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  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • A Note About the Archive
  • Box Code
  • Related Material
  • General note
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Index

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California records
    Creator: American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0900
    Physical Description: 377 Linear Feet (754 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1935-1964
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    General Physical Description note: 754 boxes (377 linear ft.)
    Language of Material: English .

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
    • Gift of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, 1967-
    • Gift of Eason Monroe, 1966-69.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Records (Collection ca. 1935-). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), established in 1920, originally began as the American Union Against Militarism in 1915, later becoming the National Civil Liberties Bureau in 1917. The ACLU of Southern California was established in Los Angeles in 1924.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of legal, educational, and organizational files of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Includes minutes, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, case files, and briefs. Topics covered in case files include the right to counsel, women's rights, Japanese-American relocation during WWII, blacklisting in the film industry, and Crawford vs. LA Unified School District. Also contains materials related to the local and national organizations of the ACLU.

    A Note About the Archive

    The major civil liberties issues of the twentieth century are reflected in the archive of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Its dedication to the defense of the Constitution, and especially the Bill of Rights, has led to involvement with extremely unpopular causes and persons to protect them, and all other citizens, from arbitrary abridgements of their constitutional rights. The archive charts the often unpredictable course of events defending civil liberties, the sudden rise and demise of issues, or the prolonged litigation through many courts, and the effects of court decisions. Many of the files in the archive show the intricate relationships between the local, state, and national organizations of the ACLU.
    The earliest materials included in the archive dates back to the mid-1930's, and holds all the inactive files through 1964. Although the Union was established in Los Angeles in 1924, it has not been possible to locate files covering the years from 1924 to approximately 1935.
    The original arrangement of the archive by the ACLU has been maintained in cataloging this collection. Boxes 1-43 include files relating to efforts made by the ACLU of Southern California in and out of the courts. These are organized under general headings (e.g., censorship and boycott, free speech, academic freedom, etc.), and are subdivided into specific numbered headings for each file. Boxes 44-49 contain the literature of liberal groups which have been of interest to the efforts of the ACLU. Boxes 50 and 51 hold the literature of the right wing. Organizational records, correspondence, and documents of the national, states, and local ACLU can be found in boxes 52-59. Boxes 60 through 112 contain materials which were awaiting interfiling into the previous categories, and are now separately filed.
    Since no logical alphabetical, chronological, or subject order was established for the archive, the recommended approach is through both the Description of the archive listing the contents of each document box, and the Index. The contents of boxes 98-108 have not been indexed.
    • NNational office
    • FState affiliates
    • RRight wing lit.
    • PPress clippings
    • CLocal chapters (So. Cal.)
    • LLiberal group lit.

    Related Material

    Safeguarding civil liberties [oral history transcript] / Eason Monroe, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1972. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    American Civil Liberties Union Archives (MC #001) Available at Princeton University Library.
    The National ACLU Archives, 1917-1946 (approximately) are available on microfilm through Interlibrary Loan from University of Wisconsin Library.
    For an index to the archives see:
    • Baskin, Alex
    • American Civil Liberties Papers, a guide to the records of the ACLU, 1912-1946.
    The following online container list has not yet been edited.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462135 

    Other Finding Aids

    The container list below is not comprehensive. Please find a copy of the paper index here for more information about the boxes and contents of this collection: Link to digitized copy of the ACLU of Southern California records paper inventory .


