- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (U.S.)
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Records
- Public Policy Papers
- Permanent URL:
- 1961-1994 (mostly 1964-1987)
- 31 boxes and 2 items
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-31
The Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC), founded in 1963, is a non-partisan organization dedicated to facilitating discussion on civil rights and providing research for civil liberties cases. In the early years, it worked to recruit support young law students who would then work with civil rights organizations in the south. The documents consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, pamphlets, notes, and briefs related to the LSCRRC. Through these materials the collection highlights the organization's growth, student protests and arrests, and activism in civil rights issues and lawsuits.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The documents consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, pamphlets, notes, and briefs related to the LSCRRC. Through these materials the collection highlights the organization's growth, student protests and arrests, and activism in civil rights issues and lawsuits. The background and development of regional conferences and law school chapters is extensively documented, as well as short histories of the organization written by LSCRRC staff. The major role of the Summer Internship Program is represented by the records. The papers contains detailed individual personnel files for interns who participated in the SIP form 1984-1986 and the records of the administrative and application process throughout the duration of the program.
This collection is not fully processed. The Records have been arranged in seven series, but are not arranged within the series:
- Collection Creator Biography:
Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (U.S.)
The Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC), founded in 1963, is a non-partisan organization dedicated to facilitating discussion on civil rights and providing research for civil liberties cases. LSCRRC also makes its members available to do legal research for organizations needing assistance with civil liberties cases. The organization also created a library of civil rights materials organized into a numerical system for use by students, researchers, and legal professionals. Though a number of the original files were lost during the LSCRRC operation, remaining materials can be found in the LSCRRC records.
The organization was established in 1963 by law students from northern universities traveling to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Through the assistance of Marion Wright Edelman, the LSCRRC secured space in the ACLU offices. In 1964, Howard Slater was named the group's first director. The goal of the council was to offer law students an opportunity to use their legal and organizational skills to promote economic, ethnic, racial, and sexual equality. The group was run by a board of directors comprised of representatives from each of the LSCRRC's fourteen regions. Membership could be acquired by applying to the Summer Internship Program (SIP), participating in a LSCRRC event, or contacting a regional office.
Starting in 1964 the LSCRRC began the SIP to give interested law students real world experience and foster activism among young professionals. In the twenty-four years that the program was active, over four thousand students participated in the program. In addition to raising social awareness, the SIP served as a training program for the student interns while providing direct legal assistance to needy communities and organization. The SIP was the largest function of the organization, but the LSCRRC also ran programs partnered with Legal Services Corporation, National Lawyers Guild, Community Designed Projects, NAACP, Legal Aid Society, Advocates for Children, ACLU, Center for Constitutions, the Ford Foundation Women's Law fund, and numerous other civically minded groups.
The organization has chapters in law schools around the United States and continues as of 2008 as a non-partisan group dedicated to legal questions surrounding topics such as the death penalty, migrant worker rights, and AIDS.
This collection was donated by Amy Ruth Tobol and Jeremiah Gutman in June 1996 .
The 2016 addition of an evaluation written by Melvin Wulf was donated by Melvin Wulf in September 2016. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2016.026.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No materials were separated from the collection during processing in 2008 or in 2016.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Pete Asch in 2008. Finding aid written by Pete Asch in August 2008.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Materials in Subseries 7B: Intern Personnel Files are restricted for 75 years due to the presence of sensitive personal information. All other materials in this collection are open 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.
- Credit this material:
Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Records; 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
- Publication Note:
The following sources were consulted during preparation of the organizational history: Tobol, Amy Ruth (1999). Badge of Honor: The Law Students Civil Rights Research Council. (Doctoral Dissertation, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1999). Materials from the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Records, 1961-1987; Public Policy Papers, Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
- Subject Terms:
- African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights -- Law and legislation -- United States -- 20th century.
Civil rights demonstrations -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Law students -- United States -- Political activity -- 20th century.
Nonprofit organizations -- United States -- 20th century -- Records and correspondence.
Nonprofit organizations -- United States -- Political activity -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (U.S.)
- Southern States -- Race relations -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- 20th century.