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Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Records

 Collection
Identifier: US-15-01; US-77-04; US-81-11; US-02-08-US-01-13; US-16-01

Scope and Content

This is a combined finding aid for Cincinnati Human Relations Commission records available at the University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library. The combined collection spans the dates of 1943-2013 and includes annual reports, Board of Commissioners meeting minutes, community outreach programming, history of involvement in police and community relations, newspaper clippings, photographs, and digital media. The contents of each part of the collection are outlined below:

US-15-01 contains material from 1943-2013 including Board of Commissioners minutes and reports, annual reports, information on police-community relations, programming and outreach, detailed history of MFRC/CHRC, organization publications, newspaper clippings by subject, photographs, and digital media. There is a wealth of information related to policing issues within the city beginning in the 1950s, including shootings, policing policy, and information related to the Collaborative Agreement that followed the civil unrest in April 2001. Details of CHRC programs from the recent past are also housed here including Study Circles, the Youth Streetworker Program, Back on the Block, and the Great Youth Debate that CHRC sponsored for a number of years.

US-02-08 contains material mostly from the late 1970s. This includes reports and publications mostly related to issues of segregation and fair employment practices.

US-01-13 contains material from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Included are staff reports, details on fair employment practices, information on a women's shelter proposal, and general CHRC studies and reports.

US-81-11 contains material mostly from the 1970s. CHRC personnel information, details of involvement with the Appalachian Committee of CHRC and the later Urban Appalachian Council, studies and reports, and clippings are included here.

US-77-04 contains material from MFRC's inception through the mid-1970s. Details include the organization's annual reports and meetings, staff reports, clippings, and minutes. Details from the Board of Commissioners are also included as are comprehensive files related to CHRC's relationships with numerous outside agencies both in the Cincinnati area and nationally.

US-16-01 - This collection contains papers, photographs and videos of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) from 1963 to 2013. The collection includes CHRC board meeting minutes and rosters, information about and photographs of CHRC events such as annual dinners and anti-violence rallies. Most of the material in the collection dates from the the 2000s although there are news articles dating from the 1970s addressing Cincinnati's lack of black police officers and discrimination. The collection also contains information on the history of the CHRC's formation in 1943 as the Mayor's Friendly Relations Commission along with a1985 survey about racial issues in Cincinnati.

Scope and Contents

US-15-01 contains material from 1943-2013 including Board of Commissioners minutes and reports, annual reports, information on police-community relations, programming and outreach, detailed history of MFRC/CHRC, organization publications, newspaper clippings by subject, photographs, and digital media. There is a wealth of information related to policing issues within the city beginning in the 1950s, including shootings, policing policy, and information related to the Collaborative Agreement that followed the civil unrest in April 2001. Details of CHRC programs from the recent past are also housed here including Study Circles, the Youth Streetworker Program, Back on the Block, and the Great Youth Debate that CHRC sponsored for a number of years.

US-02-08 contains material mostly from the late 1970s. This includes reports and publications mostly related to issues of segregation and fair employment practices.

US-01-13 contains material from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Included are staff reports, details on fair employment practices, information on a women's shelter proposal, and general CHRC studies and reports.

US-81-11 contains material mostly from the 1970s. CHRC personnel information, details of involvement with the Appalachian Committee of CHRC and the later Urban Appalachian Council, studies and reports, and clippings are included here.

US-77-04 contains material from MFRC's inception through the mid-1970s. Details include the organization's annual reports and meetings, staff reports, clippings, and minutes. Details from the Board of Commissioners are also included as are comprehensive files related to CHRC's relationships with numerous outside agencies both in the Cincinnati area and nationally.

US-16-01 - This collection contains papers, photographs and videos of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) from 1963 to 2013. The collection includes CHRC board meeting minutes and rosters, information about and photographs of CHRC events such as annual dinners and anti-violence rallies. Most of the material in the collection dates from the the 2000s although there are news articles dating from the 1970s addressing Cincinnati's lack of black police officers and discrimination. The collection also contains information on the history of the CHRC's formation in 1943 as the Mayor's Friendly Relations Commission along with a1985 survey about racial issues in Cincinnati.

Dates

  • 1943-2013

Creator

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

History of Cincinnati Human Relations Commission

The Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee (MFRC) formed in November 1943 as a venue for various racial, religious and other minority groups to study problems related to intolerance and potential civil unrest. The group formed in large part due to massive social and economic changes across American cities during World War II and in response to race riots in Detroit earlier in 1943. Early memberships in MFRC included a diverse collection individuals from various groups in Cincinnati.

In April of 1965 the MFRC was reorganized under the new name Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) with an expanded vision of improving civic relations within the community for all racial, religious, and ethnic minorities. CHRC has served as an umbrella organization for various community outreach programs and minority groups from its inception including the Cincinnati Urban Appalachian Council, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition, and as an integral organization in dealing with police and community relations within the city of Cincinnati.

Extent

112.25 Linear Feet (146 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Records of the Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission from 1943-2013. The collection includes annual reports, Board of Commissioners meetings and minutes, details of various community outreach programs, history of involvement in police and community relations, general correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and digital media.

Statement of Arrangement

This finding aid is a combined description of 5 different accessions of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission records. Each accession is organized as a different series within this finding aid.

  1. Series - US-15-01
  2. Series - US-77-04
  3. Series - US-81-11
  4. Series - US-02-08
  5. Series - US-01-13

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library

Related Material

Other material related to the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is available at both the University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library and other archival institutions.

Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati : www.libraries.uc.edu/arb.html

Collections: American Civil Liberties Union, Cincinnati Chapter;

Theodore M. Berry Papers;

Myron Bush Papers;

Coalition of Neighborhoods;

Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Records;

Charles M. Judd Papers;

Cincinnati (Ohio) Municipal Reference Library Vertical Files;

NAACP, Cincinnati Branch Papers;

Eugene P. Ruehlmann Papers;

Marian Alexander Spencer papers

American Jewish Archives: americanjewisharchives.org/

Collections: Jewish Community Relations Council Records

Amistad Research Center, Tulane University: www.amistadresearchcenter.org/

Collections: Marshall Bragdon Papers

Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center: library.cincymuseum.org/

Collections: Robert L Black, Jr. papers;

NAACP Cincinnati Branch Records, 1941-1984,

Marian A. Spencer Papers, 1954-1985;

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati Records, 1919-1976

Special Collections and Archives, Berea College: libraryguides.berea.edu/index.php?group_id=334 Collections: Urban Appalachian Council Records

Title
Finding aid for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Records
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Nathan McGee
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

Contact:
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