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Human and Civil Rights, Bulk, 1969-1988 1909-2000, bulk: 1969 - 1988

Identifier: Series 6

Scope and Contents note

The Human and Civil Rights Division series contains materials created by the Division. The files include materials from various studies such as the handicapped study, and the South Carolina Study, materials about teacher rights and the drafting of the Bill of Teacher Rights, desegregation materials, promotional items for the establishment and observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, and personal files from Sam Etheridge, Warlene Gary, and Ray MacFarlane.

These records also include items about the Minority Involvement Program, Critical Issues Conference, the Native American Caucus program files, the annual Human Rights Awards, and various publications, reports and seminars developed by the division.


  • Bulk, 1969-1988 1909-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1969 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research save for a few folders, namely those concerning PR&R investigations, Warlene Gary's airline accounts, and her Employee Daily Activity Reports . These folders are subject to review by Special Collections staff before being made available for research. As researchers request materials, a review of the documents will take place. Staff will remove any documents with social security numbers, employee numbers or other sensitive identifying information. Any document found including this information is closed for 90 years from date of creation, or until verifiable proof of a person’s death is given. After these documents are removed the folder will be available for research. In some cases, items may be photocopied and redacted. The redacted copy will then be placed in the publicly available folder. All other materials in a folder will be freely available for immediate use and will be marked as having been reviewed by Special Collections staff. After folders have been reviewed using these procedures and the confidential materials have been removed, the restriction shall be lifted.

Biographical/Historical note

In 1968, Elizabeth Duncan Koontz was elected NEA’s first Black president, and NEA established the Human and Civil Rights Division. Committed to helping civil rights law and rhetoric become reality, the Division tackled a variety of issues affecting minority education. Over the next decade, NEA created working task forces that later morphed into four caucuses representing a range of racial and ethnic minorities. Every year NEA directs a Human and Civil Rights Awards program to honor individuals and affiliates who stand up and defend human and civil rights.

The division also develops and sponsors workshops, trainings, and conferences for members, leaders, and staff, trains minorities and women to assume leadership roles within the Association, and provides content and technical information to members and affiliates on meeting challenges such as closing the achievement gaps, dropouts, overcoming discrimination and stereotyping based on race, ethnicity, income, gender, language, or sexual orientation, and eliminating bullying and sexual harassment in our schools.

Source:, Accessed April 19, 2010.

The 2009 NEA Handbook.


38.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically within the same title.

Separated Materials note

Several bound volumes were separated from the collection and retained for future cataloging. The volumes include:

"The Rights of Teachers", by David Rubin and Steven Greenhouse, 1984. "The Rights of Teachers", by David Rubin, 1972. "Education Directory", by Lois V. Lopez, 1975. "What Works, Schools Without Drugs", by the U.S. Department of Education, 1986.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America