national attention on issues dealing with human poverty and works to make government more responsive to the needs of the poor.

Extent

37 Linear Feet (37 SB)

Abstract

In 1968, the Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty merged with several other organizations to form the non-profit Center for Community Change (CCC). It began operations by working with six community groups across the United States. The Center provides a wide range of assistance in program and organizational development for local community development groups in low-income communities, both urban and rural. In addition to its drive to promote self-sufficient community organizations in impoverished African-American, Latino, Native American and white communities, the Center also focuses national attention on issues dealing with human poverty and works to make government more responsive to the needs of the poor. The papers of the Center for Community Change consist of correspondence, memorandums, minutes, reports, clippings, press releases and publications documenting the activities and concerns of the Center, the Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty and the community groups with which it has been associated.

Arrangement

Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.

Related Materials

Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty Records

Transfers

A few photographs of farm workers in California and Washington and an audio recording of testimony regarding an alleged attempt to assassinate Cesar Chavez in 1972 have been placed in the Reuther Library Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Center for Community Change Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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