University of Texas Arlington

Texas Civil Liberties Union Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Civil Liberties Union.
Title: Texas Civil Liberties Union Records
Dates: 1953-1986
Abstract: The Texas Civil Liberties Union, an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, was established in 1964 to insure the protection of civil liberties within the state and to initiate legal action, if necessary, to support these goals. Records contain legal documents, correspondence including mail from inmates, prisoner case files, country jail inspection reports, newspaper clippings, membership lists, financial data, and expense claim forms.
Identification: AR301
Extent: 12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The Texas Civil Liberties Union, an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, was established in 1964 to insure the protection of civil liberties within the state and to initiate legal action, if necessary, to support these goals.


Scope and Contents

Records contain legal documents, correspondence including mail from inmates, prisoner case files, country jail inspection reports, newspaper clippings, membership lists, financial data, and expense claim forms.


Organization

Records consist of 312 folders arranged in 5 series:
Series I. County Reports (68 folders)
Series II. County Complaints
Series III. Individual Case Files
Series IV. Subject Case Files
Series V. Financial and Membership

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--Records and correspondence.
American Civil Liberties Union--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Civil rights--Texas--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

AR121: Texas Civil Liberties Union Records, 1959-1975

AR287: Texas Civil Liberties Union Records, 1964-1984


Administrative Information

Citation

Texas Civil Liberties Union Records, AR301, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1987.


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. County Reports

Box Folder
1 1-38 County Reports (Bailey-Lampasas counties) of inspection, planning, variances, correspondence and notes (incomplete) pertaining to the facilities.*
Note correspondence between State Board of Jails and county officials.
Box Folder
2 1-30 County Reports (Liberty-Zapata counties) continued.



Series II. County Complaints

Box Folder
2 31-37 Complaint Files (Bastrop-Brazos counties) concerning specific jails that did not warrant an individual file.
Utilize as a cross reference to County Reports to correlate complaints with county compliance of State mandates.
Box Folder
3 1-35 Complaint Files (Brown-Palo Pinto counties) continued.
Box Folder
4 1-13 Complaint Files (Parker-Wichita counties) continued.



Series III. Individual Case Files

Box Folder
4 14-37 Individual Case Files (Abel, Arthur G.- Clifford, William B.) from inmates seeking legal assistance.
Materials consist of correspondence to T.C.L.U. Also includes case report forms, legal briefs and newspaper clippings (incomplete). *10 year time restriction on individual case files from date of donation (August 27, 1987).
Box Folder
5 1-32 Individual Case Files (Collier, Bobby J.-Leahy, Frank X. 3 of 6) continued.
Box Folder
6 1-36 Individual Case Files (Leahy 4 of 6-Rivers, Johnny P.) continued.
Box Folder
7 1-35 Individual Case Files (Roberts, Eddie-Young, John R.) continued.



