The Heidi Swarts Collection spans the years 1989-2005 and contains letters, government documents, flyers, memos, and other
various organizational tools from the People Improving Communities through Organizing and the People Acting Together in Community
organizations, acting, in this case, in the San Jose, California area.
Donated by Dr. Heidi Swarts who conducted research on community organizations, this collection details the actions of two
organizations in the San Jose area. PICO (Pacific Institute for Community Organization), of Oakland, California, is dedicated
to organizing local communities--usually low-income--for social action. Founded by Jerry Helfrich, S.J., and
John Baumann, S.J., PICO carries on the tradition of community organizing developed by Saul Alinsky, the person responsible in the United States
for this type of social activism. PICO started as the Pacific Institute for Community Organizing, but as PICO grew into a
National Network it changed its name to People Improving Communities through Organizing.
2 linear feet
5 archival document boxes
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