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Guide to the National Lawyers Guild Records TAM.191

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Part I - Keri A. Myers, 2004; Part II - Jan Hilley, 2006-2007.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 07, 2021
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect incorporation of 2014 accretion Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect incorporation of 2015 accretion Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect incorporation of oral history series. Edited by Nicole Greenhouse to reflect added archived websites and updated administrative information  , January 2014 , July 2014 , October 2014 , September 2016 , September 2017 , December 2020

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The National Lawyers Guild records were acquired by the Tamiment Library in a series of accessions, from 1997 to 2007. Materials from the initial donation (Part I of this finding aid) were at one time housed at the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. During the NLG v. Attorney General litigation, the materials were transferred back to the Guild and its legal representatives. The bulk of the collection was donated by Victor Rabinowitz who served briefly as Guild president and whose firm represented the Guild in National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions with the exception of CD 4-6 located in box 311 of Part 2, Series XIX, which are restricted until December 2021.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Materials in this collection created by the U.S. government are in the public domain. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; National Lawyers Guild Records; TAM 191; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

To cite the archived website in this collection: Identification of item, date; National Lawyers Guild Records; TAM 191; Wayback URL; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Victor Rabinowitz Papers (TAM 123)

Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard and Krinsky Records (TAM 287)

Jeanne Mirer Papers (TAM 383)

Related Materials Elsewhere

At the University of California at Berkeley are two collections: The National Lawyers Guild Records, 1937-1999, and the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute Collections, both accessible via the following url:

Separated Materials

Videotapes from the National Lawyers Guild Records have been transferred to the Non-Print Department of the Tamiment Library. Two badges from the 12th Convention of the National Lawyers Guild (1953) were transferred to the 2005 Ephemera and Relia accessions.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact [repository contact information] with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Victor Rabinowitz on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, 1999. Photographs in this collection were originally established as a separate collection and were received in three donations. Photographs were incorporated into this collection in 2014. Amy Ruth Tobol and Thomas Haney sent a donation of records related to their work with the National Lawyers Guild in 2014 In 2016, Tracy Yoder sent an additional donation of convention and publications records. In 2017, oral histories found in repository were added to the collection. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1997.027, 1997.046, NPA.2005.080, NPA. 2008.047, 2014.107, 2014.146, and 2015.015.

Websites were initially selected by curators and captured through the use of The California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service in 2007 as part of the Other Left Activism Web Archive. In 2012, crawling was stopped for,, and In 2015, this website was migrated to Archive-It. Archive-It uses web crawling technology to capture websites at a scheduled time and displays only an archived copy, from the resulting WARC file, of the website. In 2018,,, and were re-added. The accession number associated with this accretion is 2019.107. In April 2020, the URL to redirected to and was added to the web archive. The accession number associated with this website is 2020.033. In May 2020,,, and was added. The accession number associaed with these websites is 2020.047.

Processing Information

Photographs separated from this collection during processing were established as a separate collection, the National Lawyers Guild Photographs (PHOTOS 209). In 2014, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the National Lawyers Guild Records (TAM 191).

A set of records donated in 2014 were added to the collection as Series XIV: 2014 Accretion. The organization's archived website was also added as a new series in 2014. In 2016, additional materials donated in 2015 were added as Series XV: 2015 Accretion. Oral history recordings were added to this collection in 2017 as Part 2, Series XIX: Oral Histories. In 2018 and 2020, additional websites were added to the finding aid.


Photocopies and published materials including copies of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) periodicals, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report, and photocopies of documents from the NLG Records were removed from the 2015 accretion during accessioning.

Take Down Policy

Archived websites are made accessible for purposes of education and research. NYU Libraries have given attribution to rights holders when possible; however, due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information.

If you hold the rights to materials in our archived websites that are unattributed, please let us know so that we may maintain accurate information about these materials.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to the repository email.

Please include the following in your notice: Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material; your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address; a statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury; and your physical or electronic signature. Upon receiving a notice that includes the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice.