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Wendy Kaminer Papers related to the "Save the ACLU" Campaign
Public Policy Papers
1 linear feet and (2 boxes)
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-2


Memoranda, correspondence, board meeting minutes related to Wendy Kaminer's work with the ACLU and the "Save the ACLU" campaign.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

Memoranda, correspondence, board meeting minutes related to Wendy Kaminer's work with the ACLU and the "Save the ACLU" campaign.

Collection Creator Biography:


Wendy Kaminer is an American lawyer and writer. Educated at Smith College and Boston University Law School, Kaminer was on staff in the New York Legal Aid Society and later the New York City Mayor's office. Kaminer served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts and, from 1999-2006, on the national board of the ACLU. While on the ACLU national board, Kaminer, along with former ACLU executive director Ira Glasser, Karen Delince, and others, formed a group called "Save the ACLU," protesting actions taken by current executive director Anthony Romero and seeking his ouster.

In 2001, Kaminer married civil liberties activist Woody Kaplan.

Kaminer is the author of a number of books, including I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions (1992), A Fearful Freedom: Women's Flight from Equality (1990), Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity and the ACLU (2009).

Collection History


The collection was donated by Wendy Kaminer in 2021. The accession number associated with this donation is ML-2021-020.


No materials have been separated from this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Will Clements in 2022. No physical rearrangement was done at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Wendy Kaminer Papers related to the "Save the ACLU" Campaign; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-2