Jack Michael Rabin, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at Penn State Harrisburg from 1988 to 2006, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. Raised in Brooklyn and Rochester, New York, and later in Miami Beach and Miami, Florida, Rabin studied public administration at the University of Miami (B.A. 1965, M.A. 1967) and the University of Georgia (Ph.D., political science, 1972). Thereafter he amassed nearly all of the materials that comprise this collection during his years as Assistant Professor (1972-1977) and Law Enforcement Coordinator (1973-1976) at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, where he organized a nighttime masters program in public administration. In 1974 Rabin founded an incorporated, non-profit organization called the Center for the Study of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. The goal of the Center was to collect primary source materials in these areas. Rabin served as the Center's president. A colleague in public administration, Danny Crapps (Marvin Daniel Crapps, Jr., 1947-), and his father, Saul Rabin (1915-2005), were vice presidents. Jack Rabin and his colleagues visited notable Southern activists and civil rights leaders, gathering diverse written documents, oral histories, photographs, and films. Additionally, through his students in public administration, he gained access to Alabama State Patrol surveillance tapes, photographs, and newspaper clippings files pertaining to the civil rights movement.