Records of the Community Relations and Human Relations Commissions

Institution: Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston, IL 60201-1676
Phone: 847-475-3410
Fax: 847-475-3599
Date: 1963-1988
Extent: .5 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
These records pertain to the successor body to the Evanston Community Relations Commission. The Human Relations Commission was established by an Evanston city ordinance in 1968 with a somewhat different structure from that of its predecessor. Its Chair and 14 Members were appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. “The primary function of the Commission shall be to improve human relations in the City of Evanston”, by advising the Council, educating all groups in the community in the field of human relations, acting as a bridge between government and citizen groups; acting as a catalyst for improvement in human relations and living conditions; sponsoring research in the field of human relations; and assisting citizens in pursuit of their rights. In carrying out its functions, the Commission could conduct investigations and hold hearings.

Scope and Content Note:
The CRC records span the dates 1963 to 1969 and fill one archival box. The records are sparse and incomplete however, there are a number of individual records of interest. For example, financial records, copies of speeches, in-depth documentation of racial conflicts, and a small number of city ordinances. Other records include reports from committee meetings, annual reports, and correspondence, all of which are spotty and incomplete. This small collection contains a copy of the founding ordinance, reports on relevant issues including an older survey of human relations in Evanston, and several leaflets issued by the Commission.

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