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Robert B. Choate Papers 1959-1967

MSS-27


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Choate, Robert B. (Robert Burnett), 1924-
Title: Robert B. Choate Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1959-1967
Quantity: 24 Boxes (12.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Robert B. Choate Papers consist of correspondence, reports, financial records, printed matter, audio tapes, and membership application files.
Identification: MSS-27
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
Arizona State University Library
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Robert Burnett Choate, Jr. was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 6, 1924. As a child he was influenced by his grandmother, who worked in Boston's settlement houses. Choate graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1943 and attended Harvard as part of a Navy officer training program. He served in the Pacific during World War II and earned an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1949.

Choate moved to Phoenix in the late 1950s and abandoned his engineering career to devote himself to social activism after reading extensively on racial and social issues while recovering from hepatitis. His initiatives included job training for youth, feeding the hungry, and publishing a caustic and short-lived magazine called Reveille. Choate organized a conference in Phoenix to discuss poverty in the Southwest in 1965. He moved his family to Washington, D.C. in 1966, where he served as a consultant to the Nixon administration on nutritional issues and organized a White House conference on food and hunger issues in 1969. Choate organized the Council on Children, Media and Merchandising in 1970 and testified before Congress in July of that year regarding the poor nutritional content of many popular cereals. Choate died in Lemon Grove, California on May 3, 2009.

Choate was married twice, first to Audrey Evans and second to Laura Jean Emery. He had one child, Karen (Choate) Holland, with his first wife and three children, Christopher, Valerian, and Katrinka (Choate) Johnson, with his second.


Scope and Content Note

The Robert B. Choate Papers, 1959-1967, consist of correspondence, reports, financial records, printed matter, audio tapes, and membership application files. The majority of the collection concerns the Choate Foundation and sponsored programs for urban children, including Careers for Youth.


Arrangement

This collection consists of twenty-four boxes.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Careers for Youth membership files (Boxes 13-24) are restricted. Contact Archives and Special Collections for further information about accessing these materials.

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Distinctive Collections Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Note: All library reading rooms are currently closed as part of the ASU Library's COVID-19 response. Ask an Archivist is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., for reference assistance regarding collection materials.

Copyright

Arizona State University does not own copyright to this collection. Distinctive Collections recognizes that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Choate, Robert B. (Robert Burnett), 1924-.

Corporate Name(s)
Careers for Youth (Phoenix, Ariz.) -- Records and correspondence.
Choate Foundation -- Records and correspondence.

Subject(s)
Youth -- Employment -- Arizona.
Youth -- Services for -- Arizona.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Robert B. Choate Papers, MSS-27. Arizona State University Library: Greater Arizona Collection.

Provenance

These papers were received from the Choate Foundation in 1968 (ACC# 68-014).


