Legal Services Corporation Records

Identifier: NEJL-012

Scope and Contents

The Legal Services Corporation records constitute one of the core collections of the NEJL, and came to the NEJL in several different accessions. Many of the materials were donated from LSC's in-house library. The collection consists mostly of gray literature – generally defined as publications that are not controlled by commercial publishers, such as reports and proceedings – and of audio-visual materials. The LSC collection is not a traditional manuscript collection and is partially artificial – to fill gaps in specific series and to facilitate easier access to LSC materials, materials from other NEJL collections have been physically and virtually included in the finding aid for the LSC. The NEJL does not serve as LSC’s official archives, and the LSC maintains its own repository of institutional records.

The records are arranged in the following nine series: 1. Board and committee meetings; 2. Fact books; 3. Budget and appropriation requests; 4. Annual reports; 5. Program directories; 6. Reports and proceedings; 7. training materials, 8. Newsletters and clipping files, and 9. Audio-visual materials.

The first series, LSC board and committee materials, has been compiled from different collections, and consists of accessions from the LSC, Alan Houseman papers (NEJL 019), Alfred Corbett papers (NEJL 043), and the NLADA records (NEJL 023). The finding aid also includes references to Board meeting materials in the Henry Freedman (NEJL 014), and William McCalpin papers (NEJL 011). The aim was to create a representation of a full set of historical LSC board meeting materials since 1975. It includes minutes, agendas, and background materials that were discussed during the meetings.

The collection also includes a complete set of LSC Fact Books since 1978, and an almost complete set of LSC budget requests since 1976. Series 4 includes the hard copies of LSC annual reports from 1978 until today. Beginning in 1998-1999, the LSC has made the annual reports available online on its website. Researchers may also access permalinks to the annual reports through Digital Georgetown:

Series 6 includes a variety of reports and proceedings related to legal services from the LSC library, and includes an almost complete set of the reports that were based on research that was funded by the LSC Research Institute. The Alan Houseman papers (NEJL 019) include a bibliography of the publications of the LSC Research Institute, and a scanned copy of the bibliography is linked to this finding aid.

Series 7 includes mostly training materials developed by the OPS.

Series 8 includes newsletters that were published by the LSC, as well as newsletters from legal services programs across the U.S.

Series 9, audio-visual materials, is currently not represented in the finding aid, but an inventory exists.

10 lf. of additional materials are currently unprocessed, but an inventory exists.


  • 1975 - 2014



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73 linear feet

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The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the organizational successor of the OEO-Legal Services Program. The idea of creating an independent legal services entity was initially proposed in 1971 by an ABA study committee, headed by Jerome Shestack, as well as the President’s Advisory Council on Executive Reorganization (Ash Council). The LSC was then established by the United States Congress in 1974 as a private, non-profit corporation promoting equal access to justice (P.L. 93-355). The LSC, the single largest provider of civil legal assistance for the poor in the United States, manages and oversees federal funds, appropriated by Congress, and distributes them in form of grants to local legal services providers, which give legal assistance to low-income clients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. In addition to awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grant process, the LSC conducts compliance reviews and program visits, and provides training and technical assistance to programs. The LSC is headed by a bipartisan board of eleven directors, appointed by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the United States Senate. No more than six of the eleven members can come from the same political party.

Finding Aid for the Legal Services Corporation Records (Coll. 12)
Finding aid by Katharina Hering and Doris Mitchell
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Repository Details

Part of the National Equal Justice Library Repository

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