Iowa Civil Liberties Union Records

Collection Overview

Title: Iowa Civil Liberties Union Records

Record Series: MsC-20

Record Group:


Extent: 90 linear feet plus one item

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

Restrictions apply (see below). Please contact university archivist Jaycie Vos at with questions. 

ACLU of Iowa Archive Access Policy (July 25, 2012)

The below policy specifies who shall have access to the archives of the ACLU of Iowa and through what procedures.

  • UNI archive staff has access to all materials, however they are marked (confidential or otherwise), for purposes of properly identifying and archiving those materials.
  • Any materials the ACLU of Iowa deem confidential will be marked as such on the outside of the box housing the materials, sent from the ACLU of Iowa to the UNI archives. Once the materials are processed by UNI staff, the archive box containing the materials also will be marked as confidential.
  • Any ACLU of Iowa current, full-time employee shall have access to archive materials without written or prior permission.
  • If anyone who is not UNI archives staff wants to review non-confidential materials, that person must obtain written permission from the executive director of the ACLU of Iowa. If the executive director is unavailable, the legal director can grant access.
  • If anyone who is not UNI archives staff wants to review confidential materials, they must follow the above procedure, but also specify that they also want to review confidential materials so access can be granted / denied accordingly.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

General Use, Reproduction, and Copyright Policies

Many items housed in the Rod Library Special Collections & University Archives, including unpublished images and manuscripts, may be protected by copyright, publication rights, trademarks, or model release rights which the library does not own and for which the library cannot grant permission or licensing. Materials currently under copyright are usually still available for research and limited reproduction under Fair Use laws. However, it is the sole responsibility of the patron to determine whether or not their use of a given material falls within Fair Use guidelines and to obtain permission for said use from the rightful copyright owner. If you are unsure where to begin, please consult the Copyright LibGuide. Please note that it is not the library's responsibility to locate or contact copyright holders for a patron, and neither the library nor library employees are responsible for copyright violations of the materials to which they facilitate research access.

Please see our full General Use and Service Policies for more information.

Scope and Content

This material consists of records and court cases of the ICLU. Almost half of the material originally donated to Special Collections has subsequently been recalled by the ICLU for confidentiality reasons, and most of what remains has access restricted to ICLU personal or those designated by them.

Processing Information

Added online by Library Associate Dave Hoing, February 2017. Restrictions information added by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, December 2021. Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.