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American civil liberties union
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 3, Subject Files Series
Public Policy Papers
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28 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 3148-3175


The Subject Files series contains articles, reports, court documents, and other materials collected by the ACLU during the course of their work. The main subjects are drugs, homelessness, and Supreme Court nominations, especially of Robert Bork.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Subject Files series contains articles, reports, court documents, and other materials collected by the ACLU during the course of their work. The main subjects are drugs, homelessness, and Supreme Court nominations, especially of Robert Bork. Other significant subjects in this series include campaign finance, discrimination, environmental equity and racism, school pension plans, state constitutions, and welfare.

Collection Creator Biography:

The ACLU is the preeminent civil liberties organization in the United States. The ACLU describes itself as "our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country." Since its inception in 1920, the ACLU has played a part in nearly every significant American social or political issue in the 20th century. This includes important work in the areas of civil rights, children and women's rights, freedom of speech (and all First Amendment questions), and due process, among many others.

For a more detailed history of the ACLU, please see the history in the finding aid for the processed portion of the records.

Collection History


Materials are transferred from the ACLU annually.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated from this series during processing.


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 Adriane Hanson in 2010-2012 with the assistance of Special Collections Assistant David Gillespie and student assistants Brandon Joseph, Jamie LaMontagne, and Emma Watt. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in March 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Any restrictions in this collection are noted in the inventory. If no restrictions are listed, materials are available 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.

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.

Credit this material:

American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 3, Subject Files Series; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Alternative Form Available:

American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 1, The Roger Baldwin Years is available on microfilm.

Public records of the ACLU from 1917 to 1989, from American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 2, 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.

Related Material:

American Civil Liberties Union, Washington, D.C. Office Records

The Mudd Manuscript Library holds the papers of several ACLU officers:

Roger Nash Baldwin Papers

Peggy Lamson Collection on Roger Baldwin

Osmond K. Fraenkel Diaries

Jeffrey E. Fuller Papers

Arthur Garfield Hays Papers

Laura W. Murphy Papers

Carol Pitchersky Papers

Nadine Strossen Papers

The Mudd Library also holds the records of several organizations involved in civil rights, including:

American United for the Separation of Church and State Records

Fund for the Republic Records

Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Records

World Press Freedom Committee Records

The Manuscripts Division at Princeton University holds the P.E.N. American Center Records.

Publication Note:

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.

Subject Terms:
Civil rights -- United States -- Cases.
Civil rights -- United States.
Discrimination -- United States.
Discrimination against the homeless.
Drug abuse -- Government policy -- United States.
United States. Supreme Court -- Officials and employees.
Genre Terms:
American civil liberties union
Bork, Robert H.