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American Civil Liberties Union Weekly News Bulletins

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Am-Mss-ACLU

Scope and Contents

One hundred and one different issues of the mimeographed weekly bulletin, typically two pages each. The bulletins discuss ACLU involvement in cases ranging from WWII conscientious objectors and Japanese internees to civil rights cases (including offers of monetary rewards for the identification of lynchers, and opposition to segregation in unions), an obscentiy case (the novel "Forever Amber"), labor organizing, and Native American voting rights. Later issues discuss the defense of freedom of speech by fascists during WWII, as well as the growth of anti-communist movements and the ACLU's efforts to protect freedom of speech and association.

Numbers present are: 855, 1166, 1175-1177, 1180-1192, 1194-1197, 1200-1203, 1206, 1208-1212, 1214-1216, 1219-1221, 1224-1231, 1233-1245 (1240 mis-numbered as a second 1239), 1247-1252, 1255-1263 (two numbered 1262), 1264, 1266-1270 (1269 mis-numbered as a second 1268), 1272-1275, 1277-1279, 1281-1282.


  • 1939 - 1947

Conditions Governing Access

The American Civil Liberties Union Weekly News Bulletins are open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Please consult with staff regarding questions about publishing materials from Williams Special Collections. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union works to to defend freedom of speech and other rights and liberties through lobbying and litigation. From the mid-1920s, the ACLU press service produced weekly bulletins containing updates on the progress of cases with which the ACLU was involved.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

L2 Storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bolerium on the Class of 1940 Fund, August 2017.
American Civil Liberties Union Weekly News Bulletins
Peale, Anne
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In English

Repository Details

Part of the Chapin Library Repository

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