The following archives hold American Civil Liberties Union records of the national, Ohio and local Ohio organizations. Finding aids posted to these websites can be located by searching on the terms “ACLU” and American Civil Liberties Union.” It is highly recommended that you perform searches on both terms, since results will sometimes differ.

You may also access a listing of archives which hold ACLU of Ohio leaders’ papers.

We thank ACLU of Ohio Intern Jina Gonzalez for her assistance in completing this list. Please report updates to Ann Rowlett, deputy director, at

National ACLU
Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08544
Tel: (609) 258-6345
Note: While Princeton is the official repository of the national ACLU, they hold some materials related to the Ohio affiliate and local chapters.

ACLU of Ohio
Ohio History Connection
Ohio Historical Center
Archives-Manuscripts Division
1982 Velma Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
Note: Search “All Society Collections”

Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520 The online finding aid is here.
ACLU of Ohio Kent State Project Records are located at
Note: Yale holds only ACLU of Ohio materials related to Krause v. Rhodes, the Kent State University shootings litigation.

North Central Chapter (Oberlin, Lorain, Elyria)
Oberlin College Archives
420 Mudd Learning Center
Oberlin, OH 44074
Note: ACLU is listed under Social Reform or Action Groups

Northwest Ohio Chapter (Toledo area)
Bowling Green State University
Center for Archival Collections
Jerome Library, Fifth Floor
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Note: Search Northwest Ohio Manuscripts

University of Toledo
Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections
Carlson Library, Mail Stop #509

University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
Note: Search the Manuscript Collection under Women for “Naomi Twining,” a leader of the ACLU Northwest Chapter. Also search the library catalog for American Civil Liberties Union.

Southwest Ohio Chapter (Cincinnati area)
University of Cincinnati
Archives & Rare Books Library
8th Floor Blegen Library
P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0113

American Civil Liberties Union Cincinnati Chapter, 1961-1971,
American Civil Liberties Union Cincinnati Chapter, 1976-1983,
American Civil Liberties Union Cincinnati Chapter, 1968-1986.

Note: View the list of Urban Studies Collection records for American Civil Liberties Union. Also listed are the papers of local leaders involved with the ACLU, including Alfred Bettman, Marian Spencer, Myron Bush, Charles Judd, and Zane Miller.

Cleveland Chapter
Western Reserve Historical Society Library
10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44105

Akron Chapter
University of Akron
University Libraries
Archival Services
Polsky Building
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325

Dayton Chapter
Wright State University
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Note: The finding aid for the American Civil Liberties Union, Dayton Chapter Records (MS-268) is listed under the subject area of Civic Organizations.