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NAACP and Civil Rights ephemera collection
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  • Title: NAACP and Civil Rights ephemera collection
    Identifier/Call Number: Mss 331
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet (1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1968
    Abstract: Contains flyers, posters, pamphlets, and correspondence relating to the activities of several Civil Rights organizations-- including National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Harvard Society of Minority Rights, and Committee of Racial Equality (CORE)-- during the Civil Rights movement.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UCSB Library

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Acquisition Information

    Library purchase, 2016.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], NAACP and Civil Rights ephemera collection, Mss 331. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Historical note

    The Civil Rights movement encompasses a wave of social movements in the United States, between the 1950s and 1960s, whose main objectives were to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans through the means of securing legal recognition and protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution and federal law. Prior to the 1960s, issues of equality across America had reached a crisis point as disenfranchisement, segregation and various forms of oppression, including race-inspired violence, existed with the continuation of Jim Crow laws and other "separate but equal" actions.
    The movement was characterized by major campaigns of civil resistance by various organizations, students, and unions. One of the most preeminent organizations was the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded 1909, which pressed for civil rights legislation. Between 1955 and 1968, acts of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience gained momentum, and resulted in the passage of several major pieces of federal legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    Scope and Content

    The collection mainly contains flyers, posters, pamphlets, and other ephemera relating to campaigns and protests for racial equality. Much of the material consists of announcements of rallies, meetings, conferences, and forums and spans across different civil rights issues from equality in education, the workplace, and elections. The collection is dated from 1948-1989, and are representative of the many approaches and organizing methods by groups like Committee of Racial Equality (CORE), International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Harvard Society for Minority Rights. The majority of the papers are from the NAACP, which also contains announcements as well as adminstrative materials regarding membership. Of particular note, the collection contains correspondence from Camille Carter, President of NAACP Youth Council, to Dwight Eisenhower.


    This collection is arranged alphabetically by title and organization.

    Related Archival Material

    Social Protest Collection, Mss 183, UC Santa Barbara Special Research Collections
    Grover Barnes Papers, CEMA 115, UC Santa Barbara Special Research Collections
    James Baldwin correspondence, Mss 329, UC Santa Barbara Special Research Collections

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
    Committee of Racial Equality
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    Civil rights -- United States
    Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)