American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 2, Subject Files Series, 1947 1995

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This subseries consists of a variety of material gathered together by the ACLU as "miscellaneous" and of material placed under that heading by the processors of this project. It includes correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, press releases, clippings, articles, legal documents, and bail bonds and is arranged chronologically. It includes materials on presidential elections from 1948 to 1964 and on election and campaign reform including statements and testimony by members of the ACLU and also questionnaires of candidate's views on civil liberties issues; information on municipal and state ordinances as well as a book of cancelled bail bonds from 1927-1931, showing the grassroots legal efforts of the ACLU to defend the rights of those associated with unpopular organizations; yearly compilations of "Descriptive Summaries of ACLU Case Actions Taken in Defense of Civil Liberties" (1946-1953); "Reference Books" compiled by the staff of the ACLU (1921-1946) containing memoranda of law and summary reports related to various civil liberties issues; information on films and television programs about civil liberties, such as "Inherit the Wind" and a television program on Sacco and Vanzetti; and manuscripts relating to civil liberties topics written by staffers of the ACLU and also by those outside the organization and submitted to the ACLU for approval or editorial comment. There are also a few files containing correspondence from the 1940s and 1950s which was at that time considered "confidential" and a "Survey of Communist-Oriented Organizations and Publications" compiled at the request of Roger Baldwin in 1946.
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The subject files consist of records gathered by the ACLU on various topics of interest pertaining to its mission. The records here are divided into four broad categories: Freedom of Belief, Expression, and Association; Due Process of Law; Equality Before the Law; and International Civil Liberties. Except for International Civil Liberties, each is then further subdivided alphabetically by topic. Generally, the subject files contain background material on a topic, as well as correspondence, memoranda, and other items documenting the ACLU's involvement with the issue.