Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Records of American Civil Liberties Union, 1917-date

Collection: CDG-A


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399 U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
American Civil Liberties Union
Title
American Civil Liberties Union
Inclusive Dates
1917-date
Call Number
CDG-A
American Civil Liberties Union
Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
2.5 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
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 Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Papers are held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University.


Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Source unknown
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff; current finding aid created by Anne Yoder; and Wendy E. Chmielewski
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the American Civil Liberties Records (CDGA), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record


Related Collections
DG 022 American Civil Liberties Union: National Committee on Conscientious Objectors
DG 004 American Union Against Militarism

Historical Background
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.

Collection Overview
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.

Arrangement of Collection
The records from the national office are organized chronologically. The branch office records are organized separately, and alphabetically by state.



Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Program work and literature, etc., 1917-1927
Correspondence re: "Professional Patriots," 1927-1928
Program work and literature, etc., 1928-1929

Box 2
Program work and literature, etc., 1930-1934
Conference on Civil Liberties Under the New Deal, 1934
Program work and literature, etc., 1935-1936

Box 3
Program work and literature, etc., 1937-1939
Program work and literature, etc., 1940-1949

Box 4
Program work and literature, etc., 1950-1969

Box 5
Program work and literature, etc., 1970-1973
"ACLU Reports: Corporal Punishment in the Public Schools," March 1972 [catalogued]
"ACLU Reports: The Abuses of the Military Chaplaincy," May 1973 [catalogued]
Program work and literature, etc., 1974-current
Program work and literature, etc., undated
Misc. newsletters: includes "Inside ACLU," 1968-1970 [incomplete set]

Box 6
American Civil Liberties Foundation, 1976-
American Civil Liberties Foundation: Project on Amnesty, 1973 
American Civil Liberties Foundation: Project on Amnesty -- "ACLU Reports: The Clemency Program," ca. 1974-1975
American Civil Liberties Foundation: Project on National Security and Civil Liberties
ACLU - D.C. (Washington)
ACLU - CALIFORNIA: includes "A Newsletter of the ACLU [Santa Cruz]," Feb. 1992
ACLU - ILLINOIS: Chicago Civil Liberties Committee, 1934-1950; includes newsletter "Civil Liberties News," 1947-1950 [incomplete set]
ACLU - ILLINOIS: American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois newsletter "The Brief," Summer 1987, (vol. 44:3)
ACLU - INDIANA: Indiana American Civil Liberties Union newsletter "The Advocate," Spring/Summer 1987 (vol. 4:1)
ACLU - MASSACHUSETTS: Civil Liberties Committee of Massachusetts, 1921-1948; includes newsletter "Civil Liberties Bulletin," October 1940
ACLU - NEW YORK: New York City Branch, ACLU, 1939; NYCLU, 1970
ACLU - OREGON: American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon "Newsletter," October 1987 (vol. 15:3), March 1988 (vol. 16:1) and Summer 1988 (vol. 6:2)
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Civil Liberties Committee, 1930-1935; 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]
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: ACLU of Pennsylvania, 1968-1979
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: ACLU of Pennsylvania, 1980-current; includes newsletter "Civil Liberties Record," Spring 1990
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: American Civil Liberties Foundation of Pennsylvania
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: Delaware County Chapter, 1960; includes newsletter "Civil Liberties Bulletin," July 1960 (No. 1); and "Newsletter," Feb. 1961 - March 1973 [incomplete set]
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia Civil Liberties Committee, ca. 1920-1940
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: Greater Philadelphia Branch, 1951-1979; includes "Legislative Bulletin," September-October 1951
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: Greater Philadelphia Branch, 1980-current
ACLU - PENNSYLVANIA: ACLU Pittsburgh, 1970-1979; includes "Newsletter," November-December 1974 (vol. 1:1-2)
ACLU - TENNESSEE: American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee; includes newsletter "Civil Liberties and TACLA Chapters," Fall 1973
ACLU - WASHINGTON: American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, 1971
Roger Baldwin biographical material; Roger Baldwin Foundation



This finding aid was last updated on June24, 2009.