Accuracy in Academia records

Accuracy in Academia records

Dates: 1986-2001

Correspondence and research files, issues of Campus Report, brochures, and cassette tapes marked "AIA spy tapes".

  • Extent: 7 cartons (7.0 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Accuracy in Academia (Organization)
  • Call Number: MSS 2302
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Accuracy in Academia records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2302; Accuracy in Academia records; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations:MSS 2302, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials created by Accuracy in Academia, an offshoot of Accuracy in Media. This watchdog group monitors activities on American college and university campuses.
Acquisition Information
Created; Accuracy in Academia.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education; Pressure groups--United States--History--Sources; Universities and colleges--United States--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Audiocassettes; Letters; Newspapers
Processing Information
Processed; John N. Gillespie; 2005.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th & 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts Collecting Policy, 2010).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Accuracy in Academia records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by John N. Gillespie
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-05-23T08:57-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Accuracy in Academic is a watchdog group for political correctness on university campuses.

Accuracy in Academia (AIA) is an American non-profit organization, watchdog group and think tank that "wants schools [i.e., colleges and universities in the United States] to return to their traditional mission-the quest for truth." The AIA is particularly critical of what they describe as a liberal/left-wing bias in American academia. The AIA characterizes such bias as liberal or communist "indoctrination," and aims to stand up for the rights of politically conservative students and faculty. The American Association of University Professors has claimed that the AIA is a threat to academic freedom due to the group's efforts to recruit students to report professors alleged to "disseminate misinformation." In contrast, others in academia have described the AIA as a "useful irritant." The AIA was founded in 1985 by columnist and former Federal Reserve economist Reed Irvine as an outgrowth of Accuracy in Media. The AIA is run by executive director Daniel J. Flynn, the author of the book Why the Left Hates America. The AIA is opposed to multicultural education. Additionally, the AIA objects to some applications of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; though Title IX was enacted to eliminate discrimination against women in higher education the AIA argues that "the law is doing so at the expense of men," such as a feminist professor at Boston College who refused to admit men to her courses. The group also is opposed to abortion. The group initially was criticized by prominent conservative and first Secretary of Education William Bennett, who said at the time of its founding in 1986 described AIA as "a bad idea." (Material taken from

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts