National Lawyers Guild

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Duration: 1937-current (Africa activity 1970s-early 1990s)
Location: New York, New York, United States


The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as an association of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that lawyers had a major role to play in reconstructing legal values by emphasizing human rights over property rights. The NLG headquarters is in New York but it has chapters in many cities. In the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s it supported the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

Organizational Archive


Title: National Lawyers Guild
Time Span: 1921-2007 (Africa material 1970s-early 1990s
Description: The archive of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) includes some material related to Southern Africa and the NLG support for the struggle against apartheid and divestment. The archives includes the following folders: Southern Africa Subcommittee 1983-1985; Southern Africa Subcommittee 1986-1990; Southern Africa Divestment Litigation 1985; Conference on Constitutional Law: Capetown, South Africa 1990-1991; Southern Africa 1975-1986; Southern Africa 1988-1991; Southern Africa (Portuguese) 1976; Legal Front (Southern Africa Subcommittee) 1987, Resource Material: South Africa 1978, Chicago: Political Organizations re Africa, Cuba, Chile, Haiti 1972-1974, Undated; New York City: South Africa Committee 1979.
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