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Americans for Democratic Action records

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The Americans for Democratic Action Papers, 1932-1965, were received by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in 1965 in a state of disarray. A preliminary sorting of the collection indicated that the folders could be separated into eight series, somewhat akin to their provenance. These eight series include the UDA Administrative File, ADA Administrative File, Chapter File, Convention File, Legislative File, Political File, Public Relations File, and the Campus Division File. Each of these series is described in detail below. In each series, box numbers begin at #1, so it is necessary to specify the series number as well as the box number when requesting materials.

Microfilming Corporation of America has filmed the records of the Americans for Democratic Action. The positive film is cataloged in the Historical Society Library and located in their Microforms Room. A negative copy of the film (Micro 854) is in Archives custody. No positive can be made from this negative for any purpose other than our own internal use.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1932-1999

Existing IDs: Mss 3; PH 3142; Tape 1357A; M97-135; M2000-164

Extent: 163.6 c.f. (409 archives boxes, 14 volumes, and 2 packages); plus additions of 45.6 c.f., 87 tape recordings, 18 disc recordings, 1068 photographs, 105 negatives, 118 transparencies, and 10 videorecordings (8mm)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Physical Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Related Archival Items: At the Wisconsin Historical Society, see also Americans for Democratic Action, Greater Washington Chapter (District of Columbia) Records, 1946-2003 (includes photos, but no audio) and Americans for Democratic Action, Western Pennsylvania Chapter records, 1959-2003.

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Employment
Americans for Democratic Action
Labor unions
Student movements


Sound recordings


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