Committee to Combat Racial Injustice Records, 1957-1965

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the CCRI secretary's files, including correspondence, financial records, clippings, press releases, near-print material, photographs, and a few legal documents. The correspondence, mainly Weissman's and William's, includes appeals for money and support, thank you notes, and material on organizational efforts regarding the legal cases in which the committee participated. The financial records include bank records, receipts, and ledgers. Almost without exception, the remainder of the papers deal with the legal cases described above.

The papers are arranged in three series: correspondence, which is arranged chronologically; financial records; and subject files. With the exception of those materials pertaining to the committee in general, such as press releases and data on Union County, North Carolina, the file is organized by legal case. Portions are available only on microfilm.

The chief correspondents are Carl Braden, Conrad Lynn, and, of course, Weissman and Williams. The names of other members of the committee appear throughout. Included are two letters from E. D. Nixon of Montgomery, Alabama, concerning Nixon's long years of service to the civil rights movement, his selection of Martin Luther King to head the Montgomery Improvement Association, and the subsequent lack of recognition given to Nixon for his efforts.

Major Correspondents Location of Material
Carl Braden and SCEF, Inc. Box 1, Folders 1-6
Box 2, Folder 4
Anne Braden Box 1, Folder 3
Conrad Lynn Box 1, Folders 1-6
Roy Wilkins and NAACP Box 1, Folders 1-4
C. Wright Mills Box 1, Folder 4
E. D. Nixon Box 1, Folder 1
Alexander Meiklejohn Box 1, Folder 3
Maxwell Geismar Box 1, Folder 5