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The Loyalty and Security subseries (24.36 linear feet) documents the ACLU's monitoring of and fight against due process abuses that resulted from perceived national security threats during the Cold War. It is arranged chronologically by year and then divided by the headings: miscellaneous, cases, Congressional investigating committees (excluding HUAC), Federal Loyalty Program, Fifth Amendment, House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), legislation, military security, private industry, and sedition and subversion. The files contain correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, reports, legal documents, and printed materials.
The Mass Communications subject files (17.22 linear feet) reflect the ACLU's concern with equality of access to and fairness in use of all forms of mass communications--from newspapers and radio in the 1940s to digital communications in the 1980s. The files consist of correspondence with various ACLU staff members, printed materials, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents, background information on mass communications cases of interest to the ACLU, radio and TV scripts, speeches, legislation, ACLU policy statements, newspaper clippings, reports, and memoranda.