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Sarah Simmons papers

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: MS 59
This collection consists of the files concerning school desegregation in Buffalo, New York that Sarah Simmons kept as a member of the Citizen's Commission on School Desegregation and the Emergency School Aid Act Advisory Committee. Includes grant proposals, notes, reports, and publications by Buffalo Public Schools.

Dates

  • 1977-1980

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Sarah Simmons papers are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

Overview

This collection consists of the files concerning school desegregation in Buffalo, New York that Sarah Simmons kept as a member of the Citizen's Commission on School Desegregation and the Emergency School Aid Act Advisory Committee. Includes grant proposals, notes, reports, and publications by Buffalo Public Schools.

Historical Note

The United States Congress passed the Emergency School Aid Act (ESAA) in 1972 in order to implement and sustain integrated educational communities. The ESAA provided nationwide financial assistance to aid elementary and secondary schools in 1) eliminating minority segregation and discrimination among students and faculty; 2) eliminating minority isolation; and 3) assisting school children in overcoming educational disadvantages of minority group isolation. The act declared an educational institution ineligible for funding if it had engaged in any practice resulting in the disproportionate demotion or dismissal of personnel from minority groups or engaged in discriminatory employment practices.

The Citizen's Commission on School Desegregation for the Western District of New York was appointed by John T. Curtin, a United States District Judge, in September 1977. The Commission was composed of twenty-two volunteer members representing community organizations and geographic areas. Its objectives were, 1) to foster public awareness and involvement in implementing desegregation laws; 2) to monitor desegregation in all schools; 3) to serve as a contact for community input into school development; and 4) to encourage the cooperation of local universities, cultural institutions, business, and community organizations with Buffalo Public Schools.

Sarah Simmons served as a member of both the Citizen's Commission on School Desegregation and the Emergency School Aid Act Advisory Committee.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: I. Emergency School Aid Act, II. Citizen's Commission on School Desegregation.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University Archives by Sarah Simmons on May 27, 1988.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

MS 7, Citizen Council on Human Relations records, 1955-1992
MS 15, Lydia T. Wright papers, 1883-1968
>MS 178, John T. Curtin papers Re: Arthur v. Nyquist, 1982-2006
MS 103, David G. Jay files Re: Arthur v. Nyquist, 1972-1996
MS 104, Buffalo School Desegregation collection
MS 106, Joseph Manch papers, ca. 1930s-1980s

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff.
Title
Finding aid for the Sarah Simmons papers
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff; updated by Amanda Kuhnel, 2008.
Date
2008
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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