Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities Records
This collection includes materials of the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities from 1958-1966. The majority of the materials were created by the CICTC; items of note include organizational newsletters, board meeting minutes, programming and publicity materials, and the correspondence of James A. Leadon (CICTC president from 1958-1960). There are also materials documenting national efforts on race relations during this time period, one item of note is information on the Chicago-based Friendship House movement. Also included are materials that document the anti-racism efforts of CICTC member Patricia Parlin Caponi in the St. Paul Public Schools.
- Majority of material found within 1955 - 1968
About the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities
The Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities (CICTC) was an organization started in the spring of 1958 by several young people in the St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota community. Troubled by segregation and the struggles of minority groups in the United States, the group was formed in order to promote interracial justice and understanding.
Patricia Parlin Caponi, a 1952 graduate of the College of St. Catherine, was a founding member of the organization, serving as Secretary from 1958-1959. As of 1959, the organization had over 100 members, including photographer Gordon Parks and a large constituency of nuns, priests, and other clergy.
Notable CICTC events included speakers on race relations, a yearly Human Rights Workshop, and a variety of community outreach programming. Along with local events, the group partnered with the Friendship House movement, based in Chicago, Illinois. The Friendship House had created a Home Visit Program in which Caucasian participants would visit Black homes, encouraging positive dialogue and understanding between the races.
Following its mission of “striving to apply Catholic principles on racial matters and racial problems faced by the local communities,” the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities attempted to make a positive impact during the turbulent times of the late 1950s to mid-1960s.
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The Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities (CICTC) Records includes materials created or used by the organization from 1958-1968. The materials consist of newsletters, board meeting minutes, and the correspondence of James A. Leadon (1958-1960 CICTC board president). There are also fliers, invitations, and other ephemera used for local program events including information on the organization's participation in the national Friendship House movement.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Patricia Parlin Caponi donated her collection of Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities correspondence, meeting minutes and other related materials to St. Catherine University over a period of years from 2011 to 2022.
This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Anne Thayer, MLIS graduate student, in April 2015. The finding aid was revised on July 14, 2022 by Amy Shaw, Archivist.
- Guide to the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities Records St. Catherine University Archives and Special Collections
- Anne Thayer, MLIS graduate student, with updates by Amy Shaw, Archivist
- April 2015
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