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Founded in the summer of 1964 to assist the civil rights movement, the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee (LCDC) solicited lawyers to provide volunteer legal representation for worthy or significant cases. Typically, a volunteer lawyer would travel to a small town in the South and spend one month working on cases in coordination with one of the LCDC's regional offices. While these regional offices handled case work locally, the headquarters in New York handled lawyer solicitation, fundraising, publicity, and other general activities. In December 1967, the LCDC was merged into the Roger Baldwin Foundation (the tax-exempt arm of the ACLU) becoming the LCDC project of the Foundation. As the civil rights movement grew in popularity, the LCDC's practical and ideological goals were met by other organizations, most notably the United States Justice Department.
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The Bell Laboratories series documents Baker's career at Bell Labs and research undertaken by the lab under his leadership. Areas of research include materials science, polymers, optical fibers, UNIX, systems engineering, and many other technologies. These papers include reports, memoranda, notes, planning documents, and correspondence regarding Bell Labs research projects, as well as articles about the lab and Bell Labs researchers. The series also includes Baker's correspondence, as well as notes on meetings and telephone conversations, with colleagues at universities, other labs, and in government. Major subjects include their research, potentials for collaboration, recent articles and conferences, lab visits, and questions regarding facts and technology, as well as invitations, appreciation for his contributions, and congratulations on promotions and his retirement. Also included are Baker's appointment calendars and weekly schedules, his meeting notes and materials from the Board of Directors and Council meetings, and lab publications and product manuals.