Resource Spotlight: ACLU Archive Now Available Online


The Law Library has access to the new resource American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990, a part of the Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the collection focuses on civil rights, race, gender, worker’s rights, popular protest, the role of government and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ACLU was involved in an estimated eighty percent of the landmark cases of the Twentieth Century, making this archive an excellent source of information about important issues that affected the United States as well as the hundreds of groups with which the ACLU interacted. The database offers a Term Frequency Search which allows one to visualize the frequency of search terms within the collection, helping researchers identify issues and how they developed over time.

By Wendy Moore

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