Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Amnesty Information and Action Center Records, 1971-1975

Collection: DG 114


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
Repository
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
Amnesty Information and Action Center
Title
Amnesty Information and Action Center Records
Inclusive Dates
1971-1975
Call Number
DG 114

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
3 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
The Amnesty Information and Action Center was established in 1972 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to assist those Americans who refused to participate in the Vietnamese Conflict obtain legal amnesty. The organization was founded and run by Dwight S. Large and Frances K. Large for the purpose of distributing material to and coordinating networks on all aspects of amnesty and reconciliation. The AIAC was sponsored by the Methodist Church and ceased operation in 1973.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Dwight S. Lange, 1977 [Acc. 77A-099, Acc. 77A-111, Acc. 77A-122]; 1978 [Acc. 78A-072]
Processing Information
Unprocessed, this finding aid created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, July 2009.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Amnesty Information and Action Center Records (DG 114), 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
Amnesty Information and Action Center Records (DG 114)

Historical Background
The Amnesty Information and Action Center was established in 1972 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to assist those Americans who refused to participate in the Vietnamese Conflict obtain legal amnesty. The organization was founded and run by Dwight S. Large and Frances K. Large for the purpose of distributing material to and coordinating networks on all aspects of amnesty and reconciliation. The AIAC was sponsored by the Methodist Church and ceased operation in 1973.

Collection Overview
Records of the center (1972-1973) and additional material on amnesty collected by Dwight S. Large and his wife, Frances K. Large, co-founders of the center, including annual reports, correspondence (1971-1975), articles, fact sheets, study guide, and other materials written by the Larges, bibliographies, statements on amnesty issued by church groups and other organizations, working papers and notes on conferences on amnesty, and address lists. Includes releases and mimeographed materials from other organizations including ACLU Project on Amnesty, Emergency Ministries Concerning the War of the National Council of Churches, National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors, and National Council for Universal and Unconditional Amnesty; together with articles, pamphlets, and clippings, on amnesty, the draft, and conscientious objection. Correspondents include Kenneth R. Colton, Glenn B. Hosman, Jr., John E. Jordan, Henry Schwarzchild, and Herman Will, Jr

Items removed:

Arrangement of Collection
This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was donated.





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Amnesty Action (1971-1977)
Formation and purpose of Amnesty Information & Action Center accession correspondence (1977)
Reports and finances (1972-1973)
Individuals III (1973)
Individuals IV (1973)
Personal thank you notes (1972-1975)
Loose Correspondence (1971-1975)
“Working Materials”- Notes of Dwight S. Large
“F.K.L.”- Notes of Francis K. Large
Dwight S. Large “Bible” (2 folders)
 
Box 2
Dwight S. Large “Bible” (2 folders)
“Originals- my Writing”- Original writing by the Larges
Amnesty Information & Action Center sponsored action
Fact sheets (June 1972- January 1974)
“Biblio”- Amnesty bibliography compiled by Dwight Large
United States ’ Vietnam War Exiles- Annotated Bibliography by Jeanne Ransom (1972)
Network of people interested in amnesty
“Net-work” (1971-1972) (2 folders)
“Network Data” (1974-1975)
 
Box 3
“Persons Involved” (1972-1973)
“TV programs”- The Advocate (February 1973) Duty Bound (March 1973)
Amnesty Information & Action Center interaction with religious organizations
“Our Ties with Methodists”
Board of Christian Concerns
Detroit Annual Conference
United Methodist Office for the United States
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation project on amnesty
Amnesty Information & Action Center interaction with secular organizations
Americans for Amnesty
Amnesty International
Draft Information Center
National Council for Universal and Unconditional Amnesty
World Without War Council
Other Amnesty Information & Action Center action
Amnesty resources
Amnesty presentations
“What To Do Locally”
“Things We Mail Out”
Legal action for Amnesty
“Attorneys”
Legislation
 
Box 4
Hearings
“Arguments (for amnesty) - Con”
Newsclipping Collection (1971)
Newsclipping Collection (1972)
Newsclipping Collection (1973)
Newsclipping Collection (1974)
Newsclipping Collection (undated)
The Larges’ amnesty work after Amnesty Information & Action Center
National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (1974-1975)
“Last Amnesty Speech” (December 1975)
Survey: Problems and Prospects re other-than-honorable discharges (1974)
1977
Personal
Amnesty Information (1969-1977)
Religious material
Resolutions
Printed material
Sermons
News releases
Amnesty packet- Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ
 
Box 5
Secular material
Resolutions
Printed material
“Amnesty Packets”
Subject file veterans
“Veteran-s”
“ Vietnam Veteran Era”
“Less than Honorable Discharge”
President Ford- Earned reentry
“Amnesty Minority People”
Manuscripts/monographs/printed materials
Jones, Douglas and David Raish- “American Deserters and Draft Evaders”
Migliore, Daniel M.- “Amnesty: An Historical Justification...”
Sherman, Edward P.
Van Dyke writing
 
Box 6
Weisman, Norman- “A History and Discussion of Amnesty
William D. Wick
Periodicals (19792-1973)
Amnesty pamphlets (1972-1973) (2 folders)

Box 7
Articles about Amnesty (1971-1973) (2 folders)
Articles in law journals (1971-1973)
Bibliography (1973-1974)
Articles about Vietnam (1972-1975)
Articles about Vietnam Veterans
List of published materials removed from Amnesty Information and Action Center



This file was last updated on July 24, 2009.