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Strossen, Nadine 1950-
Nadine Strossen Papers
Public Policy Papers
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38 boxes
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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-38


Nadine Strossen, former national board president of the American Civil Liberties Union, is a well-known civil libertarian, law professor and author. This collection consists of records generated by Nadine Strossen in her leadership roles with the American Civil Liberties Union and as professor of law at the New York Law School.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records generated by Nadine Strossen in her leadership roles with the American Civil Liberties Union and as professor of law at the New York Law School. Strossen's work addressed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court, police brutality against Rodney King, the appointment of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and twenty-first century national security and immigration policies. The collection primarily consists of correspondence, press clippings, conference materials, and notes and transcripts from Professor Strossen's public appearances and speaking engagements.


The collection is arranged in three series: correspondence, scrapbook files and speeches. Archivists at the ACLU re-arranged many series chronologically -- the arrangement of materials as they arrived at Princeton has been maintained.

Collection Creator Biography:

Strossen, Nadine 1950-

Nadine Strossen was born August 18, 1950, to Sylvia Simicich Strossen and Woodrow John Strossen, in Jersey City, New Jersey. She attended Radcliffe College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1972. Strossen moved on to attend Harvard Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1975. She also served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Following her graduation from law school, Strossen clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court and practiced at private firms in Minneapolis and New York. In 1984, Professor Stossen accepted the position of Supervising Attorney at the Civil Rights Clinic and Associate Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law. In 1989, Strossen was hired as a Professor at the New York Law School.

Strossen became involved with the leadership of the ACLU in 1982, when she served at vice-char of the Due-Process committee. She was elected to the National Board of Directors in 1983, and began serving as General Counsel in 1986. In 1991, Strossen was elected National Board President, making her the youngest person and first woman to hold the position. Strossen continued teaching at New York Law School throughout her tenure as ACLU National Board President and after her resignation in 2008.

Strossen is considered an expert in constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. She has focused much of her attention on the area of free speech, especially in the realm of pornography. Professor Strossen has written and lectured extensively in these areas, having authored more than 250 published works, including Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights (Scribner, 1995; NYU Press, 2000), and Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (NYU Press, 1995). She has also served on the Boards of Directors of many other organizations, including Asia Watch, Coalition to Free Soviet Jews, The Fund for Free Expression, Human Rights Watch, Middle East Watch, National Coalition Against Censorship, and the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project.

Collection History


Gift of Nadine Strossen in April 2012. An additional accession was received in June 2013. The accession numbers associated with this gift are ML.2012.11 and ML.2013.018. Original correspondence in Box 38 was donated by Nadine Strossen in March 2015 . The accession number associated with this gift is ML.2015.010.

Custodial History

This collection was transferred directly to the custody of the ACLU Archives in the summer of 2008 by Jennifer Bellusci, Nadine Strossen's assistant, following Strossen's resignation as the ACLU's National Board President. The collection was transferred to Princeton University in April 2012.


No records have been separated from this collection.

Processing Information

These papers were processed by Maureen Callahan in 2012. An inventory created in a spreadsheet was converted to EAD and materials were arranged into series at this time. Materials in the June 2013 accession (ML.2013.018) were transferred from five large transfile boxes to standard record center boxes upon arrival at the library. The 2013 accession was added to the collection as a new series. A file-level inventory was created in September 2013. No physical processing or arrangement took place at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research, with the exception of records related to David Souter, which shall be closed during his lifetime.

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

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:

Nadine Strossen Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-38