Series 5
Georgia Council on Human Relations records, 1956-1975
Boxes 9-14, OP 6

Scope and Content Note

Series 5 documents Frances Pauley's involvement with the Georgia Council on Human Relations. She served as director of the Council from 1960-1967. The Georgia Committee on Interracial Cooperation was founded in 1919 with the aim of working towards better understanding between the races. Renamed the Georgia Council on Human Relations in 1956, the biracial organization's stated goal was to "establish human dignity for all citizens as a part of the Georgia 'way of life.' basic in our effort is the development of understanding and the recognition that the pursuit of happiness requires equal opportunities in all areas of life."

The Council was a private, non-profit organization with headquarters in Atlanta, and local councils in Savannah, Columbus, Macon, Augusta, Rome, Brunswick and Albany. The Council provided an opportunity for discussion and consultation between blacks and whites, informed Georgians on potential conflicts in race relations, and served as a mediator in times of tension and crisis. The Council held forums, conferences, institutes, workshops and adult education classes with interracial groups to stimulate interracial cooperation in communities throughout Georgia. After chapters were established, the Council broadened its scope to include community needs and problems in general (i.e. health, senior citizens and juvenile delinquency) which in turn generated interagency cooperation with various other groups.

In addition to assisting and organizing local groups, the Council published a quarterly and monthly newsletter, offered workshops on such current problems as employment opportunities, school desegregation and voting rights. The state headquarters served as a center of research and information on human relations problems and supplied information, materials and speakers to school, church and community groups. The staff acted as conciliators in special crisis situations throughout the state of Georgia.

Series 5 contains administrative records, educational materials, papers relating to the Council's community outreach activities, promotional materials, and collected materials. Materials relating to the Council's administrative activities include historical sketches, mission statements, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, quarterly and annual reports, annual meeting reports, financial records, contact lists, and other items. One notable body of correspondence consists of letters from residents of Albany, Georgia, in response to the Council's efforts to mediate the 1962 desegregation conflict in Albany, Georgia (also known as the Albany Movement). While a small portion of the mail is favorable, much of it is what might be termed 'hate mail,' aimed at the 'outside agitators' many in Albany believed the Council to be.

The educational activities of the Council are documented by programs, reports, printed material and other items concerning various conferences on human relations issues: the Race Relations Institute held at Fisk University (1957), the White House conference, "To Fulfill These Rights," (1966), and a conference on the Georgia Child's Access to Materials Pertaining to American Negroes (1967).

The Council's community action activities are reflected in materials relating to the welfare system and other human relations concerns. These include the results of a survey of welfare recipients conducted by the Council, printed material relating to the Georgia welfare rights center, welfare regulations, a report on welfare rights, and other materials.

Promotional materials include press releases, a newsletter, position statements, brochures and flyers reflecting the activities of the Council. There is also a small group of collected printed materials relating to allied organizations, including chapter councils in Rome and Augusta, and the Greater Atlanta Council on Human Relations.

