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Scope and Contents

Warner's papers document his involvement in legal reform and other issues pertaining to gay rights. The papers largely consist of legislative and court documents about cases affecting gay civil liberties, and related memoranda, correspondence, and writings. Warner's papers also include materials related to gay rights activist groups, including the NCSCL, publications on issues facing the gay community, family correspondence, his doctoral dissertation on English naval history, and a small amount of material regarding his teaching career.

Collection Creator Biography:

Warner, Arthur Cyrus, 1918-2007

Arthur Cyrus Warner (1918-2007), Princeton University Class of 1938, was a prominent figure in the gay liberation movement, focusing his efforts on legal reform to protect the civil liberties of the gay community. His work included successful efforts to overturn anti-sodomy and other laws used to persecute gay people in many states. Warner was also chair of the legal department of The Mattachine Society of New York, and founder and director of the National Committee for Sexual Civil Liberties (NCSCL), later renamed the American Association for Personal Privacy (AAPP), a high-level think tank mainly concerned with legal reform.


Gift of Arthur C. Warner in 2000 and 2007 [ML2007-032].


Duplicate materials have been removed. Four boxes of materials, primarily duplicates, were separated from the collection in January 2009 and returned to the source.

Processing Information

This collection was originally accessioned in 2000 and updated in 2007 [ML.2007.32]. An inventory list of the original deposit and 2007 accrual were created in 2007. The finding aid and MARC record were updated at this time.

The finding aid was restructured by Will Clements in 2024, with the file descriptions arranged into series. Materials were rehoused in archvial folders, but no physical arrangement was done at this time.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, 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. 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 a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting 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:

Arthur C. Warner Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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