The Clark County Economic Opportunity Board (CCEOB), (1962-1973) was the regional legal body responsible for receiving and administering funds in Las Vegas, Nevada allocated under the Economic Opportunity Act, a part of the Johnson's Administration's War on Poverty Program. The collection concentrates on the high funding years from 1965 until the early 1970s, when the CCEOB disbursed funds to a variety of community action programs and organizations. Records are administration and project oriented and include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial and committee reports, personnel policies, job descriptions, funding information, appointments, program officer listings, as well as project applications and program descriptions.
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Scope and Contents Note
The Clark County Economic Opportunity Board records concentrate on the years of 1964 to 1969 when federal funds were most plentiful. Included are minutes of board meetings, correspondence, budget and financial reports, personnel policies, job descriptions, committee reports, funding information, and appointments. Also included are project applications and program descriptions.
This collection is open for research.
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The collection is divided into 2 series:
Series 1. Administrative records;
Series 2. Projects.
Materials are is in alphabetical order in each series.
Biographical / Historical Note
In 1964, Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act, which was the legislative centerpiece of the President Lyndon Johnson administration's War on Poverty Program. This legislation made millions of dollars of federal money available to state and local governmental bodies to use in social welfare, education, health, and community action programs. The Clark County Economic Opportunity Board (CCEOB) was the legal body in the greater Las Vegas area responsible for administering funds allocated under the Economic Opportunity Act.
The Clark County Economic Opportunity Board was incorporated under the laws of Nevada in 1964. It was recognized by the Clark County Commissioners and designated by the governor to be "the agency for Clark County to act as the county-wide planning and screening agency and as the applicant for monies available through the Economic Opportunity Act."
From 1965 until funds began to dry up in the early 1970s, the CCEOB disbursed funds to a variety of community action programs in Clark County and the greater Las Vegas area. These organizations included Head Start, Operation Independence, Migrant Education and Health, and the Youth Corps, among others. VISTA volunteers were also active participants in local community action programs. The CCEOB essentially provided monetary support to groups engaged in providing services and information to the poor and underprivileged in an effort to break the cycle of poverty. The CCEOB Collection documents local grassroots efforts to fight the War on Poverty during the peak of social legislation passed during the Great Society Years of the mid-1960s.
Clark County Economic Opportunity Board Records, 1962-1973. MS-00016, Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 1968 by Harvey Dondero; accession number T-42.
Collection was processed in 1995 by Caryll Batt Dziedziak. In 2017 Joyce Moore edited and enhanced the collection to bring it up to current professional standards.