Kling (Arthur) Papers
University Archives and Records CenterLouisville, Kentucky 40292
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[Identification of item], Arthur S. Kling Papers, ca. 1930's-1955, University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, Louisville.
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Arthur S. Kling was born in Louisville in 1895. Originally studying for the rabbinate, he felt the call to serve his fellow man in different ways, and left the seminary at the outbreak of World War I. In the early 1930's, Arthur Kling helped to found the Kentucky Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (KCLU)
KCLU founded in 1954 and the Louisville (or Kentucky) Chapter of the Socialist Party. The local Jewish Vocational Service was in part founded by Kling in the 1940's. Ever the civil libertarian, Kling in his later years has dealt with the problems and rights of the aged.
Material in Box 1 deals with the founding and activities of both the ACLU and KCLU. The material is arranged by functions and/ or divisions of material pertaining to any organization, i.e., constitutions, minutes of meetings, financial reports casework, drafts of policy, correspondences, pamphlets, handbooks, press releases and clippings.
Box 2 deals with Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) material general civil liberties material, information relating to affairs of blacks and the aged, and miscellaneous nespaper clippings dealing with the political climate of the 30's and 40's mostly in terms of civil liberties and World War II. The organization of said material is the same as in Box 1.
Box 3 covers material pertaining to the Socialist Party, Jewish Vocational Service, and YMHA (Young Men's Hebrew Association - now the Jewish Community Center). Again, the arrangement is like that of the previous 2 boxes.
There is also a larger box containing miscellaneous posters, some of which pertain to the Socialist Party.
A survey of the economic and cultural conditions of the Negro of Louisville, Kentucky, and a review of the program and activities of the Louisville Urban League, January - February 1948.
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