Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Series VI: Audio-Visual Materials

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Record Group 688
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Researchers may also be interested in the Manuscript Collection for the related Opportunities Industrialization Centers International.


OICA is a national network of employment and training centers which serve the hardcore poor and unemployed. The community based organization was founded in 1964 by Reverend Leon Howard Sullivan, pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia. OICA provides assistance to local affiliates in areas of program development, proposal development, fiscal management, and management information systems.

The OICA records contain a wealth of information on a variety of programs initiated since help those individuals with special barriers to employment such as ex-offenders, former alcoholics and drug abusers, high school drop-outs, veterans, older workers and women. Files also contain documents pertaining to OICA economic development activities, particularly the Community Investment Cooperatives Program. This Program provided opportunities for minorities and other disadvantaged groups to pool resources and start business ventures in their own communities.


Organized into seven series:
  • Series I: Administration (Boxes 1-7)
  • Series II: OICA Departments (Boxes 8-70)
  • Series III: OIC Programs and Projects (Boxes 71-78)
  • Series IV: OIC Sub-Organizations (Boxes 79-82)
  • Series V: Convocations (Boxes 83-85)
  • Series VI: Audio-Visuals Materials (Boxes 86-88)
  • Series VII: Student Files (Boxes 89-90) CASE ANONYMITY

Scope & Content Note
This series consists of audio-tapes, slides, transparencies, video tapes, photographs, negatives and slides from OICA Convocations, Board meetings, dedication ceremonies and OIC local affiliates from 1969-1984.



Box 86
Audio Tapes
Reception and Reverend Leon Sullivan Address Before the U.S. Congress, n.d. (2 Tapes)
15th Annual Convocation, June 10-14, 1979
16th Annual Convocation, June 8-11, 1980
17th Annual Convocation, May 31-June 3, 1981
18th Annual Convocation, May 30-June 2, 1982
16th Annual Convocation, June 8-11, 1980
Video Cassette Tapes
"Together: A Nation of Brotherhood," OIC Film, ca. 1970s

Box 87
Photographs and Negatives, 1969-1984
American Institute for Public Service Award
Presented to Reverend Leon Sullivan, July 23, l975
Bill Patrick, AT&T, at National Industrial Advisory Council of OICA Meeting, n.d.
10th Annual Convocation, February 24-27, 1974
15th Annual Convocation, June 10-14, 1979 (Negatives Only)
16th Annual Convocation, June 8-11, 1980
17th Annual Convocation, May 31-June 3, 1981 (Negatives Only)
18th Annual Convocation, May 30-June 2, 1982 (Contact Prints Only)
Ground Breaking Ceremony for Progress Haddington Shopping Plaza, September 28, 1978
Group Shot of OIC Staff Personnel, n.d.
Individual Portraits of OICA Personnel, 1969-1984
Maria Van Hoy, Region I Director during the 1970s at Various Functions.
National Industrial Advisory Council/National Technical Advisory Committee, n.d.
OIC Buildings and Building Sites, ca. 1970
OIC Locals
Central New Jersey OIC
Greater Paterson New Jersey OIC
New York City OIC
Virgin Islands OIC
OIC Meeting on February 16, 1979 at Bell Telephone, 16th and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA (color negative, and black and white contact prints)
OIC Reception on January 24, 1979, The Senate Building in Washington, DC (color negatives)
OIC Trainees and Training Classes
Overseas Activities
Photographs from Proposed Site of New Commercial High School, Soweto, South Africa
Region II Conference, 1976
Reverend Leon Sullivan and President Jimmy Carter at the White House, June 1975
Reverend Leon Sullivan and Rose Oates looking at Portrait of Milton Oates, Director of Office of Field Operations OICA during the 1970s.
Reverend Leon Sullivan, Elton Jolly and Senator Robert Dole at the OIC Legislative Appreciation Luncheon, n.d.
Reverend Leon Sullivan Shaking Hands With Edward Ryan, New York State Controller, November 5, 1985
Thomsena Cotton, Gwendolyn Budd and Kenneth Duffan at Meeting, n.d.
Tribute Luncheon for General Electric Board Chairman, Reginald Jones, February 23, 1981
Unidentified Photographs

Box 88
Oversized Photographs
Reverend Thomas Ritter and Dr. Leon H. Sullivan at the Original OIC Opening Day Ceremonies Located on 19th and Oxford Streets, January, 1969
President Jimmy Carter Delivering Address at OIC Convocation, (2 photographs)