ADAH Collections Recently Opened for Research

Legislative Reference Service. Legislation project files, 1975-1976, 25 cubic ft. were recently assigned SG numbers.

Alabama Legislature. Commission to Preserve the Peace records, 1962-1975, 6 cubic feet.

This series consists of the financial, reference, and administrative files of the Commission, which was established in 1962 to investigate and report on threats to the state of Alabama's existing social structure from Civil Rights groups and other groups and individuals whom it perceived as subversive. The Commission investigated the following subjects and organizations: American Civil Liberties Union; American Friends Service Committee; Black Panther Party; Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions; communism; drugs; Fellowship of Reconciliation; hippies; Institute for Pacific Relations; League for Industrial Democracy; Muslims; Southern Conference Education Fund; National Lawyers Guild; Spartacist League; Students for a Democratic Society; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Individuals who were the subject of correspondence and reference file material include: J. Edgar Hoover; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Ralph Abernathy; Angela Davis; and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1975 the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ordered the records sealed. On September 12, 1995, the court ordered the seal lifted on all but four folders of the collection, which will remain closed until September 12, 2005.


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