    Abbot case 112
    Academic freedom
    Africa 36
    Alaska 39
    Aliana Hispaño-Americana 44
    Alien, Indian 55
    Aliens 11
    American Association of University Professors consured administrations 15
    American Civil Liberties Union v. Bd. of Education of San Diego 69
    American committee for cultural freedom 44
    American federation of labor 44
    American federation of teachers 44
    American friends service committee 44
    American indians
    American Jewish congress
    American Jewish congress releases 67
    American Legion
    Americans for democratic action 44
    Americans on guard 50
    Amish & social security payments 60
    Amplification prohibited 3
    Anthropological articles 30
    Anti-ACLU articles
    Anti-defamation league 45
    Anti-Mexican literature 31
    Anti-Negro literature 31
    Anti-Semitic literature 31
    Anti-subversive laws 86
    Appeal letters to Friends of the American Way 81
    Appeal letters to preachers 81
    Armed forces discrimination 33
    Atomic power 39
    Attacks on communists by United States government 8
    Attacks on supreme court 26
    Attorney general's list 4
    Attorney general of California 77
    Automation 39
    Baldwin, Roger: Comment 85
    Ballots & propositions 41
    Barrenblatt decision 10
    Bay area committee for the repeal of the Walter-McCarran act 45
    Bellamy club 45
    Berkeley 17
    Biased legal cases 32
    Biennial conference 85
    Bible reading in schools 19
    Bibliographies 42
    Bill of rights
    Bill of rights banquet & material
    Bill of rights day 59
    Bill of rights fund 45
    Bill of rights survey 66
    Bill of rights week
    Bills and cases pending 69
    Bills 78
    Birmingham 76
    Blacklisting 2
    Blease, Coleman 67
    Bombing/terrorist tactics 112
    Bonding cops 27
    Boycott 1
    Braden case 8
    Bricker amendment 38
    Bridges, Harry 12
    Briefs 8
    Brutality 27
    Burns committee report 112
    Cahan case 25
    Cain, Harry 4
    California cases 8
    California committee for fair employment practices 45
    California emergency defense committee 45
    California friends committee on legislation 46
    California legislation 41
    California legislative conference 45
    California senate un-American activities committee 23
    California senate education committee 15
    California vagrancy law 25
    Californians for bill of rights 45
    Californians for liberal representation 45
    Campaign libel 3
    Capital punishment
    Case docket 60
    Catholic council on civil liberties 45
    Chessman, Caryl 110
    China 36
    Christian anti-Communist crusade 51
    Church & state
    Churches 19
    Citizens' committee to preserve American freedoms 45
    Civic center act 110
    Civilian government employees 5
    Civil Liberties
    Civil Liberties & 1961 state legislature 7
    Civil liberties bulletin 60
    Civil liberties docket 85
    Civil liberties index 65
    Civil rights 58
    Civil rights act 30
    Civil rights congress 45
    Civil rights legislation 60
    Clare, Rodney 89
    Coast guard
    Committee for the return of German property 45
    Committee on human relations 45
    Committee on public education 39
    Committee to repeal the Dilworth Act
    Communications awards 76
    Communism in religion 20
    Communist control act 8
    Community relations 74
    Community relations conference 70
    Community service organization
    Congress 40
    Congress of industrial organizations 45
    Congressional hearings 100
    Congressional proposals 30
    Conspiracy-to-advocate cases 8
    Constitution & history--bill of rights 85
    Constitutional rights section 77
    Council for the condemned 46
    Council for Mexican-American affairs 46
    County ordinances 87
    Credentials 16
    Cross & the Flag 50
    Cross examination rights 26
    Culver City reds 8
    Daughters of American colonists 50
    Dilworth Act
    Disarmament 21
    Discrimination by private organizations 35
    Discrimination in employment 32
    Discrimination in voting 36
    Douglas, Melvyn, letters signed by 81
    Due process
    Dvorman, Joel 111
    Education 34
    Eisenhower administration 39
    El Centro case 35
    Eleanor Roosevelt foundation 61
    Emergency civil liberties committee 46
