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Detroit Commission on Community Relations (DCCR) / Human Rights Department Photographs and Other Material

 Collection
Identifier: UAV000267
Collection consists of photographs documenting its efforts to overcome racial discrimination and improve race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area and ephemera related to the “March to Freedom” civil rights demonstration held in Detroit on June 23, 1963.

Dates

  • 1948 - 1979

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research. Patrons must make an appointment with the AV Department prior to visiting.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. For image reproduction, contact the AV Department.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet ((1 MB, 1 OS), 4 sleeves.) : B&W photographic prints, B&W 120 and 4x5 film negatives, ephemera.

Abstract

The Commission on Community Relations evolved from the City of Detroit Mayor's Interracial Committee in 1953 and was renamed in 1974 as the Human Rights Department. All three iterations served a common purpose: to make recommendations to improve governmental services affecting racial relations, and to promote understanding between the races. Collection consists of photographs documenting its efforts to overcome racial discrimination and improve race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area and ephemera related to the “March to Freedom” civil rights demonstration held in Detroit on June 23, 1963.

History

The City of Detroit Commission on Community Relations evolved from the City of Detroit Mayor's Interracial Committee. The Interracial Committee was instituted by Mayor Edward Jeffries late in 1943 as a response to the Detroit race riot of June, 1943. The Committee was composed of the heads of six city departments and five lay members. The direct successor to the Committee was the Commission on Community Relations, which was established by Detroit Common Council ordinance in 1953. The Commission was composed of seven department heads and eight lay members until 1961, when Common Council modified the Commission so that it became composed entirely of private citizens.

The Commission on Community Relations, like the earlier Interracial Committee, was charged with the responsibility to make recommendations designed to improve governmental services which affect racial relationships; to investigate and seek to correct situations of discrimination and racial tension; and to cooperate in informational programs designed to increase mutual understanding within the community.

The Coordinating Council on Human Relations was established in 1947 to increase cooperation among civic groups. Its functions are to develop programs of education and research and to help coordinate the human relations activities of member agencies. The Coordinating Council is composed of community agencies that have been invited to become members by the Commission on Community Relations upon recommendation of the Coordinating Council. The Council operates through an executive board of twenty members elected by the official delegates of member agencies. Standing committees deal with programs, membership, community forums, public relations and research. Executive services are provided to the Coordinating Council by the staff of the Commission on Community Relations. With the enactment of a new city charter in 1974, the Commission changed its name to the Human Rights Department, but continued to serve as the city's civil rights agency, investigating complaints of discrimination and initiating programs to relieve racial tensions.

Arrangement

Arranged by format. Folders of photographic prints are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Acquisition

The records of the Detroit Commission on Community Relations were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs between 1967 and 1970 by Richard Marks and were opened for research in 1971.

Related Materials

Detroit Commission on Community Relations (DCCR) / Human Rights Department Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Elizabeth Clemens on July 2011.
Title
Guide to the Detroit Commission on Community Relations (DCCR) / Human Rights Department Photographs and Other Material
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Elizabeth Clemens.
Date
2011-07
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-01-18: Arrrangement revised per preservation procedures. Finding aid updated to reflect changes and new abstract edited by Deborah Rice.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA