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American Jurisprudence Collections at the Mudd Manuscript Library: American Civil Liberties Union

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544

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American Civil Liberties Union

This collection documents the activities of the ACLU from 1917 through 1950. The files contain materials on conscientious objection, freedom of speech, academic freedom, censorship, and labor concerns. The files reflect work on litigation, advocacy, and public policy. Materials include correspondence and newspaper clippings.

 

This collection contains materials on freedom of speech, expression, and association; due process of law; equality before the law; legal case files; and organizational records. Within these categories files reflect subject areas such as academic freedom, censorship, racial discrimination, aliens' rights, privacy concerns, labor concerns, amnesty, and government loyalty and security. The files reflect work on litigation, advocacy and public policy, and subject files on various areas of interest connected with civil liberties. Materials include correspondence, court documents, memoranda, printed matter, minutes, reports, briefs, and legal files. Also included are materials from ACLU affiliate organizations, and the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee.

 

American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 3, 1864-2006 (bulk 1970-1995)

These records document the administration and work of the ACLU's national office, regional offices, and legal projects, with particular emphasis on the areas of civil rights, children and women's rights, freedom of speech (and all First Amendment questions), and due process, among many others. The records include case files, correspondence, meeting minutes, research files, and files of staff members.

 

 American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 4, 1933-2002 (bulk 1970-2000)

These records document the work of the ACLU national office in the areas of civil rights, children and women’s rights, freedom of speech (and all First Amendment questions), and due process, among many others.

 

American Civil Liberties Union Washington, D.C. Office Records, 1948-1970 (MC190)

This collection consists of the papers received and generated by the staff of the Washington, D.C. Office of the ACLU during the 1950s and 1960s. The Washington Office's primary responsibility is to monitor legislative issues. In the 1950s the office worked against abuses caused by McCarthyism, including loyalty oath requirements, powers of legislative investigating committees, and censorship of free speech and expression. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the office focused on civil rights issues and the defense of alternative means of self expression. The Washington Office was also deeply involved with defending the civil liberties of those associated with the federal government and its agencies.