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Rose P. Kleinman (Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc.) Papers

Identifier: UP000397

Scope and Content

The papers of Mrs. Kleinman are primarily the working files of Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc., and reflect her work with this organization as well as involvement in similar community activities.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc. Greater Detroit Committee for Fair Housing Practices Fair Housing Listing Service Housing Desegregation Civil Rights Legislation

Series Description: Series I: Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc. Correspondence, memorandums, newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, reports, newspaper and magazine clippings, printed speeches and addresses, notes and drafts, and miscellaneous items reflecting the major areas of activity of Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc.


  • 1958 - 1972
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1969


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Born in 1914, Mrs. Kleinman was a long time housing reform activist in Detroit and was active in helping establish the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which was set up in 1967 to finance low income housing. In the 1960s she worked for the Foundation for Cooperative Housing in Washington and was later the head of the Fair Housing Listing Service, a committee of Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc., a position she retained until shortly before her death in 1977.

Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc. was originally formed in 1962 by a group of concerned citizens as the Greater Detroit Committee for Fair Housing Practices, whose expressed purpose was "the elimination of residential segregation and the creation of an open housing market for all". Actively working with local religious, business, and political leaders, as well as civil rights groups, the organization initiated several programs designed to achieve this goal:

1. Publication of a periodic newsletter "to bring information to members and interested organizations on programs and current events . . . and develop better communication between civil rights groups who work in the housing field."

2. Organization of region wide meetings in order to "coordinate activities and exchange program information among Detroit and suburban human relations groups."

3. "Covenant card" campaigns to obtain pledges of sympathetic realtors and citizens dedicated to open housing.

4. Fair Housing Listing Service to list prospective buyers and sellers for open occupancy housing.


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Housing reform activist, Rose Kleinman, served as head of the Fair Housing Listing Service, a committee of Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc, and helped to establish the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Ms. Kleinman's papers document her work with Greater Detroit Fair Housing, Inc. and reflect her interest in civil rights and low-income housing advocacy.

Arrangement of the Records

Arranged in 1 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-8). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of Rose P. Kleinman were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on June 19, 1970 by Mrs. Kleinman.


Numerous published items, including booklets, government publications, newsletters, brochures, and pamphlets not deemed an integral part of the collection have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1982.
Guide to the Rose P. Kleinman: Greater Detroit Fair Housing Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA