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Westside Mothers Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002384
The Westside Mothers Records collection contains material related to the Westside Mothers and affiliated welfare rights organizations, such as the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO) and the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). Material included in the collection consists mostly of paper records documenting the administrative functions of the Westside Mothers, MWRO, and NWRO, including meetings, rallies, conferences, special committees, and legal efforts. Also included are correspondence between Selma Goode and various welfare rights organizations, religious and community organizations, and government agencies. The collection also contains some photographic prints and ephemera.

Important Subjects: Civil rights Detroit (Mich.) Public welfare Welfare recipients Welfare rights movement—United States Welfare rights organizations

Important Names: Bragg, Ella Goode, Selma Michigan Welfare Rights Organization National Welfare Rights Organization

Dates

  • 1967 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1979

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

RESEARCHERS MUST SIGN A RESTRICTED USE STATEMENT. NO NAMES OR OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION FOUND IN THE RECORDS MAY BE USED.

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.

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet (6 SB, 1 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Westside Mothers is a welfare rights organization located in Detroit, Michigan. It was founded by its coordinator, Selma Goode, in December 1965, and advocates for people who receive public assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid, childcare, Supplemental Security Income, and disability. Westside Mothers works with various local, state, and national welfare rights organizations to aid welfare recipients in receiving sufficient benefits and in protecting their civil liberties. The organization holds meetings, organizes rallies, contacts legislators, and provides legal defense at court hearings in its efforts to protect the rights of welfare recipients in Detroit and Michigan. This Westside Mothers Records contains material related to the Westside Mothers and affiliated welfare rights organizations, such as the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO) and the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). Material included in the collection consists mostly of paper records documenting the administrative functions of the Westside Mothers, MWRO, and NWRO, including meetings, rallies, conferences, special committees, and legal efforts. Also included are correspondence between Selma Goode and various welfare rights organizations, religious and community organizations, and government agencies. The collection also contains some photographic prints and ephemera.

History

Westside Mothers is a welfare rights organization located in Detroit, Michigan. It was founded by its coordinator, Selma Goode, in December 1965, and advocates for people who receive public assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid, childcare, Supplemental Security Income, and disability. Westside Mothers works with various local, state, and national welfare rights organizations to aid welfare recipients in receiving sufficient benefits and in protecting their civil liberties. The organization holds meetings, organizes rallies, contacts legislators, and provides legal defense at court hearings in its efforts to protect the rights of welfare recipients in Detroit and Michigan.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/UR002384.pdf

Acquisition

Material donated to the Reuther Library on January 10, 2013.

Transfers

1 folder containing photographic negatives transferred to the Reuther's Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Dallas Pillen on September 10, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Westside Mothers Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Dallas Pillen; encoded by Dallas Pillen.
Date
2013-09-10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA