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Subseries 5B: Subject Files, 1946-1990
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
This subseries consists of printed material culled from the Subject Files (Series 3) and includes monographs, journals, newsletters, magazines, reports, newspapers, press releases and some press clippings. Much of the material deals with various topics related to the main subjects.
Some of the better represented subjects include: academic freedom which includes The Last Resort, a periodical about corporal punishment, with issues from the 1970s and 1980s; mass communications printed material which consists primarily of publications dealing with cable television; and the international civil liberties subdivision which includes publications from and about Germany, Great Britain, Guam, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Also included are United Nations publications and material from the American Association for the United Nations and the Conference Group of U.S. National Organizations on the United Nations.
Military rights which consists primarily of publications culled from the Amnesty Project subseries is another well represented subject. Topics cover amnesty for draft resisters and the social issues relating to the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement. It includes publications from the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO) and Vietnam Veterans Against the War/Winter Soldier Organization (VVAW/WSO). Press clippings are also included under this subject.
Other subjects are: censorship (which includes publications from the National Coalition Against Censorship); Labor and Business which consists primarily of union magazines and newsletters; lesbian and gay rights printed material which includes Mattachine publications from the 1950s; loyalty and security which includes a semi-complete run of Counterattack from 1947-1951; and Native Americans which contains Indian Truth from 1946-1978 (sporadic).
Other subjects found in this subseries include assembly and public protest, children's rights, church and state, civil rights, court proceedings, environment, police practices, poverty and civil liberties, privacy, and women's rights.
See also the Oversized Materials listing.
No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.
During the processing of this collection, many items were discarded, including newspaper clippings from the New York Times and other major newspapers, government publications, well- known serial publications, and publications and large distribution memoranda from well-known and well-documented organizations such as the American Jewish Committee or Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Paula Jabloner in 1994-1996 with the assistance of Assistant Archivist for Technical Services Daniel Linke, Special Collections Assistants Amy Escott, Claire Johnston, Alison McCuaig, and Tom Rosko, and students Laurie Alexander, Christina Aragon, Laura Burt, Jue Chen, Clement Doyle, Joe Faber, Said Farah, Boyd Goodson, Naomi Harlin, Janet Hine, Matthew Honahan, Katherine Johnson, Damian Long, Theresa Marchitto, Laura Myones, Olivia Kew, Grace Koo, Dan Sack, Bijan Salehizadeh, Tina Wang, Kyle Weston, and Elizabeth Williamson.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Subgroup 2 is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing 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.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
- Credit this material:
Subseries 5B: Subject Files; American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 2, Printed Materials Series, MC001-02-05, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1950-1969
- Existence and Location of Copies
Public records of the ACLU from 1917 to 1989, have been microfilmed by the Microfilming Corporation of America (MCA) and University Microfilms International (UMI). These records include minutes of the board of directors, mailings to the board of directors, biennial conference papers, policy guides, the national legal docket, organization manuals, constitution and bylaws, legal briefs, and publications. The American Civil Liberties Union Records and Publications 1917-1975: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition and succeeding guides to these materials are available in the reference room, and the microfilm itself is located in the microforms reading room.
The bound volumes of ACLU records covering 1917 through 1946 (volumes 1-2762) have been microfilmed and researchers must use the microfilm in order to prevent further deterioration of the these fragile volumes. Researchers should consult the finding aid to the earlier ACLU records (1917-1946) for their description and arrangement.
- Other Finding Aids
This finding aid describes a portion of the American Civil Liberties Union Records held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. For an overview of the entire collection, instructions on searching the collection and requesting materials, and other information, please see the Guide to the American Civil Liberties Union Records.
Historical sketch based on In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU by Samuel Walker. See also Samuel Walker's The American Civil Liberties Union: An Annotated Bibliography.
- American Union Against Militarism
United States. | Constitution. 1st-10th Amendments
National Civil Liberties Bureau (U.S.)
Marshall Civil Liberties Trust Fund
New York Times company
Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.
Ennis, Bruce J., 1941-
Everson, Arch R.
Gault, Gerald Francis, 1949 or 50-
Gideon, Clarence Earl
Hays, Arthur Garfield, 1881-1954
Levy, Herbert Monte, 1923-
Malin, Patrick Murphy, 1903-1964
Neier, Aryeh, 1937-
Neuborne, Burt, 1941-
Nixon, Richard M. Richard Milhous 1913-1994
Pemberton, John de J., Jr., 1919-2009
Perry, Richard L.
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.
Powell, John A. (John Anthony)
Schempp, Edward L.
Scopes, John Thomas, 1900-1970
Seeger, Daniel A.
Tinker, John Frederick
Wulf, Melvin A.