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Fair Housing Campaign In Birmingham, Michigan Records

Identifier: UR000365

Scope and Content

Important subjects: Local publicity and organization Birmingham-Bloomfield Human Relations Council League of Women Voters The National Conferences of Christians' and Jews' 1969 Brotherhood Award for Good Houskeeping Magazine article on the campaign

Correspondents: Governor George Romney (Michigan) Kent Mathewson (New Detroit Committee) Mary August Rodgers (author)

Series Description: The collection consists of personal correspondence, printed informational material, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.


  • 1968


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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The group, (known variously as the Campaign to Carry the Fair Housing Ordinance, Birmingham Residents for Fair Housing, or Birmingham Residents for Open Housing), was formed in early 1968, an outgrowth of older Birmingham-Bloomfield Human Relations Council. Under the leadership fo Dr. John Dorsey, Jr., a local pediatrician, the volunteer group faced the task of creating a favorable atmostphere for the passage of Ordinance Number 692 in the April 1, 1968 election.

Ordinance Number 692, disallowing discrimination in sale or leade of real estate, was enacted by the Birmingham City Commission and became effective Noveber 30, 1967. It was suspended when referendum petition signatures were filed with the City Clerk on January 22, 1968. The "YES" vote reinstated the ordinance 30 days after the election. A "NO" vote would have meant that the ordinance would remain suspended and could not be reenacted for the period of one year.

The Fair Housing Ordiance in Birmingham, Michigan Campaign Collection covers the period from February to April 1968.


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Correspondence, printed informational material, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia of a group of volunteers who worked for the passage of Ordinance 692, which disallowed discrimination in the sale or lease of real estate in Birmingham, Michigan. Correspondents include Kent Mathewson, Mary Augusta Rogers, and George Romney.


Material is arranged in 1 box and sorted into the following groupings: Support for Ordinance Number 692, Campaign Organization and Strategy, Parallel Activities in other cities, Opposition General. Material is arranged chronologically within each folder.


The papers of the Fair Housing Ordinance in Birmingham, Michigan were deposited with the Labor History Archives in October 1969 by John M. Dorsey, Jr., M.D., and Ann Wettlaufer.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by AM in December 1969.
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