American Civil Liberties Union Collected Records
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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The ACLU grew out of the American Union Against Militarism, which was founded in 1916 and dissolved in 1922. A subsection of the AUAM was called the National Civil Liberties Bureau; in 1920 it changed its name to the American Civil Liberties Union. Roger Baldwin was its director for 30 years (1920-1950), followed by Patrick Murphey Malin.
Today, the ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 275,000-member public interest organization, devoted to protecting the basic civil liberties of all Americans, and extending them to those people for whom they have traditionally been denied. Its national office is in New York City, with a legislative office in Washington, D.C. It has a 50-state network of staffed affiliate offices, 300 chapters, and regional offices in Dallas and Atlanta. The ACLU has more than 60 staff attorneys collaborating with 2,000 volunteer attorneys to handle close to 6,000 cases per year.
The collection of ACLU material at the Peace Collection consists of only sporadic records from the national office and several local offices, dating from 1917 to the present.
The records from the national office are organized chronologically. The branch office records are organized separately, and alphabetically by state.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of this organization.
Source is unknown and/or received in mailings.
For the catalog record for this collection, and to find materials on similar topics, search the library's online catalog.
Processed by SCPC staff; current finding aid created by Anne M. Yoder (Archivist).
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includes newsletter "Civil Liberties News," 1947-1950 [incomplete set]
includes newsletter "Civil Liberties Bulletin," October 1940
includes "News Letter," December 1930 (vol. 1:1) - May 1931 (vol. 1:5), February 1933 (vol. 3:1) - May 1933 (vol. 3:4) [incomplete sets]
includes newsletter "Civil Liberties Record," Spring 1990
includes newsletter "Civil Liberties Bulletin," July 1960 (No. 1); and "Newsletter," Feb. 1961 - March 1973 [incomplete set]
includes "Legislative Bulletin," September-October 1951
includes "Newsletter," November-December 1974 (vol. 1:1-2)
includes newsletter "Civil Liberties and TACLA Chapters," Fall 1973