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Citizen's Crusade Against Poverty Records

Identifier: UR000516

Scope and Content

Series 1: 1964-68 Correspondence, constitutions, program proposals and other materials relating to the organization and goals of CCAP.

Series 2: 1965-1968 Budget statements, financial statements, and other financial material concerning CCAP.

Series 3: 1965-1968 Correspondence, proposals, reports, and published material concerning the activities of CCAP in special advocacy programs designed to fight poverty.

Series 4: 1965-1968 Project proposals, progress reports and correspondence concerning various CCAP training programs dealing with the poor. Most of the material.

Series 5: 1965-1968 Walter Reuther's CCAP files, including correspondence, meeting minutes, press coverage and other materials.


  • 1964 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1968


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


The Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty (CCAP) was founded in convention in October 1964. It was a broad, non-partisan coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to eradicating poverty from the nation by focusing on education, national action programs, community activity, and involvement of the poor. In fulfilling its objectives the CCAP established a national training program with field sites in East Los Angeles, Los Angeles (Watts), Delano (California), the Mississippi Delta, Chicago and Newark. The CCAP also planned and established a Citizens' Advocate Center to handle complaints and grievances of individuals and organizations representing the poor with respect to grant making activities and policies of the federal government. The CCAP engaged in two important special advocacy activities. They were the Citizens' Board of Inquiry on the Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM) in 1966 and the Citizens' Board of Inquiry into Hunger and Malnutrition in the United States in 1967. The latter Board's published report, Hunger, USA, received wide circulation and helped influence the Department of Agri- culture's food distribution and food stamp Programs. Other CCAP activities included support and assistance to the Office of Economic Opportunity and programs such as Head Start. In conjunction with these general activities in support of the poor, the CCAP launched a new publishing venture, New Community Press, which published works oriented to the problems of the poor. During the CCAP existence, Walter P. Reuther served as Chairman, Rabbi Richard G. Husch as Secretary and Robert S. Benjamin as Treasurer. Richard W. Boone acted as Executive Director of the CCAP. In January 1969, the National Board of the CCAP voted to merge with the Center for Community Change headed by Jack Conway.


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The UAW provided the most continuing support for the CCAP, a coalition of persons and organizations concerned with poverty problems. Walter Reuther was chairman. In 1969, CCAP merged with the Center for Community Change. The CCAP established a national training program, a Citizens Advocate Center, published poverty information, and was involved in other activities focused on poverty.


Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 1), Series 3 (Box 2), Series 4 (Boxes 3-4), and Series 5 (Boxes 5-11). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of the Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty Collection were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December 29, 1971.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Citizen's Crusade Against Poverty Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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