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Regional Politics and Policies in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

NAACP - Corvallis Branch

The NAACP Corvallis chapter letterhead logo

The Corvallis, Oregon Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was chartered by the national organization on January 11, 1971 with the mission to improve the "political, educational, social, and economic status of minority groups within the Corvallis area". Calvin O.L. Henry was elected the first Corvallis Branch president - he had been involved in civil rights in Oregon since the 60s. Following the establishment of the Corvallis-Albany branch of the NAACP, he founded the Oregon Assembly of Black Affairs, an educational organization, and the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs. He also taught in the OSU College of Education.

Today, the Linn-Benton Branch of the NAACP focuses their efforts on a variety of causes in pursuit of justice and dismantling racism, including organizing around environmental and climate justice, health and wellness, education, housing, political action, and legal redress. 

Archival Materials

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center hold the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Corvallis Branch Records, 1971-1974, which detail the work of the organization in the early to mid-1970s via annual reports from standing and special committees. The records also include correspondence to and from President Henry, newspaper clippings, and general correspondence about happenings in and around Corvallis, including "whites only" policies of social clubs around the city, the climate for Black students and faculty on the OSU campus, and affirmative action and employment policies of local employers.

A search for "NAACP Corvallis" in Oregon Digital yields several results, many of which are events listings of NAACP events in university periodicals. 

The NAACP Linn-Benton Branch website includes a newsletter archive, as well as documentation of their history and more recent activity as an organization.