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Lawrence League for the Practice of Democracy records

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 48

Overview

The Lawrence League for the Practice of Democracy (LLPD) was organized in 1945 with an aim to advance better interracial relations in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. This collection contains the correspondence of the LLPD, minutes of the Executive Board and general meetings of the organization, scrap books, clippings, surveys and other activities reflecting the efforts of the organization from 1945 to 1965.

Dates

  • 1945 - 1965

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 Lawrence League for the Practice of Democracy, Lawrence, Kan.

The Lawrence League for the Practice of Democracy (LLPD) was organized in 1945 with a charter membership of 11 citizens in Lawrence, Kansas. The declared policy of the organization was the advancement of better interracial relations. The organization's initial efforts were directed at eliminating racial discrimination in the city's movie theaters and restaurants. Its activities expanded to include cooperation with other civil rights organizations in the desegregation of public facilities, support of political candidates who opposed racial discrimination, and lobbying in support of anti-discrimination legislation.

In 1965 the LLPD was disbanded, reportedly on the grounds that it was unnecessarily duplicating the efforts of other civil rights organizations.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (9 boxes + 9 volumes)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the correspondence of the LLPD, minutes of the Executive Board and general meetings of the organization, scrapbooks, clippings, surveys, and other records related to activities reflecting the efforts of the organization from 1945 to 1965. The collection is contained in nine manuscript boxes and nine manuscript volumes (cataloged at separate call numbers). All the manuscript materials are arranged by topic, and chronologically within the topic wherever possible.

Physical Location

RH MS 48

Physical Location

RH MS A21

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RH MS B37

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RH MS BK2

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RH MS C34

Physical Location

RH MS D102 - RH MS D103

Physical Location

RH MS E72

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, George Caldwell, 1966; Mrs. James E. Titus, 1967; Harry Shaffer, 1970.

Separated Materials

For the LLPD Bulletin and the LLPD Newsletter consult the library catalog.
Title
Guide to the Lawrence League for the Practice of Democracy Collection
Subtitle
Lawrence League for the Practice of Democracy records
Author
Finding aid prepared by lgg, June 1971, June-July 1974. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/1092150183
Preferred citation
Lawrence League for the Practice of Democracy records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 48, 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
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