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Guide to the National Lawyers Guild Records TAM.191

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Part I - Keri A. Myers, 2004; Part II - Jan Hilley, 2006-2007. Edited by Maggie Schreiner for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials, Jan 2014, and to reflect updated administrative information, July 2014.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 06, 2016
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Heather Mulliner to include 2014 accession.  , Sep 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: National Lawyers Guild.
Title: National Lawyers Guild Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1921-2007
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1937-1990
Abstract: The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as an association of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that lawyers had a major role to play in reconstructing legal values by emphasizing human rights over property rights. The Guild is the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system. This collection includes early administrative records of the Guild, primarily those of its National Office and New York City Chapter, as well as materials describing legal and political activities of many of the Guild's chapters and committees. The bulk of the collection, however, is focused on the court case which revealed that the Guild had been the target of a forty-year covert Federal Bureau of Investigation campaign of surveillance, infiltration and intimidation (National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General, 1977-1989). Through this legal action, the Guild successfully compelled the release of more than 400,000 pages of FBI documentation on the Guild and its members. This material, along with associated case files, is included in the collection.
Quantity: 302.5 linear feet in 305 boxes
Location: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.191