Box Folder Content
9 1 Historical background, 1955, and no date
9 2 Committee on Interracial Cooperation, 1956
9 3 Mission statements, 1962, and no date
9 4 Bylaws, 1962, 1964, and no date
9 5 Minutes: Executive committee, 4 January 1961
9 6 Agenda: Executive committee, 24 July 1961
9 7 Correspondence, 1957-1961
9 8 Correspondence, 1962-1965
9 9 Correspondence, 1966 January-June
9 10 Correspondence, 1966 July-December
9 11 Correspondence, 1967 January-June
9 12 Correspondence, 1967 July-December
9 13 Correspondence, 1968-1969, and no date
9 14 Correspondence, Albany (GA) Response mail, 1962, tallies, addresses
9 15 Correspondence, Albany (GA) Response mail, 1962
9 16 Correspondence, Albany (GA) Response mail, 1962
10 1 Correspondence, Albany (GA) Response mail, 1962
10 2 Correspondence, Albany (GA) Response mail, 1962
10 3 Quarterly reports, 1964-1967
10 4 Annual reports, 1959, 1964-1965
10 5 Annual reports, 1966-1968
10 6 Civil Rights Act: Compliance reports, 1964-1965, and no date
10 7 Reports: Various, 1965, 1967, and no date
10 8 Financial records, 1961-1967
10 9 Travel expenses, May 1966
10 10 Grant applications, 1965-1967, and no date
10 11 Officers: Lists
10 12 Membership report, 1966-1967
10 13 Job descriptions, 1962 and no date
10 14 Job seekers: Notes, no date
11 1 Contact lists: City and County, no date
11 2 Contact lists: Community, no date
11 3 Contact lists: Organizational, 1959-1971, and no date
11 4 Contact lists: Georgians for Jackson, no date
11 5 Contact lists: Other, no date
12 1 Annual meetings, 1965-1966, 1968
12 2 Conferences, 1960-1972
12 3 Welfare program: Welfare survey: Correspondence with expense vouchers, 1966-1967
12 4 Welfare program: Welfare rights report, November 1967
12 5 Welfare program: Welfare meeting participants, 1967: List
12 6 Welfare program: Georgia welfare rights center: Proposal, 1967
12 7 Welfare program: Georgia welfare rights center: Correspondence, 1967-1968, and no date
12 8 Welfare regulations: Welfare Manual, 1 July 1969
12 9 Welfare regulations: SSI Handbook, November 1973
12 10 Welfare regulations: Assistance Payments Transmittal no. 77, (AFDC and flat grant), 29 August 1975
12 11 Welfare regulations: Memorandum re cuts in AFDC, November 1975
12 12 Welfare regulations: Chart of Federal Regulations, August 1976; eligibility requirements, no date
12 13 Welfare: Printed material, 1938, 1965-1968, and no date
13 1 Race Relations Institute, Fisk Univ., July 1957:Programs
13 2 Race Relations Institute, Fisk Univ., July 1957:Keynote address
13 3 Race Relations Institute, Fisk Univ., July 1957:Reports
13 4 Race Relations Institute, Fisk Univ., July 1957:Printed material
13 5 Race Relations Institute, Fisk Univ., July 1957:Reading list
13 6 Race Relations Institute, Fisk Univ., July 1957:Notes
13 7 Race Relations Institute, Fisk Univ., June 1962: Notes
13 8 White House Conference, "To Fulfill These Rights," 1-2 June 1966
13 9 Desegregation conferences: Participants, 1966-1967
13 10 Conference: "Ga. Child's Access to Materials Pertaining to American Negroes," 10-11 November 1967
13 11 Printed material
13 12 Planning strategies: Notes, no date
13 13 Quotations: Notes, no date
13 14 Racial unrest: Notes, no date
Promotional material
14 1 Press releases, 1965-1966, and no date
14 2 Newsletter, 1956-1964
14 3 "Program Highlights," 1961-1967
14 4 Position statements, 1966-1967
14 5 Leaflet, "Who Gets Welfare?," no date
14 6 Brochures
14 7 Brochures: Albany (GA)
14 8 Pamphlets
14 9 Flyers and other printed matter, 1963, 1967, and no date
14 10 Clippings, 1951-1967, and no date
Collected material
OP1 6 "An Appeal for Human Rights," Atlanta University Center, November or December 1959
14 11 African Americans in government: Printed matter, 1965, 1967-1968, and no date
14 12 Directory: "Intergroup Relations Organizations," 4 December 1964
14 13 Printed material, 1963-1970
14 14 Allied organizations: Greater Atlanta Council on Human Relations: Minutes, 1957
14 15 Allied organizations: Greater Atlanta Council on Human Relations: Newsletter, 1961-1967
14 16 Allied organizations: Greater Atlanta Council on Human Relations: Miscellany, 1958-1963, and no date
14 17 Other chapter councils: Augusta, Rome, 1960-1961, 1963, 1988-1989, no date
14 18 Job announcement, April 1965
14 19 Calling cards: Various
14 20 Memorabilia
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