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Series 1: Reel Contents - American Civil Liberties Union Microfilm, 1912-1950
Collection Description & Creator Information
The American Civil Liberties Union Records, The Roger Baldwin years, document the activities of the ACLU from 1917 through 1950. The files contain materials on conscientious objection, freedom of speech, academic and religious freedom, censorship, labor rights, the Espionage Act of 1917, political demonstrations, political propaganda, the Ku Klux Klan and other patrioteering organizations, mob violence, racism, lynching, and other civil liberty issues. Materials include correspondence and newspaper clippings. Please see the series descriptions for additional descriptive information.
This collection consists of 1,886 bound volumes of records from the years 1917-1946, 226 volumes of loose records from 1946-1950, and three boxes (Appendixes 1-3) that contain material primarily from 1940-1946, much of which are available on microfilm. The microfilm does not include complete runs of administrative material such as board minutes, some materials relating to files on the removal of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn from the board, various labor issues, and radio censorship. There are 228 reels of microfilm in the collection.
Materials are physically arranged in the volumes first by format (correspondence or newspaper clippings), and then chronologically. The microfilm is a direct copy of the volumes. Several volumes appear on one reel of microfilm. For example, Reel 1 contains Volumes 1-8. The Reel Contents list provides a list of reels and the volumes they contain. In addition to the Reel Contents list, the Clippings Series and Correspondence Series provides a list of the same material organized by format and topic.
- Custodial History:
The initial donation to the New York Public Library consisted of 10 volumes of canvas-backed post-bound original documents and clippings pasted on paper that were numbered starting with 1 for each year. NYPL removed the originals from the post-bindings, and pasted them into scrapbooks. This process increased the number of volumes and split materials that were originally described as a single volume. Volumes were renumbered with a combination of volume and letter designations (for example, 595A and 595B).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Subgroup 1 is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
- Credit this material:
Series 1: Reel Contents - American Civil Liberties Union Microfilm; American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 1, The Roger Baldwin Years, MC001-01, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-12