An activist in the movement for school decentralization and member of EQUAL, an organization devoted to improving and integrating the New York City public schools, Ellen Lurie has also worked for seven years as director of the Parent Leadership Training Institute at the United Bronx Parents, Inc. (UBP). The collection contains materials that document efforts to integrate and aid the burgeoning Puerto Rican population of East Harlem in the early 1950s. Among these are papers on Americans for Democratic Action, an East side community affairs committee that sought to create programs for the local Puerto Rican community; and the East Harlem Project, which focused on schooling issues. Other documents of interest include a proposal from ASPIRA (of New York, Inc.) and files on the People’s Board of Education whose members also included Evelina Antonetty, founder of UBP. The papers also contain information on Lurie’s work in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan at a time when a significant population of Puerto Ricans still resided there.