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Durham People's Alliance records

Identifier: NCC-0064

Scope and Contents

The records of the Durham chapter of the People’s Alliance reflect the central role that the chapter played during the early days of the statewide organization. Early organizational files include documentation of statewide action campaigns, events, and organizational development activities, as well as some documentation of other PA chapters and associated organizations. Chapter files, which comprise the bulk of the collection, cover the range of the organization’s activities, from membership recruitment, fundraising, and public outreach to numerous campaigns and activities in support of a wide variety of progressive issues. These campaign files demonstrate the strong influence of the organization upon state and local politics, as well as its commitment to working in coalition with other local, state, and national progressive organizations. Materials include correspondence; meeting minutes and associated documentation; newsletters and other publications, brochures, and other outreach pieces; issues research, including printed reports and newspaper clippings; and a small number of blackand-white photographs.


  • 1975 - 2008


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. However, access to membership lists, including those related to issues outreach activities, and chapter donation records that contain personally identifiable information are restricted and may only be used with the written permission of the People's Alliance. Please contact North Carolina Collection staff at for assistance.

Copyright Notice

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Administrative History

Founded in October 1975 by Durham and Chapel Hill progressive activists, the People’s Alliance for a Cooperative Commonwealth took its inspiration from the Populist movement of the 19 th century, whose supporters “dreamed of an eventual ‘cooperative commonwealth’ that would replace the system of ruthless competition.” At its height, the organization included chapters in Avery, Guilford, Wake, and Orange Counties, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Cape Fear. The organization itself is complex: in addition to the various chapters and other associated organizations (including the North Carolina Occupational Health and Safety Project), the statewide organization, a 501(c)4 led by a Steering Committee, also includes the People’s Alliance Fund, a 501(c)3 established in 1980 and led by a Board of Directors, and the People’s Alliance Political Action Committee, established in 1982. In the early 1980s, as the various statewide chapters declined in activity, the Durham chapter became the primary operating organization, turning the organization’s attention to local Durham affairs and assuming more explicit control over the activities of the Fund and the PAC. Befitting their key role in local and state politics, several People’s Alliance members, including Paul Luebke, Diane Catotti, and Frank Hyman, have served in public offices.


31.5 Linear Feet (63 document boxes)

1 Oversize Folder (1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Access Restrictions

Some of our materials are stored offsite. These items are not available for same day access and require advance notice to retrieve. Contact North Carolina Collection staff at to plan your visit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Durham People's Alliance

Finding Aid for the Durham People's Alliance Records
Amy McDonald, Kristen Merryman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2022 December: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace by Emma Parker.
  • Gift Agreement

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States