Fair Employment Practices Commission Records on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5662 mf

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Fair Employment Practices Commission Records on Microfilm,
Collection Number:
5662 mf
Creator:
Fair Employment Practices Commission
Quantity:
210 microfilm reels
Forms of Material:
Records (documents), microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Office files, hearing records, employment practices files, public relations files, correspondence, closed case files and administrative files
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

President Roosevelt created the Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) by signing Executive Order 8802, on June 25, 1941, which stated, "there shall be no discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or government because of race, creed, color, or national origin." This was due to the urging of A. Philip Randolph, who was the founding president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
Roosevelt transferred the FEPC to the War Production Board and then to the War Manpower Commission with Executive Order 9040, in 1942. In response to this, FEPC Chairman MacLean accused Roosevelt's administration of reducing the FEPC to "a small Federal bureau without power," and A. Phillip Randolph said that the White House was pursuing a policy that was completely "emasculating" the usefulness of the committee.
Roosevelt greatly strengthened the FEPC with a new executive order, Executive Order 9346, in 1943. It required that all government contracts have a non-discrimination clause and gave jurisdiction over government establishments.
In 1948, President Truman called for a permanent FEPC, anti-lynching legislation, and the abolition of the poll tax. A Democratic coaltion, however, prevented the legislation's passage. In 1950, the House approved a permanent FEPC bill, but Southern senators filibustered and the bill failed. Thus, Congress has never enacted the FEPC into law. A lack of permanent legislation to reinforce the FEPC and the controversy plaguing the bill inherently contributed to the FEPC's ineffective implementation. However, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Washington successfully enacted and enforced their own FEPC laws at the state level.
SUBJECTS

Names:
United States. Committee on Fair Employment Practice.
Friend, Bruce I.

Subjects:
African, Americans--Civil rights.
Discrimination in employment.
Defense industries--Government policy.
Defense industries--Law and legislation.
World War, 1939-1945. Afro-Americans.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)
Microfilm.


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Cite As:
Fair Employment Practices Commission Records on Microfilm #5662 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 1 1940-1946
Summary of minutes of meetings, January 19, 1942 - September 15, 1945. Summaries of actions taken by the Committee at its meetings, September 11, 1942 - March 15, 1943; July 6, 1943 - July 21, 1945. Agenda, August 27, 1941 - August 27, 1945. Documents file, January 15, 1944 - August 27, 1945. Office memorandums, October 1942 - January 1945. Office files of Malcolm Ross, June 1940 - June 1946 (A-L).
Reel 2 1940-1946
June 1940 - June 1946 (M - Missouri Pacific; also included are materials for final report which appear in proper alphabetical sequence).
Reel 3 1940-1946
Office files of Malcom Ross, June 1940 - June 1946 (Missouri Pacific - Z; also unarranged material). Office files of Max Berking, Assistant to the Chairman, May 1944 - October 1945. Office files of George M. Johnson, Deputy Chairman, November 1941 - October 1945 (A-M).
Reel 4 1941-1945
Office files of George M. Johnson, Deputy Chairman, November 1941 - October 1945 (N-Z). Requests for information concerning federal employment of Negroes, April 1-8, 1942. Office files of George M. Johnson, Director, December 1941 - November 1945 (A-G).
Reel 5 1941-1945
Office Files of George M. Johnson, Director, December 1941 - November 1945 (H-Telephone Company).
Reel 6 1941-1945
Office files of George M. Johnson, Director, December 1941 - November 1945 (Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. -Z; also unarranged material). Office files of Emanuel H. Bloch, Hearing Examiner, July 1944 - January 1946 (A-Z; also unarranged material).
Reel 7 1943-1946
Office files of Maceo W. Hubbard, January 1943 - January 1946. Office files of Frank D. Reeves, Trial Attorney, December 1942 - August 1945 (A-P).
Reel 8 1942-1945
Office files of Frank D. Reeves, Trial Attorney, December 1942 - August 1945 (Q-Z). Office files of Evelyn M. Cooper, Trial Attorney, September 1944 - December 1945 (unarranged).
Reel 9 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Railroad: Transcripts. Railroad: Agreements, correspondence, and job rosters at various railroads
Reel 10 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Railroad: Summary, findings and directives. Railroad: Miscellaneous correspondence, reports and complaints (Part I).
Reel 11 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Railroad: Miscellaneous correspondence, reports and complaints (Part II). Railroad: Exhibits to hearings. Railroad: Discriminatory employment questionnaires (Part I)
Reel 12 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Railroad: Discriminatory employment questionnaires (Part II). Railroad: Union agreements.
