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Series 3, Writings and Speeches, 1909-1979

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 3, Writings and Speeches (1912-1978): Baldwin was a prolific writer and speaker, although his only books were Juvenile Courts and Probation, written while he was in St. Louis, Liberty Under the Soviets, written in 1928, and Civil Liberties and Industrial Conflict, a book of speeches Baldwin gave at Harvard University with industrialist Clarence B. Randall, which was published in 1938. Baldwin was working on an autobiography sporadically during the 1950s and 1960s, but it was never

published. This autobiography was an offshoot of his contribution to Columbia University's Oral History Project and represented an expansion of his first series of reminiscences recorded at Columbia in 1953. In 1963 Baldwin recorded his memories of the intervening ten years for the Oral History Project, but he never attempted to turn this second part into a book.

Series 3 is divided into two subseries, "Writings" and "Speeches." Within each subseries the writings and speeches are organized according to subject matter. The bulk of Baldwin's articles were written while he was director of the ACLU and chairman of the International League for the Rights of Man. While many of them obviously touch on civil liberties and human rights issues, he also wrote about foreign affairs, race relations, radicalism, St. Louis, and social work. His articles include various short biographical sketches, and he wrote many book reviews. While he was in prison he also tried his hand at some poetry, although this was his only experimentation with this genre. His speeches deal with many of the same topics as his articles. Some of his speeches are in the form of full-text transcriptions, while some are merely notes.


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Collection History


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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 Olivia Kew in 1995. Finding aid written by Olivia Kew in 1995.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Series 3, Writings and Speeches; Roger Nash Baldwin Papers, MC005, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm of this collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library (MICROFILM 11772) and a master copy of the microfilm is held offsite at the ReCAP storage facility (MICROFILM 3633).

American civil liberties union
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
International League for the Rights of Man
Marshall Civil Liberties Trust Fund
Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940.