Guide to the Catholic Interracial Council of Pittsburgh Records, 1960-1977 AIS.1976.09

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Catholic Interracial Council of Pittsburgh Records
Creator
Catholic Inter-Racial Council (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1976.09
Date
1960-1977
Extent
2.1 linear feet (4 boxes; 1 scrapbook)
Abstract
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Catholic Interracial Council, a civil rights organization, was founded in 1956. This collection includes history, constitution, by-laws, minutes of meetings and committees, membership lists, news releases, publications, and resource files, 1960-1977.

Preferred Citation

Catholic Interracial Council of Pittsburgh Records, 1960-1977, AIS.1976.09, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

As a vehicle for the promotion of Christian principles of charity and justice between people of varied races, the Catholic Interracial Council (CIC) was founded in New York City in 1934. Its founder, Fr. John LaFarge, built the organization into a national system known as the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice (NCCIJ), with a membership of 60 councils by the early sixties. The Pittsburgh chapter was established in 1956, sending representatives to the first national convention at St. Louis in August, 1960.

The oldest information about the Pittsburgh CIC in the collection is a copy of the first newsletter, News and Views, published September, 1960. A 1964 statement of goals indicates that between 1956 and 1964 some of the activities had begun to languish, such as the housing committee, executive committee, and newsletter. This had been a period when most activity was centered within the Catholic community. After 1964, the organization was revamped; the constitution amendment of 1966 opened membership and offices to non Catholics. Although it maintained loose ties with the church, it was not an official organ and on many occasions acted as a critic. The publication of  A Report on Certain Geography Textbooks Used in the Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the walk out of members at the 1969 Labor Day Mass of Cardinal Wright attest to that.

Much of the CIC work was done by letter and use of handbills. In many cases some of its members of their own volition would participate in the picketing and demonstrations of other organizations. The exception to this was the CIC attempts to get local representation on hospital boards. In this connection, they sponsored their own picket of St. Francis and Mercy Hospitals. By the 1970's the NCCIJ had dwindled to six active chapters, but Pittsburgh's was one of them, with a membership of 231. The seventies saw the group active in the boycott of Iron City beer, the A P supermarket, and Union National Bank in the interest of integrated labor. The integration of schools, public and private, became a big issue.

Through the CIC's direct action the Catholic Cemeteries Assoc. was integrated; public attention was drawn to the private segregated clubs; and the Eagles withdrew its white only membership requirement at the national level. As a result of its efforts with other organizations, Iron City Beer Co. signed a new contract allowing for more hiring of non-white employees, as did Union National Bank, A P, and downtown department stores.

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Scope and Content Notes

An active organization of the 1960s and 1970s, much of the Pittsburgh Catholic Interracial Council work was done through newsletter and committee. These represent the largest areas of documentation. The Direct Action and Education Committees were most effective. The collection contains many news clippings, statements, and correspondence documenting CIC issues. Supplemented by an almost complete set of minutes of the Board of Directors, incomplete minutes of the Direct Action Committee, and an almost complete set of Equality Newsletter, the reader is able to follow most of the activities through the years 1964-1975. Subjects of particular interest are the founding of Project Equality, the campaign to desegregate private clubs such as Moose, Eagles, and the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, and an effort to get local representation on Catholic hospital boards.

A major portion of the Council's work was carried out by correspondence; as a result, the collection contains letters, some personally signed, of or from many influential persons such as Senator Hugh Scott and Vice President Hubert Humphrey Position Papers of the U.S. Dept. of Defense and U.S. Dept. of State on the Viet Nam War are included.

Within the Catholic Church, the CIC Education Committee spent much time trying to promote integration in the schools. Their study done on certain geography text books used in elementary Catholic schools is thorough. The CIC Speakers Bureau and Forum Committee represents other community outreach efforts. The collection also contains copies of original and amended 1966 constitutions and material on the "Priorities in the Seventies" lecture series of 1971.

