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venson and Dr. Ralph Bunche and Clarence Pickett, both recipients of
the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Barker Center became interested in the collection for several
reasons, Carleton said. "The foundation played a very important finan-
cial role in supporting a number of civil rights organizations and activi-
ties throughout the South, which is an area the Barker Center is re-
sponsible for documenting," he said. "Among these, the foundation
played a significant role in providing funds to the Mexican American
civil rights movement, particularly in Texas. Although the foundation
was involved in a wide range of social justice areas that literally ex-
tended from England to Chicago to California, one of the most signifi-
cant of its thrusts was in geographic areas of the South, including
Texas." Three other key factors help explain the Barker Center's inter-
est in the collection and in its selection to house the archives. The foun-
dation was a significant financial supporter of Dr. James Farmer, one of
the key leaders in the civil rights movement in the United States who
founded and is former national director of the Congress of Racial
Equality. Farmer donated his papers, which include thousands of docu-
ments-many pertaining to his involvement in the civil rights move-
ment from the early 1940os to 1985-to the Barker Center three years
ago. Second, the center is adjacent to the Lyndon B. Johnson Library,
which contains documents of the Johnson administration's War on Pov-
erty campaign that launched many programs the foundation sup-
ported. In addition, the university boasts the Benson Latin American
Collection, which contains archives documenting the history of Mexi-
can Americans in the United States. Although members of the Barker
Center staff are just beginning the arduous task of indexing and cata-
loging the contents of the collection, the archives are available for view-
ing, Carleton said. "There are no restrictions placed on the use of the
collection," he said. "We have completed a preliminary checklist so we
can accommodate scholars now. We just hope people who want to view
the collection will understand that it's a little more difficult to use than it
will be in the future. But we will work with anyone who needs to use the
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