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The Seattle Open Housing Campaign, 1959-1968 -
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Pre-1960 Documents

Restrictive covenant from Windermere neighborhood (April 1, 1929)

Letter from Mayor Devin to City Council with regard to legislative action concerning racial equalities (January 28, 1946)

City Council Resolution 14192 regarding discrimination in employment (January 28, 1946)

Letter to City Council from Christian Friends for Racial Equality regarding plat with restrictive covenants in Windermere plat (May 12, 1949)

Letter to City Council from Civic Unity Committee of Seattle regarding covenants (June 12, 1953)

Response from City Council regarding restrictive covenants (June 18, 1953)


NAACP Request for Passage of Ordinance Prohibiting Discrimination in Housing

Letter to City Council from NAACP regarding ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing (November 30, 1961)

Statement of Caroline Root against open housing legislation (December 5, 1961)

Letter from John Huttman in favor of NAACP request for passage of ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing (December 7, 1961)

Comments of Edwards E. Merges on behalf of Apartment Owners Association regarding open housing legislation (December 11, 1961)


Lake Washington Realty

Letter from E. June Smith to Better Business Bureau (April 26, 1962)

Letter to Mayor Clinton from E. June Smith on behalf of NAACP (April 26, 1962)

Letter from City Corporation Counsel A.C. Van Soelen to E. June Smith (May 2, 1962)


Citizens' Advisory Committee on Minority Housing report

Selections from report of the Citizens' Advisory Committee on Minority Housing (December 1962)

Letter from Mayor Clinton to City Council regarding the Citizens' Advisory Committee on Minority Housing report (December 24, 1962)

Letter from Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to Mayor Clinton (December 28, 1962)

Letter from Sidney Gerber to Mayor Clinton (January 11, 1963)


Proposed 1963 Open Housing Legislation

Proposed Open Housing Ordinance pamphlet (1963)

Audio clips and transcripts from Committee of the Whole hearing regarding open housing (October 25, 1963)
     John Hurst Adams testimony
     Nancy McGhee testimony
     Eileen Meacham testimony
     Thomas W. Miller testimony

Petition of Seattle Japanese Hotel and Apartment Association in favor of proposed Open Housing Ordinance (October 25, 1963)

Paid advertisements in newspaper for "no" vote and "yes" vote (1963)


1963-1968 Documents

Fair Housing Listing Service flyer (1963)

March for Open Housing flyer (March 7, 1964)

Letter from CORE to Mayor Braman regarding Picture Floor Plans, Inc. (April 18, 1964)

Correspondence regarding appointment of Charles Z. Smith as Judge of Municipal Court
     Letter from C.H. Birney to Mayor Braman (October 24, 1964)
     Letter from Mayor Braman to C.H. Birney (November 25, 1964)

Letter to Mayor Braman from Alfred Westberg (April 12, 1966)

Seattle Human Rights Commission meeting minutes (September 19, 1967)


1968 Open Housing Ordinance

Proposed Open Housing Ordinance pamphlet (1968)

Letter from Bill Sourwine to Mayor Braman (April 5, 1968)

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Winfield S. King. to Mayor Braman (April 6, 1968)

Letter from Caroline Root to Mayor Braman (April 7, 1968)

Letter from Apartment Operators Association to City Council (April 11, 1968)


Photographs

Sit-in at Mayor's office (July 3, 1963)

Sit-in at Seattle City Council meeting (July 26, 1963)

1,000 demonstrators march from First AME Church to Federal Courthouse coinciding with "March on Washington" in D.C. (August 28, 1963)

Tacoma voters bringing petitions requesting open housing ordinance be put on the ballot in that city (October 2, 1963)

Open housing demonstration ending at Garfield High School playground (October 20, 1963)

Civil rights marchers at Olympic Hotel (March 2, 1964)

Open housing demonstration at Westlake Mall, downtown Seattle (March 7, 1964)

CORE-sponsored demonstration at realtor office of Picture Floor Plans, Inc. (May 2, 1964)

Memorial march for civil rights workers missing in Mississippi (June 29, 1964)

Mayor Braman with members of Human Rights Commission (December 4, 1968)