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Chester Cable Papers

Identifier: UP001162

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Academic freedom The Anti-Surveillance Ordinance Formation of the Oakland County Chapter

Series Description: Series I, ACLU of Metro Detroit, 1965, 1972-1983, Box 1: Minutes and agendas, correspondence, by-laws, and other materials concerning civil liberties issues of the Metro Detroit Branch. Highlighted are the Detroit Anti-Surveillance Ordinance and a Human Rights provision for the Wayne County charter.

Series II, ACLU of Michigan, 1971-1983, Boxes 1-3: Minutes and agendas, correspondence, by-laws, and other materials relating to Prof. Cable's association with the state affiliate. Much of the material deals with academic freedom issues and the formation of the Oakland County Chapter.


  • 1965 - 1983
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 1983


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Chester H. Cable was born in Monmouth, Illinois on July 19, 1906. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Monmouth College in 1927, a Masters of Arts in 1932 from the University of Wisconsin, and his Doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in 1948. The greater part of his teaching career, 27 years, was spent as a Professor of English at Wayne State University; 1946-1974.

An active proponent of academic freedom, Prof. Cable worked on behalf of civil liberties issues as a member of the American Association of University Professors. Joining the American Civil Liberties Union in 1963, he held various positions within the organization including membership on the board of directors for both the Metro Detroit Branch and the state affiliate, and as chairman of the Standing Committee on Branch and Chapter Affairs. Committees on which he served include the Academic Freedom Committee and the "Red Squad" File Review Committee.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 MB)


A Professor of English at Wayne State University, Chester Cable was an active member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Mr. Cable’s papers reflect his work on behalf of academic freedom and civil liberties advocacy.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 1-3). Folders are arranged chronologically.


The papers of Chester H. Cable were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in February of 1984 by Prof. Cable.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in November 1985.
Guide to the Chester Cable Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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