DENVER COMMISSION ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS RECORDS
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection spans 1940-2003, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1942-1968, and one item from 2014. The collection contains minutes, agendas, reports, financial statements, pamphlets, newsletters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, membership lists, by-laws, and copies of bills.
The bulk of this series consists of agendas, minutes, financial statements, reports, by-laws, newspaper clippings, and correspondence between committees. The collection is arranged chronologically within the subseries; the Commission on Human Relations, the Denver Coordinating Council, the City School Project, workshops, and research conducted by the Commission and its committees. Much of the work of the Commission on Humans Relations was accomplished by committees under the Denver Coordinating Council. Membership consists of a combination of staff and community leaders.
The series includes pamphlets, correspondences, newspaper clippings, reports and minutes. Much of the correspondence is between Director Helen Peterson and the Departments of Inter-American Affairs in Washington D.C., reflecting a concern about Nazi activities in Latin America. Some correspondence pertains to Pan American observance day and activities sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Council. This series is arranged chronologically.
The bulk of this series comprises legislation, reports, proposals, by-laws, correspondence, surveys, and policies pertaining to local and national governments through the 1960s. It is arranged chronologically.
Programs, membership lists, correspondence, reports, minutes, program proposals, newsletters, annual reports, financial statements, and organizational histories compose the series. Most of these organizations had members sitting on the Commission on Community Relations committees. This series is arranged alphabetically by organization.
The collection is open for research.
Denver Commission on Community Relations Records are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
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Denver Mayor Quigg Newton established the Mayor's Interim Survey in 1947 to investigate Denver's segregation issues. Once the report was completed, the Mayor and City Council decided segregation required immediate action and created the Mayor's Committee on Human Relations. Denver was one of the first cities in the United States to establish a committee for the purpose of addressing segregation. Newton appointed Helen Peterson the director on July 22, 1948. In 1949, an ordinance made the Mayor's Committee on Human Relations a permanent part of city government. In 1959, Ordinance 77 changed the name to the Commission on Community Relations. The Commission consisted of two councils and five committees.
From its establishment in 1948 to 1971, the Commission on Community Relations addressed segregation issues related to African Americans, Spanish Americans, and Native Americans. The Commission's first priority was to desegregate Denver's public swimming pools. The Commission also addressed segregation in education, employment, housing, police actions, and public accommodations, such as restaurants and hotels. In 1956, a group created by the Commission, the Coordinating Council for Education and Research in Human Relations, sponsored bus tours of Denver's low-income areas to demonstrate the need to desegregate Denver's neighborhoods.
In 1984, the Commission on Community Relations became the Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations. It continued to address racial issues while expanding its scope to address ethnic and religious diversity, disability, aging, women, sexuality, and immigration and refugee issues.
8 Boxes (8 linear feet)
Other Finding Aids
Denver Commission on Community Relations donated the collection in 1968. Additional materials were donated by Guy Mason, City Records Manager, in September 2014.
Number of Boxes: 8 (8 linear feet)
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- African Americans -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Civil rights -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Denver (Colo.). -- Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations -- Archival resources
- Denver (Colo.). -- Commission on Community Relations -- Archives.
- Discrimination -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican Americans -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Minorities -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Rocky Mountain Council on Inter-American Affairs -- Archives
- DENVER COMMISSION ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS RECORDS
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