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Guide to the National Lawyers Guild Records
||National Lawyers Guild.
||National Lawyers Guild Records
||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.
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