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Athens Citizens for Fair Housing Collection

Manuscript Collection No.146

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.3 cu.ft. in one box. 1968-1970.

Provenance: The Ohio University Library received the Athens Citizens for Fair Housing Collection from Lois D. Whealey in June 1990. Kenneth D. Woods II processed the collection in September 1990.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights and/or literary rights in this collection are dedicated to the public. Consideration of other rights are the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Library.

Photoduplication: Ohio University Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection name and number and Ohio University Libraries in all footnotes and bibliographical references.

Related Materials: League of Women Voters - Athens Chapter (MSS Coll. # 50)

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Athens Citizens for Fair Housing was an organized group of individuals concerned with the equal housing rights for all persons in Athens regardless of race, religion, or country of national origin.

A prime motivating factor in the organization of the Athens Citizens for Fair Housing was the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968. They wished to carry on the spirit of his work locally by working against discriminatory housing practices in the Athens community.

The group was instrumental in the passage of the Fair Housing Ordinance in Athens (Ordinance # 08-69) in Spring 1969 which established the city's Human Relations Commission.

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The Athens Citizens for Fair Housing Collection contain one box with 13 file folders. The files contains records of the organization and related information retained by member Lois Whealey. These materials include minutes of meetings, membership information, newsletters, and newspaper clippings about the group and ordinance as well as background information on state laws and state and national housing efforts of the period.

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Box 1

  • Folder 1 Memorandum from the Donor (1990)
  • Folder 2 Constitution & Bylaws, and Statements of Purpose
  • Folder 3 Leadership and Membership Information
  • Folder 4 Minutes, ACFH Board of Directors Meetings, June 28, 1968 - April 6, 1970 (with gaps)
  • Folder 5 ACFH Newsletters, May 1968 - June 1970 (with gaps)
  • Folder 6 Newspaper Clippings (dated and undated), May 10, 1968 - June 17, 1970 (on housing and civil rights generally)
  • Folder 7 ACFH Materials relating to the Athens Human Relations Ordinance (# 08-69), with a copy of the Ordinance
  • Folder 8 ACFH Information on Fair Housing legislation
  • Folder 9 Miscellaneous ACFH Materials
  • Folder 10 Ohio publications on discrimination and housing
  • Folder 11 Local and state-level background materials from League of Women Voters
  • Folder 12 WRFD Radio Magazines with Articles on Housing (1966)
  • Folder 13 Information on Morris Milgram and M-REIT (Mutual- Real Estate Investment Trust)

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