Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Armistice Records, 1977-1984

Collection: DG 137



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
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these records.
Creator
Armistice
Title
Armistice Records
Inclusive Dates
1977-1984
Call Number
DG 137
Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
3.33 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Group established in Seattle (Washington) to nonviolently protest against the Bangor Naval Base Trident nuclear submarine / missile system.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Yes, All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss your research needs. Note that there may be a limit to the number of boxes you are able to request from off-site storage for any one visit.
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Ruth Hood, April 1984 [1984-041]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, Archivist, May 2016
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Armistice Records Records (DG 137), 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

none

Historical Background
Originally called Live Without Trident, the organization grew out of the Pacific Life Community in 1977. It was established, and based, in the Seattle (Washington) area and was active within the state and the broader Pacific Northwest. Its purpose was to focus on nonviolent protest against the Bangor Naval Base Trident that built and deployed nuclear submarines and missiles. Other Armistice activities included non-violence training, nuclear disarmament awareness training, war tax resistance, media coverage of protests and campaigns against Trident, and networking / outreach for peace. Armistice also attempted to cover U.S. court cases against nonviolent anti-nuclear activists.

By 1981 the group had changed its name to Armistice. That year it helped launch an international petition drive to collect 5,000 signatures in every U.S. congressional district; this effort became the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. In the 1980s, Armistice became a member of the War Resisters League during the 1980s. Regular participants in and correspondents for the organization included Ruth Hood and Rosemary Powers.

Collection Overview
This small collection includes information about Armistice's committees, chapters, program efforts, and court cases in which it took an interest. It was formerly named within the SCPC as Armistice / Live Without Trident Records, but was changed to Armistice Records in 2016.

Items removed:
Photographs
Buttons
Sticker
Banners

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss your research needs. Note that there may be a limit to the number of boxes you are able to request from off-site storage for any one visit.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1 off-site
History / purpose and goals / structure
Coordinating Committee: meeting minutes, 1977-1978
Coordinating Committee: meeting minutes, 1979
Coordinating Committee: meeting minutes, 1980
Coordinating Committee: meeting minutes, 1981
Coordinating Committee: meeting minutes, 1982
Coordinating Committee: meeting minutes, 1983
Chapter Coordinating Committee
Legal/ Trial Coordinating Committee
Press/ Publicity Committee
Armistice Task Force
Bangor Summer Task Force
Live Without Trident Direct Action Task Force
Nonviolence Training Task Force, 1978
Nonviolence Training / Logistics Task Force, 1979
Outreach Task Force
Strategy Meetings
Miscellaneous meetings
Closing of Armistice, 1984 (January)

Box 2 off-site
Chapter: Capitol Hill Nuclear Freeze
Chapter: FEMA Action
Chapter: Living Newsreel/Living Newsreal
Chapter: Media Watch
Chapter: Nuclear Puget Sound
Chapter: South King County
Chapter: The 1040 Puget Military Tax Alternatives
Chapter: Wallingford [poster removed]
Chapter: Ward Street Nuclear Freeze
Chapter: Woodland Park Peace Fellowship
Affinity Group: Disarm band
Affinity Group; Olympia (Washington)
Affinity Group: Pacific Life Community (British Columbia)
Affinity Group?: Periwinkle Alliance -- correspondence
Affinity Group: Polaris actions (October 28-29) / Stop Trident / Convert Lockheed (October 28-29) [1979]

Box 3
off-site
Financial Records
Fundraising
Personnel
Correspondence
Form letters/ memos sent
Armistice Coordinating Retreat/s
Involvement with the Nuclear Weapon Freeze Campaign: meeting minutes, 1981-1983 [incomplete set]
Involvement with the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign: miscellaneous
Training material for nuclear freeze speakers and organizers
Programmatic effort/s: Call for Armistice (April 17, 1982)
Programmatic effort/s: project Survival Summer
Programmatic effort/s: war toys
Program
matic effort/s: newsletter planning, etc

