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Kentucky Civil Liberties Union/ACLU of Kentucky Records

Identifier: 1979_189-UA

Consists of KCLU/ACLU of KY board minutes, topical office files, litigation files, committee/board of directors meetings, and an extensive collection regarding women's rights. Includes records from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Also included is an FBI file on Kentucky civil libertarians. Also present is a record of committee work generated by Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau and Carl Wedekind from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

Initial donation was processed in 1982; subsequent accessions were processed in 2022.


  • 1939-2019
  • Majority of material found within 1956-2019


Conditions Governing Access

Records are closed until a record is twenty-five years old except for FBI files and women's rights reference files which are open. The KCLU Board may grant permission in writing for qualified researchers to use closed records.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville.


29.5 linear feet (22 RC boxes, 2 MS boxes, 2 Flats, 1 half-MS box)

Organizational history

The Kentucky Civil Liberties Union, now known as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky, was formally established in early 1956. Since the organization at first had neither a headquarters nor paid staff, its early records were scatterd among former state chairpersons and committee heads.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 1979-189 from KCLU by gift: 1979

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 1983-001 from KCLU by gift: 11-16-1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2009-087 from KCLU by gift: 10-21-2009


Kentucky Civil Liberties Union Records
In Progress
Tom Owen and Lauren Bickel
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752