Reel 13 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation; Vancouver and Swann Island Shipyards; Kaiser Shipyards of Portland; and International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Welders and Helpers of America (Boilermakers Union) Transcripts. Kaiser Shipyards, Employment statistics by Race (Part I).
Reel 14 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Kaiser shipyards, Employment by race (Part II). Shipbuilding: Boilermakers Union, Exhibits (Part I).
Reel 15 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Shipbuilding: Boilermakers Union, Exhibits (Part II). Titeflex Metal Company. Buckingham, Bruce W. Indianapolis Railway, Incorporated. Discrimination in defense training. Civil Service commissions. FEPC meeting, February 17, 1943.
Reel 16 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Perry, Leslie S. Western Pipe and Steel, et. al. Major, Seth v. Library of Congress. Northwest Mining and Exchange Company v. Peter Venture. Chicago public hearings of the Illinois State Commission on the Condition of Urban Colored Populations, January 3, 1941.
Reel 17 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Chicago public hearings of the Illinois State Commission on the Condition of Urban Colored Population, January 4, 1941. Potter, Herbert Elmer v. The United States Employees' Compensation Commission. Birmingham hearings. Hearings held before a Special Committee of the House of Representatives to investigate acts of Executive Agencies beyond the scope of their authority: January 11, 1944; February 25, 1944; March 1, 1944; March 2, 1944.
Reel 18 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Hearings held before a Special Committee of the House of Representatives in investigate acts of Executive Agencies beyond the scope of their authority: March 10, 1944. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, Window Glass Cutters League of America, Ceramic and Silica Sand Workers of America, and Paul G. Schmidt et al, Jehovah's Witnesses. Seafarers International Union of North America. Cook County Plumbers Union. Dow Chemical Company v. S. Kenneth Sterling. Complaints of Discrimination in employment in defense industries because of race, creed, color, or national origin; October 20, 1941.
Reel 19 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Complaints of discrimination in employment in defense industries because of race, creed, color, or national origin: October 21, 1941. Southwest (Mexicans). Sidney, Rone v. Robert H. Holt. Wagner Electric Corporation v. Ollie Haynes et al. Bussman Manufacturing Company v. Thelma Shuford et al. Carter Carburetor Corporation v. Pearl Maddox et al. Amertorp Corporation v. Lillian D. Reynolds et al.
Reel 20 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel Company v. Samuel A. Layne et al. Philadelphia Rapid Transit Employees Union. United States Cartridge Company v. Irene Johnson et al. McQuay-Norris Manufacturing Company v. Ollie Haynes et al. McDonnell Aircraft Corporation v. Sarah J. Bundy et al. Western Cartridge Company.
Reel 21 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Los Angeles Railway Corporation v. Complaints of Alfonso Edwards, James H. Herod, Jr., Charles M. Robinson, Sidney L. Robinson, James E. Savoy, Nona S. Slayden, and Others. Shell Oil Company, Inc. and Oil Workers International Union, Local 367, CIO. Line Material Company. F. H. Lawson Company. Crosley Corporation.
Reel 22 1941-1946
December 1941 - March 1946. Baldwin Company. Capital Transit Company. Victor Electric Products, Inc. Kirk and Blum Manufacturing Company Cambridge Tile Manufacturing Company. United Biscuit Company of America. Schaible Company. General Cable Corporation. Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company, and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Goodyear Aircraft Corporation. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffers, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America, Local 299, el al. Key System and Division 192, Amalgamated Association of Street, Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America.
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Complaints not Specifying a Particular Company: Region I (A-Z) Region III (A-R)
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Complaints not Specifying a Particular Company: Region III (S-Z); unarranged Region IV (A-F)
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Complaints not Specifying a Particular Company: Region IV (G-Z) Region VII (A-Z) Complaints Against a Particular Company: Numerous Regions (A-Z)
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Complaints Against a Particular Company: Region I (A-Z) Region IV (A-Z)
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Complaints Against a Particular Company: Region VII (A-Z)
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Complaints Against a Particular Company: Region XII (A-Z)
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Complaints Against Railroads: Numerous Regions
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Complaints Against Government Agencies: Region I (A-Z) Region IV (A-I)
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Complaints Against Government Agencies: Region IV (J-U part I)
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Complaints Against Government Agencies: Region IV (U part II-Z; also unarranged part I)
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Complaints Against Government Agencies: Region IV (unarranged part I) Region VII (unarranged part II)
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Complaints Against Government Agencies: Region VII (unarranged part II) Region XII (unarranged)
Reel 35
Fair Employment Practices: Complaints against unions; discrimination in defense training (U.S. Office of Education and Institution not within jurisdiction). Fiscal: General. General Correspondence: Letters sent on general subject matter (A-E)
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Letters sent on general subject matter (F-Z). Requests to companies to end violation of E.O. 8802 (A-Z). Also Hearings: General.
