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Founded in the summer of 1964 to assist the civil rights movement, the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee (LCDC) solicited lawyers to provide volunteer legal representation for worthy or significant cases. Typically, a volunteer lawyer would travel to a small town in the South and spend one month working on cases in coordination with one of the LCDC's regional offices. While these regional offices handled case work locally, the headquarters in New York handled lawyer solicitation, fundraising, publicity, and other general activities. In December 1967, the LCDC was merged into the Roger Baldwin Foundation (the tax-exempt arm of the ACLU) becoming the LCDC project of the Foundation. As the civil rights movement grew in popularity, the LCDC's practical and ideological goals were met by other organizations, most notably the United States Justice Department.
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The Bell Laboratories series documents Baker's career at Bell Labs and research undertaken by the lab under his leadership. Areas of research include materials science, polymers, optical fibers, UNIX, systems engineering, and many other technologies. These papers include reports, memoranda, notes, planning documents, and correspondence regarding Bell Labs research projects, as well as articles about the lab and Bell Labs researchers. The series also includes Baker's correspondence, as well as notes on meetings and telephone conversations, with colleagues at universities, other labs, and in government. Major subjects include their research, potentials for collaboration, recent articles and conferences, lab visits, and questions regarding facts and technology, as well as invitations, appreciation for his contributions, and congratulations on promotions and his retirement. Also included are Baker's appointment calendars and weekly schedules, his meeting notes and materials from the Board of Directors and Council meetings, and lab publications and product manuals.
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The Biographical series contains materials regarding Baker's career and life and includes articles, interviews and oral histories, his diaries, awards and appointments, family correspondence, photographs, and weekly schedules for his retirement years. The articles include papers written by and about Baker regarding his life, as well as materials collected by A. Michael Noll on three CDs. The earlier diaries include references to his research at Bell Labs, while diaries beginning in the 1950s are predominantly concerned with his daily life. The awards and appointments materials include awards certificates, correspondence about accepted the awards and congratulations, his acceptance speeches, programs, and articles. Most awards are from academic and professional organizations or corporations for his contributions to science, from government agencies for his service, and honorary degrees from universities. The photographs include portraits of Baker, Baker receiving awards, at events, or with members of boards he served on, and personal photographs of unidentified people and landscapes. The weekly schedules record meetings and events that Baker attended, and also include correspondence about the events, itineraries, and expenses.
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The Correspondence series spans Baker's entire career at Bell Labs, as well as his advisory work and his retirement. The majority of the correspondence is between Baker and other scientists and scholars discussing recent papers and issues in their fields, as well as invitations to Baker for events and speaking engagements and congratulations to Baker for his various promotions, appointments, and awards. The series also contains correspondence related to his membership and leadership in professional organizations, the management of Bell Labs, correspondence with government officials related to his service on committees and as an advisor, and phone messages taken for Baker.
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The Writings series contains copies of Baker's speeches and articles, typically either offprints or photocopies of publications, with the majority written after his retirement from Bell Labs in 1980. Earlier writings, before 1955, were predominantly technical science papers related to his own chemistry research at Bell Labs. Beginning in 1955, his writings were concerned with the overall focus of Bell Lab's research, communications science and technology, the impact of science on business and government, government support for research, and general analyses on conducting scientific research. Beginning in the 1970s, he also frequently wrote about encouraging innovation in research, the role of science and technology in government and society, and the education system, especially in the sciences. After his retirement in 1980, in addition to continuing to write about these subjects, he also wrote about the future of technology and information systems. Baker also wrote about national materials policy periodically throughout his career.
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Series 6, Audio-Visual materials, 1930-1995

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The Audio Visual Series contains VHS video cassette tapes, Beta video cassette tapes, 1" and 2" video tape, 16 mm film, 2-inch videotape, microfilm, audio cassettes, 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm records, photographs, and reel-to-reel audio tapes. All of the audio-visual material is arranged by format, then chronologically, except for the photographs which are arranged alphabetically by subject or individual.
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The Allied Mission to Observe Greek Elections was established when on September 19, 1945 the Governments of Britain, France, and the United States accepted the Greek Government's invitation to send observers for the general elections and plebiscite to be held in 1946. The collection consists of correspondence, circulars, memos, press extracts, and and maps, including one annotated map depicting the locations of headquarters among the country.
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This folder contains personal information regarding Rankin's academic and employment records. One can find information such as his employment salary, academic transcripts, transfer records, and certificates of service. Also, one can see Rankin's identification cards, passports, visas, and unusual personal objects (such as meal cards) here.
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Series 4: Writings, 1921-1984

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This series is composed mostly of official reports created by Rankin regarding the situation in a given region. In this section one can also find some of his writing (poetry, mostly) during his Philippine imprisonment during the 1940s. See the index, pp.# 13-25, for a list of names and subjects by date for this series.
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Box 8
Box 8 contains primarily publications about India, including books, booklets, and pamphlets, as well as some transcripts of lectures and speeches. Much of the material was printed in India, as well as in England and the United States, and ranges from 1922 to 2006. The publications include a booklet by Upendra Baxi on reading Granville Austin's The Indian Constitution, Indian government white papers, Indian Communist Party publications from the 1970s and 1980s, a directory and biographies of Indian government officials from the late 1980s, and a booklet of Indian Constitutional amendments from 1986—among many others. Other material in this box includes a Republic Day Parade invitation and program (1991) and two folders of Austin's research notes from the 1990s.
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Box 18
Box 18 contains research and source material for Working a Democratic Constitution, primarily photocopies and clippings, compiled around the early 1990s. Many of the photocopies have been tabbed by one of Austin's research assistants with title, subject, and/or date. The box also includes some original handwritten notes. The box was labeled with a sticky note "Indian Constitution; Preventive Detention; Fundamental Rights; Liberty; Press." Some of the photocopied article subjects are: the Preventive Detention Act, Defense of India Ordinance, the restriction of liberties in Israel, the Bennett Coleman case, human rights, liberty in the press, women and social justice, freedom of speech, Supreme Court, the Emergency. Articles here were originally printed between 1939 and 1997. Date ranges on folders reflect the original dates of photocopied material.
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Series 3 includes professional and personal correspondence. Austin's professional correspondence includes letters from his two separate tenures at the State Department (dates), reflecting his focus on Israel and the Middle East, as well as human rights policies and arms sales. Other professional correspondence includes material relating to Austin's job searches, copies of his resume and State Department evaluation forms and qualification statements.
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The letters in Series 1: Correspondence are primarily personal in nature, though some business correspondence is also included. Most of the correspondence dates from the Birds' time living in the Middle East and India in the 1960s and 1970s, though there are also letters that predate and postdate Eugene's tenure with the Foreign Service. In addition to the Birds' outgoing letters describing their lives to family and friends, the series also contains a large portion of letters that the Birds received from their children and from other Foreign Service families.
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Series 4: Writings includes the Birds' articles, poetry, speeches, and other writings on the Middle East and various topics. Most of the series is composed of Eugene Bird's writings; the majority of Jerine Bird's writings may be found in Series 2: Saudi Arabian Women Projects. Of note are Eugene Bird's notes and other writings related to an unpublished biography of the diplomat George Antonius.