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College of Charleston Library vertical file on "Citizens for Decency Through Law"

Identifier: Mss 0034-076

Collection Overview

The collection consists of materials gathered by the staff of the Robert Scott Small Library at the College of Charleston, SC. It includes numerous publications created by "Citizens for Decency through Law." The newsletters, pamphlets, and correspondence in the collection were produced between 1976 and 1981. The bulk of the collection is copies of the organization's newsletters, the "National Decency Reporter" and the "CDL Reporter." Each of the items warns of the dangers of obscenity and pornography.


  • Creation: 1976-1981


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Historical Note

Citizens for Decent Literature was founded by attorney Charles H. Keating, Jr. in 1957 with the primary goal of informing the public about the corrupting influence of obscenity. In 1973 the organization changed its name to Citizens for Decency through Law.


1 folder (17 items) : 108 leaves ; 9-28 cm.

Inventory of the College of Charleston Library Vertical File on "Citizens for Decency Through Law," 1976-1981
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

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