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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative Records, 1989-2008

Brochures, 1981

Historical Materials, 1964

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Human Rights Commission Records

An Inventory to the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Human Rights Commission
Title: Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Human Rights Commission Records
Inclusive Dates: 1964, 1981-2008
Abstract: The Human Rights Commission of the city of Austin, TX, was initially established in 1964 as the Human Relations Commission to investigate complaints regarding human relations in the City of Austin. The collection consists of meeting minutes and annual reports, from 1989 to 2008, of the Human Rights Commission, as well as Braille and non-Braille copies of brochures distributed by the commission (when it was named the Human Relations Commission) in 1981, and historical materials, including correspondence to the Human Relations Commission, from 1964.
Identification: AR.1991.057
Quantity: .9 linear feet (2 text boxes and 1 qAR box)
Location: Archives Stacks and qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government. State, federal, and charter provisions establish several of the city's boards and commissions, but most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics, including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries, and the airport. The influence and value of boards and commissions is significant because, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the city's governmental process, they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the city council to consider. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.

The Human Rights Commission of the city of Austin, TX, was initially established in 1964 as the Human Relations Commission, pursuant to city ordinance no. 640512-A. But because the members of the city council could not agree as to who should be appointed to the commission or how much power it should have, the commission was inactive from its creation. In 1966, the city council adopted a plan to contract with a private corporation that would handle the city's civil-rights matters. That non-profit entity was named the Austin Equal Citizenship Corporation (AECC).

In 1967, the city council again established the Human Relations Commission, pursuant to city ordinance no. 671005-B. The AECC was dissolved and, by the end of the year, twenty-five Austin citizens, including some who had been members of the AECC, were appointed to the Human Relations Commission. In 1988, the city effectively changed the commission's name to the Human Rights Commission, pursuant to city ordinance no. 880211-F, which "abolished" the Human Relations Commission and "established" the Human Rights Commission.

As of 2014, the commission is authorized, pursuant to city ordinance no. 2-1-148, to "secure for all individuals in the City freedom from discrimination because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age." According to the commission's website, the primary goal of the commission "is to promote and enforce fair treatment of all individuals in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations." Among its general duties, the commission "advises and consults with the city council on all matters involving racial, religious or ethnic discrimination" and "recommends to the City Council legislation designed to eliminate prejudice and discrimination." Its specific duties include protecting individuals against unlawful employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and discrimination in public accommodations, as well as protecting individuals living with HIV or AIDS against discrimination and protecting individuals living with disabilities against discrimination by the city or its contractors.

Sources:

Austin Human Rights Commission Resources-- http://www.austintexas.gov/page/austin-human-rights-commission-resources (accessed on March 18, 2014)

The Code of the city of Austin, TX-- http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Texas/austin/thecodeofthecityofaustintexas?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:austin_tx$anc=%20 (accessed on March 18, 2014)

Former city ordinance no. 640512-A (1964)-- http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=41424(accessed on March 18, 2014)

Former city ordinance no. 671005-B (1967)-- http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=39116 (accessed on March 18, 2014)

Former city ordinance no. 880211-F (1988)-- http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=6409 (accessed on March 18, 2014)

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Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of 3 series: (1) the Administrative Records series (1989-2008), which contains meeting minutes of the Human Rights Commission and, for some years, an annual report published by the commission; (2) the Brochures series (1981), which includes braille brochures on equal-employment opportunities, fair housing, public accommodations, and human relations, as well as two non-braille brochures on public accommodations, all of which were disseminated by the Human Relations Commission; and (3) the Historical Materials series (1964), which includes a copy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an outline of specific provisions in that act, a letter and a questionnaire that were sent to the Human Relations Commission from Howard W. Rogerson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and six letters sent to the commission from African-American residents of Austin--each letter states that the resident was not permitted to bowl at one of two local bowling establishments (the "Dart" Bowling Alley and Austin Bowl-O-Rama) because of his or her race.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: (1) Administrative Records; (2) Brochures; and (3) Historical Materials.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Austin (Tex.) Human Relations Commission.
Austin (Tex.) Human Rights Commission.
Austin Equal Citizenship Corporation.
Places:
Austin (Tex.).
Subjects:
Braille books.
Civil Rights--United States.
Human rights--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Annual reports.
Braille brochures.
Brochures.
Correspondence.
Legislation.
Meeting minutes.
Questionnaires.

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Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR.2012.006 Austin Equal Citizenship Corporation Records

Austin Files


  • AF Civil Rights - Human Relations Commission H4585 (3)
  • AF Civil Rights - Austin Human Rights Commission C4600 (6)
  • AF Human Rights - Austin Human Rights Commission H4600 (1) T

General Collection


  • A 301.412 CO Commission on the Status of Women Hearing: September 30, 1975. 1975.
  • A 305.8 AUH882A Austin (Tex.). Human Relations Commission. Annual report. 1968.
  • A 307.76 AUH884C FY 1980-1981 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding Requests. 1980.
  • A 331.1330976 AUH8835K Austin (Tex.). Human Rights Commission. Austin Human Rights Commission Presents Keeping You Informed: EEO Symposium, November 9, 1994. 1994.
  • A 352.9411 AUH882P Austin (Tex.). Human Relations Commission. Procedures Manual. 1981.
  • A 361.976431 YO Austin (Tex.). Human Relations Commission. Your Austin Where to Call Guide.
  • A 363.209764 AU Austin (Tex.). City Council. Emergency Meeting of City Council, Civil Service Commission and Human Relations Commission to Hear Citizens' Groups Discuss Police Activities: October 15, 1974, 6:00 P.M. 1974.
  • A 363.51 AUH882H Austin (Tex.). Human Relations Commission. Housing Pattern Studies of Austin, Texas: A Report. 1979.
  • A 363.51 AUH882H Austin (Tex.). Human Relations Commission. Housing Pattern Studies: Segregation and Discrimination in Austin, Texas: A Report. 1979.
  • A 363.51 AUH882H FICHE Austin (Tex.). Human relations Commission. Housing Pattern Studies of Austin, Texas: A Report. 1980.
  • A 363.59 AUD4425A Austin (Tex.). Dept. of Planning. Austin Housing Study for Handicapped Citizens. 1982.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Human Rights Commission Records (AR.1991.057). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Austin History Center in accordance with the City of Austin Records Control Schedule.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Molly Hults/2009. Revised and encoded by Ashley Adair/2011. Revised and encoded by Roger Simon/2014.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative Records, 1989-2008

Box Folder
1 1 Meeting minutes, 1989-1990
2 Meeting minutes, 1990-1991
3 Meeting minutes, 1991-1992
4 Meeting minutes, 1992-1993
5 Meeting minutes, 1993-1994
6 Meeting minutes, 1994-1995
7 Meeting minutes, 1995-1996
8 Meeting minutes, 1996-1997
9 Meeting minutes, 1997-1998
10 Meeting minutes, 1998-1999
11 Meeting minutes and annual report, 1999-2000
12 Meeting minutes and annual report, 2000-2001
13 Meeting minutes and annual report, 2001-2002
14 Meeting minutes and annual report, 2002-2003
15 Meeting minutes, 2003-2004
Box Folder
2 1 Meeting minutes and annual report, 2004-2005
2 Meeting minutes and annual report, 2005-2006
3 Meeting minutes, 2006-2007
4 Meeting minutes, 2007-2008

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Brochures, 1981

Location Box
qAR 50 Braille brochures, 1981
50 Non-Braille brochures, 1981

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Historical Materials, 1964

Box Folder
2 5 Correspondence and federal legislation, 1964

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