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George Houser Collected Papers

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George M. Houser (1916-); Methodist minister, civil rights activist, activist for the independence of African nations; served on the staff of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (1940s-1950s); with James Farmer, and Bernice Fisher, he co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1942 in Chicago; with Bayard Rustin, another FOR staffer, Houser, a white Methodist minister, co-led the Journey of Reconciliation, a form of non-violent direct action, a two-week interracial bus journey challenging segregation. -- Wikipedia.

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Collection Inventory

Scrapbook pages, 1947.
Scrapbook pages, 1949.
Scrapbook pages, 1950.
Scrapbook pages, 1951.
Scrapbook pages, 1952.
Scrapbook pages, 1954.
Page 24: Discussion after meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa.
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 3: [Playground].
Scope and Contents

"This is the playground of many children who live too far from an open playground"

Physical Description

5.5 x 3.5; B+W

Page 5: Somewhere in the Southwest.
Physical Description

5 3/4 x 3 1/2; B+W

Page 5: Anacostin Pool (supposedly integrated).
Physical Description

5 3/4 x 3 1/2;B+W

Page 3: "Randall playground".
Physical Description

5.5 x 3.5;B+W

Rev. Donald Harrington signing a boycott Jim Crow pledge.
Scope and Contents

Rev. Donald Harrington (Community Church, NYC), signing a pledge to boycott Jim Crow places of business, recreation & worship (part of the Pledge Brotherhood Campaign sponsored by CORE)

Physical Description

7 x 5; Sepia

Page 24: Discussion after meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa.
Scope and Contents

"We had a tough, nonviolent 'discussion' on pacifism after this meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa"

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 24: Discussion after meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa.
Scope and Contents

"We had a tough, nonviolent 'discussion' on pacifism after this meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa"

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 23: Discussion after meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa.
Scope and Contents

"We had a tough, nonviolent 'discussion' on pacifism after this meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa"; Nally; Joan -1 (?)

Physical Description

4.5 x 3;; B+W

Page 23: Discussion after meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa.
Scope and Contents

"We had a tough, nonviolent 'discussion' on pacifism after this meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa"

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 23: Discussion after meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa.
Scope and Contents

"We had a tough, nonviolent 'discussion' on pacifism after this meeting with St. Peter Claver Centa"; SIS-1; Joan-1

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 15: Group of workshoppers on steps.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 15: "The workshoppers enjoyed the facilities of McKinley Pool on two hot Sunday afternoons".
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 15: [Workshoppers at McKinley Pool].
Scope and Contents

"The workshoppers enjoyed the facilities of McKinley Pool on two hot Sunday afternoons"

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 15: [Workshoppers at McKinley Pool].
Scope and Contents

"The workshoppers enjoyed the facilities of McKinley Pool on two hot Sunday afternoons"

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 15: [Workshoppers at McKinley Pool].
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 13: "Integrated" wading.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 13: Children wading.
Scope and Contents

Nally -1; Paul - 1

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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 13: Candid taken during meeting/woring in office.
Scope and Contents

Joan-1; Paul-1; Ellen-1; SIS-1

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 13:Outside Second Baptist Church.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 13: "Integrated" wading.
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 12: July 31st pilgrimage (wading).
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 12: July 31st pilgrimage (children).
Scope and Contents

"You see, children will play together"

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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 12: July 31st pilgrimage (children).
Scope and Contents

"You see, children will play together"

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 9: Steve explains C.O.R.E principles and philosophy.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 9: Congregation inside Second Baptist Church.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 9: Community congregates at second baptist church.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 9: Wally raises (?) questions from the audience.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 7: "The Second Baptist Church where our community meetings were held".
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 7: The "shed" on the playground when the directors spent their time after the "pilgrimage".
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 7: Across the street from Hoover (site of frequent ball games).
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 6: Joan, Lee, Nancy, and Steve talking to neighborhood parents.
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 6: Unidentified persons (3).
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 6: George Houser from the outside.
Scope and Contents

(in the background are the Kober apartments)

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 25: Candid, office.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 29: George Houser meeting.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 29: George Houser meeting.
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 25: Candid, office.
Scope and Contents

Nancy-1; SIS-1; Betty; Joan

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 29: George Houser meeting.
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 31: Sit-in strike at Whelan's (Longfellow Building).
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 31: Sit-in strike at Whelan's (Longfellow Building).
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 31: Sit-in strike at Whelan's (Longfellow Building).
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Sit-in strike at Whelan's (Longfellow Building).
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 33: "Workshops broadcast over WOOK".
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 33: "Workshops broadcast over WOOK".
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 33: "Workshops broadcast over WOOK".
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 34: "Workshops broadcast over WOOK".
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 34: "Workshops broadcast over WOOK".
Scope and Contents

Nally; Joan-1; man playing the violin, woman the piano

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 34: "Workshop broadcast over WOOK" (George Houser).
Scope and Contents

Scanned as: Houser interracial workshop 1951-2.psd (10/07); Joan-1

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 34: "Workshops broadcast over WOOK".
Scope and Contents

Nally; Paul Beauer (?) 1

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 35: "Workshops broadcast over WOOK".
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 35: Picnic with Friends group.
Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 36: Site of Gem Theatre(?).
Scope and Contents

Washington, D.C.

