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   Americans United Subject Files, 1953-2010

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Americans United Subject Files, 1953-2010; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, founded in 1947, is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to church-state separation. The Americans United Subject files are approximately 44 linear feet of secondary research material relating to the religious right and religion in government and schools. Over 300 organizations are represented, with most of the material consisting of clippings, mass mailings, and newsletters.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1555
Bib ID:8412549 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Title:Americans United Subject Files, 1953-2010
Physical description:43.83 linear ft. (43 record cartons, 2 document cases)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized in one series, filed alphabetically by name. Within each file, materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the research and subject files of Americans United, a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to church-state separation. Almost all of the 44 linear feet of research files relate to organizations associated with the religious right. Over 300 organizations and individuals are represented, as well as some materials filed by topic. The largest files include materials produced by the Chalcedon Foundation, the Christian Coalition, Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority, Focus on the Family, and the Rutherford Institute. The bulk of the collection consists of clippings, mass mailings and donation requests from organizations, magazines and newsletters, and other secondary materials produced by the organizations. There is a small selection of speeches on audiocassette and videotape. There is also an internal self-study of Americans United that was conducted in 1963.

Series I: Subject Files, 1953-2010

Series II: Website Archive, 2013-present

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Americans United Subject Files, 1953-2010; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Collection is processed to folder level. Finding aid available in repository and online.

Related Material

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Records, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed by Caitlin Goodman in 2013.

Finding aid written by Caitlin Goodman in January 2013.

The processing of this collection was made possible through the generous support of the Office of the President, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion January 25, 2013 Finding aid written in English. Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.
    2013-01-25 xml document instance created by Caitlin Goodman
    2013-01-25 Website Archives series added by Jane Gorjevsky

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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AudiocassettesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Form lettersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
NewslettersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PeriodicalsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Press releasesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Video tapesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
American Center for Law and JusticePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American Family AssociationPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Americans United for Separation of Church and StatePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Barton, David, 1954-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (U.S.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chalcedon (Organization)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Christian CoalitionPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Church and statePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Colson, Charles W.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Concerned Women for AmericaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Constitutional law--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Coral Ridge MinistriesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dobson, James C., 1936-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Falwell, JerryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Family Research Council of AmericaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Focus on the Family (Organization)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Freedom of religionPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jones, E. MichaelPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kennedy, D. James (Dennis James), 1930-2007PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lynn, Barry W.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moon, Sun MyungPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moral Majority, Inc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Plymouth Rock FoundationPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Promise Keepers (Organization)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and StatePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Regent UniversityPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Religion in the public schoolsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Religious rightPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Robertson, PatPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rutherford InstitutePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schlafly, PhyllisPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sheldon, Louis P.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Southern Baptist ConventionPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wildmon, Donald E.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 as Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The organization is non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian, and is dedicated to religious freedom and the firm separation of church and state. Americans United works to educate legislators and the public on issues of religious liberty and has more than sixty local chapters throughout the country. Under the aegis of Project Fair Play, the organization actively monitors the political activity of tax-exempt churches and religious organizations and reports violations to the IRS. Some of their current concerns include school vouchers, marriage and reproductive justice, and partisan intervention by churches.

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