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Collection on the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union

 Collection
Identifier: M/A 0111

Description of Contents

This collection includes one box of materials relating to the activities of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union between 1962 and 1997. These materials consist mostly of offical documents from the organization including: incorporation papers, meeting minutes, financial statements, case reports, and press releases. In addition there are newspaper clippings involving the organization dated between 1962 and 1997.

Dates

  • 1962 - 1997

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.

History

The Minnesota Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1952 with the stated goal of protecting the civil liberties of Minnesotans through legislation, education, and political lobbying. This was done in order to guard against legislation that would impact the civil liberties and civil rights of the citizens of Minnesota. This led them to take the cases of people with both popular and unpopular views. However, it was not the views of their clients that were seen as important, but the possible violation of their legal rights. They incorporated in August of 1967.

This collection deals with material from 1962 until 1997. During this time they took a number of cases from individuals and orgainzations that felt their rights had been threatened. This included cases relating to: opposition to the draft during the Vietnam War, denial of legal counsel to accused criminals, defending the rights of police officers, defending the rights of the people to receive information, and the separation of church and state. These cases were taken up against various people and organizations including the University of Minnesota, various cities and school boards in Minnesota, and even the Department of Immigration.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Title
Collection on the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union
Status
Completed
Author
Benjamin C. Skinner
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.
612-543-8200