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Southern Regional Council papers

Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0058

Scope and contents

The Southern Regional Council papers, 1944-1968 offer scholars a unique opportunity to explore fields of inquiry that just now coming of age because of the historical perspective that passage of time has afforded. The papers provide rich and varied documentation of peculiarly southern problems, not the least of which have been race, and the difficult, ongoing struggle for black equality. University Microfilms International is pleased to make this important body of records more widely available to scholars with this micropublication.


  • Creation: 1944-1968

Access restrictions

This collection is currently available for research on microfilm. Contact for more information.

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

One historian has called the Southern Regional Council the "pulse-beat" of the post-World War II American civil rights movements. Such a phrase provides an apt characterization of the Council's work. Springing from its roots in the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, the SRC has conducted a wide array of programs, gathered significant data, and provided needed financial support in helping Southerners to confront the fundamental social and economic problems that have plagued their region since the Second World War. During these trying times--from the Journey of Reconciliation to the Brown Decision, to the Montgomery bus boycott, to the Civil Rights Acts, to the sit-ins, freedom rides, and freedom summers, to the Great Society--the SRC has campaigned vigorously to correct injustices and create opportunities for all the southern people.


40 Linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection is divided into eighteen series: 1. Administrative Record, 1944-1968, 2. Central Reading File, 1949-1971, 3. Information and Research Departments,1944-1968, 4. State Council on Human Relations,1946-1968, 5. Labor Education Programs, 1948-1973 6. Voter Education Projects, 1954-1971, 7. Veteran Services Project, 1944-1951, 8. Women's work and Fellowship of the concerned, 1946-1968, 9. Urban Planning Project, 1954-1972, 10. Voting and Registration Project, 1954-1961, 11. Crime and Correction Projects, 1954-1969, 12. Help Our Public Education, 1958-1961, 13. Organization Assisting Schools in September 1955-1962, 14. Community Organization Project, 1963-1967, 15. Operation Opportunity, 1959-1964, 16. Publications, 1944-1976, 17. Foreign Visitor Sponsor and New South Editor, 1955-1961, 18. Paperback Book Project, 1960-1967. The series have been arranged either alphabetically or chronologically.

Southern Regional Council papers, 1944-1968
Southern Regional Council papers
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Finding aid prepared by Amber Anderson, 2020 March
April 2020
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Repository Details

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


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