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1Title:  Greater Cleveland Project Records     
 Creator:  Greater Cleveland Project 
 Dates:  1976-1981 
 Abstract:  The Greater Cleveland Project was a non-profit organization whose purpose was to ease the implementation of court-ordered desegregation in the Cleveland (Ohio) Public Schools. The desegregation of the schools was ordered by federal judge Frank J. Battisti as part of his decision in the case of Reed v. Rhodes. The Greater Cleveland Project formally organized in May 1976, having grown from an ad-hoc committee within the Interchurch Council of Greater Cleveland. The project dispensed information about desegregation, held seminars, and gave lectures to citizens and educators to promote non-violent desegregation of the schools. Prominent in the leadership of the organization were Leonard Stevens, Daniel Elliot, Jordan Band, Stanley Tolliver, and Francis Hunter. In 1978, Judge Frank J. Battisti order the formation of the Ofrice on School Monitoring and Community Relations at the suggestion of the federal court's Special Master and the leadership of the Greater Cleveland Project. Funded initially by the Interchurch Council, the Greater Cleveland Project was also funded by the Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation. Additional funding was provided from the federal government's Emergency School Aid Act. The Greater Cleveland Project ceased operation in 1981 when federal and local funding was not renewed. The collection consists of correspondence, budgets, funding proposals, and legal briefs relating to the desegregation case of Reed v. Rhodes. 
 Call #:  MS 4720 
 Extent:  1.40 linear feet (2 containers) 
 Subjects:  Greater Cleveland Project. | Office on School Monitoring & Community Relations. | Interchurch Council of Greater Cleveland. | Cleveland Public Schools. | School integration -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Segregation -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Public schools -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Busing for school integration -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
 
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2Title:  Casimir Bielen Papers, Series II     
 Creator:  Bielen, Casimir 
 Dates:  1973-1979 
 Abstract:  Casimir Bielen was active in various political, ethnic, and community action groups in Cleveland, Ohio. In his position as a leader of the Nationalities Services Center Polish American Conference, he was nominated in 1975 to represent that organization as a member of the Study Group on Racial Isolation in the Public Schools. The Study Group was a citizens' committee formed to provide community leadership and assure peaceful implementation of court ordered desegregation of Cleveland's public schools. The Group consisted of a loose coalition of 15 organizations. Study Group members used its reports and discussions as the basis for planning by their own organizations for response to the decision, program activities, and constituent education. The collection consists of materials collected by Bielen related to groups with interest in public school desegregation and busing in Cleveland, Ohio. These include minutes, agendas, memoranda, correspondence, reports, legal briefs, circulars, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. The largest group of materials relates to the Study Group on Racial Isolation in the Public Schools. Also represented are the Nationalities Services Center, the Greater Cleveland Project, and the Citizens' Council for Ohio Schools. 
 Call #:  MS 4680 
 Extent:  1.40 linear feet (2 containers and 2 rolls of microfilm) 
 Subjects:  Bielen, Casimir, 1925-1992. | Study Group on Racial Isolation in the Public Schools. | Nationalities Services Center Polish American Conference. | Citizens' Council for Ohio Schools. | Greater Cleveland Project. | Cleveland Public Schools. | School integration -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Segregation -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Busing for school integration -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Public schools -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
 
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