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Citizens United for Racial Equality (CURE) Records

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.


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


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

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.


3.96 Linear Feet

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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



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