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Fuller, Jeffrey
Jeffrey E. Fuller Papers
Public Policy Papers
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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-6


Jeffrey Fuller (1917-1970) worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1948 to 1966 and also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Fuller's papers document his service in the U.S. military and his work for the ACLU and include his personal and professional correspondence, memoranda, and diaries.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Fuller's papers document his service in the U.S. military and his work for the ACLU and include his personal and professional correspondence, memoranda, and diaries.

Collection Creator Biography:

Fuller, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Fuller (1917-1970) worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1948-1966 and also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the ACLU, Fuller was responsible for membership development and fundraising and also edited their monthly newsletter Civil Liberties.

Jeffrey Eastman Fuller was born on March 19, 1917 to Walter Fuller and Crystal Eastman, a cofounder of the ACLU. Fuller graduated from Harvard University in 1938 with an A.B. degree in Slavic Languages, History and Literature, and also studied radio and television production at New York University from 1940 to 1941. Following graduation, Fuller was self-employed as a music dealer specialized in collector-item records and also worked as a guide at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, as assistant radio editor at the New York Post from 1939 to 1940, and as the Public Relations Assistant for the Norris-LaGuardia Independent Citizens Committee for Roosevelt and Wallace in October and November 1940.

In January 1941, Fuller joined the U.S. Army, serving in an MP Battalion and at Infantry Regimental Headquarters. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in October 1942 and served as Aide de Camp to Major General D.H. Connolly, the commanding general at the Persian Gulf Command, traveling extensively with the general and translating Russian and French for him. He served in this capacity until May 1943, when he became the Russian Liaison Officer and Civilian Personnel Officer in Kazvin, Iran, where he worked daily with the Russian command. Fuller returned to the United States in October 1944 for additional training, studying the theory and practice of military government and Japanese language, history and culture at the School of Military Government in Charlottesville, Virginia and the Civil Affairs Training School at the University of Chicago. However, his next post continued to utilize his expertise in Russian. From May 1945 to March 1946, Fuller was an OSS field operative, serving in the Research and Analysis Branch of the U.S.S.R. Division in Washington, Berlin, and Central Europe. Fuller was discharged from the Army in June 1946 with the rank of Major, but continued to serve as a Major in the reserve, where he specialized in psychological warfare. Fuller and Michael Bodkin founded the Bodkin Research & Manufacturing Co., Inc. in July 1946, with Fuller as vice-president and general partner. The company produced organic plant food and failed in February 1948.

Fuller joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) staff in 1948 as the Membership Director, responsible for fundraising and membership promotion and maintenance. The majority of his work was conducted through the mail and involved the preparation of letters, leaflets and other promotional material, and he also served as the general financial secretary of the organization. While at the ACLU, he developed an integrated membership system to distribute contributions between the national organization and the member's affiliate, organized new affiliates, and oversaw the Indian Civil Rights Committee. During his tenure, the ACLU grew from 9,000 combined national and affiliate members with 7 affiliates to 48,000 combined members with 27 affiliates. Fuller left the ACLU in 1959 to serve as the manager of the fundraising department of a direct mail firm. However, Fuller continued as editor of Civil Liberties, the ACLU's monthly publication, a post he held from 1951 to 1966. Civil Liberties was a 4-6 page monthly publication that reported on the ACLU's activities and accomplishments and on current civil liberties issues. Fuller was succeeded as editor by Claire Cooper in 1966. Fuller passed away in 1970.

Collection History


Gift of Cordelia Fuller in October 2008 [ML.2008.2023].


Fuller's high school and college papers, personal correspondence from 1930-1940, and personal tax records from 1949 to 1969 have been separated from this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson in 2009. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in June 2009.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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Credit this material:

Jeffrey E. Fuller Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Related Materials

The Mudd Manuscript Library holds several other collections related to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), including the records of the ACLU (including a run of Civil Liberties, Boxes 2086-2088) and the ACLU Washington, D.C. Office, the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, the Fund for the Republic, the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, and the PEN American Center Records (at Firestone Library), and the papers of Roger N. Baldwin, Osmond K. Fraenkel, Arthur Garfield Hays, and the Peggy Lamson Collection on Roger Baldwin. The Mudd Manuscript Library also holds numerous collections related to World War II, which can be found by searching the Princeton University Library Finding Aids website for "World War, 1939-1945" and related terms.


The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "Application for Federal Employment" and "Resume"; Jeffrey E. Fuller Papers, Box 3, Folder Correspondence, 1948; Public Policy Papers, Special Collections, Princeton University Library. "Application for Federal Employment," October 1950 and "Personal History Statement," September 1950; Jeffrey E. Fuller Papers, Box 3, Folder Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), etc.; Public Policy Papers, Special Collections, Princeton University Library. "Fifteen Years" by Jeffrey E. Fuller. Civil Liberties, July 1966.

Subject Terms:
Civil rights -- United States.
Civil rights workers -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945.
Genre Terms:
American civil liberties union
United States. Army
United States. Office of Strategic Services