- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- American civil liberties union
- American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 3, Regional Offices Files Series
- Public Policy Papers
- Permanent URL:
- 1894-2005 (mostly 1970-1990)
- 959 boxes
- Storage Note:
- This is stored in multiple locations. Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 3612-3666; 4016-4537; 5084-5106; 5120; 5687-5688; 5722-5727; 4196a ReCAP (scarcpph): Box 3667-4015
The Regional Offices series documents the work and administration of the ACLU's three regional offices: Mountain States Regional Office, concerned with civil rights in the west and Native American rights, the Southern Regional Office, focusing on civil rights in the south, and the Washington, D.C. office, which concentrates on national legislation and the actions of the federal government. The files include correspondence, case files, office publications, research files, and the papers of individual staff members. Subgroup 3, Subseries 5B (Southern Regional Office) has been digitized and is available for members of the Princeton community to view here. To view the database from outside Princeton University, please see the Guide to the American Civil Liberties Union Records.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Regional Offices series documents the work and administration of the ACLU's three regional offices: Mountain States Regional Office, concerned with civil rights in the west and Native American rights, the Southern Regional Office, focusing on civil rights in the south, and the Washington, D.C. office, which concentrates on national legislation and the actions of the federal government. The files include correspondence, case files, office publications, research files, and the papers of individual staff members.
- Collection Creator Biography:
American civil liberties union
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.
Materials are transferred from the ACLU annually.
A group of Laura W. Murphy's papers (20 boxes) was donated in 2004, but was not accessioned and processed until 2013 (ML.2013.020), when the papers were added to the ACLU Records, Subgroup 3. They can be found in Subseries 5C: Washington, D.C. Regional Office, under "Staff Files."
Development records, personnel records, and mold-damaged records 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, Abbie Kimbell, Jamie LaMontagne, and Emma Watt. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in April 2012. Description of Subseries 5B: Southern Regional Office written by Brenda Tindal in May 2012. A group of Laura Murphy's papers (ML.2013.020) was processed in July 2013 by Sara Griffiths and Rachel Wilson '16. Records were removed to archival boxes at this time. Personnel records were separated from the rest of the collection and placed in separate boxes.
Boxes 3644, 3791, 3792, 4072, 4114, 4142, 4281, 4311, and 4533 were treated by American Freeze Dry, Inc. for mold.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Any restrictions in this collection are noted in the inventory. If no restrictions are listed, materials are available 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
Materials in MC001.03.05 in Box 4506 have been treated for mold; however, materials may still be fragile and exhibit signs of damage. Researchers should exercise caution when handling these materials. Not all materials were salvaged.
- Credit this material:
American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 3, Regional Offices Files Series; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Existence and Location of Copies
FOR DIGITIZED CONTENT: Please see the Guide to the American Civil Liberties Union Records.
- 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.
- Subject Terms:
- Civil rights -- Southern states.
Civil rights -- United States -- Cases.
Civil rights -- United States.
Civil rights -- West (U.S.)
Discrimination -- Southern States.
Government accountability -- United States.
Indigenous peoples of North America -- Civil rights -- 20th century.
Legislation -- United States.
National security -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Suffrage -- United States.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
- Genre Terms:
- American civil liberties union
American Civil Liberties Union. Mountain States Regional Office
American Civil Liberties Union. Southern Regional Office
American Civil Liberties Union. Washington Office