Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America: Collection Overview

Collection ID: 
Acc. 689, PC-51
Date: 
1963-1989
Footage: 
96 linear feet (93 boxes)
Collecting Area: 

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Collection Summary

Title

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Records

Dates
1963-1989

Collection ID
Acc. 689, PC-51

Creator
Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America

Quantity
96 linear feet (93 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) is a national network of employment and training centers which serve the 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.

Description of Collection

This collection documents the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) administrative bodies including the Board of Directors, Executive Directors Office, Executive Council, Executive Assembly, National Auxiliary, National Technical Advisory Council and the National Industrial Advisory Committee. Records include correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, proposals, financial statements, program guidelines, memorandums and affiliate agreements. Collection also contains audio-visual materials, including photographs, negatives, slides, audio cassettes and videocassettes. The bulk of the collection describes the job training and economic development activities undertaken by the different OICA departments and program.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series as follows:

Series 1:  Administration, 1968-1983, undated
          Subseries 1.1: National Board of Directors, 1967-1981
          Subseries 1.2: National Executive Board, 1971-1981
          Subseries 1.3: National Executive Council, 1973-1981
          Subseries 1.4: Executive Assembly, 1976-1980
          Subseries 1.5: National Auxiliary Board, 1975-1981
          Subseries 1.6: National Industrial Advisory Council, 1970-1983
          Subseries 1.7: National Technical Advisory Committee, 1973-1980
          Subseries 1.8: Executive Director's Office, 1968-1982
          Subseries 1.9: Deputy Director's Office, 1971-1983
Series 2: OICA Departments, 1963-1984, undated
          Subseries 2.1: Division of Special Programs, 1971-1984
          Subseries 2.2: Office of Planning and Development, 1963-1984
          Subseries 2.3: Management Information Systems, 1964-1981
          Subseries 2.4: Office of Religious Resources, 1972-1980
          Subseries 2.5: Government Relations Office, 1970-1981
          Subseries 2.6: Office of Planning and Special Programs, 1968-1973
          Subseries 2.7: National Extension Services, 1964-1971
          Subseries 2.8: Administrative Office, 1971-1981
          Subseries 2.9: Office of Field Operations, 1965-1988
          Subseries 2.10: Office of Field Support, 1968-1972
          Subseries 2.11: Office of Fund Development and Support, 1974-1982
          Subseries 2.12: Economic Development Administration Office, 1970-1979
          Subseries 2.13: Legal Office, 1970-1981
Series 3: OIC Programs and Projects, 1966-1989
          Subseries 3.1: Adult Armchair Education Program, 1966-1977
          Subseries 3.2: Community Economic Development Program, 1978-1984
          Subseries 3.3: Community Investment Cooperatives Program, 1968-1982
          Subseries 3.4: Developmental Task Force Project, 1976-1977
          Subseries 3.5: Feeder Program, 1968-1976
          Subseries 3.6: Job Corp Center Program, 1979-1981
          Subseries 3.7: Project A.I.M./J.O.Y. (Accelerated Improvement Through Motivation/Job Opportunities for Youth), 1978-1979
          Subseries 3.8: Project PROBE/YES (Project to Rehabilitate Offenders Through Behavior and Education/Youth Exploration Services), 1979-1981
          Subseries 3.9: Special Demonstration Evening Program, 1977-1979
          Subseries 3.10: Youth to Job Transition Program, 1975-1989
Series 4:  OIC Sub-Organizations, 1969-1982
          Subseries 4.1: Executive Directors' Association, 1971-1982
          Subseries 4.2: Mini-University (portions restricted), 1977-1985
          Subseries 4.3: National Progress Association for Economic Development, 1969-1972
          Subseries 4.4: Opportunities Academy of Management Training, 1968-1984
          Subseries 4.5: Opportunities Industrialization Centers International, 1970-1979
Series 5: Convocations, 1969-1982
Series 6: Audio-Visual Materials, 1969-1982, undated
Series 7: Student Files (Restricted), 1980-1981
Series 8 (PC-51): Photographs, 1960s-1980s

Series 1:  Administration, 1968-1983, undated. This series documents the activities of the OICA National Board of Directors. Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, memorandums and reports of the Board and its various components including, the National Executive Board, Executive Council, Executive Assembly and National Auxiliary Board from 1969-1981. Several folders also document the activities of the National Industrial Advisory Council (NIAC) and its National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC). These records include correspondence, memorandums and reports for the years 1973-1983. In addition, this series contains the records of the Executive Office of OICA, including Executive and Deputy Directors correspondence, administrative staff meeting minutes, executive reports, annual reports, travel itineraries, retreats and speeches from 1971-1983.

