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Atlanta Community Relations Commission collection

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0012

Scope and contents

This collection consists of records generated by Eliza Paschall and the Atlanta Community Relations Commission during her year as Executive Director of the ACRC. The bulk of the collection is research materials gathered by Paschall and the ACRA to support their work in the community. The files contain reports and statistics that document such things as employment discrimination, police action in the Dixie Hills Riots, and desegregation efforts in the public schools. Of special interest are the studies which survey the conditions of Atlanta's disadvantaged neighborhoods. The correspondence is to and from some of the leadings politicos and civil rights organizations in Atlanta regarding the discriminatory policy of the "Wren's Nest" historic site in the "City of Atlanta" file. Included are letters of congratulations on Paschall's appointment to the Commission, and letters of support in response to the rumor of her dismissal (more lettters of support are in the Correspondence file for Irving Kaler, the Chairman of the ACRC during Paschall's tenure).

Also included in this collection are a few earlier records created when Paschall was Executive Director of the Council of Human Relations of Greater Atlanta. These consist mainly of her articles for the >Atlanta Inquirer, press releases, and a few letters.


  • Creation: 1960-1968
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1967-1968


Rights statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright and/or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information, please contact

Historical note

The Atlanta Community Relations Commission (ACRC) was a community action group created by the City of Atlanta in November 1966. Consisting of 20 members appointed by the Mayor, their mandate was to study and report on race relations, investigate discrimination, and to make recommendations to the Mayor, all in order to improve "human relations." In February 1967, Eliza K. Paschall (b. 1917, d. 1990) resigned as Executive Director of the Council on Human Relations of Greater Atlanta to accept the appointment as Executive Director of the newly formed ACRC. Under her direction, the ACRC organized a series of public meetings in various neighborhoods to discuss housing conditions. The ACRC also served as a liason between the African-American community and the city administration in investigating discrimination complaints. In January 1968, the ACRC declined to reappoint Paschall as Executive Director and she was effectively dismissed from the ACRC.


1 Linear feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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The collection is organized into four series: 1. About Eliza Paschall; 2. Correspondence; 3. Business records; and 4. Research materials.


Donated by Eliza K. Paschall, November 1974.

Atlanta Community Relations Commission collection, 1960-1968
Finding aid prepared by R. Michael Brubaker and Cathy Lynn Mundale, 2002 June.
June 2002
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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