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Guide to the Leonard Weinglass Papers TAM.584

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Daniel Michelson and Peter Filardo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 07, 2020
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2011 accretion Updated by Amy C. Vo to reflect 2019 accretion  , May 2019 , December 2019

Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Smith, Michael Steven, 1942-
Creator: Weinglass, Leonard
Title: Leonard Weinglass Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1950s-2011
Abstract: Leonard Irving Weinglass (1933--2011) was a U.S. criminal defense lawyer and constitutional law advocate who championed a number of liberal and radical causes. He served as co-chairman of the international committee of the National Lawyers Guild. Along with attorney William Kunstler, Weinglass represented the Chicago Seven in their 1968 trial. He also participated in the defense of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, who were charged with leaking the Pentagon Papers and whose trial ended in a dismissal of all charges. In 1970, he represented and won the acquittal of Angela Davis who was charged with participation in the abduction and murder of a local judge. Weinglass was the lead defense attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal for several years. In 1995, he authored a book about Abu-Jamal's case entitled Race for Justice: Mumia Abu Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty. The unprocessed Leonard Weinglass Papers contain case files and related material for many famous legal struggles, such as the Pentagon Papers, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the Chicago Seven, as well as other cases, including those of Kurt Alan Stand and Susan Komarisuk. Weinglass's speaking engagements and research files also make up a significant part of the collection. Aside from paper records, the collection contains audio-visual materials and artwork.
Quantity: 58.75 Linear Feet in 63 boxes.
Quantity: 5.2 Gigabytes on 3 optical discs.
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.584