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Bill of Rights Fund records, 1954-1966

Summary Information


This collection contains financial documents pertaining to grants awarded and refused by the Bill of Rights Fund in addition to correspondence, minutes, reports and printed matter.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0120
Bib ID 4078389 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bill of Rights Fund
Title Bill of Rights Fund records, 1954-1966
Physical Description 6.5 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Grants arranged alphabetically by recipient; remainder arranged by topic.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial documents, clippings, and pamphlets of the Bill of Rights Fund.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known);Bill of Rights Fund records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Corliss Lamont, 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records: Source of acquisition--Lamont, Corliss. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1981.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Records Processed HR 10/--/81.

Revision Description

2012-02-21 xml document instance created by Alison Rhonemus

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Civil rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lamont, Corliss, 1902-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philanthropists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Piel, Eleanor Jackson Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weber, Palmer Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wittenberg, Philip, 1895-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

The Bill of Rights Fund was founded in New York in 1954 to provide financial aid in civil liberties court cases that raised important constitutional issues. The officers were: Corliss Lamont, President; Eleanor Jackson Piel, Secretary; Palmer Weber, treasurer; and Philip Wittenberg, Counsel. During its more than 11 years of existence, the Bill of Rights Fund made grants in excess of $160,000 to more than 165 individuals and organizations. The Fund suspended operations in 1966 because contributions to it had steadily decreased and it was never able to obtain tax exemption for gifts.

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Series I: Bill of Rights Fund Papers, 1954-1966

Box 1 Certificate of Incorporation


Box 1 Summary of grants

Box 1 Abramowitz, Howard

Box 1 Albertson-Proctor

Box 1 A.C.L.U.-No. Carolina

Box 1 A.C.L.U.-So. Carolina

Box 1 American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

Box 1 Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Box 1 Anderson County School Board (Clinton, Tenn.)

Box 1 Aptheker & Flynn

Box 1 Arizona Public Employees

Box 1 Barenblatt, Lloyd

Box 1 Birmingham Bomb Damage Fund

Box 1 Braden, Carl

Box 1 Bradens & Wade

Box 1 Brenner, George

Box 1 Briehl, Walter

Box 1 Brown, Stella

Box 2 Californians for the Bill of Rights

Box 2 Callow, Leon

Box 2 Carman, Matilda

Box 2 Chancey, Martin

Box 2 Chaunt, Peter

Box 2 Chew, Harry

Box 2 Child Welfare League of America

Box 2 The Churchman

Box 2 Ciepley-Rappaport legal fund

Box 2 Civil Liberties Docket

Box 2 Civil Rights and Liberties Handbook

Box 2 Communist Party of the United States of America vs. Subversive Activities Control Board

Box 2 Conklin, Geoffrey

Box 2 Copeland, Vincent

Box 2 Cort, Joseph

Box 2 Crowe, Anne

Box 3 Darling, B.T.

Box 3 Davidson, Vern

Box 3 Davis, Benjamin J.

Box 3 Davis, H. Chandler

Box 3 Davis, Horace

Box 3 Davis, Jerome

Box 3 Dayton, W. Bruce

Box 3 De Gregory, Hugo

Box 3 De Silva, Rhoda Miller

Box 3 Donner, Frank J. re. denaturalized citizens

Box 3 Dunham, Barrows

Box 3 Durr, Clifford J.

Box 3 Emergency Civil Liberties Committee

Box 3 Epton, William

Box 3 Evers, Mrs Medgar

Box 3 Fair Play for Cuba Committee

Box 3 Faxon, George R.

Box 3 Fellowship of Humanity

Box 3 Feuer, Pauline

Box 3 First Unitarian Church

Box 3 Fitzgerald, Edward J.

Box 3 Flaxer, Abram

Box 3 Frank, Waldo

Box 3 Furry, Wendell

Box 4 Gastellum-Quinones, Jose Maria

Box 4 Ginger, Ann

Box 4 Gojack, John T.

Box 4 Gordon, Jesse

Box 4 Graham, Edgar

Box 4 Guerrieri, Anne d'Arbeloff

Box 4 Haldeman, Henry J.

Box 4 Haug, Fred & Marie

Box 4 Heikkinen, Knut Einar

Box 4 Highlander Center (Knoxville, T)

Box 4 Hinton, William

Box 4 Hudson County News Co. vs. the State of New Jersey, etc.

Box 4 Hutchin, James A.

Box 4 Hyun, David

Box 4 Isserman, Abraham J.

Box 4 Jay, Cecil Reginald

Box 4 Jefferson School of Social Science New York

Box 4 Jenkins, Grady & Judy

Box 4 Jerome, Fred

Box 5 Kamin, Leon J.

Box 5 Keeney, Mary Jane

Box 5 Kent, Rockwell

Box 5 Killian, John Joseph

Box 5 King, Martin Luther

Box 5 Knowles, Mary

Box 5 Knox, Matthew

Box 5 Koch, Leo

Box 5 Konigsberg, Raphael

Box 5 Kutcher, James

Box 5 Lawrence, John M.

