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BATON ROUGE COUNCIL ON HUMAN RELATIONS RECORDS

 

(Mss. 4813)

 

Inventory

 

Compiled by

 

Rose Tarbell

 

 

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

 

 

2002

 

Contents of Inventory

 

 

 

Summary                                                                                                                

Biographical/Historical Note                              

Scope and Content Note                                 

List of Series and Subseries                                                                                       

Series and Subseries Descriptions                      

Index Terms                                                  

Container List                                                

 

 

Summary

 

Size. 1.5 linear feet (approx. 950 items).

Geographic Locations. Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Inclusive dates. 1965-2000.

Bulk dates. 1975-1999.

Languages. English.

Summary. Minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and committee records document the activities and concerns of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations, a non-profit civic organization created in1965 that promoted racial desegregation and better race relations by counteracting prejudice and discrimination based on religion, nationality or ethnicity.

Source. Paul Y. Burns.

Access. No restrictions.

Copyright. Property rights retained by Louisiana State University; literary rights retained by the descendants of writers of items in these papers (U.S. Copyright Law).

Citation. Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations Records, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries.

Stack location.  W:123-124

 

Biographical/Historical Note

 

During the summer of 1965, six months after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations was established to foster community awareness of racial discriminatory practices and policies.   To ensure compliance with the Act, the Council monitored local restaurants, public parks, doctors’ offices, and other community facilities. It worked toward integrating the existing segregated school system, leading to the1985 “adoption” of Istrouma Sr. High School where the Council’s sponsorship of numerous educational programs and events took place.  The Council continued by investigating employment grievances and creating educational programs to increase awareness of fair employment practices.  Its influence in government was evident it its support of a fair housing bill in the Legislature and an Open Housing Ordinance in the City-Parish. It also worked for fair racial representation on governmental boards and agencies.  The organization was founded by John G. Lewis, an African-American, and Ralph M. Dreger, a Caucasian professor of psychology at Louisiana State University.

The 1965 bylaws state the purpose of the organization: "To promote economic, civic and cultural improvement for all persons residing in the area; to foster understanding among people of difference [sic] racial, religious, national, and ethnic origins; to counteract prejudice and discrimination based on racial, religious, nationality, or ethnic group membership; and to cooperate with appropriate local, state, regional, and national agencies in the attainment of these objectives."

(Source: Paul Y. Burns. History of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations (series III, folder 13), March 27, 1998.)

Scope and Content Note

 

Contains minutes of meetings, newsletters, committee reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, flyers, photographs, issue files, and other printed material related to the work of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations.  Early correspondence (1966-1975) covers local race discrimination issues, such as closing of segregated swimming pools and recreational facilities, employment, education, and housing; committee records further corroborate the Council’s involvement with these issues. Emphasis is placed on the Council’s interest regarding the East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) Housing Authority and local public housing.  Hiring practices, education, and relations between the police and the community comprise the primary focus of the records from the later 1970s through 2000.  The Council also followed specific, much-publicized incidents involving local minorities and the criminal charges brought against them.

 

List of Series

 

I.                    Correspondence, 1966-1999, n.d. (Box 1)

 

II.                 Minutes, 1966-1999, n.d. (Box 1)

 

III.              Printed Items and Graphic Materials, 1966-1999, n.d. (Box 1)

 

IV.               Committee Records, 1966-1999, n.d. (Box 2)

 

V.                  Issue or Event Records, 1966-1999, n.d. ((Box 3)

 

VI.               Legal and Financial Papers, 1966-1999, n.d (Box 3)

 

VII.            Membership, 1966-1999  (Box 3)

 

 

 

Series Descriptions

 

I. Correspondence, 1966-1999, n.d. (.25 linear feet)

Includes letters to the editor of the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper, government authorities (state and local), individuals, and other groups.  Issues discussed include the closing of swimming pools and public recreational facilities, minority hiring practices, racism in education, housing conditions in the Public Housing Projects, welfare reform, economic development in poverty stricken communities, and minority relations with law enforcement.

 

II. Minutes, 1966-1999, n.d. (.25 linear feet)

Includes minutes of board meetings and other related records.

 

III. Printed Items and Graphic Materials, 1966-1999, n.d. (.5 linear feet)

Consists of newspaper clippings, flyers, programs, newsletters, awards granted by the Council, history of the Council, and photographs (color snapshots and Polaroid’s) of Council events and individuals. Miscellaneous documents included.

 

IV. Committee Records, 1966-1999, n.d. (.25 linear feet)

Includes committee-meeting reports, investigations, checklists, notes, and related items on committees for fair employment, churches, welfare, public facilities and transportation, and schools.

 

V. Issue or Event Records, 1966-1999, n.d. (.25 linear feet)

Records address organizational ties with other groups, projects, and specific issues or events with which the Council was concerned, including the Affiliation for Human Rights, SOUL, and the Baton Rouge police.  Documents follow the case of SOUL organizer Frank Stewart (b. 1946) and Alphonse Snedecor (n.d.), who were accused of plotting to kill Mayor-President Dumas of Baton Rouge in 1970.  Also includes papers following the 1973 shooting of Baton Rouge resident Milton Leon Scott(1952-1973), a Muslim accused of desertion from the military.

