Ewing Cannon Baskette collection of print materials, 1902-1959 | University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Scope and Contents: Ewing C. Baskette Collection on Freedom of Expression purchased in 1959. Baskette, a lawyer and librarian, owned the largest private collection on civil liberties and freedom of expression in the United States. Within the broad limits of freedom of expression, such topics as freedom of the press, censorship, constitutional rights, religious freedom, labor union activity, well-known trials, socialism, communism, and anarchy are represented. In addition to books the collection includes newspapers and periodicals, broadsides and pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, briefs, and reports of trials. A shelf-list of its contents is included in the printed catalog of the Rare book and Special Collections Library.