Letters about the ACLU
Thanks for the sidebar
on Anthony Romero '87 in the 13 March 2002 PAW. What your readers
may not know is that Princeton has an even longer association with the
ACLU. Since 1953 we have housed the archives of this organization which
now are found at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. This is one of
the most important and most used collections in the library. In addition,
we house the papers of ACLU leaders including Roger Baldwin, Osmond Fraenkel,
and Arthur Garfield Hays. In more recent years we have also added the
archives of Freedom House, Common Cause, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
For a full list of holdings at Mudd, click
Why is the ACLUs defense of the Constitution "extreme"
rights under siege," March 13, 2002)? Who are the "some"
who make that claim about the ACLU? Ms. Hobson, the writer, provided no
evidence relating to that statement. As a result, PAW turned an otherwise
factual profile into a hidden editorial about the actions of the ACLU.
Just because PAW is an alumni publication with a semiprivate circulation
does not mean that you can forgo journalistic standards and ethics; on
the contrary, it seems that you ought to be holding yourselves to even
higher standards in light of the recent controversy about university control
of PAWs editorial board. It would be a shame if Princeton alumni
develop uninformed stereotypes about the ACLU because of a poor editorial
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