 

VI. Legal and Financial Papers, 1966-1999, n.d. (.25 linear feet)

Includes by-laws, treasurer's reports, membership lists, and related items.

 

VII. Membership, 1966-1999 (.25 linear feet)

Includes lists of board of directors, membership lists, lifetime member certificates, and other related items.

 

Index Terms

 

African-Americans B Civil rights B Louisiana B Baton Rouge.

I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VI

B.R.E.C.

          I.

Capital Transportation Corporation (Parish of East Baton Rouge and the City of Baton Rouge,

            La.)

IV

Civil rights movements B Louisiana B Baton Rouge B History B 20th Century.

I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII

Discrimination in Employment – LouisianaBaton Rouge

I, III, IV, V, VI

East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) Housing Authority

I

Istrouma High School  (Baton Rouge, La.)

IV

Louisiana – Race Relations

          I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII

Public Housing – LouisianaBaton Rouge

          I

Public Welfare – LouisianaBaton Rouge

          I

Scott, Milton Leon (1952-1973)

          V

Segregation in Education – LouisianaBaton Rouge

          I, III, IV, V

SOUL

          V

Stewart, Frank D. (b.1946)

          V

 

Container List

 

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series I.  Correspondence

 

 

 

 

W:123

1

1

B.R.E.C. (City park system) 1966-1969

 

 

2

City Parish government, “Going the Second Mile” Committee, 1968-1999

 

 

 

3

Public housing, Housing Authority, 1976-1987

 

 

4

Housing Authority, welfare reform, S.O.U.L., general correspondence, 1967-1969

 

 

 

5

Welfare reform, voter registration, employment equality, school segregation/integration, general correspondence 1970-1975

 

 

 

6

Economic development in poor communities, abduction of Dorothy McClain, police and fire hiring practices, general correspondence 1976-1985

 

 

 

7

Police/community relations, education, general correspondence, 1986-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series II.  Minutes

 

 

 

 

W:123

1

8

Minutes of Board of Directors meeting 1965-1974

 

 

9

Minutes of Board of Directors meeting 1975-1984

 

 

10

Minutes of Board of Directors meeting 1985-1989

 

 

11

Minutes of Board of Directors meeting 1990-1994

 

 

12

Minutes of Board of Directors meeting 1995-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series III.  Printed Items

 

 

 

 

W:123

1

13

Newsletters 1965-1971

 

 

14

Newsletters 1972-1976

 

 

15

Newsletters 1977-1984

 

 

16

Newsletters 1985-1998

 

 

17

Awards meetings materials 1982-2000.

Photographs (color snapshots) of 1992 BRCHR Humanitarian Awards Dinner.

 

 

 

18

Awards received by Coalition 1984, 1986

 

 

19

Newspaper clippings, correspondence 1986-1998

 

 

20

Written and oral histories 1983-1998

 

 

21

Photo of Ralph M. Dreger and Hilda C.M. Arndt, March 1990.

Polaroid of Ralph M. Dreger, March 1991.

 

 

 

22

Brochures 1965-1997

 

 

23

Miscellaneous 1963-1995

 

 

24

Newspaper clippings 1965-1969

 

 

25

Newspaper clippings 1970-1979

 

 

26

Newspaper clippings 1980-1989

 

 

27

Newspaper clippings 1990-2000

 

 

28

Newspaper clippings  n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series IV.  Committee Records

 

 

 

 

W:124

2

1

Employment committee 1969-1970

 

 

2

Churches and Religion committee 1986-1987

 

 

3

Hazardous waste 1989

 

 

4

Welfare worker award, welfare and poverty committee

1979-1994

 

 

5

Community Facilities committee 1968-1994

 

 

6

CTC (bus company) committee 1990-1995

 

 

7

Schools or Education Committee 1983-1993

 

 

8

Istrouma Adoption materials 1985-1996

 

 

9

Committee responsibilities 1986, 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series V.  Issue or Event Records

 

 

 

 

W:124

3

1

Affiliation of Human Rights organizations 1980-1981

 

 

2

S.O.U.L. (Society for Opportunity, Unity and Leadership) and organizer Frank Stewart; 1969-1975

 

 

3

Baton Rouge Police (summer) 1969

 

 

4

Milton Scott killing, 1973

 

 

5

Teaching Tolerance educational kit correspondence 1997

 

 

6

At-risk students committee and Algebra project 1993-1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series VI.  Legal and Financial Papers

 

 

 

 

W:124

3

7

Treasurer’s materials 1965-1999

 

 

8

By-laws and nominating committee work materials

1976-1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series VII.  Membership

 

 

 

 

W:124

3

9

Membership and mailing list 1968-1999

 

 

10

Board of Directors list 1967-1997

 

 

11

Life members and their certificates 1985-1991