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Collection Overview

Creator:
American civil liberties union
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 3, Legal Case Files Series
Repository:
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/00000076j
Dates:
1864-2001 (mostly 1965-1995)
Size:
437 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 3176-3611; 3452a
Language:
English

Abstract

The Legal Case Files series documents the ACLU's involvement in litigation, ranging from files collected on cases for research purposes to records of cases they were significantly involved in. The records include documents filed with the court, correspondence, lawyer's notes, depositions and expert testimony, transcripts of the trials, newspaper clippings, and research materials on the background of the cases and legal precedents.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The Legal Case Files series documents the ACLU's involvement in litigation, ranging from files collected on cases for research purposes to records of cases they were significantly involved in. The records include documents filed with the court, correspondence, lawyer's notes, depositions and expert testimony, transcripts of the trials, newspaper clippings, and research materials on the background of the cases and legal precedents.

The Legal Case Files series contains records about over 1,500 cases, with the majority being files collected on non-ACLU cases for research on the broad range of civil liberties which the ACLU investigates. Common subjects include freedom of speech and expression, illegal surveillance and search, injustice in the legal system, public education, racial and sexual discrimination, and the separation of church and state, as well as fair employment and health care practices, immigration, information access and privacy, and politics and voting. Cases which are particularly well documented include Carlos Rivera v. John Rowland about the public defender system in Connecticut and three cases about public education: Brown v. Board of Education, Charlet v. Legislature of Louisiana, and Harper v. Hunt.

This series is a continuation of <a href="http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/v405s9381">ACLU Records: Subgroup 2, Legal Case Files Series, 1933-1990</a>. In Subgroup 3, see also <a href="http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/x346d492c">Series 2: Project Files</a> and <a href="http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/v692t6966">Series 5: Regional Offices</a> for cases litigated by the ACLU.

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

Acquisition:

Materials are transferred from the ACLU annually.

Archival Appraisal Information:

Confidential files, including adoption records and employment applications, were separated from this series during processing.

Sponsorship:

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 and Emma Watt. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in March 2012.

Boxes 3308 and 3492 were treated by American Freeze Dry, Inc. for mold.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

All material in the ACLU Subgroup 3, Series 4 must be reviewed for legal restrictions prior to research use. Please submit requests for material at least 10 business days before visiting the library to allow time for this review. An archivist will respond within 10 business days to let you know whether it is available for research use. Individuals may make up to 15 requests per month

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, Legal Case Files Series; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/00000076j
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

Find More

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:
Church and state --United States.
Civil rights -- United States -- Cases.
Civil rights -- United States.
Discrimination -- United States.
Discrimination in employment -- United States.
Due process of law -- United States.
Emigration and immigration law -- United States -- Cases.
Freedom of information -- United States.
Freedom of speech -- United States.
Political rights -- United States.
Public schools -- United States -- Evaluation.
Race discrimination -- United States.
Right to health -- United States.
Sex discrimination against women -- United States.
Genre Terms:
Legal files.
Publications.
Names:
American civil liberties union