National Lawyers Guild Records, 1936-1999, contains the organizations founding documents and annual convention records; national,
regional and chapter publications, amicus briefs, and executive, legal and committee documents and correspondence. Also, eighteen
NLG attorney's correspondence, legal case and office files. Reports and publications of the International Association of Democratic
Lawyers and the American Association of Jurists, 1971-1998.
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as an alternative to the conservative and racially segregated American
Bar Association. NLG is an organization that utilizes the legal and political skills of its members to serve the basic principle
set out in its constitution: to function as "an effective political and social force in the service of the people... to the
end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests" and to support the movement for progressive
social change. Currently, active membership is composed of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers. As
of 1999, approximately 5,000 NLG members support 56 chapters nationwide. The NLG website is at http://www.nlg.org
Number of containers: 65 cartons, 87 boxes, 9 oversize boxes
Linear feet: 119.65
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