Collection ID: M.65

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1963-1970 and 1978
Abstract:
This collection documents the 1968 State Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities public hearings in Waterbury. The commission was concerned with four areas: Housing, Education, Employment, and Police-Community Relations. The collection contains the 8 volumes of verbatim testimony, reports and responses, as well as contextual newspaper clippings in the 1960s and 1970s.
Extent:
1 Linear Feet and 1 records center carton – 8 volumes, and 14 folders
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Waterbury Civil Rights Collection was compiled by local historian Jeremy Brecher about racism in Waterbury during the 1960s. The collection is composed of two types of documents: the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Hearings and responses, and a general collection of documents and newspapers about racism.

The collection is entirely paper based and consists of 8 volumes of verbatim commission hearings, newspaper articles, correspondence, and a pamphlet.

Biographical / Historical:

In 1968 the State Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities held public hearings in Waterbury. The commission was concerned with four areas: Housing, Education, Employment, and Police-Community Relations. The hearings provided a forum for anyone who lived in Waterbury to voice concerns over these issues – though the vast majority of people who testified were under subpoena. Witnesses spoke about police violence, segregation, inequality, discrimination in housing, lack of opportunities.

The Commission then took the findings from the hearing to the Executive Committee and Legislative Committee. In addition to the hearings, an Interim Report was issued

summarizing the findings in which Police – Community Relation and Housing were the two areas of great focus with conclusions and suggestions.

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities was originally called the Inter-Racial Commission and was founded in 1943. On May 21, 1945 the commission held a similar hearing in Waterbury.

Processing information:

Processing Note: Police Violence and Systemic Racism are not LOC Subject Headings. I used them to designate themes in the collection. Additionally, to prevent further damage, the volumes of commission records have been stored flat.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org