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NAACP Schenectady Branch Records

M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives

Inclusive Date: 1949-1982

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Schenectady Branch.

4 Reels

English

Records document concerns for discrimination in housing and employment and for the recruitment of black professionals from colleges and universities to the area. The records also show the Branch's involvement with area social service providers, labor unions, and other community organizations, as well as with General Electric, as the area's major employer.

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Processed in 1995 by Jeanne Manton.

The materials are located onsite in the department.

The Schenectady Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1949 by an interracial group of men and women committed to the task of improving the status of Blacks in the Schenectady community. The first ten years of the Branch's activity were characterized by strong committee work in the areas of housing and employment. Committee work was focused on ameliorating discrimination in housing and hiring practices. At the National conventions of 1952 and 1953, the Branch was honored with the Thalheimer Award for outstanding performance in the elimination of discrimination in public housing.

The NAACP Schenectady (New York) Branch worked to eliminate discrimination against workers in local industry in a variety of ways, notably functioning as a clearinghouse for applicants and employers during the 1950s when many areas of employment were effectively closed to Blacks in Schenectady. At the same time, the Branch reached out to colleges and universities to recruit young Black professionals to the area. The 1970s saw the Branch reaching out into the community in new ways in order to keep interest in the group high. This activity included close contact with area social service providers and other community organizations. Internal branch problems surfaced at this time also, resulting in some dissipation of energies.

As a research source for investigating the status of race relations in a medium sized northern city, the records of the Schenectady Branch of the NAACP will be of some value. The presence of General Electric as a major employer in the city and a strong union presence sheds some light on race matters in labor as well as NAACP relations with socialist influenced groups. Systematic initiatives in housing and employment emanated from the local Branch from the time of its inception. Executive Committee files from the 1950s detail these initiatives.

The role of women in activist organizations and in civil rights work can be explored in these records through qualitative analysis of duties performed, often in membership drives and other outreach initiatives, fundraising events and organizational support. The Branch elected its first female President in 1959, Mrs. Malinda Myers.

Records include Executive Committee minutes, 1949-1982 (missing December 1959-January 1963); membership meeting minutes, 1949-1980 (missing January 1963-1972, 1973 [only one meeting found], 1974, October 1975-April 1976); membership lists, 1949-1980; correspondence, 1949-1980; financial records, 1949-1979 (missing 1960-1962, 1966-1976).

The role of women in activist organizations and in civil rights work can be explored in these records through qualitative analysis of duties performed, often in membership drives and other outreach initiatives, fundraising events and organizational support. The Branch elected its first female President in 1959, Mrs. Malinda Myers.

The collection is organized into 6 topical series.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, NAACP Schenectady (New York) Branch Records, 1949-1982. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the NAACP Schenectady Branch Records]).

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series 1: Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1949-1982

Missing Years: Dec. 1959-Jan. 1963, May. 1964-Sept. 1973

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1949

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1949 December-1950 October

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1951 July-1954 December

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1955

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1956 January-1958 September

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1958 October-1959 November

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1963 January-1964 April

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1973 September-1975 December

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1976

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 1

Executive Committee Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1981 April-1982 November

Reel: 1

Series 2: Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1949-1980

No Minutes exist for Jan. 1963-1972, 1973 (only one meeting found), 1974 and Oct. 1975-Apr. 1976.

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1949

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1949 December-1951 February

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1951

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1952 January-1955 November

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1956 January -1957 March

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1957 April-1959 May

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1960

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1961-1962

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1973

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1974

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1975

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1976

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 1

Membership Meeting Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1980 January

Reel: 1

Series 3: Membership Lists

Inclusive Date: 1949-1980

These files contain the names, addresses, and dues paid by Branch members. Also included in the file are routine correspondence and membership reports to the National Membership Secretary in New York, New York.

Membership Lists

Inclusive Date: 1952

Reel: 2

Membership Lists

Inclusive Date: 1954

Reel: 2

Membership Reports

Inclusive Date: 1949-1958

Reel: 2

Membership Reports

Inclusive Date: 1962

Reel: 2

Membership Reports

Inclusive Date: 1974-1975

Reel: 2

Membership Reports

Inclusive Date: 1976

Reel: 2

Membership Lists and Reports

Inclusive Date: 1977-1978

Reel: 2

Membership Lists and Reports

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 2

Membership List

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 2

Series 4: Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1949-1980

Missing Correspondence for years, 1964-1974.