Series 2: OICA Departments, 1962-1982, undated. This series contains the bulk of the collection and documents the various functions of individual administrative departments within OICA. Records have been divided into 13 subseries: Subseries 2.1: Division of Special Programs, Subseries 2.2: Office of Planning and Development, Subseries 2.3: Management Information Systems, Subseries 2.4: Office of Religious Resources, Subseries 2.5: Government Relations Office, Subseries 2.6: Office of Planning and Special Programs,  Subseries 2.7: National Extension Services, Subseries 2.8: Administrative Office, Subseries 2.9: Office of Field Operations, Subseries 2.10: Office of Field Support, Subseries 2.11: Office of Fund Development and Support, Subseries 2.12: Economic Development Administration Office, Subseries 2.13: Legal Office.

Series 3:  OIC Programs and Projects, 1966-1988. This series contains files on various programs undertaken by OICA since 1966. Records are divided into ten subseries: Subseries 3.1:

Adult Armchair Education Program, Subseries 3.2: Community Economic Development Program, Subseries 3.3: Community Investment Cooperatives, Subseries 3.4:  Developmental Task Force, Subseries 3.5: Feeder Program, Subseries 3.6: Job Corps Center Program, Subseries 3.7: Projects A.I.M./J.O.Y, Subseries 3.8 P.R.O.B.E/Y.E.S., Subseries 3.9: Special Demonstration Evening Program, Subseries 3.10: Youth to Job Transition Program.

Series 4:  OIC Sub-Organizations, 1969-1982. This series contains the records of various OIC sub-organizations including: Subseries 4.1: Executive Directors' Association, Subseries 4.2:
Mini-University (portions restricted), Subseries 4.3: National Progress Association for Economic Development, Subseries 4.4: Opportunities Academy for Management Training, Subseries 4.5: Opportunities Industrialization Centers International.

Series 5: Convocations, 1969-1982. This series contains the records documenting OICA activities at the national conferences held once a year in various cities nationwide. Records include program agendas, publications, correspondence and memorandums from 1969-1982.

Series 6: Audio-Visual Materials, 1969-1982, undated. 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.

Series 7: Student Files (Restricted), 1980-1981. This series contain student records for Mini-University and Project YES.

Series 8: Photographs (PC-51). Photographs illustrate the work of the American and international wings of the organization. Images include: OIC buildings and sites OIC trainees involved in miscellaneous activities in the United States and abroad; a variety of portrait and group shots featuring personalities such as Reverend Leon Howard Sullivan, Elton Jolly, Senator Robert Dole, and President Jimmy Carter.  The collection also contains color slides of OIC annual convocations held from 1979-1982.

 

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1612251~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research. Student records in Subseries 4.2 and materials in Series 7: Student Files are restricted. Permission to access student records must be obtained from the current OICA director. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Records, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Gary Robinson in October 1988, Accession 689. Photographs (PC-51) deposited by Gary O. Robinson in January 1986.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015 by Patrick Stalter, student worker.           

           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Executive Director's Association
Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America

Subjects:
African Americans -- Economic conditions
African Americans -- Employment
African Americans -- Vocational education
Occupational training

Material Types:
Administrative records
Articles of incorporation
Audiocassettes
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Directories
Financial records
Legal documents
Mailing lists
Manuscripts
Membership lists
Minutes
Negatives
Newsletters
Periodicals
Photographs
Press releases
Publications
Reports
School records
Slides
Sound recordings
Speeches
VHS (TM)
Video recordings