Leon DeMeunier papers: 1960-1964, 1971
Summary Information
Title: Leon DeMeunier papers
Creator: DeMeunier, Leon.
Dates: 1960-1964, 1971
Extent: 1 linear foot
Chairman of the Detroit Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) from its establishment in 1960 until sometime in 1962 or 1963. Papers include material on the operation of the Detroit chapter of CORE and its role in the national civil rights movement.
Call number: 851131 Aa 2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid prepared by: Thomas E. Powers

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Leon DeMeunier donated his papers in 1971. Donor number 5115

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Leon DeMeunier papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Leon A. DeMeunier was chairman of the Detroit Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) from its establishment in 1960 until sometime in 1962 or 1963. He was also national council member and member of the executive committee of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew in the United States, a men and boy's organization of the Episcopal Church. As CORE officer, DeMeunier served as participant, organizer, and negotiator for his organization. In the forefront of civil rights protests in this period, CORE sponsored a variety of demonstrations and protests, including lunchroom sit-ins and "Freedom Rides" on buses to the deep South to protest segregated facilities and the denial of service to African Americans.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Leon A. DeMeunier collection, covering the period of 1960 to 1964, documents the role of CORE in the civil rights struggle of the early 1960s. The focus of the collection is the national civil rights movement and its efforts to overturn the practice of segregation in the South. Although the materials have been donated as a personal collection, the files are those of Detroit CORE with the following series: Papers, Printed Materials, Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles, and Miscellanea.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Afro-American civil rights workers -- Michigan.
  • Civil rights -- United States.
  • Civil rights movements -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Discrimination in employment -- Michigan.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations.
  • Southern states.
  • DeMeunier, Leon.
  • Congress of Racial Equality.
  • Congress of Racial Equality. Detroit (Mich.)
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Papers 1960-1963, 1971 [series]

The Papers series covers the period of 1960 to 1963. There is a single item dated 1971. This series has been arranged chronologically and consists of correspondence, mimeographed materials, notes, organizational mailings, and memoranda. The series concerns the operation of Detroit CORE and the management of its protests.

Box   1  
Box   1  
January-April 1961
Box   1  
May 1961
Box   1  
June 1961
Box   1  
July 1961
Box   1  
August-September 1961
Box   1  
October-December 1961
Box   1  
Undated 1961
Box   1  
January-April 1962
Box   1  
May-August 1962
Box   1  
September-December 1962, undated
Box   1  
1963, 1971
Printed Material [series]

Printed Materials is a series also arranged chronologically and consisted of leaflets, newsletters of various organizations and groups, and various announcements and programs.

Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
1963-1964, undated
Newspaper clippings and Magazine articles [series]

The Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles series concerns both local and national events relating to CORE and to civil rights in general.

Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Miscellaneous [series]

Miscellaneous is an arbitrarily constructed file that includes the constitution and bylaws of Detroit CORE, scattered minutes of meetings and reports. Also within this series are pamphlets and publications of various organizations, and some DeMeunier personal items. Also placed here, and illustrative of the time, are two CORE collection canisters no doubt used at rallys and demonstrations.

Box   1  
CORE records

(include constitution and bylaws, minutes of meetings, and various reports)

Box   1  
Pamphlets and publications of CORE and other civil rights organizations 1960-1964
Box   1  
Miscellaneous 1961

(include tickets, calendar notebook, and receipts)

CORE collection canisters (2)