Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Lucy Perkins Carner Collected Papers, 1953-1977

Collection: CDG-A



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Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for this collection of papers.
Creator
Carner, Lucy Perkins (1886 - 1983)
Title
Lucy Perkins Carner Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1953-1977
Call Number
CDGA

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
Lucy Perkins Carner was born in 1886. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1908 (where she developed a life-long friendship with peace activists, Tracy Mygatt and Frances Witherspoon), and received an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University in 1924. She worked with the YWCA from 1910-1936. Carner served on the board of such organizations as the American Friends Service Committee, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the War Resisters League, and the United World Federalists. She also joined the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, In many ways Carner worked for civil rights, protesting discrimination in businesses, and joining organizations such as the Congress on Racial Equality and the NAACP. She was also a war tax resister and protested agains the Vietnam war. At the age of 85 she participated in a demonstration at Fort Detrick against germ warfare. In 1952 Carner joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College as an adjunct professor of the School of Social Work, where she taught community organization. Carner died on February 20, 1983.

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Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Lucy Perkins Carner
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, February, 1998. Finding aid revised by Andrew Ciampa, June 22, 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lucy Perkins Carner Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

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


Related Collections
Tracy Mygatt and Frances Witherspoon Papers (DG 089)

Historical Background
Lucy Perkins Carner was born in York, Pennsylvania on November 30, 1886 to Albert Bigelow Carner and Mary Perkins Carner. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1908 (where she developed a life-long friendship with peace activists, Tracy Mygatt and Frances Witherspoon), and received an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University in 1924. She worked with the YWCA from 1910-1936 in various roles, in Pennsylvania and New York. Of note was her involvement in organizing young factory workers to agitate for union organization and racial integration. From 1937-1953, Carner was the Secretary of the Education Division of the Council of Social Agencies in Chicago, Illinois. Carner was a Quaker by conviction. Because of her interest in peace and justice, she served on the board of such organizations as the American Friends Service Committee, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the War Resisters League, and the United World Federalists. She also joined the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and served as a member of the national board and chair of its policy committee, and gave leadership to the Pennsylvania State Branch and the Germantown Branch. She joined the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP. Her interests were broad, and her desire to actively resist injustice was demonstrated over and over throughout her life. While living in Chicago she was engaged in the struggles in Chicago for decent housing, jobs, recreation and access for minorities. In the early 1940s, she joined members of the Congress on Racial Equality in sit-ins all over Chicago, and in many quiet ways she made her position known to stores and restaurants that discriminated against minorities. For a number of years she withheld taxes in order to protest the amount of the federal budget that went toward military spending. She protested the war in Vietnam, and petitioned against the use of anti-ballistic missiles. At the age of 85 she participated in a demonstration at Fort Detrick against germ warfare, where she stood for two days at the camp entrance with a sign that read "Make This a Health Center."

After Carner's retirement in 1952, she moved back to Philadelphia. She joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College as an adjunct professor of the School of Social Work, where she taught community organization. Carner died on February 20, 1983.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information
Correspondence re: issues, 1960 - 1977
Correspondence re: visit to Israel, 1953
Scrapbook re: visit to Israel, 1953
Correspondence re: Fort Detrick, 1960 - 1975
Correspondence written during final illnesses (and after deaths) of Tracy Mygatt and Frances Witherspoon, 1973 - 1974
Writings: miscellaneous
Writings: article: "YWCA: The First 100 Years in Germantown, 1870 - 1970"
Writings: poems, hymns, etc. written for Sunday evening services at Stapley Hall, 1969 - 1972
Notes re: United Nations
Notes: miscellaneous
Legislative Discussion and Letter Writing Group: annual reports, 1969 - 1975
Legislative Discussion and Letter Writing Group: agendas and meeting minutes, 1969 - 1977
Legislative Discussion and Letter Writing Group: letter writing survey, 1973




This file was last updated on June 25, 2010.