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Citizens United for Racial Equality (CURE) Records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0087

Scope and Contents

The Citizens United for Racial Equality (CURE) Records (1962-1990) document the organization's activities and interests as well as the larger struggle for equality and integration in San Diego.  The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, membership lists, newsletters, pamphlets, project files, questionnaires and surveys, news clippings, reports, and more. The majority of material dates from 1968 to 1976 and is divided into two series: Administrative Files (1964-1990) and Related Organizations Files (1962-1976).

The Administrative Files (1964-1990) document the organization's operation and activities, and is divided into four sub-series: Board of Directors Files, Education Project Files, Membership Files, and Office Files. The Board of Directors Files (1968-1976) consists of meeting minutes, agendas, ballots, and other materials directly related to the Board of Directors. Arranged alphabetically, these files document the Board's decisions concerning operational issues as well as other internal matters. Of particular interest are the early minutes which document CURE’s growing pains as well as initial decisions on how the group would operate and what its main objectives would be. The Education Project Files (1968-1976) document CURE's interest in and involvement with local school integration. The sub-series, also filed alphabetically, includes news clippings, correspondence, information on bussing and the Carlin court case, as well as statistics and legislation.  Of particular interest are notes and meeting minutes related to the Lincoln High School incident in 1969.  During this incident, high school students protested the school’s curriculum and teaching methods and led to an intense stand-off between the students and school administrators and police. The Membership Files (1968-1976) consists of membership lists and renewals, and document the size and make-up of the organization. Lastly, the Office Files (1964-1990) document CURE's day-to-day activities, operations, and interests. These files include correspondence, news clippings, pamphlets and brochures, subject files, financial information, reports, and newsletters. This sub-series is arranged alphabetically and is the largest of the sub-series. The majority of the files date from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. Highlights include the Integrated Cookbook, a cookbook created by CURE volunteers. CURE used the cookbook, which contained multi-ethnic and multi-cultural recipes, to promote its mission and raise funds for the organization.

The Related Organizations Files (1962-1976) documents CURE's ties to numerous other local and national groups concerned with similar social and racial issues, including the Anti-Defamation League, the San Diego Human Relations Commission, the Chicano Federation, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Arranged alphabetically, this series includes news clippings, brochures, informational hand-outs, and reports.

Dates

  • 1962-1990
  • Majority of material found in 1968-1976

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Historical Note

Citizens United for Racial Equality (CURE) was a grass-roots, non-profit organization dedicated to the integration of society and the promotion of racial equality in San Diego. Established in 1968, the group was predominately white and sought to combat racism through the re-education of the white community. In addition, CURE worked with similar organizations in order to support and coordinate mutual objectives and actions. The organization lobbied for the integration of San Diego schools and housing; held workshops on racism in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego; and led multi-ethnic discussion panels. CURE also produced a monthly newsletter with approximately four thousand subscribers. A fifteen-member board of directors led the organization with the support of numerous volunteers.

Extent

3.96 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement Note

I. Administrative Files

1. Board of Directors Files

2. Education Project Files

3. Membership Files

4. Office Files

II. Related Organizations Files

Source of Acquisition

Citizens United for Racial Equality

Accruals

1977-006

Related Materials

Harold K. Brown Papers

Reverend George Walker Smith Papers

Leon Williams Papers

Carlin Integration Case Records

School Integration Task Force Records

Title
Citizens United for Racial Equality (CURE) Records
Status
Completed
Date
12/05/2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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