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Creator: Miranda, Frank J., 1932-.
Title:Frank J. Miranda papers
Call Number:M112
Volume:1.3 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Frank J. Miranda (FJM) papers document his work on social issues in the Boston area, the bulk of which was accomplished in the 1960's. Topics cover local education issues, school racial imbalance, and housing conditions in the Roxbury neighborhood. Included in the collection are issues of the Boston CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) newsletter "Corespondent" from 1963-1967, the CORE constitution, newspaper clippings about CORE and minutes from CORE meetings. Materials related to the Boston CORE reunion in 1992 are contained as well, including correspondence between the members and photographs of the event. FJM's professional correspondence is also included in this collection, in addition to photographs of protests in the 1960's, and papers and brochures from Black Heritage Camp and Operation Exodus. Also included are newspaper articles dealing with protests, education, the Vietnam War, and Roxbury area housing issues that were collected by FJM.
Historical Abstract: Frank J. Miranda (FJM) was born in Roxbury Massachusetts in 1932. FJM was involved with Boston CORE for four and a half years, acting as chair during his last year. "At its height Boston CORE was completely involved in civil rights issues in Roxbury, including housing, rent strikes, legislative issues, education, fair employment, government services" ("Frank Miranda, Former Boston CORE Activist," Box 1, Folder 18). FJM was later director of the Cultural Enrichment and Tutorial Program of Operation Exodus, a community based and parent initiated organization to deal with the educational problems of African American students in Boston. While FJM was involved in Operation Exodus it had programs dealing with busing, libraries, camping, vocational education, and career development. FJM was also the administrative program director of the Black Heritage Camp, which strove to provide a "well rounded camping experience for our children, based on black pride and awareness" ("Rolling Ridge - Exodus Camping Programs," Box 1, Folder 22). In 1992, Miranda helped organize a reunion of Boston Core members at the Saint Johns Saint James Episcopal Church in Roxbury.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Miranda, Frank J., 1932-

  • African Americans -- Civil Rights
  • Congress of Racial Equality -- History
  • Civil Rights Movements -- United States
  • Direct Action
  • Nonviolence

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials: The papers of James Leonard Farmer, founder of CORE, are located at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff, May 2006