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Texas Civil Liberties Union, Dallas Chapter Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Civil Liberties Union. Dallas Chapter (Dallas, Tex.)
Title: Texas Civil Liberties Union, Dallas Chapter Records
Dates: 1957-1973
Abstract: The Dallas Chapter of the Texas Civil Liberties Union was organized in 1962 as a local affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Records consist of correspondence, reports, clippings, newsletters, and other materials documenting the activities of the Dallas Chapter, the Texas Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Most of the materials pertain to cases regarding civil liberties and rights. There are many items including clippings, correspondence, and a report pertaining to Lee Harvey Oswald.
Identification: AR82
Extent: 3 boxes (2.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Dallas Chapter of the Texas Civil Liberties Union (DCLU) was organized in 1962. The organization served as a local affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which was created in 1920. Carl Brannin was a charter member of the ACLU and was an organizer of the Dallas chapter.


Scope and Contents

Records include materials from the local Dallas Chapter of the Texas Civil Liberties Union, the state-level organization, and the national level of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dallas Chapter materials are comprised of correspondence, minutes, constitutions, newsletters, clippings, and reports. Clippings pertain to local news items pertaining to the Dallas Chapter and local cases regarding civil liberties and rights. There are many clippings pertaining to the Lee Harvey Oswald case. Reports include Procedures for Processing a Police Prisoner from the Time of his Arrival at the City Police Station until his Release from Police Custody, The Administration of Criminal Justice, and Civil Liberties Aspects of the Lee Harvey Oswald Case and Developments Arising out of Assassination of President Kennedy. Also included is a letter from DCLU President Greg Olds describing his firsthand account of the activities of the DCLU immediately following the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. TCLU materials include constitution, minutes, reports, newsletters, rosters, and clippings. ACLU materials include reports, press releases, clippings, and the periodical Civil Liberties.


Organization

Materials are arranged according to document type under each of the following hierarchical organizations: the Dallas Chapter, the Texas Civil Liberties Unions, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Series I. Dallas Chapter Records, 1957-1973 (10 folders)
Series II. T.C.L.U. Records, 1964-1974 (7 folders)
Series III. A.C.L.U. Records, 1954-1974 (7 folders and 1 oversize box)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
Texas Civil Liberties Union. Dallas Chapter (Dallas, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Texas Civil Liberties Union--Records and correspondence.
American Civil Liberties Union--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Civil rights--Texas--Sources.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

  • AR91: Carl Brannin Papers, 1915-1974
  • AR285: Carl Brannin Papers, 1904-1987


Administrative Information

Citation

Texas Civil Liberties Union, Dallas Chapter Records, AR82, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1973, 1974.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. Dallas Chapter Records (10 folders) 1957-1973

Box Folder
1 1 Dallas Chapter: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Records, 1957-1966
2 Dallas Chapter: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Records, 1967-1972
3 Dallas Chapter: Minutes of Board of Directors' and Membership Meetings, May 17, 1962- August 23, 1972 (incomplete)
4 Dallas Chapter: Constitutions, undated
5 Dallas Chapter: Newsletters- "The Sentinel", September, 1962 - April, 1964 (incomplete);
Dallas Civil Liberties Union "Newsletter", December, 1970 - approximately September, 1971 (incomplete)
6a Dallas Chapter: Dallas Symposium, The Administration of Criminal Justice, 1969
6 Dallas Chapter: Clippings, General, 1961-1973
7 Dallas Chapter: Clippings, Lee Oswald Case, 1963-1964
7a Dallas Chapter: Procedures for Processing a Police Prisoner from the Time of his arrival at the City Police Station until his release from Police Custody, July, 1969
8 Dallas Chapter: Miscellaneous, 1964-1970, undated



Series II. T.C.L.U. Records (7 folders) 1964-1974

Box Folder
2 1 T.C.L.U.: Constitution; Minutes of Board of Director's Meetings, October 11, 1964 - October 30, 1971 (incomplete);
Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting, May 23, 1970
2 T.C.L.U.: "Quarterly Action Report", March 1, 1971- October 1, 1973
3 T.C.L.U.: Newsletters- "Civil Liberties in Texas", March, 1965 - June, 1967, Spring, 1970 - Spring, 1972 (incomplete)
T.C.L.U.: "Newsletter", February, 1968 - December, 1968 (incomplete)
3a T.C.L.U.: Clippings, General, 1974
4 T.C.L.U.: Minutes of other chapters (other than Dallas), 1969
5 T.C.L.U.: Rosters of Chapters, 1971-1972, undated
6 T.C.L.U.: Miscellaneous, 1965-1971, undated



Series II. A.C.L.U. Records (7 folders and 1 oversize box) 1954-1974

Box Folder
2 7 A.C.L.U.: Annual Reports, 1959-1967 (incomplete)
8 A.C.L.U.: Weekly Bulletin - "Inside A.C.L.U.", April 28, 1969 - October 26, 1970 (incomplete)
9 A.C.L.U.: A.C.L.U. Foundation, Inc., Annual Reports, 1968-1969
10 A.C.L.U.: Press Releases, 1962-1966 (incomplete)
News Releases, 1963-1964 (incomplete)
10a A.C.L.U.: Clippings, General, 1969-1974
11 A.C.L.U.: Miscellaneous, 1962-1973, undated
12 Miscellaneous, 1964-1970, undated
Box
OS85 A.C.L.U.: Newspaper- Civil Liberties, December, 1954 - March, 1973 (incomplete)