    England 37
    Espionage 9
    Everybody's committee to outlaw war 46
    Exclusionary rule of evidence 25
    Ex-felon registration law 112
    Extradition 32
    Fair campaign practices commission
    Far east 36
    Federal-aid schools 35
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Federal Government licensees 5
    Federal Government's security program 4
    Federation for the repeal of the levering act 85
    Fellowship of concerned 46
    Fellowship of reconciliation 46
    Felon registration
    Fifield, James W. 51
    Fifth amendment
    Filibuster 3
    Fingerprinting 27
    Finot beard case 109
    First amendment & Frank Wilkinson 23
    Five Spanish sailors 12
    Forced confessions 27
    Foreign agents 4
    Foreign nations
    Foreign policy 39
    Fort Monmouth 5
    Francis amendment 71
    Freedom agenda 46
    Freedom of belief and practice 19
    Free speech
    Free speech and John Birch society 111
    Fund for the republic 46
    Garden Grove, California 34
    General organizations 81
    Germany 37
    Gore, Leroy 23
    Government contracts 32
    Governor's committee on constitutional rights 71
    Grand jury 26
    Group dynamics 42
    Gwinn amendment 7
    Habeas corpus 25
    Hawaii 39
    Hays, Arthur, Garfield 87
    Hennings committee 21
    Hiss, Alger
    Hollywood blacklists
    Homosexuality 20
    Housing & land ownership 33
    Housing situation 39
    House un-American activities committee
    Hyun, David 12
    Illegal entry and/or search 28
    Illegal imprisonment 28
    Immunity bill 9
    India 36
    Informers 23
    Initiative & referendum 38
    Integration in Los Angeles city schools 70
    Integration-Los Angeles project 76
    Inter-racial marriage 35
    Inter-religious marriages 19
    Intergroup relations agency 31
    Internal security
    Israel 37
    Italy 36
    Japanese-American citizens league
    Japanese-American relocation 27
    Jehovah's witnesses 20
    Jencks, Clinton, E. 25
    Jewish year-book lists 81
    John Birch society 111
    Johns, Major 112
    Johnston, Olin 4
    Judicial processes 24
    Juhn, John 12
    Juvenile due process 26
    Keep America 51
    Kilgore, Harley, M. 11
    Kimm, Diamond 12
    Korea 37
    Ku Klux Klan 31
    Ladejinsky, Wolf 5
    Lamb, Edward 5
    Lamont, Corliss
    Lattimore, Owen 22
    Lawyers civil liberty group 85
    Lawyers workshop dinners 70
    Leadership conference on civil rights 47
    League of women voters 48
    LeBoy, Esther 67
    Legal action 76
    Legal documents
    Legislative action
    Legislative apportionment 61
    Legislative committees 21
    Legislative summaries 40
    Lessin v. Board of Regents (Riverside students)
    Letters to the editor
    Levering act
    Libel 3
    Liberal Democrat 43
    Los Angeles...
    Loyalty oaths
    Machinists case
    Maps-Oversized package 5
    Marshall case 112
    Marshall trust fund 57
    Mass media 65
    Mass roadblocks 28
    Matusow, Earvey 23
    McCarthy, Joseph 22
    Medicine 36
    Medicine & religion 18
    Mental illness & due process
    Merchants & manufacturers 51
    Methodist federal social action 48
    Michaels, Pat 112
    Militarism 20
    Military code & prisoners of war 21
    Military courts 26
    Military forces 5
    Military police 28
    Minority party rights 59
    Minute men 51
    Monroe, Eason
    Musicians guild of America 48
    Narcotics 77
    National association for the advancement of colored people 48
    National citizens committee on immigration & citizenship 48
    National civil liberties clearing house 48
    National conference of Christians & Jews
    National community relations advisory council 48
    National defense education act 88
    National federation for constitutional liberties 48
    National friends committee on legislation 46
    National lawyers guild 49
    National legislation 70
    Native-born denaturalization 13
    Nazi handbill distributors 85
    Nelson, Steve 8
    Neo-fascist groups 51
    New South 49
    Newspaper clippings
    Nixon commission 32
    Non-communist cases and first amendment 23
    Non-government organization of United Nations 49
    Nuclear testing 39
    Nudism 20
    Nuns teaching in public schools 19
    O'Connor, Lamont 23
    One, Inc. 20
