Biography and History

In 1910 the National Urban League was founded as a response to the migration of blacks from the Caribbean and the southern states to cities in the north, subsequently in 1919 the New York Committee of this organization was officially incorporated as the New York Urban League. Its objectives, as an interracial, nonprofit organization are to improve the health, housing, and employment problems of New York City's black community.

Source: From the finding aid for C0869

  • New York Urban League Correspondence. 1922-1979 (inclusive), 1922-1933 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0869

    The New York Urban League was founded circa 1913. Its stated goals were to "promote sympathetic understanding between white and colored people" and to improve the economic status of African-Americans through health, housing, and recreation programs as well as an effort to increase the number and the quality of jobs for minorities. The League's motto: "Not alms, but opportunity." This collection is comprised mainly of the correspondence of Arthur C. Holden, president of the N.Y. Urban League from 1922-1931, and a member of the executive board until 1943. It contains general files of the organization's correspondence predominantly spanning the years 1922-1933, with a few items from the years 1968-1979.