Papers, 1946-1977

Holden, Anna

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms
  • Physical Details
    • 9.0 c.f. (22 archives boxes)
    • 1 reel of microfilm (35mm), and
    • 5 tape recordings
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  • Papers of a research sociologist who was active in various civil rights organizations throughout the 1950's and 1960's. The collection reflects Holden's work with the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality and its fair housing committee, and research she performed for several organizations on school desegregation.
  • From a June 1968 study of desegregation in Charlottesville, Virginia, Providence, Rhode Island, and Sacramento, California, sponsored by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, there are drafts, notes, interview records, correspondence, clippings, and research material, and 4 tape recordings of a closed information-gathering session of the Civil Rights Commission in Charlottesville. Also present are administrative records including correspondence, proposals, contracts, budgets, and other financial records. Similar materials are present from a 1956 study of Clinton, Tennessee.
  • Five boxes of Washington, D.C., CORE records include lists of activities, community contacts, and members; correspondence, government documents, and legislation used by the Housing Committee in its research; and minutes and reports. Of particular interest are the materials documenting the expulsion of chapter chairman Julius Hobson by a group of which Holden was a member. The remainder of the collection consists of personal and miscellaneous papers and publications, microfilmed clippings removed from other portions of the collection, and a tape of a 1964 radio interview with Holden that touches on her work with CORE and her research studies.


  • Portions available only on microfilm.
  • Presented by Anna Holden, Detroit, Michigan, 1978-1979.
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