Container List

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11 Information and Correspondence Concerning Tomorrow's Scientists and Technicians, beginning of Careers for Youth
12 Interviews by Choate regarding TST, 1959
13 Careers for Youth Annual Reports, 1961-1967
14 Careers for Youth Summary Reports: Members and Activities, 1960-1965
15 Careers for Youth Emblem
16 Club Organization and Student Selection
17 Questionnaires Given to Careers Club Members, 1963-1965
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21 Careers for Youth Activity Notebook, 1960-1961
22 Summer Camp and In-City Programs, 1961-1966
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31 Contacts with Parents of Careers Club Members; Questionnaires used in Home Visits, 1961-1966
32 Social Work Consultant Jean Mills: Report, 1964
33 Vocational Counselor Thelma Mason: Report, 1964
34 Guidance Counselor John McBride: Reports and Correspondence, 1964-1966
35 Educational and Testing Research, 1964-1965
36 Publicity Brochures; Publicity, Newspaper Clippings
37 Study of High School Graduation Rates in Downtown and South Phoenix (with Maps); Drop-out Brochure and Correspondence, 1960
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41 Careers for Youth Budget, 1961-1966
42 Tax Status
43 Appeals to Foundations for Funds
44 List of Donors, 1960-1962
45 Contributions from Organizations, 1960-1965
46 Contributions from Individuals, 1960-1966
47 Contacts with Clubs and Professional Societies
48 Donations of Goods and Services
49 Letters of Refusal in Answer to Appeals
410 Benefits, Dance, Gypsy, My Fair Lady (unsuccessful), and Streetcar Named Desire
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51 Project STRIVE: Proposed Programs Submitted to Ford Foundation, 1961-1962
52 Phoenix Project in Pupil Motivation (3PM), Proposed Programs Submitted to Ford Foundation, 1962-1963
53 3PM Counselor's Notebook
54 3PM: Budget, Correspondence with Phoenix Welfare Foundation
55 Careers for Youth Report to 3PM
56 3PM: Final Report
57 Careers for Youth: Proposed Programs Submitted to OEO, LEAP, Careers for Youth; 3PM: Application for Community Action Program (OEO), 1965-1966
58 Careers for Youth: Correspondence related to Ford Foundation, OEO, 1961-1966
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61 Careers for Youth: Scholarship Procedures
62 Scholarships: High School, College, Scholarships Granted to Non-Members
63 Scholarships: High School, College, Scholarships Granted to Non-Members
64 Scholarships: High School, College, Scholarships Granted to Non-Members
65 Scholarships: Contributions, Accounting; Sponsors: Aurora Kiwanis Club, American Business Women
66 Scholarships: Contributions, Accounting
67 Careers for Youth: Contest Winners
68 Parker Brothers Careers Game Given to Contest Winners
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71 Careers for Youth: General Correspondence, 1959-1967
72 Mailing Lists, 1964-1965
73 Correspondence: Tucson, Field Trips, Cultural Events
74 Correspondence: Tucson, Field Trips, Cultural Events
75 Correspondence: Tucson, Field Trips, Cultural Events
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81 Careers for Youth Board of Directors: List of Members, Minutes of Meetings, Correspondence, Committee Reports
82 Careers for Youth Board of Directors: List of Members, Minutes of Meetings, Correspondence, Committee Reports
83 Careers for Youth Board of Directors: List of Members, Minutes of Meetings, Correspondence, Committee Reports
84 Executive Director's Reports, 1962-1964
85 Advisory Committee: Correspondence
86 Newsletters
87 Careers for Youth: Correspondence, 1966 School Program, School Administrators
88 Careers for Youth: Correspondence, 1966 School Program, School Administrators
89 Notices to Sponsors and Members
810 Notices to Sponsors and Members
811 Employees' and Volunteers' Guides
812 Correspondence: Volunteers, Junior League, Careers Alumni
813 Correspondence: Volunteers, Junior League, Careers Alumni
814 Correspondence: Volunteers, Junior League, Careers Alumni
815 Anytown, Arizona, 1959-1961
816 Wilks, Sandra: Report, Programs Dealing with the "Disadvantaged" Child in New York and Chicago, 1963
817 Careers Correspondence Concerned with Similar Programs in Other Cities
818 Student Exchange Program, Phoenix Union-Central High Schools, 1966
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91 Careers for Youth: Speakers, Correspondence, Biographical Material, 1960-1966
92 Careers for Youth: Speakers, Correspondence, Biographical Material, 1960-1966
93 Requests for Information, 1960-1967
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101 Careers for Youth Staff, Workshops, and Speaking Engagements, 1961-1966
102 Choate, Robert B.: Speeches, Correspondence with NAACP and Urban League
103 Choate, Robert B.: Speeches, Correspondence with NAACP and Urban League
104 Choate, Robert B.: Speeches, Correspondence with NAACP and Urban League
105 Choate Foundation: Correspondence Concerning Migrant Workers, Free High School Textbooks, Equal Employment Opportunity
106 Choate Foundation: Correspondence Concerning Migrant Workers, Free High School Textbooks, Equal Employment Opportunity
107 Choate, Robert B.: Testimony at Phoenix Civil Rights Hearing, 1962
108 Committee of Intergroup Relations Officials (CIRO), Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1963-1965
109 Conference, 1963-1965
1011 Conference, 1963-1965
1012 Choate, Robert B.: Testimony Concerning Scottsdale Power Lines, 1966
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111 Universal Declaration of Human Rights
111 Choate Foundation: Correspondence Concerning Bilingual, Bicultural Education
112 Citron, Marilyn: Reports on TESOL Conferences, 1964-1965
113 Gil-Olivarez, Grace: Reports, Mexican-Americans in the Southwest
114 Careers for Youth, Mexican-American Seminar, 1963 January 18-19
114A Careers for Youth, Mexican-American Seminar, 1963 January 18-19
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11A Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Mexican-American Conference (Audio Tapes)
Includes:
I. 'La mula no nacio arisca...'
II. Who is the Enemy?
III. The Cactus Curtain
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121 Choate Foundation Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty (CCAP), Correspondence Concerning Grass Roots Organizations in Arizona
122 Choate Foundation: Center for Community Action Services (CCAS) New Mexico, Correspondence, Consultants, General Information and Field Notes, Questionnaires
123 Choate Foundation: Center for Community Action Services (CCAS) New Mexico, Correspondence, Consultants, General Information and Field Notes, Questionnaires
124 Choate Foundation: Center for Community Action Services (CCAS) New Mexico, Correspondence, Consultants, General Information and Field Notes, Questionnaires
125 Choate Foundation: New Mexico, Governor's Conference on Poverty, Notes, 1966
126 Choate Foundation: Center for Community Action Services (CCAS) New Mexico, Correspondence, Consultants, General Information and Field Notes, Questionnaires
127 Choate, Robert, and Associates: Evaluation of New Mexico's Center for Community Action Services, 1966
128 Choate Foundation: CCAS: Evaluation of New Mexico by Region, Field Notes
129 Phoenix Police Dept. and Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Records, 1961
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13 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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14 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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15 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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16 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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17 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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18 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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19 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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20 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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21 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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22 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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23 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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24 Careers for Youth Membership Files
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