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Specific hearings. Summaries. Findings. Procedures.
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Legislation. Meetings: General and FEPC. Memorandums: General, All committee members, All staff, and Regional directors and regions for specific individuals (A-P)
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Regional Directors and Regions: Specific individuals (R-Z). Regions in general: Region I, Region II, Region III, Region IV.
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Regional Directors and Regions: Regions in general; Region V, Region VI, Region VII, Region VIII, Region IX.
Reel 41
Regional Directors and Regions: Regions in general; Region X, Region XI, Region XII, Region XIII. Orders. Organization. Personnel; Job descriptions and Suggestions by employees. Policy and Procedure; General, Administrative, Correspondence, Field, Procedure manual, Fair employment practices.
Reel 42
Anonymous letters. Appreciation and Commendation letters. Complaints, Criticisms, Protests (letters of). Motion pictures. General correspondence (letters offering comments, etc., A-C).
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General correspondence (letters offering comments, etc., D-M).
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General correspondence (letters offering comments, etc., N-V).
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General correspondence (letters offering comments, etc., W-Z). General Correspondence (Miscellaneous nature, A-Z).
Reel 46
General correspondence: "Pat on the Back" regarding individuals (A-Z) and organizations (part I).
Reel 47
General correspondence: "Pat on the Back" regarding organizations (part II) and "Crack Pots". Radio Programs. Speeches. Petitions. Resolutions. Publications: General; Press releases, Committee on Fair Employment Practices; Other releases, Committee on Fair Employment Practices; Press releases (Other than the Committee); Other releases (Other than the Committee); State legislature; Requests for comment and review of articles for publication; books, booklets, and pamphlets. Reports: General (A-C).
Reel 48
General (D-Z). Fair employment practices. Report of discriminatory hiring practices (uses form 510). Company reports to and from the field.
Reel 49
Federal Employment (A-Ta).
Reel 50
Federal Employment (Te-Z). Statistical Reports. Case Reports. Progress Reports. Chronological. Weekly reports by region (master file) and bimonthly: Region I Region II
Reel 51
Weekly Reports by region (master file) and bimonthly: Region III Region IV Region V Region VI
Reel 52
Weekly Reports by region (master file) and bimonthly: Region VII Region VIII Region IX Region X Region XI Region XII: Los Angeles
Reel 53 1944-1945
Weekly Reports by region (master file) and bimonthly: Region XII: San Francisco Region XIII Weekly reports, chronological, June 10, 1944 - August 15, 1945.
Reel 54 1943
Weekly Reports, chronological, October 2, 1943 - June 3, 1943.
Reel 55 1943
Weekly Reports, chronological, August 14, 1943 - September 30, 1943. Monthly Statistical Reports by region (master file): Regions I-XI
Reel 56
Monthly Statistical Reports by region (master file): Region XII Region XIII Final Disposition Reports: Region I Region II (A-R)
Reel 57
Final Disposition Reports: Region II (S-Z) Region III (A-R)
Reel 58
Final Disposition Reports: Region III (S-Z) Region IV (A-Z) Region V (A-H)
Reel 59
Final Disposition Reports: Region V (I-Z) Region VI (A-Q)
Reel 60
Final Disposition Reports: Region VI (R-Z) Region VII (A-Z) Region VIII (A-Z) Region IX (A-Z) Region X (A-K)
Reel 61
Final Disposition Reports: Region X (L-Z) Region XI (A-Z) Region XII (A-Q)
Reel 62
Final Disposition Reports: Region XII (R-Z) Region XIII (A-Z) Analysis of FDR's: Regions I-XIII. Compliance Reports: Regions I-XIII.
Reel 63 1942
Reports: Work Stoppage Reports. Requests for Further Action (RFAs) from field. Statistical Reports by Division of Field Operations (DFO). Tension Area Reports. Rulings: Comptroller General's decisions. Transcripts: Specific transcripts, February 16, 1942 - October 26, 1942.
Reel 64 1842-1943
Specific transcripts, November 23, 1942 - December 27, 1943.
Reel 65 1944-1945
Specific transcripts, January 15, 1944 - September 4, 1945. U.S. Government: Aliens in Defense, General (A-N)
Reel 66
U.S. Government: Aliens in Defense, General (O-Z) and Specific Groups. Government Agencies: Specific Agencies (A-U).
Reel 67
Government Agencies: Specific Agencies (W-Z) General File (A-Z)
Reel 68 1941-1946
September 1941 - April 1946 (A-R).
Reel 69 1941-1946
Office files of John A. Davis, Director, September 1941 - April 1946 (S-Z), also unarranged material. Office files of Marjorie M. Lawson, Assistant Director, October 1942 - October 1945 (A-L).
Reel 70 1942-1945
Office files of Marjorie M. Lawson, Assistant Director, October 1942 - October 1945 (M-Z). Office files of Wilfred C. Leland, Jr., Consultant, October 1943 - August 1945 (A-N). Also includes Congested Areas, Current Work, Economic Analysis, and Minority Workers which appear in proper alphabetical sequence.
Reel 71 1943-1945
Office files of Wilfred C. Leland Jr., Consultant, October 1943 - August 1945 (O-Z). Also includes Recommendations for policy and action, Special labor groups, and Study of industrial communities, which appear in proper alphabetical order. Additionally, unarranged miscellaneous files appear at the end of the series immediately following "Z".
Reel 72 1943-1945
Office files of Cornelius Golightly, Compliance Analyst, October 1943 - September 1945 (A-Z); also unarranged material. Office files of Carol Coan, Compliance Analyst, September 1943 - July 1945 (A-Z). Office files of Joy P. Davis, Compliance Analyst, September 1943 - May 1945. Unarranged through List of Public Hearings.
Reel 73 1941-1946
Office files of Joy P. Davis, Compliance Analyst, September 1943 - May 1945. Unarranged from Old Reports and Office Memos. Office files of Walter L. Simmons, Clerk-Stenographer, October 1943 - August 1945. Unarranged. Reference file, July 1941 - April 1946: Publication file (A-Z) Books, periodicals, pamphlets and newspapers (part I)
Reel 74 1941-1946
Reference File, July 1941 - April 1946: Books, periodicals, pamphlets and newspapers (part II) Synopsis of books and periodicals (A-Z) Studies and reports Speeches and Statements (part I)
Reel 75 1941-1946
Reference File, July 1941 - April 1946: Speeches and statements (part II) Records relating to the first report of the FEPC, March 1944 - May 1945. "Tension File", July 1943 - October 1945 (Alabama - New Mexico)
Reel 76 1941-1946
"Tension File", July 1943 - October 1945 (New York - Wyoming). Office files of Will Maslow, Director, September 1943 - May 1945 (unarranged). Office files of Clarence M. Mitchell, Associate Director, May 1943 - April 1946 (A-Z; also unarranged correspondence). Office files of Eugene Davidson, Assistant Director, October 1941 - April 1946 (unarranged through Exhibits and Other File Material).
Reel 77 1941-1946
Office files of Eugene Davidson, Assistant Director, October 1941 - April 1946 (unarranged: Statements - Miscellaneous). Office files of Ernest G. Trimble, Senior Field Representative, November 1941- November 1945 (A-Z; also unarranged material). Office files of John Beecher, Senior Field Representative, December 1941 - September 1945 (unarranged through Seventh Regional Labor Supply Committee).
Reel 78 1941-1945
Office files of John Beecher, Senior Field Representative, December 1941 - September 1945 (unarranged: Mobile, Alabama - Coosa River Ordinance Plant). Field Instructions, August 1943 - May 1945. Field Letters, August 1943 - June 1945.
Reel 80 1943-1946
June 1943 - April 1946: Regions I-IV Region V (A-K)
Reel 80 1943-1946
June 1943 - April 1946: Region V (L-Z) Region VI Region VII Region VIII Region IX (A-M)
Reel 81 1943-1946
June 1943 - April 1946: Region IX (N-Z) Region X Region XI
Reel 82 1943-1946
June 1943 - April 1946: Region XII
Reel 83 1943-1945
Correspondence Relating To Cases, December 1943 - October 1945 (A-K)
Reel 84 1943-1945
Correspondence Relating To Cases, December 1943 - October 1945 (L-Se)
Reel 85 1941-1945
Correspondence Relating To Cases, December 1943 - October 1945 (Sh-Z). Files of St. Clair Bourne, Information Officer, July 1943 - November 1945 (A-Z: also unarranged miscellaneous correspondence). Press Releases, August 1941 - November 1945 (A).
Reel 86 1941-1945
Press Releases, August 1941 - November 1945 (B-Z). Weekly News Digests, December 1943 - July 1945 (Volumes I and II).
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Active cases: New Jersey (A-Z); Also Unarranged (Includes Philadelphia Rapid Transit)
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Telegrams, teletypes, telephone messages, weekly and monthly reports and Miscellaneous (Part I)
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1943- 1944 (A-Z); 1945 (A-Z)
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Correspondence between Field Offices and Washington Headquarters (unarranged)
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Washington Office; WMC-FEPC Liaison; Civil Service Commission; Office files of Earl B. Dickerman; Complaints with memorandums (unarranged)
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Los Angeles Active Cases (A-Z); San Francisco Active Cases (A-Z) and No Action Recommended (A-Z)
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