Incoming Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1949-1964

Reel: 2

Outgoing Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1949-1964

Reel: 2

Incoming Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1975-1976

Reel: 2

Outgoing Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1974-1976

Reel: 2

Incoming Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 2

Outgoing Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 2

Incoming Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 2

Outgoing Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 2

Incoming Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Outgoing Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Incoming Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 3

Outgoing Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 3

Executive Committee "Call to Meeting" Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 3

Series 5: Subject Files

Inclusive Date: 1949-1981

The Subject Files contain records of Branch programs, committee work, news clippings and files on the careers of certain Branch members and officers. The Subject Files are organized alphabetically and span the entire period of 1949 through 1981 though the period of the 1970s is more heavily represented. The files include research on local housing conditions among Schenectady's black population in 1960. Local discrimination grievance cases are included.

Act-So (Afro-American Cultural, Technological Scientific Olympics)

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Affirmative Action Plan

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Affirmative Action: Schenectady Police Department

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Allmond v. Workshop discrimination investigation

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 3

Art Center Theatre of Schenectady

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 3

Black and Hispanic Political Caucus

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 3

Chapter Applications (misc. doc. forms)

Inclusive Date: Undated

Reel: 3

Cintron, N.: employment matter

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 3

Community Outreach (miscellaneous)

Inclusive Date: 1950-1970s

Reel: 3

Conferences of Branches, New York State

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Conventions, National

Inclusive Date: 1959

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 3

Education (miscellaneous documents, scattered years)

Inclusive Date: ca. 1964-1970s

Reel: 3

Employment

Inclusive Date: ca. 1970s

Reel: 3

Fair Housing Plan

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Funding: CETA

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Fundraising

Inclusive Date: 1954

Inclusive Date: 1978

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Gamarekian, Edward, founding member of the Executive Board of the NAACP Schenectady Branch

Inclusive Date: 1949-1953

Reel: 3

Grievances Cases

Inclusive Date: 1978

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Historical (incomplete)

Inclusive Date: 1949-1975

Reel: 3

Housing, discrimination, surveys (Union College Social Research Center)

Inclusive Date: 1951

Inclusive Date: 1960

Inclusive Date: 1973

Reel: 3

Housing, desegregation by the Municipal Housing Authority

Inclusive Date: 1951

Inclusive Date: 1952

Inclusive Date: 1959

Reel: 3

IUE-UE, memorandum

Inclusive Date: 1951

Reel: 3

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observances

Inclusive Date: 1975

Inclusive Date: 1977

Inclusive Date: 1978

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Labor and Industry

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 3

LeFlore, Marzella, resume

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 3

May 17 Observances

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Membership Drives

Inclusive Date: 1959

Inclusive Date: 1992

Reel: 3

Mississippi Project, Freedom Summer

Inclusive Date: 1964

Reel: 3

Myers, Malinda, first female Schenectady Branch president, resume

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 3

Newsletter, Branch

Inclusive Date: 1951

Inclusive Date: 1952

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 3

Newspaper clippings (Miscellaneous topics)

Inclusive Date: 1951-1982

Reel: 3

Political Action (incomplete)

Inclusive Date: 1964

Inclusive Date: 1977

Inclusive Date: 1978

Inclusive Date: 1979

Inclusive Date: 1980

Reel: 4

Poverty Program

Inclusive Date: 1964

Reel: 4

Press Releases

Inclusive Date: 1977-1980

Reel: 4

Press/Publicity Committee

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 4

Program Committee

Inclusive Date: 1958

Reel: 4

Reorganization

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 4

"Sambo" restaurant demonstration

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 4

Schenectady Branch, Constitution and By-laws

Inclusive Date: 1952

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 4

Speeches; meeting submissions

Inclusive Date: 1952

Reel: 4

State Association assessments

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 4

Thomas, Willis

Inclusive Date: 1975-1978

Reel: 4

Town Meeting Radio Program

Inclusive Date: 1951

Reel: 4

WAST T.V.

Inclusive Date: 1979

Reel: 4

Youth, Youth Work (see branch newsletters)

Inclusive Date: 1952

Inclusive Date: 1964

Inclusive Date: 1977

Reel: 4

Zuber, Paul

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 4

Series 6: Financial Records

Inclusive Date: 1949-1979

Missing Years: 1960-1962, 1966-1976

Financial Statements

Inclusive Date: 1949-1959

Reel: 4

Reports to the Treasurer

Inclusive Date: 1963

Reel: 4

Financial Statements

Inclusive Date: 1964

Reel: 4

Reports to the Treasurer

Inclusive Date: 1965

Reel: 4

Audit

Inclusive Date: 1976

Reel: 4

Financial Statements

Inclusive Date: 1976-1978

Reel: 4

Treasurer's Journal

Inclusive Date: 1977-1979

Reel: 4

Audit

Inclusive Date: 1978

Reel: 4

Financial Statements

Inclusive Date: 1979 March-1981 January

Reel: 4