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African American Studies: Civil Rights

Microfilm Collections

American Civil Liberties Union Archives, 1917-1950

MC001 Seeley G. Mudd Library          Finding Aid

Consists of the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), documenting its activities in protecting individual rights under the leadership of Roger Baldwin. Its primary aims have been the defense of free speech and press, separation of church and state, free exercise of religion, due process of law, equal protection of the law, and privacy rights of all citizens. The collection contains primarily correspondence and clippings. Also included are the records of the ACLU’s predecessor organization, the National Civil Liberties Bureau (1917-1920) of the American Union Against Militarism (AUAM) and some material documenting a 1912 Industrial Workers of the World free speech trial.


American Civil Liberties Union Archives, 1950-1995

MC001 Seeley G. Mudd Library          Finding Aid

Documents the activities of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in protecting individual rights between 1950 and 1995. The collection contains correspondence, clippings, court documents, memoranda, printed matter, minutes, reports, briefs, legal files, exhibit materials, and audio-visual materials. Also included are materials from ACLU affiliate organizations, the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee and national office legal department records (1945-1960).


Bayard Rustin Papers 

RECAP Microfilm 11662                       Printed guide (Film B) E185.97.R93 B392    23 reels

Reproduces the papers of noted civil rights leader and political activist Bayard Rustin.  The originals are in the A. Philip Randolph Institute, New York N.Y., which were later transferred by the Institute to the Library of Congress.


Civil Rights and Social Activism in the South, Series 1-3

RECAP Microfilm 12030           Printed guide (FilmB) E185.6.C585 2007          104 reels

Online guide to Series 1, Parts 1-2           Online guide to Series 2

Series 1, Civil rights and social activism in Alabama. Part 1, The John L. LeFlore papers, 1926-1976 (15 reels); Part 2: Records of the Non-Partisan Voters League, 1956-1987 (29 reels) -- Series 2, The Legal Battle for Civil Rights in Alabama. Part 1, Vernon Z. Crawford reords, 1958-1978 (6 reels); Part 2: Selctions from the Blacksher, Menefee & Stein records (37 reels) -- Series 3: James A. Dombrowski and the Southern Conference Educational Fund (17 reels).


Civil Rights During the Bush administration: subject file of the White House Office of Records Management, 1989-1993

RECAP Microfilm 12460          Printed Guide: (FilmB) E185.615 .B87 2008     23 reels

"Microfilmed from the holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Texas."  “The documents reproduced in this publication are records of the Bush Administration, 1989-1993, in the custody of the National Archives."


Civil rights During the Carter administration, 1977-1981

RECAP Microfilm 12451          Printed guide (FilmB) E185.615 .C3518 2006 

Part I, Sections A-D  

Reproduces document files collected by the office of Louis E. Martin, special assistant to the president, whose primary focus was on civil rights issues and minority affairs. Documents include internal White House memoranda, correspondence between White House and federal agency officials, government reports, invitation lists for major events, correspondence from individuals and organizations, and newspaper articles and editorials.


Civil Rights During the Eisenhower Administration

RECAP Microfilm 12450          Printed guide (FilmB) E185.61.C483 2006          14 reels

Part 1. White House central files.  Series A, School desegregation.


Civil Rights During the Kennedy Administration, 1961-1963

RECAP Microfilm 05859                     Printed guide (FilmB) JC599.U5 C59                47 reels

A collection from the holdings of the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts. Part 1. The White House Central Files and Staff Files and the President’s office Files.  Part 2. The Papers of Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.


Civil Rights During the Johnson Administration, 1963-1969

RECAP Microfilm 05445                     Printed guide (FilmB) JK1717.L38          69 reels

Part 1. White House Central Files.  Part 2. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Administrative History.  Part 3. Oral Histories.  Part 4. Records of the White House Conference on Civil Rights, 1965-1966.  Part 5. Records of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission)


Civil Rights During the Nixon Administration, 1969-1974  

RECAP Microfilm 09172                     Printed guide (FilmB) E185.615. C587          46 reels

Part 1. White House Central Files.


