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Guide to the Center for Constitutional Rights Records TAM.589

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Rachel Searcy

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 24, 2023 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Nicole Greenhouse to reflect additional administrative information and added archived websites Edited by Rachel Mahre to reflect that audio materials are digitized and accessible to patrons  , February 2022 , September 2022

Container List

Series: Archived Websites, February 2007-ongoing. 7 websites in 7 archived websites.

Center for Constitutional Rights Archived Website: May 2008-ongoing


Center for Constitutional Rights Archived Website: February 2007-March 2016


Center for Constitutional Rights Cases: Illegal Detentions and Guantanamo Archived Website: September 2009-October 2017


Center for Constitutional Rights Active Cases Archived Website: June 2015-ongoing


ALEC Attacks Archived Website: April 2020


FOIA Basics for Activists Archived Website: December 2020


If An Agent Knocks Archived Website: September 2021


Scope and Content Note

Capture of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) website began in 2007 at The website contained news, press releases, pamphlets, and fact sheets from the organization. It also includes education and outreach information on police brutality, alternatives to incarceration, prison phone contract monopolies, reparations, and the Movement Support Resource Center. Their legal programs in 2007 focused on international human rights, government misconduct, racial and economic justice, September 11, Cuba travel ban, corporate accountability, and Guantánamo Bay. In 2008, the organization's URL changed to The website then included a legal glossary, their newsletter and press releases, press about CCR, and their legal docket on issues such as illegal dentention and Guantánamo, surveillance and attacks on dissent, criminal justice and mass incarceration, corporate human rights abuse, government abuse of power, racial, gender, and economic justice, and international law and accountability. In 2015, the website went through another redeisgn and expanded their case load to cases related to abusive immigration practices, corporate human rights abuses, criminalizing disset, discrimatory policiting, drone killings, government surveillance, Guantánamo Bay, LGBTQIA+ persecution, mass incarceration, Muslim profiling, Palestinian solidarity, racial injustice, sexual and gender-based violence, and torture, war crimes, and militarism. The website at the time also highlights the Bertha Justice Institute, an arm of CCR to support early career lawyers and legal workers. In 2015, they also launched their blog, the Daily Outrage. In 2018, CCR launched the Activist Files, a podcast that features stories of activists, lawyers, and artists fighting for justice. The website also shifted to highlighting more ways to get involved with CCR, through internships, fellowships, volunteering, job opportunities, events, fact sheets, reports, client profiles, testimony, and advocacy videos.

FOIA Basics for Activists is a resource guide created by the Center for Constitutional Rights to assist activists, organizers, and social movements in filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to aid their ongoing campaigns and work. It is primarily focused on using FOIA to file requests with federal agencies like the FBI or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It also includes case studies annotated examples, as well as a PDF of the guide.

If An Agent Knocks is a pamphlet created by the Center for Constitutional Rights to to provide advice to activists likely to be targeted by FBI or other federal agents who have a history of targeting radical and progressive movements. This is the 2020 update to the original 1989 guide and includes more information for non-US citizens.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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During 2020, crawls were increased to monthly accruals.


Robots.txt (a piece of code designed to limit crawler activity within a website) was ignored with the permission of the content owner.

Crawl was limited to domains and subdomains of in order to remain within the collection scope and data constraints.