Box 5 Leff, David N.

Box 5 Lerner, Max

Box 5 Lightfoot, Claude Mack

Box 5 Liveright, Herman

Box 5 Lubell, David & 7 other soldiers

Box 5 Lubka, Lewis

Box 5 Luce, Phillip Abbott

Box 5 Luscomb, Florence H.

Box 5 MacEwan, Alan & Mary

Box 5 McGovern, Pat

Box 5 Marder, Alfred

Box 5 Markman, Marvin

Box 5 Matusow, Harvey

Box 5 Metcalf, Robert

Box 5 Miami cases

Box 5 Murray, David Neill Mac

Box 5 Murray, Madalyn (Madalyn Murray O'Hair)

Box 5 Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, International Union of

Box 5 Morgan, Anna H.

Box 6 Nathan, Otto

Box 6 National Council of American- Soviet Friendship

Box 6 National Guardian

Box 6 National Lawyers Guild

Box 6 Nelson, Steve

Box 6 Ogden, Maurice

Box 6 Peters, Revecka

Box 6 Phillips, Wendell

Box 6 Powell, John William, Sylvia C.

Box 6 Powell, & Julian Schuman

Box 6 Price, William

Box 6 Promoting Enduring Peace

Box 6 Public Affairs Pamphlets

Box 6 Reid, Willie H.

Box 6 Religious Freedom Committee, Inc.

Box 6 Rosner & Trager

Box 6 Rowoldt, Charles

Box 6 Rudder, John & Doris

Box 6 Russell, Norton A.

Box 6 Scales, Junius

Box 7 Seals, Willie, Jr.

Box 7 Shapiro, Aaron

Box 7 Sheiner, Leo

Box 7 Smith Act, Denver

Box 7 Solow, Martin

Box 7 Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Box 7 Southern Conference Educational Fund, Inc.

Box 7 Sporn, Paul

Box 7 Staebler, James M.

Box 7 Stamler, Jeremiah vs. HUAC

Box 7 Starkovich, George T.

Box 7 Steinmetz, Harry

Box 7 Stevenson, Joseph Harvey

Box 7 Students Committee for Civil Liberties, Berkeley, CA

Box 7 Sunshine Book Co.

Box 7 Swinbourne, Kenneth

Box 7 Teachers Union of the City of New York

Box 7 Torcaso Appeal Fund - Washington Ethical Society

Box 7 Trachtenberg-Charney

Box 7 Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Box 7 Watson, Goldie

Box 7 Weisman, Maxwell N.

Box 7 Whitman, Alden

Box 7 Worthy, William

Box 7 Yellin, Edward

Box 7 Zemel, Louis

Grants refused

Box 8 A - L

Box 9 M - W


Box 10 Abt, John J.

Box 10 Berberian, Aram K.

Box 10 Boudin, Leonard B.

Box 10 Cleveland, James C.

Box 10 Coe, John M. & Louis Jepeway

Box 10 Crockett, George W., Jr.

Box 10 Day, Jack G.

Box 10 Donner, Frank J.

Box 10 Dowling, Richard

Box 10 Faulkner, Stanley

Box 10 Forer, Joseph

Box 10 France, Royal W.

Box 10 Gellhorn, Walter

Box 10 Ginger, Ann Fagan

Box 10 Kaufman, Mary M.

Box 10 Kinoy, Arthur

Box 10 Kunstler, William M.

Box 10 Lynn, Conrad J.

Box 10 Mosk, Edward

Box 10 Norris, Harold

Box 10 Polier, Shad

Box 10 Pollitt, Basil R.

Box 10 Pomerantz, Abraham

Box 10 Rabinowitz, Victor

Box 10 Rand, Harry I.

Box 10 Rein, David

Box 10 Ritman, Richard L.

Box 10 Rogge, O. John

Box 10 Sacher, Harry

Box 10 Scribner, David

Box 10 Standard, Michael

Box 10 Taylor, Telford

Box 10 Tietz, J.B.

Box 10 Wirin, A.L.

Box 10 Witt, Nathan

Box 10 Wittenberg, Philip

Box 10 Minutes, 1954-1966


Box 11 "Bill of Rights Fund"

Box 11 "Bill of Rights Fund, 1955"

Box 11 Announcements

Box 11 Charitable organizations, list of, 1957

Box 11 Civil liberties courses

Box 11 Clippings

Box 11 Encyclopedia of American Associations

Box 11 Current

Box 11 Education fund

Box 11 Executive Committee

Box 11 Frank obscenity opinion

Box 11 Hays Memorial

Box 11 Letters, special

Box 11 Press release

Box 11 Releases, etc.

Box 11 Special


Financial Papers

Box 12 A - B & misc.

Box 13 C - W

Contribution correspondence

Box 14 A-K

Box 15 L-Z