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New York Bureau of Legal Advice Records


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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First known as the New York Bureau of Legal First Aid; operated from April 6, 1917 to the autumn of 1919 when its assets were turned over to the People's Freedom Union; assisted men who were subject to the draft process, defended the legal rights of conscientious objectors, many of whom were socialists and foreign-born aliens from combatant nations; fought against the deportation of members of the International Workers of the World; predated the similar National Civil Liberties Bureau; confined its activities to New York conscientious objection cases.

Organized into six series: Series I. Office files; Series II. Correspondence files; Series III. Case files (aliens, deportations, special individuals); Series IV. Case files (conscientious objectors); Series V. Case files (draft boards, aliens, dependents); Series VI. Press releases and newspaper clippings.

Microfilm reproduction of originals in: Tamiment Library, New York University, New York, NY.

Printed on microfilm container: Robert F. Wagner Archives.

Type of reproduction--Microfilm.; Place of reproduction--New York, NY :; Agency responsible for reproduction--Tamiment Library: Date of reproduction--[1990?]. Physical description of reproduction--10 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

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