Fred E. Weisgal Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
R0161 FEW

Dates

  • 1940s to 1980s (Creation)

Extents

  • 4.5 Linear feet (Whole)

Notes

  • Content Description

    The collection contains the personal papers of Fred Weisgal, a prominent Baltimore civil rights attorney. Record types include correspondence to and from Mr. Weisgal, published legal briefings, legal case files, newspaper clippings, immigration records, and Weisgal's redacted FBI file.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Fred Weisgal was a prominent civil rights attorney in Baltimore during the mid-twentieth century. A graduate of the University of Baltimore’s School of Law, Weisgal worked for the ACLU of Maryland and represented the first African American student to gain admission to the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1947. He successfully argued before the Supreme Court for reforms to rights for persons arrested for serious crimes. Weisgal represented atheist Madalyn E. Murray and Baltimore’s Catholic antiwar activists, the Berrigan brothers. He also helped strike down racially restrictive residential covenants, which had their genesis in Baltimore with the Roland Park Company.

  • Custodial History

    The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore Foundation by Margit Weisgal on May 31, 2017. Two additional records transfers from the donor occurred October 2017.

  • Processing Information

    This collection is unprocessed. Please contact Special Collections for additional information.

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