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Bickham letter to Atwood, Feb. 2, 1948
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TitleBickham letter to Atwood, Feb. 2, 1948
DescriptionA letter from Martin H. Bickham, chairman of the Illinois Interracial Commission to Professor J. Howell Atwood, Feb. 2, 1948. Bickham praises Atwood for his leadership with the Galesburg interracial commission and discusses details concerning the upcoming Galesburg Conference on Civil Rights. The Galesburg conference will include a panel on employment discrimination and Bickham encloses a "Guide Sheet for Fair Employment Study" for Atwood to use at the conference.
SubjectRace discrimination
Race relations
Named PersonAtwood, Jesse Howell; Bailey, Dr.;
AuthorBickham, Martin Hayes
Time Period1940s
Date Created (original)February 2, 1948
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 9)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-08-24
Transcript February 2, 1948

Dr. J. Howell Atwood
Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois

My dear Dr. Atwood:

Dr. Bailey has no doubt sent you a copy of the printed program
for the Galesburg Conference on Civil Rights. This letter is written
to express appreciation to you for your leadership in these phases
of our struggle to fully implement our democracy.

Two or three matters that bear upon the conference and the hold-
ing of our Commission meeting in Galesburg on February 12 need
further comment.

1. In order that we may have the correct content of our Illinois
Civil Rights available, I am having sent directly to you,
through the cooperation of the Secretary of State, one-hundred
copies of the "Constitution of the State of Illinois." These
could be distributed at the registration desk, as far as they
would go. I will refer to them in my address, and possibly
others will want to refer to them in the course of the discus-
sions during the day.

2. In conference here this morning, it has been decided that the
earliest part of the meeting of our Commission at four o'clock,
will be carried on as a public hearing on conditions of fair
employment that exist in that portion of the state. In conver-
sation with Dr. Bailey, since this decision was made, we think
that the discussions in the afternoon round-table dealing with
employment could be condensed and presented in factual form
in this public hearing.

In order to give your committee some suggestions as to the kind
of information we are interested in, I am attaching a copy of a
"Guide Sheet for Fair Employment Study". If this could be
placed in the hands of your committee and they could assemble
and report to our Commission hearing any information they would
develop along these lines, it would be useful and direct ma-
terial on "the right to work."

With every good wish to you, I am

Very sincerely yours,
[signature in pen]: Martin Hayes Bickham
Dr. Martin H. Bickham

[enclosed document]


1. Factual evidence that job orders include such specifications as to
race, color, creed or national origin, as to limit job opportunities
for persons bearing such characteristics.

2. Newspaper clippings indicating limited access to jobs in help-wanted ads.

3. Application forms indicating limited access to registration for jobs in
business, industry and government.

4. Returns on investigations and agency reports of discriminations in employment
practices, compiled in recent past periods.

5. Policy statements, forms and procedures that reveal discriminatory operating
practices in hiring, training and advancement in business, industry, and
government at all levels.

6. Any reports of policy of your agency in the employment field that
include clarification of the techniques and methods used in resisting such
discriminatory practices in employment, as you have found in operation.

(Additional information may be written on reverse side)
Physical Description2 typed pages
FilenameBickham Letter 2 February 1948.pdf
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