Box 4
off-site
Programmatic efforts / events: miscellaneous, 1977
Programmatic efforts / events: Trident Concern Week, 1977 (May 8-15)
Programmatic efforts / events: protests against Trident submarine, 1977 (August 14) and 1977 (August 23)
Programmatic efforts / events: miscellaneous 1978-1980
Programmatic efforts / events: (May 21-23) occupation of Trident submarine base, 1978 -- (May 22) Support Committee, etc., 1977-1978
Programmatic efforts / events: (May 21-23) occupation of Trident submarine base, 1978 -- press coverage
Programmatic efforts / events: Polaris actions (October 28-29) / Live Without Trident / King's Bay, 1979
Programmatic efforts / events: Polaris actions (October 28-29), 1979 -- miscellaneous
Programmatic efforts / events: West Coast Trident Resistance Conference, 1980
Programmatic efforts / events: miscellaneous, 1981
Programmatic efforts / events: Nagasaki Day, 1981 (August 9) -- "The Consequences of Watching the Nightly News"
Programmatic efforts / events: civil disobedience at Trident submarine base (Bangor) and sentencing, 1981
Programmatic efforts / events: miscellaneous, 1982-1983

Programmatic efforts / events: Call for Armistice, 1982 (April 17) -- actions, etc
Programmatic efforts / events: Call for Armistice, 1982 (April 17) -- press packet
Programmatic efforts / events: Call for Armistice, 1982 (April 17) -- media coverage
Programmatic efforts / events: response to the arrival of first Trident submarine in Puget Sound (?), 1982 (Summer)
Programmatic efforts / events: training for war tax resistance counselors, 1982 (December 20)

Box 5 off-site
Programmatic efforts / events: Armistice Tax Parade, 1983 (April 15)
Programmatic efforts / events: Ritual of Peace, 1983 (June 18)
Programmatic efforts / events: Never Again Hiroshima Memorial and Renewal (theater in the street), Seattle (Washington), 1983 (August 6)
Programmatic efforts / events: March for Jobs, Peace and Freedom, 1983 (August 27)
Programmatic efforts / events: Northwest Peace Festival; '83 -- meeting minutes
Programmatic efforts / events: Northwest Peace Festival '83 / Give Peace a Dance Coordinating Committee -- meeting minutes
Programmatic efforts / events: Northwest Peace Festival '83 -- fair / festival and parade
Programmatic efforts / events: Northwest Peace Festival '83 -- Give Peace a Dance marathon
Programmatic efforts / events: Living and Laughing in the Nuclear Age (comedy show), 1983 (November 17)
Programmatic efforts / events: war toys boycott, 1983 (December)
Programmatic efforts / events: miscellaneous, undated [2 folders]
Programmatic efforts / events: trainings; skills sharing workshops
Programmatic efforts / events: networking and outreach
Programmatic efforts / events: publicity -- press releases, 1977-1979
Programmatic efforts / events: publicity -- press releases and press packets, 1980-1983, undated
Programmatic efforts / events: media coverage
Programmatic efforts / events: media coverage of protests against Trident submarine
Programmatic efforts / events: media coverage of Ground Zero

Box 6 off-site
Programmatic efforts / events: "The Trident Conversion Action Handbook. October 28-29. Bangor", 1979
Programmatic efforts / events: rough draft of slide show script produced "Nuclear Puget Sound" [no slides included]
Programmatic efforts / events: booklet produced "From Trident to Life" [no slides included]
Programmatic efforts / events: maps drawn
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Kevin C. Patz et al. [includes Jim and Shelley Douglass], 1979
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 1, pages 1-144)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 1, pages 145-270)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 1, pages 271-399)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 2, pages 400-506)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 2, pages 507-634)

Box 7
off-site
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 3, pages 635-760)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 3, pages 761-845)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 4, pages 846-963)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) (volume 5, pages 964-1079)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) - Defendants' Trial Brief
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) - Defendants' Trial Brief (International Law)
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Jack Rubenstein et al., 1978 (December) - Government's Trial Brief
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Catherine Broadbent et al., 1980
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Julie Harris, 1978
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Tom Head, 1978
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Louise E. Kazda, 1978
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Robert Siegel, 1978
Court case/s of anti-nuclear activists: USA vs. Michael A. Wells, 1978
Reports etc. re: court cases

Box 8 off-site
Reference material: booklet "Dipstick and Friends" by Ray Collins, 1977
Reference material: booklet "Jailhouse Blues: Way Out Information about Jailhouse, the Legal System and Your Rights" by Anne Budd and Sandra Coffman
Reference material: booklet "No rest for 'Da Fence': Trident Trials 1980" by Ground Zero
Reference material: Polaris actions (October 28-29); Wall Street Action
Reference material: miscellaneous [4 folders]
Reference material: protests against nuclear weapons and/ or Trident submarine [there may be more on these topics in the miscellaneous material above]
Reference material: Trident submarine [there may be more on this in the miscellaneous material above]


This file was last updated on July 19, 2016
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