In recent years, decades-long movements in civil liberties have been at the forefront of the news. The struggle for civil rights and liberties defines our past and affects our present. Students and researchers can immerse themselves in civil rights history like never before with our new archive American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990, part of the Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), it focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court—topics intensely relevant to today’s curriculum and debates at both national and local levels.
See what Henrietta Verma, Senior Editorial Communications Specialist at Library Journal, thinks of this groundbreaking archive:
“Browsing the database is fruitful and eye-opening, as it illustrates the life-altering work that the ACLU deals with routinely. . . This rich and absorbing database will find a broad range of uses. It is suitable for large public libraries but is especially apt for academic institutions that support the study of law, history, sociology, race, and gender.”
— eReviews, March 2017
Access quality resources
This easy-to-use digital collection contains more than 2 million pages held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University.
Make connections like never before
Integrate content from complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment, the Gale Primary Sources Platform—uncovering new connections between history and the issues facing us today.
Explore 80 years of controversies surrounding the rights of Americans
The ACLU’s records span from before its founding in 1920 through the twentieth century. Its records offer researchers a unique view of the inner workings of the organization and the hundreds of groups with which it interacted.
Dive deep into important issues
Contribute to the mainstream narrative through the evolution of topics such as race, identity, gender rights, worker’s rights, popular protest, the role of government, and more.