Several active members of the CIC were Rev. Donald W. McIllvane, Molly Rush, and Larry Kessler. These people were active in many Civil Rights activities of this period. Larry Kessler was director of the Thomas Merton Peace and Justice Center.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 1980

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Catholic Interracial Council of Pittsburgh, 1976.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Judith Mershon in 1980.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Dan Horvath in May 2005. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1404641

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Catholic Inter-Racial Council (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Kessler, Larry
  • McIllvane, Donald W.
  • Rush, Molly

Subject(s)

  • Civil rights -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Race discrimination -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Social action

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Previous Citation

Catholic Interracial Council of Pittsburgh Records, 1960-1977, AIS.1976.09, Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
History, 1960-1978 11

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Constitution and By-laws, 1966-1970 2

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Board of Directors, Minutes, 1965-1973 3

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  Folder
Membership Lists, 1966-1973 4

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  Folder
Membership Notices, 1971-1972 5

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  Folder
Membership Meetings, 1966-1970 6

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  Folder
Diocesan Synod, 1970 7

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  Folder
Direct Action Committee Membership, 1967-1974 8

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Direct Action Committee, Issues-Integration of Private Clubs, 1967-1973 9

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Direct Action Committee, Issues-Labor Integration, 1965-1974 10

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Direct Action Committee, Issues-Neighborhood Representation on Hospital Boards, 1972-1973 11

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Direct Action Committee, Issues-Hospital Unions, 1972 12

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Direct Action Committee, Issues-Judicial Issues, 1972-1973 13

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Direct Action Committee, Issues-Integration in Baseball Management, 1974 14

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Direct Action Committee, Issues-Foreign Issues, 1972, 1973-1974 15

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  Folder
Direct Action Committee, Issues-Health Issues, 1973-1976 16

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  Folder
Direct Action Committee, Newspaper Clippings, 1969-1975 17

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Education Committee, Catholic School Integration, 1966-1977 18

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Education Committee, Catholic School Integration, 1967 219

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  Folder
Education Committee, Geography Textbook Evaluation, 1966 20-21

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  Folder
Education Committee, School Busing, 1971-1975 22

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Education Committee, Public School Integration, 1966-1975 23

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Education Committee, Survey of Catholic School Facilities, 1968 24

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Education Committee, Elected Public School Board 1973 25

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Education Committee, Newspaper Clippings, 1969-1975 26

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Forum Committee, 1965-1968 27

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Housing Committee, 1966-1967 28

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Correspondence-Outgoing, 1964-1974 29

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Correspondence-Incoming, 1964-1976 30

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Correspondence-Molly Rush, 1966-1967 31

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Publications, Equality Newsletter, 1965-1978 32-33

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Publications, Miscellaneous Subjects, 1960-1971 34

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Report on Certain Geography Textbooks used in Pittsburgh Schools, 1967 35

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  Folder
Statements, 1965-1975 36

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News Releases, 1966-1975 337

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Lecture Series - Priorities in the Seventies, 1971 38

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Memorandums, 1965-1974 39

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  Folder
Financial Statements, 1967 40

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  Folder
Resources-Allegheny Council on Civil Rights, 1967-1969 41

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Resources-African Civil Rights, 1966-1971 42

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Resources- "Captives in Society", University of Pittsburgh Conference - Conflict in Prison, 1971 43

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Resources-Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, 1962-1971 44

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Resources-Catholics for an End to Asian Slaughter and Exploitation, 1971 45

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Resources-Citizens to Secure Justice for Hospital Workers, 1969-1970 46

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Resources-Citizens to End White Racism, 1968-1971 47

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Resources-Diocesan Purchasing Commission, 1970 48

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Resources-Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1966-1967 49

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Resources-Fair Housing, 1960-1965 50

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Resources-Friends of Black Construction Coalition, 1969 51

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Resources-Government, Pennsylvania, 1973-1974 52

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Resources-Harrisburg Defense Committee, 1971 53

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Resources-Indian Affairs, 1973 54

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Resources-Labor Information, 1968-1972 55

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Resources-Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, 1967-1972 56

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  Folder
Resources-National Catholic Council for International Justice, 1965-1975 57

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Resources- The Negro in Pittsburgh, 1972 58

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Resources-NAACP, 1967-1974 459

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Resources-Pittsburgh Diocesan Council on Catholic Women, 1966-1967 60

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Resources-Pittsburgh Public Schools, 1962-1971 61

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  Folder
Resources-Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, 1965-1973 62

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  Folder
Resources-Project Equality, 1967-1976 63

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  Folder
Resources-South Hills Association for Racial Equality, 1967-1971 64

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  Folder
Resources-Welfare, 1971-1972 65

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  Folder
Resources-Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Children's Survival, 1972 66

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  Folder
Resources-Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Human Needs, 1973 67

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  Folder
Resources-Women's Conference on the Urban Crisis, 1969 68

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  Folder
Resources-Women in the Urban Crisis, Inc., 1971 69

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  Folder
Resources-Miscellaneous, 1965-1976 70

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  Folder
Resources-Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1973 71

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  Volume
Scrapbook, 1966-1973 1

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