The Delaware County Human Relations Council Records digital collection includes correspondence, organizational records, membership records, the constitution and by-laws, and other material documenting the work of the Human Relations Council of Delaware County, Indiana ranging from 1962 to 1984. Additionally, this collection contains records documenting the related work of the Muncie Human Rights Commission. Specific issues documented in this digital collection include responses to concerns of de facto segregation resulting from the construction of Northwest High School (which would open in 1971 as Northside High School), fair housing initiatives, and the formation and governance of both the Human Relations Council of Delaware County and the Muncie Human Rights Commission.
The Human Relations Council of Delaware County was a voluntary community organization with open membership formed in 1963 to advocate for equality in employment, housing, education, and public accommodation regardless of a person’s race, creed, or place of origin. The council coordinated the creation and dissemination of human rights resources, services, and initiatives throughout Delaware County. The mission of the Delaware County Human Relations Council aligned closely with that of the Muncie Human Rights Commission, the official commission appointed by the Muncie mayor to monitor human rights issues within the city of Muncie, Indiana beginning in 1964.
This online collection includes digital copies of the majority of the Human Relations Council of Delaware County, Indiana records in Archives and Special Collections. Additional material from this collection may be viewed in the archives.
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