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 37: "Marvin polls the Gem theater patrons".
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 41: Restaurant skit.
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4.5 x 3; B+W

Waterfalls.
Scope and Contents

1951 George houser Scrapbook - loose; Picnic as pann(?) in Md. on our last Sunday together

Physical Description

3.5 x 4.5; B+W

Picnic.
Scope and Contents

1951 George houser Scrapbook - loose; Picnic as pann(?) in Md. on our last Sunday together (1951)

Physical Description

4.5 x 3; B+W

Page 1: Group.
Physical Description

4.5 x 3

Page 7: July 4, 1952 outing.
Scope and Contents

at Dr. E.B. Hendenson's off Chesapeake Bay, MD

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 7: July 4, 1952 outing (beach).
Scope and Contents

at Dr. E.B. Hendenson's off Chesapeake Bay, MD

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 7: July 4, 1952 outing.
Scope and Contents

at Dr. E.B. Hendenson's off Chesapeake Bay, MD

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 7: July 4, 1952 outing (front yard).
Scope and Contents

Dr. E.B. Hendenson's front yard, Chesapeake Bay, MD

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 7: "Picketing at DC Recreation Building".
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3.5 x 3.5

Page 8: "Picketing at DC Recreation Building".
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3.5 x 3.5

Page 9: "Picketing at DC Recreation Building".
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3.5 x 3.5

Page 9: "Picketing at DC Recreation Building".
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3.5 x 3.5

Page 9: "Picketing at DC Recreation Building".
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3.5 x 3.5

Page 9: "Picketing at DC Recreation Building".
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3.5 x 3.5

Page 14: "Polling Dime-Store Patrons".
Scope and Contents

Clarence Martin #16

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

"Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Wed. July 16 Rosedale #26

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3.5 x 3.5

"Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Wed. July 16 Rosedale #25

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3.5 x 3.5

"Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Mrs.Savoy on Rosedale playground

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 14: "Polling Dime-Store Patrons".
Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 14: "Polling Dime-Store Patrons".
Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 15: "Polling Dime-Store Patrons".
Scope and Contents

() Martin

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 15: "July 13th Picnic at the Harris's".
Scope and Contents

22#

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 21: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Wed. July 16 Rosedale #30

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 21: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

() st. (?) Wed. July 16

Physical Description

3.5 x 5

Page 21: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Wed., July 16 Rosedale #29

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 23: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
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5 x 3.5

Page 23: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
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5 x 3.5

Page 23: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
Physical Description

5 x 3.5

Page 23: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
Physical Description

5 x 3.5

Page 24: "Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

In the paddy wagon The () July 17; #23

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 33: "Rosedale playground from Pilgrim A.M.E. Church".
Physical Description

5 x 3.5

Page 44: "Picketing at DC Recreation Building" (group resting on steps).
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5 x 3.5

Page 45: Dean Fletcher.
Scope and Contents

Dean Fletcher #9

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 45: Bob Young.
Scope and Contents

Bob Young #19

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 45: Lyn Green.
Scope and Contents

#27

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

Page 45: L. Millard Hunt.
Scope and Contents

#24

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

"Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Playground () people who came to work at (). () when we get into the plaground

Physical Description

5 x 3.5

"Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Mrs. () in playground

Physical Description

5 x 3.5

"Gates of Rosedale playground".
Physical Description

5 x 3.5

"Gates of Rosedale playground".
Scope and Contents

Rosedale #28

Physical Description

3.5 x 3.5

"Millard Hunt with bruised eye (Pilgrim AME Church).
Physical Description

5 x 3.5

Page 3: Interviewing playground attendent at Georgetown.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 3: "Bob on a swing".
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 3: "Ruth, Paula, Bob A., and Rosalee test out the monkey bars at Rosedale Playground".
Scope and Contents

B+W; 3.5 x 3.5

Page 5: Potomac Outing.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 3.5 x 3.5

Page 5: Potomac Outing (Rosalie, Marv: Bob A.).
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 5: Potomac Outing (Wally Nelson).
Scope and Contents

B+W; 3.5 x 3.5

Page 5: Potomac Outing (Irene).
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 9: "Irene, Rus, Guiles, Rosalie and Manu, off to interview parents".
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 9: Marv, Rosalie, + Rev. Guiles talking to high school students at playground.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5; Anacostia

Page 9: Kay Meyeis.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 3.5 x 3.5; "Kay Meyeis stands in front of church where we held some meetings"

Page 11: Workshoppers outside.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 11: Workshoppers outside talking.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 15: Visit with Baltimore CORE at Koinonia Foundation.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 15: Visit with Baltimore CORE at Koinonia Foundation.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 15: Rosedale 2 years later.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 15: Paula, Bob, Wally Nelson.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Page 23: Paula.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 3.5 x 3.5

Page 15: Grace.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 5 x 3.5

Adam Clayton Powell signing "Boycott Jim Crow" Pledge.
Scope and Contents

B+W; 7 x 5; Rev. Adam Clayton Powell of Abyssinian Baptist church, Harlem (nyc), signing a pledge to boycott Jim Crow places of business, recreation and worship, part of the Pledge Brotherhood Campaign sponsored by CORE and FOR.

Houser's Correspondence: Attacks against C.O.R.E., 1950-1955.
Correspondence, 1942-1948.
Houser's Correspondence: C.O.R.E. Workshop, 1949-1953.
Biographical information and statements (on conscientious objection, CPS, tax refusal), 1942-2007.
Conference about the prison system, September 15-16, 1945.
Scrapbook pages: "Journey of Reconciliation", 1947.

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