Randolph Warren Carter papers  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Carter, Randolph Warren
Randolph Warren Carter papers
.06 cubic foot; 1 sound cassette
Collection Number
1220 (Accession No. 1220-001)
Papers and tape-recorded interview of a public official discussing the segregated nature of Seattle in 1950s and the status of black and white relations between 1952 and 1969
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Carter is a member of the state program for black vocational rehabilitation. He is a sociologist in social work, having received a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1952. When he first came to Seattle, there was much housing discrimination. There were also few black teachers so Carter encouraged the hiring of blacks. The schools were also very segregated. Carter formed a "Block System" in the Central Area to encourage blacks to help themselves. In 1962 Governor Rosellini appointed Carter to the Washington State Board Against Discrimination. He was the only black cabinet member. At the time of the interview, he was employed by the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of Washington State.

Carter served as Executive secretary for the Washington State Board Against Discrimination and as a counselor for the Model Cities Sheltered Workshop Program.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Minutes, correspondence, reports and agreement (photocopies). Accession also includes a tape recorded interview.

Carter discusses the segregated nature of Seattle in the early 1950s when he arrived. He outlines the status of black and white relations in Seattle between 1952 and 1969, particularly in the areas of education, employment and housing. He chronicles efforts to overcome discrimination in employment. He discusses crime statistics and police/community relations and identifies these areas as ones in which little progress has been made. Carter evaluates the policies of President Nixon as they affect black Americans. He also discusses Governor Evans' efforts to solve the problems of blacks living in the State of Washington. He describes the state program for black vocational rehabilitation, the employment program he currently directs.

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Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Carter, Randolph Warren--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle Urban League
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bell, S. Leonard (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)