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Detroit Public Schools Community Relations Division Records

Identifier: LR000951

Scope and Content

The files of the Community Relations Division reflect the effort of the Detroit School Board and key administrative staff, such as Dr. Flynn, to confront and deal with issues involved in achieving school desegregation and improved relations between the city's blacks and whites. The early records, 1943-1969, document the initial voluntary programs aimed at interracial understanding. The later records, 1970-1977, relate to the School Boards plans for compliance with court ordered desegregation and school busing as required by Judge Stephen Roth in Bradley v. Milliken, 1970.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Bradley v. Milliken, 1970- 1977 Inter-cultural Education, 1943-1976 Busing, 1970-1976 Interracial Education, 1943-1977 Desegregation, 1969-1976 Opportunity in Education, 1943-1977

Among the important correspondents are: Sam Brownwell Arthur Jefferson Robert Demascio Stephen Roth Freeman Flynn

Series Description Series 1: Inter-racial Programs, 1943-1969, Series 2: School Desegregation, 1970-1977


  • 1943 - 1977


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.


8.75 Linear Feet (18 MB)


Dr. Freeman Flynn served on the Detroit School Board for many years. His personal interests led him to focus upon human relations, and the problems associated with inter-cultural and interracial education. During the period 1965 through 1976, when the city sought to implement plans for the desegregation of its schools, Dr. Flynn served as the Director of the Division of School-Community Relations.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-7) and Series 2 (Boxes 7-18). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


Donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library on August 30, 1979 by Freeman Flynn.

Related Materials

Detroit Public Schools Decentralization Study Committee Records, AFT Local 231: Detroit Federation of Teachers Records


A small amount of artwork concerning desegregation programs has been placed in the Archives Audio Visual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in September 1986.
Guide to the Detroit Public Schools Community Relations Division Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA