Wendell P. Dabney     

Guide to African American Resources
at the Cincinnati History Library and Archives













From the Library Catalog:

Call Number    MSS 888
Author    Spencer, Marian A. (Marian Alexander), 1921-
Title    Marian A. Spencer papers, 1954-1985 (bulk 1980-1985).
Description    29 cubic ft. (31 boxes and 1 oversized folder).
Historical Note    Marian A. Spencer, an African-American native of Gallipolis, Ohio, served as chairperson of the Community Steering Committee for Indigent Defense in Cincinnati before becoming president of the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP in 1981. She was elected to Cincinnati City Council as a Charterite in 1983 and served for one term.
Summary    The collection primarily covers Spencer's term on Cincinnati City Council and the years leading up to it (1980-1985). It includes papers from various City Council committees, such as the Finance and Labor Committee, the Law Committee, the Public Works Committee and others. Topics include school desegregation, expansion of the Convention Center, urban renewal, housing, zoning of the Riverfront, historic districts, infrastructure, divestment from South Africa, taxation, cable television, the William H. Zimmer Nuclear Power Plant, public utilities, transportation, affirmative action, budget, the environment, etc. Also contains maps, speeches, resolutions, letters from constituents, architectural drawings of the Queensgate redevelopment by the Doepke/Lesniewicz Partnership, and materials from the NAACP and the Community Steering Committee for Indigent Defense.
Arrangement    Organized into the following series: I. Non-City Council files; II. City Council subject files; III. Printed works; IV. Oversized documents; V. Museum objects.
Reproductions    In part, photocopies.
Citation    Cite as: Marian A. Spencer Papers, 1954-1985 (bulk 1980-1985), Mss 888, Cincinnati Historical Society.
General Note    Photographs and negatives located in the Photographs Department. Audio tapes of budget hearings located in the Broadcast Archives.
Finding Aid    Register available in the Library.
Subjects    Affirmative action programs -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
African American civic leaders -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
African American women -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Architectural drawings.
Cable television -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Charter Party (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cincinnati (Ohio) -- Archival resources.
Cincinnati (Ohio) -- Politics and government.
Cincinnati (Ohio) -- Race relations.
City council members -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Convention facilities -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Disinvestment -- South Africa.
Historic districts -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Housing -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Labor unions -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Legal aid -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Local taxation -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Local transit -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Municipal government -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Nuclear power plants -- Ohio -- Moscow.
Police-community relations -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
School integration -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Sewerage -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Transportation -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Urban renewal -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Waterfronts -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Women city council members -- Ohio -- Cincinnati
Organizations    Cincinnati (Ohio). City Council.
Community Steering Committee for Indigent Defense (Cincinnati, Ohio)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cincinnati Branch.



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