The Caughey Collection includes biographical data, legal briefs, plans and reports related to integration of Los Angeles public schools, and more specifically with the Mary Ellen Crawford vs. Los Angeles Board of Education desegregation case. Of particular interest are the papers written by John and LaRee Caughey as consultants for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that document the history of school integration from 1962 through 1980. The collection has been divided into three series: Background Papers and Notes (circa 1980), Court Documents (1977-1980), and ACLU Legal Documents and Writings (1962-1980).
Series I, Background Papers and Notes, consists of background notes on the collection, an index to court documents, two reports and a resume written by Caughey. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.
Series II, Court Documents, consists of briefings and pleading documents presented to the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles [Case No. C 822 854] and the Supreme Court of the State of California [Case No. 31299] in response to the case; Mary Ellen Crawford vs. Los Angeles Unified School District. The documents are arranged first by court then chronologically.
Series III, ACLU Legal Documents and Writings, consists of bound typescripts of the legal documents and related papers written by the American Civil Liberties Union in response to the Crawford case. The volumes are arranged in chronological order by title.