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Arranged in the following series: I. Human SERVE Launching, II. Early Campaigns, III. Human SERVE Publications, IV. Proposals, V. Foundations, VI. Fundraising, VII. Funders, VIII. Non-profit Agencies 1985-1988, IX. Non-profit Agencies1995-1996, X. National Organizations, XI. Labor, XII. States, XIII. New York State Executive Orders, XIV. New York State Legislation, XV. New York State Implementation, XVI. New York State Subjects, XVII. New York City Early Years, XVIII. New York City Voter Assistance Commission, XIX. New York City NVRA Implementation, XX. New York City Non-profits, XXI. New York City Subjects, XXII. New York Legal, XXIII. Pre-NVRA State by State, XXIV. D.C. Office, XXV. Federal Legislation, XXVI. Federal Agencies, XXVII. NVRA Implementation, XXVIII. Legal Restraints, XXIX. Press, XXX. Voter Registration and Turnout Data, XXXI. Subjects, XXXII. Chronologies (Staff Correspondence Files), XXXIII. Board/Staff, XXXIV. Internal Administration/Operations.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Human Service Employees Registration and Voter Education Fund (Human SERVE) records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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2010-02-11 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Human Service Employees Registration and Voter Education Fund (Human SERVE) was formed as a nonprofit organization in 1983 by Richard A. Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. It played a catalytic role in the passage of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Cloward and Piven stood behind President Clinton at the bill signing on May 20, 1993). The Act requires states to permit people to register to vote when they get or renew drivers licenses or when they apply for benefits in welfare (Food Stamps, Medicaid, Women Infants and Children offices, and disability agencies). The Act went into effect in January 1995 and Human SERVE played a leading role in the effort to improve implementation by state officials especially in social service agencies. Human SERVE closed its doors in June 2000 having reached its goal of changing the American voter registration system by opening up access to people at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale.