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David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The holdings of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library range from ancient papyri to records of modern advertising. There are over 10,000 manuscript collections containing more than 20 million individual manuscript items. Only a portion of these collections and items are discoverable on this site. Others may be found in the library catalog.

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Smallest series includes photocopies of original incorporation papers, by-laws, a history of the NCCLU written by Daniel Pollitt and George Scheer in 1970, and other documents relating to the organization's earliest years of formation, when it was known as the NCCLU. Filed in the front of the folder is a list of Executive Directors with term years, and other key individuals in the organization. Additional early records from the 1960s and 1970s can be found in the other main series.

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Arranged in the following groupings: chronological subseries by decade relating to Executive Directors in office during that period, beginning with the 1970s; followed by the Board of Trustees Subseries; and last, the Publicity and Media Subseries. The original chronological groupings, some arranged internally in alphabetical order, were maintained by Executive Office staff and chiefly consisted of administrative files, correspondence files, requests for legal assistance (including rejections), and subject folders used for personal research and development, or in direct support of accepted cases. The presence of case files is explained partly by the fact that for some time the Executive Director functioned simultaneously as the Legal Director; later on, these two positions were again separate administrative functions, after which most of the case files were maintained by the Office of Legal Counsel, or the Legal Program, as it became known. See also the Legal Program Series for related case files.

Researchers should be aware that privacy laws govern the use or publication of information in these files.

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The largest series in the collection comprises all administrative and case files assembled and maintained by staff affiliated with the ACLU of NC's legal arm, beginning from its earliest years of formation in the late 1960s, through the mid-2000s. Arranged in the following subseries, described more fully below: General Counsel Office (64 boxes); Case Files (128 boxes); Legal Committee (8 boxes); and Paralegal Files (60 boxes).

To find specific content over many decades of files, keyword search strategies may prove useful; each case or subject folder typically uses key words to describe case or topic (e.g., prayer in school, discrimination, 1st Amendment, prisoners' rights, etc.). Several searches using different terms work best. A reference archivist is available for assistance.

Personal names have been removed from many case file titles in this public, web-accessible collection guide. A full version is available to on site researchers from the library's paper collection files; also, names are present on folder titles in boxes. Researchers should be aware that privacy laws govern the use or publication of information in these files.

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Accession (2013-0209), 1985-2011 5 boxes, 1 Ovs Folder

Includes files relating to the ACLU of North Carolina's work on immigration and immigrant rights (such as racial profiling at driver checkpoints and english-only legislation), education, and TASER policy and use by North Carolina law enforcement. Also includes a small set of historical files belonging to Frank Goldsmith.

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Contains material pertaining to the daily workings of ALFA, including events ALFA sponsored or participated in and the publicity for these events; information about individual members; fundraising for the organization; committees within the organization; meetings; correspondence; information about the Southern Feminist Library and Archives; and Atalanta, ALFA's newsletter.

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Addition (08-144) (45 items, .1 lin. ft.; dated 1971-1988) primarily contains correspondence between Baron and Ronald Witt regarding their publications and research, including grants for release time and negotiations with publishers; their agreements and disagreements regarding their area of specialization; and the problems associated with teaching at the college level in their specialty. Includes a few addendums to letters written by Baron's wife, Edith, as well as two letters to Witt from other sources. A few of the letters are missing pages.

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A range of materials from across Bassett's professional life are held in this series. Subjects are arranged alphabetically and include professional organizations; medical topics; public health issues; medical history, including genealogy for Georgia physicians; and other miscellaneous topics. Bassett's files include both his collected and composed notes as well as printed materials and typescript excerpts from other publications.

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Arranged alphabetically by book title. Folders for single stories are filed after the book titles in a separate alphabetical sequence. Writings in other genres, including poetry, and miscellaneous fragments of fiction manuscripts appear at the end of the series. A number of the typescripts were printed out from diskettes included in the collection; these are marked with a "Disk" number in the upper left hand corner of the first page.

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Printed materials by and about Bausch. Includes some early stories in journals, clippings, reviews, publicity material, and miscellaneous other printed items. Arrangement parallels the general structure of the Writings Series: fiction first, followed by writings in other genres and ending with miscellaneous materials about Bausch and other topics.

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Mainly photocopies and microfilms of primary documents and secondary sources, writings and notes associated with those sources, bibliography materials, and data culled from primary archival sources and organized by topic. Also includes printed documents which were originally on computer disk. Divided into sixteen subseries.

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Research notes, manuscripts on paper and floppy diskettes, and some correspondence relating to the serial Cambridge History of American Literature, of which Bercovitch is general editor. Research notes chiefly relate to Bercovitch's work on colonial American literature and religion, particularly on the Puritans in New England, and American humor. Also includes drafts with corrections of A Cultural Model of Literary Studies, and Literary Context, both by Bercovitch. Another set of files consists of writings by others, curriculum vitae, and more correspondence pertaining to the Cambridge serial. Some correspondence and articles date from the 1940s and 1950s and were written by Bryna Bercovitch in Yiddish; English translations included. Some later correspondence is comprised of email printed out. There is also material documenting his work as an English professor at Harvard, such as student correspondence and papers, and material regarding Yiddish literature.