Dayton Urban League Records (MS-38)
Scope and Contents
The records of the Dayton Urban League are divided into five series.
Series I, Administrative Records, contains the constitution, by-laws, amendments, program outlines, and general information about the Dayton Urban League. Other records in this series include the Executive Secretary (1951-1960), Executive Secretary Council minutes (1948-1960), Budgets (1957-1967), Financial Statements (1947-1967), and Reports for Examination (1950-1966). There are also appointment calendars of the Executive Secretary, Charles Washington, for 1948, 1954, and 1963, and a Visitor's Register for 1967-1969. Span dates for this series range from 1947 to 1969.
Series II, Correspondence, contains both incoming and outgoing correspondence. The papers in this series cover such topics as: education, housing, race relations, employment, civil rights, government, and various projects and initiatives sponsored by the National Urban League. Of special interest is the personal information included in much of the correspondence, especially that of Mr. Charles Washington; former Executive Secretary of the Dayton Urban League. There are also many solicitations for assistance in obtaining employment and requests for job references. Span dates for this series range from 1946 to 1968.
Series III, Committees, Projects, and Campaigns, supports the evidence of the wide range of influence wielded by the Dayton Urban League. Contained herein, with varying degrees of completeness of documentation, are data about the committees, projects, and campaigns of the Dayton Urban League. Committee minutes include those of the Executive Board for 1953-1966; Health and Welfare for 1950-1966; Sponsoring for 1947; Intercultural for 1958; High School Age Boys and Girls for 1958; and Vocational Guidance for 1950-1963. Major projects and campaigns included in this series cover the following subject areas: Moving Ahead Together, Housing, Urban Renewal, City Transit System, Industrial Relations, Jobs and Employment, Vocational Opportunity, Education, Voting, Race Relations, City Government, Social Work, Health Care and Welfare, and Community Welfare. Span dates for projects and campaigns range from 1940 to 1968.
Series IV, Associations, offers information about local, regional, and National Urban League related associations. These include local civic organizations, news clips of Dayton Urban League activities, miscellaneous state urban league publications, many National Urban League (NUL) newsletters and publications for 1949-1967, NUL memoranda for 1948-1968, NUL Annual Conference publications for 1944-1948, l950-1952, 1954-1959, and 1961-1967, and NUL sponsored speeches of Whitney Young and Lester Granger. Span dates for this series range from 1944 to 1968.
Series V, News Clippings, is a collection of news clippings about race relations in the Dayton area. Subjects include: housing, education, health, civil rights, employment, drug and narcotics, and S.C.O.P.E. Span dates for the clippings range from about 1943 to about 1968.
- Creation: 1940-1969
- Dayton Urban League (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
The deed of gift gives to Wright State University the literary rights to all material in the collection except the National Urban League Research Department, whose right may be waived upon request from the Trustees of Wright State University. Such waiver will only be necessary in one request, such request to represent the whole of all property received by Wright State University. Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
The Dayton Urban League was chartered in 1947 through the Community Chest association of Red Feather Organization in Dayton, Ohio. In conjunction with a nation-wide League Network, the Dayton Urban League made an important contribution to the general welfare of the local community through its services to African-Americans in Dayton. The League attempted to improve employment opportunities, accelerate guidance programs for young people, initiate greater participation of Blacks in the activities of other welfare agencies and civic organizations, and to improve the climate of race relations in Dayton.
At the time of its founding, the Dayton Urban League was the only organization where Black and white citizens worked together in an attempt to alleviate the many economic, housing, and social problems affecting African-Americans.
Unlike many organizations that participated in sit-ins, marches, and even violent civil rights protests, the Urban League sought reform through education and by petitioning legislative bodies to change and/or enforce existing laws.
The Dayton Urban League closed in 2010. In 2012, a new Urban League branch - the Miami Valley Urban League - was formed to serve the Dayton area.
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Language of Materials
The Dayton Urban League was chartered in 1947. In conjunction with a nation-wide League Network, the Dayton Urban League made an important contribution to the general welfare of the local community through its services to African-Americans in Dayton. The League attempted to improve employment opportunities, accelerate guidance programs for young people, initiate greater participation of Blacks in the activities of other welfare agencies and civic organizations, and to improve the climate of race relations in Dayton. Includes Board of Directors' minutes, annual reports, financial records, extensive correspondence, committee reports, subject files, news releases, and other related materials.
The material is arranged in five series as follows:
- Series I: Administrative Records, 1945-1969
- Series II: Correspondence, 1946-1968
- Series III: Committees, Projects, and Campaigns, 1940-1968
- Series IIIA. Committees, 1947-1967
- Series IIIB. Housing, 1945-1968
- Series IIIC. Jobs and Employment, 1945-1967
- Series IIID. Education, 1940-1967
- Series IIIE. Voting, 1957-1964
- Series IIIF. General Race Relations, 1945-1968
- Series IIIG. Social Welfare, Healthcare, 1946-1968
- Series IIIH. Civic Organizations, 1954-1956
- Series IV: Associations (State, Regional, and National), 1944-1968
- Series V: News Clippings, circa 1943-circa 1968
Other Finding Aids
The finding aid is available on the Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives web site at https://wright.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/1691.
The finding aid is also available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Dayton Urgan League Records were donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by the Board of Directors of the Dayton Urban League in April 1971.
The collection was rehoused into new acid free document cases in March, 2022.
Genre / Form
- Guide to the Dayton Urban League Records (MS-38)
- The original collection processing and finding aid were completed by Doug Andrus and Chris Cupp, in Spring 1989.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description
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- 2020 March: The finding aid was revised according to DACS standards by Lisa Rickey.
- 2021 July: The date spans on many folders were determined and revised by Donna Bobb.
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