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Subseries 1A: Addendum, 1934-1946

12 boxes
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Four additional cartons of loose materials from the pre-1947 period, American Civil Liberties Union Records, The Roger Baldwin Years, 1917-1947, were indexed as Appendices 1-4. Appendices 1-3 were filmed for the microform collection (Reels 280-288) and correspond to Boxes 1-9 of this collection. Appendix 4 had previously been filmed as Volumes 1-7 of the 1946 correspondence (Reel 238) and corresponds to Boxes 9-12. These materials document the Baldwin years of the ACLU and are part of this later run of records in form only.
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The Board of Directors subseries (14.8 linear feet) contains mailings from the National Office to the Board, minutes of Board meetings, and correspondence with individual Board members arranged chronologically. From 1975 to 1983, ACLU Associate Director Alan Reitman's pre-Board meeting letter to the president of the Board can be found occasionally. These letters explain the agenda in greater detail to assist the president in facilitating the meeting.
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Norman Dorsen was the ACLU president from 1976 to 1990, though prior to his presidency, he had been extremely active within the ACLU, serving as a board member and also as general counsel from 1969-1976. Additionally, Dorsen was on the New York University Law School faculty and director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at New York University.
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This subseries (0.84 linear feet) concerns the discussion and reaction of the board, ACLU members, and individuals to the ouster of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a member of the Communist Party, from the Board of Directors in 1940. The Board passed a resolution that prohibited anyone who supported totalitarian regimes from holding official positions within the ACLU. The resolution created heated debate within the ACLU as some claimed the ACLU was infringing on Flynn's freedom of speech by endorsing the resolution. The resolution was rescinded in 1968 and she won posthumous reinstatement to the board in 1976. The records consist of minutes, memoranda, correspondence and printed materials. See also the Policies subseries for additional materials on this controversy and the pre-1947 microfilmed records.
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Subseries 1C: Board Committees, 1941-1990

102 boxes
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The Board Committee files (42 linear feet) contain minutes, correspondence, and occasionally committee rosters. The Board Committees themselves fall into two categories: Standing Committees and Special Committees. Standing committees meet regularly to discuss broad topics in civil liberties (Academic Freedom Committee, Church and State Committee, etc.), while special committees are created to deal with some specific incident related to a civil liberties concern or the workings of the board or committee themselves. The records are arranged chronologically with standing committees in alphabetical order within each year followed by the special committees. The researcher should note that committee names often change, and that committees are created or disbanded over time.
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These records (2.94 linear feet) document the activities of assistant director Jeffrey Fuller who promoted the creation of ACLU state affiliates. Organized alphabetically by state and by chapter within each state, the records consist of correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, and financial records. The researcher will also want to consult the affiliates and state correspondents subseries.