Detroit Urban League Papers, 1916-1950, at the University of Michigan

RECAP Microfilm 09607                     Printed guide (FilmB) F574.D49 N454          35 reels


Fannie Lou Hamer Papers, 1966-1978

RECAP Microfilm 11839                       Printed guide (Film B) E185.97.H35 A3 2005a          17 reels

Noted civil rights activist and co-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. 


FBI file on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

RECAP Microfilm 09178          Printed guide (FilmB) E185.61 .F355          2 reels


Franklin D. Roosevelt and Race Relations

RECAP Microfilm 12390                     Printed guide: (FilmB) E806 .F6917 2008          18 reels

This is a collection of essential materials for the study of the early development of the Civil Rights Movement--concerned with the issues of lynching, segregation, race riots, and employment discrimination.


Papers of the Civil Rights Congress

Microfilm 11925                     Printed guide (FilmB) E185.61.C59 1988          125 reels

Part 1. Case Files.  Part 2. Files of William Patterson and the National Office.  Part 3. Publications.  Part 4. Communist Party USA files.  Part 5. Citizens Emergency Defense Conference.

“The Civil Rights Congress (CRC) was established in 1946, and fought for the protection of the civil rights and liberties of African Americans and suspected communists primarily through litigation, political agitation, and the mobilization of public sentiment.  African American lawyer and Communist leader William Patterson served as executive secretary of the organization throughout its existence.”


Papers of the Congress of Racial Equality, 1941-1967

RECAP Microfilm 04276           Printed guide (FilmB) Z1361.N39 M46 1980     49 reels

Founded in 1942 by a group of interracial pacifists, CORE was one of the most important national organizations of the African American freedom movement.


Papers of the Congress of Racial Equality: Addendum, 1944-1968

RECAP Microfilm 04562                     Printed Guide (FilmB) E185.61.P36


Papers of the NAACP

RECAP Microfilm 05354                     Printed guide (FilmB) Z1361.N39 G84          1001+ reels

Organization records of America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.


President Truman’s Commission on Civil Rights

RECAP Microfilm 05573                     Printed guide (FilmB) E813.J84           10 reels


Public Housing, Racial Policies, and Civil Rights : The Inter-Group Relations Branch of the Federal Public Housing Administration, 1936-1963

RECAP Microfilm 0000      Printed guide: NA           31 reels


Records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1954-1970

RECAP Microfilm 10096                     Printed guide (FilmB) E185.61.S687      61 reels

pt. 1. Records of the President’s office (21 reels) -- pt. 2. Records of the Executive Director and Treasurer (22 reels) -- pt. 3. Records of the Public Relations Dept. (10 reels) -- pt. 4. Records of the Program Dept. (29 reels).


Southern Civil Rights Litigation Records for the 1960s

RECAP Microfilm 05448                    Printed guide (FilmB) KF4756.A1 G84 or (SF) KF4756.A1 G84     170 reels

Contains the records of major civil rights cases from the archives of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Lawyers Constitution Defense Committee, and individual attorneys.


Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Papers, 1959-1972

Microfilm 04530           Printed guide (FilmB) E185.5.xS78          73 reels

Covers the activities of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) founded in 1960 at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The organization was known for staging nonviolent protests and sit-ins. 

See also  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee of California, The Movement

Microfilm S00846        Underground press collection. Listing of contents ((Film B) Z6951.U4)


William H. Hastie Papers.  Part 2. Civil Rights, Organizational, and Private Activities

RECAP Microfilm 11824                       Printed guide (FilmB) KF373.H38A25          42 reels

Attorney William Henry Hastie was the first African American appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Truman in 1949.  Part 2 of the collection documents his activities as a civil rights lawyer, educator, and judge.  Part I, covering his opinions are available in the Federal Reporter in print, LexisNexis and Westlaw (online in both the academic and law school versions).