Congress of Racial Equality Records, 1941-1967

Summary Information

Title: Congress of Racial Equality Records
Inclusive Dates: 1941-1967

  • Congress of Racial Equality
Call Number: Mss 14; Micro 806; Audio 449A

Quantity: 43.5 c.f. (103 archives boxes), 49 reels of microfilm (35 mm), and 1 tape recording

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Records of a national inter-racial organization of semi-autonomous groups dedicated to the use of non-violent direct action to combat racial discrimination. Although CORE was founded in 1942, the majority of the records date from the period 1959-1964 when the organization expanded greatly in size, financial support, and activities. During this period CORE also received its greatest national attention through sit-ins protesting discrimination in public accommodations in the South in 1960, Freedom Rides in 1961, participation in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964, and various other national projects protesting discrimination in employment and housing. Earlier records are contained in the files of the executive secretary and the National Action Council; later material on the administration of Floyd B. McKissick is not included. The documentation generally consists of correspondence, constitutions, minutes, reports, memoranda, financial statements, press releases, clippings, and printed matter.


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Language: English

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