American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is an organization dedicated to the protection of constitutional rights and liberties in the United States. It was founded in 1920 by a group of civil libertarians. The ACLU operates by providing legal counsel in cases involving civil liberties. It has been active in cases relating to academic freedom, separation of church and state, the right to privacy, due process of law, freedom of speech, other freedoms guaranteed in the process of law. Established in 1935 as Seattle ACLU, becoming Washington state chapter in Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s.

Dr. Gottfried was a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington ACLU.

The ACLU national office handled many Japanese-American Evacuation cases, 1942-1945.

Coalition on Government Spying, project of the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild and the American Friends Service Committee. The Coalition requested FBI and other investigatory files under the Freedom of Information Act to determine the extent and nature of such investigations of the Seattle media (especially the Seattle Sun) and Seattle Chicano leaders. In fall 1979 the coalition won a suit against the Seattle Police Department to obtain Seattle police intelligence files. It campaigned successfully for a Seattle ordinance to regulate the collection, use, and dissemination of police intelligence records; this was enacted by the City Council, 7.2.79 and was the first in the nation. From April 1981 to July 1981 the Coalition, with part-time staff, monitored implementation of the law. ACLU has retained most important files relating to the coalition.

From the guide to the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington records, circa 1942-1996, (University of Washington Libraries Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. Whatcom County Chapter. American Civil Liberties Union - Whatcom County Chapter Records, 1958-1982. Western Washington University
referencedIn Leonard Schroeter papers, 1940-1997 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Norman Dorsen Papers, 1953-2006 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Chester H. Kingsbury Papers, 1915-1994 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Church Council of Greater Seattle. Church Council of Greater Seattle records, 1935-2003. ND Univ of Washington Libraries (OCLC Worldshare ILL Beta)
referencedIn Cynthia K. Gillespie papers, 1979-1992 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf American Civil Liberties Union of Washington records, circa 1942-1996 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Haley, Frederick. Frederick Haley papers, 1933-2001. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Mark M. Litchman papers, 1901-1965 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn American Civil Liberties Union - Whatcom County Chapter Records, 1958-1982 Western Washington University Heritage Resources
referencedIn Church Council of Greater Seattle records, 1913-2003 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Frederick T. Haley papers, 1931-2001 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn John Caughlan papers, 1933-1999 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union corporateBody
associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union of Washington - Whatcom County Chapter corporateBody
associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. Whatcom County Chapter. corporateBody
associatedWith American Union Against Militarism corporateBody
associatedWith Barnett, Arthur G., 1907- person
associatedWith Becker, Rayfield person
associatedWith Bennett, Odell person
associatedWith Bork, Robert H. person
associatedWith Branmin, Carl. person
associatedWith Caughlan, John,  1909- person
associatedWith Chavelle, Cornelius person
associatedWith Church Council of Greater Seattle. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Irving M., 1883-1960 person
associatedWith Dixon, Aaron Floyd person
associatedWith Dorsen, Norman person
associatedWith Duncan, Robert Gordon person
associatedWith Dwyer, William L. person
associatedWith Endo, Mitsuye person
associatedWith Farquharson, Mary U. person
associatedWith Gillespie, Cynthia K., 1941- person
associatedWith Glaser, Leon person
associatedWith Goldmark, John person
associatedWith Goodman, Irvin person
associatedWith Gottfried, Alex person
associatedWith Haley, Frederick. person
associatedWith Hampton, Julya person
associatedWith Harrison, David S. person
associatedWith Henry, Ed person
associatedWith Hirabayashi, Gordon K. person
associatedWith Industrial Workers of the World corporateBody
associatedWith It's About Time corporateBody
associatedWith Kingsbury, Chester H. person
associatedWith Kizer, Benjamin H. (Benjamin Hamilton), 1878-1978 person
associatedWith Koramatsu, Fred person
associatedWith Litchman, Mark M., 1887-1960 person
associatedWith Litchman, Mark,  1925- person
associatedWith McWilliams, Carey person
associatedWith Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960 person
associatedWith Okamoto, Kiyoshi person
associatedWith Parker-Bennet, Adele person
associatedWith Parson, Tom person
associatedWith Sarruf, Alexander person
associatedWith Schroeter, Leonard person
associatedWith Seattle (Wash.). Police Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Selden, Lauren person
associatedWith Smith, Elmer person
associatedWith Smith, James Henry person
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Strong, Sydney, 1860-1938 person
associatedWith Sweetland, Monroe person
associatedWith Taylor, Kathleen person
associatedWith United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation corporateBody
associatedWith U'Ren, William S. person
associatedWith Vanderveer, George F. person
associatedWith Wakayama, Toko person
associatedWith Yasui, Minoru person
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Subject
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Civil rights--Cases
Civil Procedure and Courts
Washington (State)
Civil rights
Centralia Massacre, Centralia, Wash., 1919
Civic Activism
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