Throughout its history, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has consistently stood at the center of controversies involving the rights of Americans. Its records offer researchers a unique view of the inner workings of the ACLU and the hundreds of groups with which the ACLU interacted. Covering the years from before the ACLU’s official founding in 1920 through the end of World War II, this publication presents a rare opportunity for research libraries to acquire a valuable and accessible array of primary source materials on some of the most important issues that affected the United States during the first half of this century.
The documents are arranged first by year, next under general subject headings, and finally by case or topic. The types of materials found in the collection include:
• Internal documents such as memoranda and committee reports.
• Correspondence from clients, members of the board of direc tors, government bureaucrats, attorneys, and other sources.
• Materials relating to local organi zations affiliated with the ACLU, plus records of hundreds of or- ganizations with which the ACLU had supportive or adver- sarial relations, such as the Friends of New Germany and the DAR.
• Legal briefs and newspaper clippings.
The ACLU’s records are central to the study of almost any topic in the political, legal, or social history of the twentieth-century United States.