Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Carla Brooks Johnston Collected Papers, 1979-1987

Collection: CDG-A

Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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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.
Johnston, Carla Brooks (?? - 2011)
Carla Brooks Johnston Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
Dates of papers, 1979-1987
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
15 linear inches [papers only]
Papers of Carla Johnston, who was active in politics, and in working for peace, in Massachusetts, as well as a writer of eight books.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Carla Johnston, 2010 [acc. 10A-056]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, January 2014
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Carla Brooks Johnston 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

Related Collections
Newell Mack Collected Papers (CDG-A)

Historical Background
Carla Brooks Johnston majored in religion for her undergraduate degree and graduated with honors in 1961. She was a member of Delta Phi Alpha German honorary society, Student Christian Association, concert choir, Sphinx social club and was also a junior and senior resident. In 1966 she earned her MA from Andover-Newton Theological School and went on to complete three fellowships at Harvard University. She worked as a university professor, was the founder and director of New Century Policies consulting firm, served as deputy executive director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and worked with Physicians for Social Responsibilty to design and implement a national civil defense awareness program. Johnston was the first woman executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, Massachusetts, and served as deputy mayor in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s. She was a two-term mayor and council member of Sanibel, Florida, and used her political aptitude to further activism for the environment and world peace. Johnston authored eight books, including Reversing the Nuclear Arms Race (1986), Winning the Global Television News Game (1995), and Screened Out: How the Media Control Us and What We Can Do About It (2000). Johnston had two children. She died on April 29, 2011 in Sanibel.

Collection Overview
This small collection of papers covers some of Johnston's efforts to protest against nuclear weapons and convince leaders to ban their use. Large gaps in information exist, but some glimpses into the work of the organizations with which Johnston related is possible. Much of the collection is made up of reference material that Johnston likely read and disseminated to others.

Items removed:
- one box (5 inches) of files by/about Newell Mack, a colleague with like interests, was removed to the CDG-A area;
- bumperstickers were removed to the Stamp/Sticker/Seal/Envelope Collection;
- broadside "End All Nuclear Explosions" (November 1985) was removed to the Oversized Documents Collection;
- "Turning Public Opinion Into a Public Policy for Ending the Nuclear Arms Race" was removed to the Audiovisual Collection;
- posters were removed to the Poster Collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Collection removal forms
Articles about CJ
Article written by CJ
Work as Director of New Century Policies, 1980s
Work as Director of New Century Policies, 1980s (continued)
Work as Director of New Century Policies: Links Project
Work as co-founder of Civil Defense Awareness
Work as co-founder of Civil Defense Awareness (continued)
Visit to New Zealand and Australia, 1987; notes re: nuclear testing/weapons in New Zealand and Australia

Box 2
Work as Deputy Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Involvement with the Democratic Platform Committee and Drafting Committee
Involvement (as Advisory Board member) with the National Women's Conference on Preventing Nuclear War, 1984
Involvement with Freeze Voter '84
Efforts as Peace Fellow at Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College
Participation in "Women and War: A Workshop," 1984 [includes text of speech given]
ABM: SCRAM [mailings?]
ABM: SCRAM (continued) [mailings?]
Notes etc. regarding Gene Sharp and nonviolent defense
Misc. notes

Box 3
Reference material: miscellaneous
Reference material: civil defense against nuclear war
Reference material: civil defense against nuclear war (cont.)
Reference material: nuclear freeze resolutions for Congress' consideration
Reference material: consequences of nuclear war
Reference material: "Report of the President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island," 1979
Reference material: Sixth Sense [organization]
Reference material: nuclear freeze / peace efforts in Australia and New Zealand
Reference material: studies regarding possible atmospheric effects of nuclear war for Australia and New Zealand
Reference material: nuclear war and Australia / New Zealand


This collection last updated on August 21, 2015