Series IV. Subject Case Files

All subject case files pertain to a specific issue with few exceptions. The material includes correspondence, legal briefs, newspaper clippings (incomplete) and notes (incomplete). Inclusive dates of material given.
Box Folder
8 1 Adequacy of Lawyer 1975-1979
2 Board of Pardons and Paroles 29 July 1974 - 7 March 1975
3 Cases Assigned to McLaughlin 4 May 1965 - 6 December 1966
4 Cases Referred Out of State 10 February 1969 - 24 May 1969
5 Communications-AFS Prison Cases 5 March 1965 to 17 March 1967
6 Death Row Part 1 of 2 7 September 1975 to 30 May 1979
7 Death Row Part 2 of 2 4 June 1979 to 20 November 1980
8 Detainees 30 September 1975 to 5 October 1978
9 Discrimination 19 March 1973 to 31 May 1979
10 Evidentiary Matters (Dallas Narcotics Entrapment) 7 August 1975 to 18 April 1978
11 First Amendment 18 October 1972 to 17 February 1975
12 Freedom of Expression 1 May 1975 to 10 June 1975
13 Freedom of Speech, Censorship 26 June 1974 to 11 October 1974
14 Furlough 23 Aug 1979 to 17 October 1979
Box Folder
9 1 Habitual and Enhancement 21 October 1975 to 11 November 1980
2 Institution Educational Services 19 March 1979 to 24 April 1979
3 Internal Revenue Service 19 March 1974
4 Letters 22 January 1968 to 6 August 1968
5 Letters-Out of Office Cases 3 October 1966 to 1 November 1967
6 Mandatory Supervision 30 August 1980 to 30 December 1980
7 Marijuana Prisoners Released 30 April 1974 to 25 October 1974
8 Marijuana Suit 31 October 1973 to 9 July 1975
9 Mental 27 September 1973 to 24 March 1975
10 Military 19 September 1974 to 8 June 1975
11 Miscellaneous 23 June 1981 to 10 March 1987
12 Miscellaneous Jails 18 October 1979 to 9 May 1983
13 National ACLU Capital Area Info/Example Packets 27 March 1967
14 Parole Part 1 of 4 21 April 1975 to 2 March 1975
Box Folder
10 1 Parole Part 2 of 4 10 March 1978 to 17 November 1978
2 Parole Part 3 of 4 17 November 1978 to 29 August 1979
3 Parole Part 4 of 4 including Rules & Regulations 13 July 1953 Parole Executive Clemency 1970 Handbook Tx. House Study - "Overcrowding in Texas Prisons", 18 April 1979 5 October 1979 to 15 February 1981
4 Parole Suit 18 April 1974 to 21 January 1977
5 Physical Conditions TCLU Statement 26 July 1973 17 July 1972 to 2 December 1980
6 Prison Mail- Hold Need New Address or Further Info 3 October 1966 to 18 March 1968
7 Prison Mail-Miscellaneous 8 March 1967 to 18 October 1967
8 Racial 15 March 1974 to 2 January 1975
9 School Fees 12 September 1974 to 20 November 1975
10 Transfer, Discipline, Classification 5 September 1973 to 28 September 1980
11 University Interscholastic League 25 Aug 1978 to 13 April 1979
12 Visitation 16 February 1978 to 10 September 1980
13 Voting 8 November 1974 to 3 December 1974



Series V. Financial and Membership

Items focus on organizational information, correspondence, expense claims, membership rolls (incomplete), financial statements and accompanying paperwork. (inclusive dates if applicable)
Box Folder
11 1 Accounts Payable-Monthly Summary with total sheets November 1964 to December 1965
2 Agenda - 1965
3 Agenda -1966
4 Agenda -1967
5 Budget -1966 Voted on including notes by unknown author
6 Budget/Membership Data 1967
7 Expense Claims Part 1 of 2 11 November 1966 to 30 October 1968
arranged in check order number whenever possible (incomplete)
8 Expense Claims Part 2 of 2* 6 November 1968 to 6 Aug 1970
9 Financial Statement - 1967 without audit
10 Financial Statement - 1968 without audit
11 Financial Statement - 1968 El Paso Chapter, National Tax Info-1968
12 Operating Statements: 1965, 1966, 1967
13 Report - ACLU Annual numbers 37, 38, 40, 41
14 Report - ACLU Annual numbers 44, 45, 46 and 1969
15 Report - Central Account for January 1965 through December 1966 with total sheets
16 Report - Five Year from Southern Regional Office, 30 October 1969
17 Report - Membership 1975
Box Folder
12 1 Report - Pledges 1967
2 Report - 2nd Quarter 1968 includes National request for statement, 13 September 1968, and Request for 1969 Grant, November 1968
3 Report - Special "Cooperative and Poor People in The South," March 1969 by Ulmer.
4 Report - 3rd Quarter Cash Flow 1969, 1970 Accounts Payable Correspondence 20 January 1970, 2 ea.
5 Report - Weekly Membership Income 28 March 1969 to 29 December 1969
6 Working Papers - 1965
(16 April 1965 - 10 December 1965, 19 ea.; no date Baldwin Draft on ACLU Conscription Statement)