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U.S. Federal Documents on HathiTrust: US Civil Rights Commission

A research guide to HathiTrust's collections of U.S. Federal Documents


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The passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1957 created the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. This bipartisan, independent agency assists with the development of national civil rights policies, ensures the enforcement of existing civil rights laws, and studies alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.

Access the HathiTrust collection here. 

What can you find in this collection?

  • Commission hearings
  • Studies
  • National and state level reports
  • Conference records
  • Consultations
  • Directories
  • Annual reports
  • Bulletins, digests, newsletters, and other periodicals
  • Agendas
  • Rules and regulations
  • Status updates

Regarding discrimination and civil rights violations in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Housing and homeownership
  • Employment and employment benefits
  • Federally-assisted programs
  • Federal agencies
  • Wealth distribution
  • Voting and political participation
  • Justice and correctional systems
  • Law enforcement and police relations
  • Military
  • Urban renewal
  • Healthcare
  • Social mobility
  • Transportation
  • Entertainment
  • Immigration policies
  • Municipal services


Searching This Collection

  • Collection enables full-text search across all documents in subset.
  • Sort alphabetically by title or sort by date.
  • To search a keyword:
    • Enter your term and click find
    • Set to sort by most relevant (even after entering a search, the sorting feature will still be set to the default "sort by title").
  • Advanced search is unavailable.
  • A few items have cataloging issues such as no date, unspecific titles, etc. 

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