American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois Records

Institution: University of Chicago Library - Special Collections Research Center
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1504
Phone: 773-702-8705
Fax: 773-702-3728
Date: 1938-1982
Extent: 272 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonpartisan private organization devoted to defending constitutional rights and freedoms. It is the parent organization of the Illinois Division.

Scope and Content Note:
This collection consists of the partially processed archives of the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Contains correspondence, working papers, printed material, court briefs and other legal documents, newspaper clippings, and committee minutes. Much of the material pertains to specific cases, issues, and individuals with which the ACLU was involved. Topics relate to church and state, civil rights and discrimination, freedom of speech, loyalty and security, police and criminal law, the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and miscellaneous subjects including birth control and conscientious objection. Correspondents include Paul Douglas, Hubert Humphrey, Roger Baldwin, Osmond Fraenkel, Morris Ernst, Adlai Stevenson, and others, including many lawyers, politicians and civic leaders from Chicago. Also includes business and administrative files related to membership, finances, and committee meetings. Contains minutes, correspondence, and newsletters from national and affiliate organizations.

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