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Deep Dive into America’s Historic Battles for Civil Rights

April 19, 2017

Penn Libraries recently acquired a new collection of primary documents for historical legal research: The Making of Modern Law -  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Papers, 1912-1990.

Penn Libraries recently purchased an online collection of primary documents for historical legal research: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Papers. The collection boasts of over 2 million digitized pages from Princeton University’s  Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Records are organized into two eras:


The Roger Baldwin Years, 1912-1950

Clippings and files on academic freedom; censorship; legislation; federal departments and federal legislation; state activities; conscientious objectors; injunctions; and labor and labor organization correspondence.*


The Years of Expansion, 1950-1990

Encompasses foundation project files on the Amnesty Project, 1964-1980; the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, 1964-1976; and subject files on freedom of belief, expression, and association; due process of law; equality before the law; international civil liberties; and legal case files, 1933-1990.*


Primary documents

  • Briefs
  • Correspondence
  • Court documents
  • Legal case files
  • Memorandums
  • Minutes
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Reports
  • Scrapbooks
  • Telegrams

The ACLU Papers is one collection in Gale’s legal history series, The Making of Modern Law.


* publisher’s description