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Affirmative Action Office records

 Collection
Identifier: RG-03-030
The Affirmative Action Office evolved out of the University's Affirmative Action Program, formulated in June 1970, in order to increase employment of minorities and females within the University. Yvonne Theodore was appointed Affirmative Action Officer in August 1971, and was under the jurisdiction of Joseph Rumburger, Director of Personnel Services and Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Programs. The records of the Affirmative Action Office range in date from 1970 to 1980 and include records of Joseph Rumburger in his capacity as Director of Equal Employment Programs and Yvonne Theodore, Affirmative Action Officer.

Dates

  • 1970-1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

All collections are closed except to office of origin or original owner until processed. University records are closed for 25 years from the point of creation. Records in this collection may contain sensitive information, or they may be subject to legal or regulatory restrictions. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

2.85 Cubic Feet (7 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box)

Biographical / Historical

The Affirmative Action Office evolved out of the University's Affirmative Action Program, formulated in June 1970, in order to increase employment of minorities and females within the University. Yvonne Theodore was appointed Affirmative Action Officer in August 1971, and was under the jurisdiction of Joseph Rumburger, Director of Personnel Services and Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Programs.

In 1979, the Affirmative Action Office was placed under the administration of the Provost's Office; the functions of the Office, however, did not change. Yvonne Theodore was both a regular and "ex officio" member of the various divisional Affirmative Action committees at different times, as well as a member of the University wide committee. The divisional committees at the various schools were formed so that members of the faculty and staff could advise the Deans. These committees monitored and directed Affirmative Action programs within each division to make sure that the University continually made a "good faith effort" to recruit and hire females and minorities. Where federal monies were involved, the Office was required, at various times, to submit Equal Employment Opportunity Reports to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (formerly known as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare) documenting progress being made by the University on the basis of the reports by the divisional committees.

On occasion, people believing they were being discriminated against on the basis of sex, religion, or national origin in regard to hiring, salaries, promotion, or termination bring a complaint against the University to such agencies as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Maryland State Commission on Human Relations and the Baltimore and Washington, DC, Commission on Human Relations. The Affirmative Action Office often works with University Counsel in the role of the University's agent, defending University actions and working to reach an equitable settlement.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Affirmative Action Office range in date from 1970 to 1980 and include records of Joseph Rumburger in his capacity as Director of Equal Employment Programs and Yvonne Theodore, Affirmative Action Officer. Mr. Rumburger's files cover the time period prior to Ms. Theodore's appointment (August 1971). The records divide into two series: (1) Files of the Affirmative Action Committees and (2) Complaint Cases.

The records document Equal Employment Opportunity and the University's effort to comply with Federal laws. The work of the various committees, as well as the complaint cases, illustrate the continuing efforts of the University in this direction.

Arrangement

Arranged into two series.

Other Finding Aids

An offline inventory is available. Please contact Special Collections regarding access to this inventory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred to the Archives by Yvonne Theodore, Affirmative Action Officer.

Accruals

Accession Number: 81.26

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Tautz.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA