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Guide to the Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union Records, 1969-2017

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
(715)-836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: UHC 364

Accession Number: 18-012

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 364

Creator: Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union

Title:

Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union, 1969-2017

Dates: 1969-2017

Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (4 archives boxes)

Location of Collection: Shelf Location: A10/1g

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: This collection consists of materials related to the activities of the Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union, a regional organization affiliated with the American Civil Liberties Union. These records document the organization’s advocacy and educational initiatives in the Chippewa Valley region. The collection includes material such as letters, activities, and case files.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union (CVCLU) is a chapter group of the American Civil Liberties Union – Wisconsin, an affiliate group of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The CVCLU was founded in the year of 1967 by Tom Barth and Patrick George, two newly hired professors of the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. The organization focuses on providing educational services that help individuals and organizations in the Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, and surrounding areas better understand civil liberties. As an affiliate organization, the CVCLU does not provide legal advice, but will refer individuals to the ACLU for those services. The CVCLU delivers presentations and distributes flyers and brochures to increase the knowledge of civil rights and liberties.

The CVCLU has supported notable cases for the ACLU, including some with a local and regional impact. These cases supported constitutional rights and individual freedom. One recent achievement was a local case regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage, Wolf vs. Walker. This case was presented in 2014 in the U. S. Court of Appeals, the decision affirmed a district court’s decision to invalidating Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. An appeal to the United States Supreme Court was denied. The Supreme Court later ruled in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that that the right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause that are found in Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. An earlier local case, in 1969, involved an underground newspaper (The Roach). The creator was accused of promoting pornographic material and lewd literature (see also, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Student Publications, 1944-1999 for publications from The Roach. Call Number: USGZE AS133). In this case, the school failed in its defense when the four letter words in question were deemed not obscene. Another notable case in the 1980s involved the separation of church and state where a creche scene was displayed in a public park. The ACLU was in the middle of two similar cases, Chabad v. ACLU and the City of Pittsburgh v. ACLU that involved religious scenes on display on government and public properties. It was ruled that these displays were in violation of the Establishment Clause. These cases represent some of the local issues that the CVCLU has supported.

Significant people of the CVCLU are the volunteers, local lawyers, and advocates for the CVCLU. Many of the members provide support for the group while the rest provide specific services such as legal advisor to the organization, treasurer, event management, etc. The volunteers and advocates work to educate the public and operate fundraisers to support the organization.

Content Description

The materials in this collection consist of newspapers, letters, case files, notices, flyers, brochures, proposals, complaints, meeting minutes and articles. The collection ranges in material dating from 1969 to 2017. The bulk of the material is case files and meeting minutes.

The first series contains the meeting minutes and other activities and programs engaged by the CVCLU. These documents help to identify the organization’s role in the community. The meeting minutes date from 1969-2017.

The second series contains correspondence. This includes correspondence addressed to the state and national offices addressing topics of concern to the CVCLU. Other correspondence involves individuals and organizations seeking legal advice from the CVCLU.

The third series is a collection of documents associated with cases connected to the CVCLU. Case files range from local to national in scope and address issues related to the service area of the CVCLU.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections and Archives Department, McIntyre Library, in January 2018 by Ann Heywood.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union, 1969-2017. UHC 364. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Maxx Handel in January 2018.

Arrangement: Flat arrangement.

OCLC #: 1038277822

Subjects

Personal Names: Ann Heywood, John Hibbard, Dale Dick

Corporate Names: Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union

Subject Terms: Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Obergefell v. Hodges, Discrimination, Freedom of Speech

Geographical Terms: Eau Claire,Wisc. and Chippewa Falls, Wisc.

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: CVCLU’s Organization Documents

Series 1 contains all the meeting minutes, agendas, newsletters, by-laws, board of director’s lists, meeting topics, holiday programs, activities, banned books, press releases, and fundraisers. The agendas contained in this collection are sporadic but the meeting minutes and newsletters are nearly all intact. The by-laws are sporadic but each show what year they were amended. The board of director lists are all intact. The holiday programs, activities, banned books, press releases, fundraisers, and equity and diversity in education materials indicate what the CVCLU was involved in.

Dates: 1969-2017

Extent: .5 linear feet (1.25 archives boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box 1/Folder 1

Meeting Minutes and Agendas

1969-1984

1/2

Meeting Minutes and Agendas

1985-1989

1/3

Meeting Minutes and Agendas

1990-1999

1/4

Meeting Minutes and Agendas

2000-2008

1/5

Meeting Minutes and Agendas

2009-2016

1/6

Meeting Topics

1990-2016

1/7

Newsletters and Announcements

1969-1989

1/8

Newsletters and Announcements

1990-2017

1/9

By-Laws

1967-2017

1/10

Board of Directors

1968-2017

1/11

Holiday Programs and Affiliated Material

1980-2006

2/1

Activities

1987-2017

2/2

Banned Books

1996-2007

2/3

Press Releases and News Releases

1970-1987

2/4

Fundraisers

1972

2/5

Equity and Diversity in Education

2005


Series 2: Correspondence

Series 2 contains correspondence between state and national offices such as senators to CVCLU as well as individuals seeking help from the CVCLU. The letters from legal advisors provided people with advice on how to handle their cases.

Dates: 1969-2016

Extent: .1 linear feet (.25 archives boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box 2/Folder 6

State and National Office Letters

1989-2016

2/7

CVCLU Letters

1969-2007

2/8

Legal Advice Issues

1969-2002

2/9

Letters to Editor

1998-2006

Series 3: Case Files

Case files that the CVCLU was monitored and supported the years. Some are national cases that center around the ACLU with support from the CVCLU and others are local cases. Some cases document other cases that were similar in nature and resolved while others explain rules and regulations. Often, case files contains letters from the parties involved.

Dates: 1969-2012

Extent: 1 linear foot (2.5 archives boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box 2/Folder 10

Freedom of Choice

1986-1994

2/11

Black Listing

1969

2/12

Red Lining

1992

2/13

Board of Education

1976

2/14

Voter Registration

1968

2/15

Badger Stops

1992

2/16

Denial of Financial Assistance (AFDC)

1990

2/17

Solicitation

1972-1989

2/18

Board of Regents vs Roth

1970

2/19

Discrimination

1996-1997

2/20

Discrimination

1997-1998

2/21

Discrimination

2004-2005

2/22

Mascot Controversy

1992-1993

2/23

Fair Housing

1969

3/1

Dress Code (Hairstyles)

1969

3/2

Dress Code (T-shirts)

1993-1994

3/3

Dress Code (Hats)

1989-1990

3/4

Freedom of Speech

1990-1997

3/5

Freedom of Speech

1986-1996

3/6

School Censorship

1994

3/7

Public Displays of Religious Iconography

1989-1991

3/8

Public Displays of Religious Iconography

1988-2003

3/9

Religious Affairs

1995-2006

3/10

Religious Affairs

1988-2003

3/11

Data Privacy Project

2001

3/12

Student Privacy

1974-1994

3/13

USA Patriot Act

2001-2002

3/14

GLBT

2004-2005

3/15

Programs (Sex Respect)

1969-1993

4/1

Death Penalty

2006

4/2

Instruction Materials Selection Policy

1975-1976

4/3

R-rated Movies

2004

4/4

Music Programs

1989-1990

4/5

Furnishing to Minors

1987

4/6

Crowd Control Incident

1990-1991

4/7

Rock Concerts

1974-1978

4/8

Miscellaneous Documents

1980-1988

4/9

Miscellaneous Documents

1969-2000

4/10

Media Release and Newspaper Clippings

2006

4/11

Newspaper Clippings

1970-1990

4/12

Newspaper Clippings

1996-2012

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