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Metropolitan Coalition of Women Papers

Identifier: LR000816

Scope and Content

This collection reflects the programs and activities of the Metropolitan Coalition of Women in their effort to create better relations among the people in the Detroit area.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: ADC Grants Health Care Consumer Protection Open Housing Drug Addiction Police-Community Relations Education Prescription Food Program

Among the important correspondents are: Katherine Beamer; Alice Devlin; Jeannette Cleary; Dorothy Haener

Series Description: Correspondence, reports, financial records, clippings, and other items which cover the years the Metropolitan Coalition or women was in existence. The materials reflect the activities and programs of the coalition and there is information on the Prescription Food Program.


  • 1068 - 1973


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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


The Metropolitan Coalition of Women was organized in early 1968 by Mrs. Jeannette Cleary, Vice-President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Over forty organizations from metropolitan Detroit responded to a call from Mrs. Cleary in the aftermath of the 196 7 riot and voted in February to organize a coalition which would meet monthly to "establish better communications in the community among all peoples in order to reduce tension and create greater understanding towards solutions to problems." The coalition's programs concerned consumer affairs, health care, drug addiction, welfare rights, school integration, ADC grants, discrimination by public utilities and quality nursing care. They were particularly Interested in the Prescription Food Program for medically indigent mothers and children. Programs and conferences relating to these interests were presented by the coalition and they promoted these efforts on television, with mailings and letters to public officials and legislators. In November of 1973 it was concluded that the "winds of change had brought about a decline in membership and attendance" and the group decided to disband.


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Subjects include: Detroit community relations


Files are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of the Metropolitan Coalition of Women were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March of 1977 by Mrs. Jeannette Cleary.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August 1984.
Guide to the Metropolitan Coalition of Women 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