Intellectual Freedom Handbook


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PREAMBLE • 5th Edition (1996)

The Texas Library Association holds that the freedom to read is a corollary of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. Freedom of choice in selecting materials is a necessary safeguard to the freedom to read and shall be protected against extra-legal, irresponsible attempts by self-appointed censors to abridge it. The Association believes that citizens shall have the right of free inquiry and the equally important right of forming their own opinions and that it is of the utmost importance to the continued existence of democracy that freedom of the press in all forms of public communication be defended and preserved. The Texas Library Association subscribes in full to the principles set forth in the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS of the American Library Association, Freedom to Read Statement, and interpretative statements adopted thereto.


This page is dedicated to the memory of John Henry Faulk (1913 - 1990) in recognition of his lifelong fight for civil rights, racial equality and human dignity.

"Freedom, the joys of a democratic society, had to extend to all people or it was a myth." John Henry Faulk was an eloquent speaker for civil liberties, and these words reflect his intense belief in the rights of the individual. Texans will always revere Faulk as one of their greatest storytellers, an Austin native whose folksy, salty humor perfectly embodied the character of their land. He will also be remembered as one of America's most outspoken defenders of the First Amendment and freedom of speech.

In the late fifties, Faulk fought back against McCarthyism by winning a libel suit against AWARE, Inc., a major contributor to the blacklist tyranny that had brought his successful career in radio and television to a halt. In one of the most dramatic trials of modern times, he exposed the activities of AWARE and other vigilante organizations and broke the back of television blacklisting. The story of this struggle, Fear On Trial, became a best-seller and an award-winning television movie.

Forms & Helpful Documents 

American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom

Created on Aug 17, 2011 | Last updated November 15, 2017