Swarthmore College Peace Collection

William Kantor Collected Papers, circa 1917-1920

Collection: CDG-A



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Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
U.S.A.
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Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of papers.
Creator
Kantor, William (1893)
Title
William Kantor Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1917-1920
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
2.5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
William Kantor was from Philadelphia. He enlisted in the U.S. military on November 2, 1917, but because of his stance as a conscientious objector he was held at Camp Meade and court-martialed there on July 2, 1918. Kantor was sentenced to ten years in prison and was detained as follows: July - September 1918 at Fort Jay; September 1918 - June 1919 at Fort Leavenworth; and June - November 1919 at Alcatraz. He was dishonorably discharged on November 8, 1919 at Alcatraz. Eight years of his sentence were remitted, by the order of the President..

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Unknown
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, January 1999.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Kantor 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


Historical Background
William Kantor was from Philadelphia. He enlisted in the U.S. military on November 2, 1917, but because of his stance as a conscientious objector he was held at Camp Meade and court-martialed there on July 2, 1918. Kantor was sentenced to ten years in prison and was detained as follows: July - September 1918 at Fort Jay; September 1918 - June 1919 at Fort Leavenworth; and June - November 1919 at Alcatraz. He was dishonorably discharged on November 8, 1919 at Alcatraz. Eight years of his sentence were remitted, by the order of the President.

Collection Overview
Items removed:
Photos of C.O.s and prisons (Camp Meade, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Douglas [Utah]) 1917-1920, removed to Photograph Collection
Prison patches (3) from Fort Leavenworth and Alcatraz removed to Memorabilia Collection (CDG-A/B)

 




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information; draft card
Incarceration at Fort Leavenworth: passes, meal allowances, map, reports
Incarceration at Fort Leavenworth: regulation booklets, notices re: incarceration, dishonorable discharge
Incarceration at Alcatraz: print of Alcatraz prison, receipt for clothing and personal property
Incarceration at Alcatraz: MS "Horrors of Alcatraz," 1920, and MS "Conscientious Objection," 1920
MS "A Conscientious Objector is Born"
MS "Memoirs of a World War One Conscientious Objector"
MS "Journal of a Modern Convinced Friend"
Reference: pamphlets on conscientious objection
Reference: newsclippings on conscientious objection, 1919
Reference: postcards from U.S. War Prison Camp, C.O. Internment, Fort Douglas, Utah



This file was last updated on June 20, 2012.