Guide to the Papers of Presidential Committee on Civil Rights, 1946 - 1947Manuscript MS-1053

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Presidential Committee on Civil Rights, 1946 - 1947

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1053

Collection Dates:

1946 - 1947

Size of Collection:

1 box (1.5 linear feet)

Abstract:

The President's Committee on Civil Rights, 1946-1947. Contains correspondence, staff memoranda, transcripts of meetings, meeting agendas, press releases, news articles, reports, and drafts of "To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights."

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of the President's Committee on Civil Rights contain correspondence and memoranda to and from members of the Committee, transcripts of committee and subcommittee meetings, press releases, a meeting agenda, three drafts of "To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights," and miscellaneous statements and reports. The papers document the activities of the Truman-appointed Committee between December 1946 and December 1947 as it investigated the status of civil rights in America and wrote a report with its findings and recommendations. Of note in the collection are the letters of John Sloan Dickey, President of the College from 1945 and 1970 and the Vice Chairman of this Committee; and the memoranda and letters of Robert K. Carr, a Dartmouth professor from 1937 to 1960, the Executive Secretary of the Committee, and primary author of "To Secure These Rights."

Introduction

The Presidential Committee on Civil Rights was appointed by President Harry S. Truman on December 5, 1946, to research the state of civil rights in the United States. The Committee published its findings in a report entitled "To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights" in December of 1947, after which it disbanded. John Sloan Dickey ' 29, the President of the College from 1945 to 1970, served as the Vice Chairman of the Committee; and Robert K. Carr '29, a Government professor at Dartmouth from 1937 to 1960, served as the Executive Secretary of the Committee and was the primary author of the report.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Presidential Commission on Human Rights , 1946-1947

Presidential Commission on Human Rights

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1946-1947

Includes both typed and handwritten professional correspondence and attached news articles; also, transcripts of meetings, transcripts of subcommittee hearings, statements by consultants, staff memoranda, press releases, interim reports of subcommittees, the agenda for a policy meeting, the first draft of the final report, the second draft of the final report, a rough copy of the third draft of the final report, and the third draft of the final report.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

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