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Kansas Advisory Council on Civil Rights records

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 210

Overview

The Kansas Advisory Council on Civil Rights (KACCR) was organized in 1959. A volunteer organization, its mission was to act as a link between communities and the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights. The collection includes records of Council Chairman Ruth Shechter, meeting minutes and administrative records, as well as newspaper clippings and collected material regarding civil rights and fair housing in Kansas. Much of the material relates to the Shawnee Mission Housing Council (SMHC) and the greater Kansas City area.

Dates

  • 1956 - 1976

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Kansas Advisory Council on Civil Rights

The Kansas Advisory Council on Civil Rights (KACCR) was organized in 1959 under the authority of the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (KAAD). The purpose of this voluntary organization was to provide a link between local communities and the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights, the state agency in charge of regulating against housing and employment discrimination in Kansas.

The members of the KACCR undertook to identify local discrimination problems and to promote anti-discrimination laws and good human relations. The KACCR conducted an extensive legislative campaign on behalf of the Public Accommodations Bill, which passed the Kansas Legislature in 1963. The Council's greatest efforts were directed toward effectuating a fair housing law for Kansas, which culminated in the Kansas Fair Housing Act (1970).

In 1973 the KACCR dissolved and has since remained inactive.

Extent

8.75 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Scope and Contents

Included in this collection of organizational archives are personal correspondence of council chairman Ruth G. Shechter (1960-1972), newspaper clippings pertaining to the KACCR's activities and the progress of civil rights in Kansas, minutes of the KACCR meetings, financial and miscellaneous office records of the KACCR, civil rights legislation, and miscellaneous reference materials pertaining to discrimination problems.

Physical Location

RH MS 210

Physical Location

RH MS 825

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Ruth Shechter, 1977, 1996

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Kansas Advisory Council on Civil Rights Collection
Subtitle
Kansas Advisory Council on Civil Rights records
Author
Finding aid prepared by aw, 2006; revised by cl, 2010. Finding aid encoded by aw, 2006; revised by cl, 2010 and cmp, 2021.
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in<language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/5665529043
Preferred citation
Kansas Advisory Council on Civil Rights Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 210, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

Contact:
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States
785-864-4334