    One-party press 1
    Open Forum
    Operation correction 65
    Operation womanpower 71
    Opinions on ACLU 85
    Oppenheimer, J. Robert 5
    Oyama v. California 33
    Pacht, Isaac 81
    Pacifists 20
    Pakistan 36
    Parker, Haswell 76
    Parochial school tax exemption 18
    Party member cases 8
    Party platforms 41
    Passports 13
    Pauling, Linus
    Peace 21
    Per jury 26
    Phillips, Wendell
    Picketing 29
    Police brutality
    Police education 28
    Police practices
    Police review board
    Political activity 29
    Pornography 1
    Postal permits 72
    Post office non-delivery 2
    Powell case 9
    Presbyterians 49
    President's commission on immigration 11
    Press identification by race 35
    Private groups barring own members 7
    Private industry
    Program aids 42
    Promotion 86
    Property & due process 26
    Propositions five & six 19
    Proposition twenty-four 111
    Prynce Hopkins foundation fund 65
    Public accomodations 35
    Public housing-Gwinn amendment 7
    Public meetings-speech permits 3
    Racial discrimination
    Racism 30
    Racism & Christianity 31
    Radulovich, Milo, J. 5
    Ramos case 112
    Registration requirements 27
    Released time 19
    Religion 36
    Religious & labor council of Los Angeles 49
    Religious freedom committee 49
    Religious holidays celebrated in schools 19
    Religious protection laws 19
    Remington, William 5
    Resolutions 42
    Right groups
    Right to counsel 26
    Right to make political contribution 29
    Right to organize 29
    Right to participate in politics 7
    Right to travel to Cuba 112
    Right to work
    Rockwell, George, Lincoln 51
    Rosenberg, Ethel & Jules 9
    St. John 17
    Sane nuclear policy-(National committee for a sane nuclear policy) 49
    School boards 86
    Schumann, Powell 88
    Search & seizure
    Seltz, Gertrude 88
    Servicemen's defense committee 49
    Shibley, George 26
    Shields, Hannah 65
    Sit-in movement 88
    Sloat, Florence, Muriel 15
    Slobodin, Richard, David 5
    Slochower, Harry 87
    Smith act 7
    Smith, Gerald, L. K. 50
    Smog 39
    Sobell, Morton
    Socialist Party 49
    Social security denial 4
    South Africa 38
    Southeast Asia 36
    Southern California hearings 22
    Southern Pacific case 35
    Southern regional council 49
    Southern school news 43
    Southland Jewish organization 49
    State anti-discrimination agencies 88
    State bar 112
    Statements by candidates 11
    State un-American activities committees 23
    Steinmetz, Harry, C. 17
    Stone, I. F. 42
    Storm Center 2
    Strikes 29
    Student civil liberties
    Subversive activity control board 9
    Superior court & civil rights 30
    Swan, Ione 15
    Taft-Hartley act
    Tariffs 39
    Tax exemption 19
    Taylor, Irving 77
    Textbooks 91
    Till, Emmett 31
    Time off for voting 29
    Todisco case 112
    Tokyo Rose 12
    Trial by newspaper 26
    Truman's civil rights commission 30
    Ullman, William 87
    Ultra-right organizations 61
    UNESCO controversies 18
    Unitarians 49
    United Auto Workers 39
    United Nations 36
    United States economy 39
    United States senate internal security committee 22
    United States senate subcommittee on government operations 22
    United States supreme court
    United World Federalists 49
    Universal military training 21
    University of California
    University of southern California 59
    USSR 38
    Veteran's administration 4
    Veteran's affairs
    Veteran's group against loyalty oaths 49
    Virgin Islands 39
    Voting & legislative reapportionment 39
    Voting test qualification 61
    Walton, Kathryn (Mrs. Nelson) 162-164
    Walter-McCarran act
    Warren, Earl 87
    Welfare aid 39
    Wetbacks 28
    Wilkinson, Frank 23
    Wirin, Abraham, Lincoln
    Wixman, Samuel, Morris 12
    Women 36
    Women for legislative action 49
    Women of the pacific 51
    Women's rights 61
    Wright commission 4
    Yankwich, Leon, R. 85

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Civil rights -- California, Southern -- Archives.
    Organization files.
    Case files.
    American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California--Archives
    American Civil Liberties Union