American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona records

AZ 182
Letter to Employees of Maricopa County Health Department

Letter to Employees of Maricopa County Health Department from the director, J.F. Farnsworth M.D., concerning the distribution of information regarding birth control.

Collection area: Political Affairs

Collection dates: 1958-2010

About this collection

Correspondence, financial reports, minutes of meetings, executive director records, publications, clippings, photographs, audio tape recordings of radio broadcasts, video recordings of speeches, protests, and ACLU Follies performances, and material on various local cases and projects. Includes papers relating to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona’s establishment and operation in connection with the national civil liberties movement; the Sun City Area Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and the Arizona Legislative Coordinating Committee, an independent ad hoc committee formed to encourage passage of constructive State legislation in the field of civil rights and liberties. Local cases concern issues such as academic freedom, prayer in schools, vagrancy, and segregation. Also includes Arizona Civil Liberties Union Legislative Bulletin, 1962-1968.

Historical background

Formed in 1958, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona works to protect and defend individual rights and civil liberties. Cases and issues documented in the collection relate to cases such as challenges to a loyalty oath for state employees, the case of Henry Oyama, who successfully fought Arizona’s miscegenation law in 1959; challenging voter ID laws, abuses of immigration rights, such as Senate Bill 1070, and racial profiling and other discriminatory practices, as in a cases brought respectively against Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office.

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