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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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: National Lawyers Guild
Source: Rabinowitz, Victor
Source - dnr: Haney, Thomas M.
Source - dnr: Tobol, Amy Ruth
Source - dnr: Yoder, Tracy
Title: National Lawyers Guild Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1921-2014
Dates [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: 311.25 Linear Feet in 315 boxes
Quantity: 8 sound discs (cd)
Quantity: 8 websites in 8 archived websites.
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.191