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Connecticut Commission on Civil Rights Collection

Identifier: 2013-0096


Collection consist of pamphlets collected by the Connecticut Commission on Civil Rights, previously known as the Connecticut Inter-Racial Commission. Pamphlets were arranged and distributed to state offices as reference material regarding the Commission's approach, advancement and related issues toward Civil Rights. Material also includes bulletins and pamphlets issued by the Commission as statements on legislation and federal agendas relating to Civil Rights.


  • Creation: 1953


The collection is open and available for research.


In 1943, under recommendation of the Governor of Connecticut and by mandate of the General Assembly, the state appointed the Inter-racial Commission to establish a program for overcoming discrimination and prejudice in the state. The Commission was composed of ten Governor-appointed citizens to serve five year terms. By statute of the General Assembly in 1951, the agency was renamed the Commission on Civil Rights. This renamed entity established the following as the guiding obligations and principles: (1) to aid in overcoming prejudice through education; (2) to assist public and private organizations in their attempts to develop harmonious integroup relations; (3) to compile facts concerning discrimination in employment, violation of civil liberties and other related matters and to report the results of its investigations to the governor; (4) to investigate instances of discrimination which may come to its attention; (5) in certain specified areas such as employment, public accomodations and public housing, to correct such discriminatory acts through conciliation or legal sanctions and (6) to submit to the Governor its recommendations for the removal of such injustices as it may find to exist. The Commission produced its findings and related news through newsletters such as The Spotlight and Civil Rights Bulletin.


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Pamphlets originally organized in a resource binder as reference materials and deposted at the University of Connecticut's Government Records Department. Current arrangement is based on pre-existing arrangement established by the Records Department.

Provenance and Acquisition


Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to various aspects of Connecticut history and human rights issues. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Connecticut Commission on Civil Rights Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2013 September
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US