Citizens Project & the Pikes Peak Library District: Preserving Community History

The Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections recently acquired the papers of the Citizens Project, a Colorado Springs organization dedicated to defending and promoting equality,religious freedom, and respect for diversity. The collection, approximately 18 cubic feet, contains correspondence, reports, newsletters, clippings, pamphlets, and other publications covering topics such as education and schools, elections and voter initiatives, discrimination, gay rights, immigrant rights, separation of Church and State, and government accountability. Publications include the Citizens Project newsletter “Freedom Watch.”

Citizens Project Executive Director Kristy Milligan feels her organization’s records have found a good home at PPLD. “Citizens Project has a long history in the Pikes Peak region and we can think of no better place than the Pikes Peak Library District to keep these important documents and make them available to the public,” she said.

After being processed by Special Collections archivist Heather Norris, the collection will be made available to the public in the 1905 Carnegie Library. The records of the Citizens Project will be a valuable resource for researchers working in the areas of civic involvement, rights, and equality. They will compliment other archival collections at PPLD that also illuminate these topics such as the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region records, the Junior League of Colorado Springs records, the Colorado Springs Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records, Colorado Springs Public Forums, and the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region records.

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