Scope and arrangement
The records of the Community News Service largely represent the organization's working news files from 30 September 1969 to 20 August 1976. Although they provide very little insight into the background and structure of the organization itself, the records do document current events and social activities relevant to the New York black community during that period.
The Community News Service records are arranged in three series:
The Daily File which comprises the majority of the collection consists of a seven year run of daily Community Calendars and Files. The Calendars announce coming events of interest to the black community. The Files each consist of about four stories, whose subjects range from speeches, rallies, and cultural activities to crime and federal, state, and local legislation and programs. The stories emphasize New York City political subjects and events; however, a great many human interest stories are included. For the earlier years of the CNS operation, a Log consisting of abstracts of the File stories was also occasionally produced.
The Community Calendars, Logs, and Files are arranged in the above order in one chronological sequence. The sequence is almost complete; only occasional single issues are missing.
A smaller Education File, 1963- (1970-1975), follows the Daily File. Arranged by district except for the last citywide folder, this sequence contains educationally related clippings, announcements, press releases, and other printed material. The Citywide folder also includes minutes of school board and parent association meetings, budgets, progress reports, and projections.
- 1970, May 14-1973, Feb, n.d.
Miscellaneous Notes, 1970-1973, n.d., consists of clippings, press releases, correspondence, drafts of CNS articles, and occasional issues of daily files relating to a variety of subjects such as housing and neighborhood organizations.