Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC]

(Record Group 403)
1965-97 (bulk 1966-81)

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 403.1 Administrative History
  • 403.2 Headquarters Records 1966-74
  • 403.3 Field Office Records 1970-81
    • 403.3.1 Records of the Denver District Office
    • 403.3.2 Records of the Seattle District Office
  • 403.4 Video Recordings (General) 1971, 1982, 1987
  • 403.5 Sound Recordings (General)
  • 403.6 Machine-Readable Records (General)
  • 403.7 Still Pictures (General) 1965-97

403.1 Administrative History

Established: As an independent agency, effective July 2, 1965, by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 253), July 2, 1964.

Functions: Monitors compliance with and enforces provisions of statutes to end discrimination in employment. Promotes voluntary action programs.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

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403.2 Headquarters Records

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403.2.1 General records

Textual Records: Records accumulated in connection with EEOC litigation against the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) and its subsidiaries before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 1971-73, consisting mostly of verbatim transcripts of proceedings before the FCC during 1972, exhibits introduced by EEOC, other legal documents, and publications. EEOC reports and publicity materials, 1966-68.

Sound Recordings: AT&T hiring practices, an EEOC exhibit, consisting of a discussion over radio station KNDA, June 24, 1971 (2 items).

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403.2.2 Records of the Research Division

Machine-Readable Records: Staff employment by sex and minority group for job classifications in state and local governments (2 data sets) and public schools (4 data sets), 1973- 74; by apprenticeship status for private employers (4 data sets) and labor unions (6 data sets), 1967-72; documenting minority group membership in union locals, 1967-72 (5 data sets); and documenting minority group employees among private employers, 1966-74 (9 data sets), all surveys with supporting documentation.

Specific Restrictions: As specified by the EEOC under section 709(c) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC survey records are closed to general researchers for a period not to exceed 50 years as provided by 44 U.S.C. 2104, except for summaries and aggregations that do not disclose the identity of individual reporting units. Government agencies with data sharing agreements are authorized to receive individual unit reporting data.

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403.3 Field Office Records

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403.3.1 Records of the Denver District Office

Textual Records (in Denver): Case file, EEOC v. Trailways, Inc., Civil Action 80-W-1446, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (Denver, CO), 1980-81.

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403.3.2 Records of the Seattle District Office

Textual Records (in Seattle): Case file, EEOC v. Ironworkers Local 86, Civil Action 8618, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Northern Division (Seattle, WA), 1970-79.

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403.4 Video Recordings (General)
1971, 1982, 1987

"Equal Chance," a series of EEOC public service announcements, 1987 (4 items). Public information productions titled "Manpower Action Programs," 1971; "Improving With Age," with Claude Pepper, 1987; "Sex Discrimination: It's Against the Law," 1987; and "Race and National Origin: No Business in the Workplace," 1987. Swearing-in ceremony, speeches, and television interview of EEOC Chairman Clarence Thomas, 1982 (7 items).

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403.5 Sound Recordings (General)

SEE UNDER 403.2.1.

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403.6 Machine-Readable Records (General)

SEE UNDER 403.2.2.

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403.7 Still Pictures (General)

Photographs: Meetings, conferences, presentations, and head-and-shoulder views of prominent agency personnel, including official portraits (CC, 2,800 images). Included are photographs of EEOC Chairman Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, actor Whitman Mayo, and Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.

Posters: EEOC poster collection (P), consisting of EEOC 25th Anniversary, 1989 (1 image); equal employment opportunity laws (English- and Spanish-language versions), 1990 (2 images); and publicizing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, 1991 (1 image).

Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.

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