Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Broudy, Thalia Yaffey Stern
Collected Papers, 1961-2004

Collection: CDG-A

Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399 U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator); URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.
Broudy, Thalia Yaffey Stern (
May 7, 1927 - )
Thalia Yaffey Stern Broudy Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
8.5 linear inches [papers only]
Papers of a woman who has been active in the peace movement from the 1950s to the present day.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Thalia Broudy, October 2013 [acc. 2013-063]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, Archivist, January 2014
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thalia Yaffey Stern Broudy Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record

Historical Background
Thalia A. Broudy grew up in Washington, D.C. She attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Miami. She married Philip Stern in the late 1940s. When her husband was drafted in 1950 and stationed at the Brooke Army Hospital as a dentist, Thalia accompanied him to San Antonio, Texas. During those years she was introduced to the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and she met with other members of the F.O.R. when she returned to Miami Beach. This began Thalia's peace activism. In the early 1950s she joined the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and headed its world disarmament committee. Other early involvements included working, along with a small group of Jewish activists, on Jack Orr's 1958 legislative campaign, and helping to establish Miami CORE in 1959. Thalia and her husband joined two other couples in a lawsuit over mandatory Bible reading in the Dade County schools. She was an important member of the Greater Miami Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, working against civil defense and nuclear testing, and helped to establish the Miami Peace Center. She and her activist friends conducted a Women Strike for Peace march in Miami. Broudy also became the Miami contact for the Committee for Non-Violent Action (CNVA); it was there that the Quebec to Guantanamo Peace Walk orchestrated antiwar demonstrations, gave radical speeches, and confronted hard-line Cuban exiles. Miami supporters fed, housed and raised funds for the CNVA walkers; when the walkers purchased a boat to sail to Cuba, they docked it in the canal behind the Sterns' home.

Thalia was hired in the 1960s as the first white Kindergarten teacher at the Liberty City elementary school. Her specialty was in music. She was still working as a teacher when she was 77 years old.

The Sterns divorced in the early 1970s, and Thalia moved with her three daughters to Berkeley, California. She later married Bob Broudy, and has remained living in Berkeley ever since.
[information in part from A Jewish Feminine Mystique: Jewish Women in Postwar America]

Collection Overview
This small collection provides insight into Thalia Broudy's interests and activism. It includes papers or images of A.J. Muste, Brad Lyttle, and others.

Items removed:
Photos to the Photograph Collection

Note: Thalia Broudy donated the majority of her papers to the YIVO Institute for Jewish History.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information
Marv Davidov
Scott Herrick
Raymond A. Mohl
A.J. Muste
Peace activities / activists in Miami (Florida)
Peace activities / activists at Miami-Dade Junior College
Citizen’s Committee to Protest Civil Defense in Dade County Schools, 1961
Committee for Nonviolent Action: Miami (Florida)
Committee for Nonviolent Action: Miami Beach (Florida): images taken by Philip Stern (photocopies)                                           
SANE: Greater Miami Committee

Box 2
Newspaper articles on peace walk/walkers, 1961-1963
Newspaper articles on peace walk/walkers, 1964
Newspaper articles on peace walk/walkers, 1965-1966
Newspaper articles on peace walk/walkers, 1967-1970

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015