Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Kay Camp Papers, 1955-2006

Collection: DG 169


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
U.S.A.
Telephone: 610-328-8557 (curator)
Fax: 610-690-5728
Email: wchmiel@swarthmore.edu (curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
Camp, Kay (1918 [1919?] - 2006)
Title
Kay Camp Papers
Inclusive Dates
1955-2006
Call Number
DG 169

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
15.5 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Katherine Lindsley Camp was born in1918 [1919?], Mt. Kisco New York. She was graduate of Swarthmore College (Class of 1940). Camp was elected president of the U.S. Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 1967, and served as international president, 1974-1980. In addition Camp was founder of the Citizens Bi-Racial Study Group; former president of the Pennsylvania Women's Political Caucus; made unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1972 on the Democratic ticket in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; member of the Society of Friends. Her papers include biographical information, personal correspondence, and involvement with numerous peace groups, as well as political activities.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Kay Camp,1978-2003; gift of Margaret Camp, 2006 [acc. 06A-043]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, 2003; student assistant, Fall 2006
Preferred Citation
[identification of item], in the Kay Camp Papers (DG 169), 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
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Records (DG 043, Part III, Series A,2)

Historical Background
"Katherine Lindsley Camp, a peace activist, died of complications from a stroke at the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford on July 9, [2006] the day before her 88th birthday.

As a self-described "peace protagonist," Mrs. Camp devoted 50 years to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She investigated human-rights violations in Chile; toured villages in Vietnam; addressed the United Nations; and walked hundreds of miles in demonstrations. In 1980, she spent four days in jail for protesting the nuclear power plant at Limerick.
From 1967 to 1971, she was president of the Women's International League's U.S. sector and was international president from 1974 to 1980. In the 1990s, she helped reorganize the league's Main Line chapter and led a chapter protest against nuclear weapons outside the Bryn Mawr post office in 1996, on the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.
"We're pressing for the abolition of all nuclear weapons by 2000," she told a reporter at the time.
Mrs. Camp grew up on a farm in Livingston, N.J. She earned a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, where she met her husband, William Perrine Camp. They married in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe, while she worked as a cryptographer for the War Department in Washington.
While raising their children in Havertown, she helped found a kindergarten in Havertown, and was a Cub Scout den mother and PTA president.
In 1956, she and her husband, a physician, became Quakers and joined Norristown Friends Meeting. She was active with the American Friends Service Committee. In the 1960s, she was founder and president of the Greater Norristown Bi-Racial Study Group.
Mrs. Camp ran for Congress in 1972 as a Democrat in the 13th Congressional District [of Pennsylvania]. She lost to the incumbent, Republican Lawrence Coughlin. In 1978, she was an adviser to the U.S delegation to the U.N. Special Session on Disarmament.
She was editor of Listen to Women for a Change, an anthology of essays by 50 feminists.
She loved gardening, cooking, sailing on Barnegat Bay, choral singing, and tennis, said her son David. In her 60s, she designed and helped build a log cabin in Maine for family vacations.
Mrs. Camp's husband died in 1999. In addition to her son David, she is survived by two other sons, Nelson and Anthony; a brother; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild."
[quoted from an article by Sally Downey, staff writer, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Collection Overview
The Kay Camp papers were in little order when they arrived at the Peace Collection, though Camp had sorted some material into general categories (other cartons had material with many subject categories intermixed). A great many duplicates, newspaper clippings from major newspapers, periodicals already owned by the Peace Collection, and items deemed unimportant were discarded. The remaining papers were sorted into Series. Material relating to Camp's involvement with WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) were removed to DG 043, Series A,2. The exception to this is the WILPF material found in the 2006 accession, and documents relating to Camp's involvement with local Pennsylvania branches of WILPF. The material received before 2006 was processed by the archivist; the 2006 was partially processed by student assistants. Box numbers for the 2006 accession start over at 1 to highlight the differentiation in processing. All of the collection's folders were labeled in 2006.

Items removed to Memorabilia Collection:
- Small flag with image of woman hold child in front of white dove and national flag, with text “United Nations Decade for Women. Equality. Development. Peace. Nairobi-Kenya. Lao Women’s Union. Lao People’s Democratic Republic. 1985”
- Handkerchief with image of white dove and text “Anh Hung Bat Khuat. Trung Hau Dam Dang,” undated
- Piece of cloth with image of woman and dove, with text “III Congreso. Federacion de Mujeres Cubanas,” 1980
- Piece of cloth with image of woman and dove [same as above], with 1980 calendar, and with text “III Congreso. Federacion de Mujeres Cubanas”
- Bookmark/card with paper flowers and paper doll, with text “No more Hiroshima. No more Nagasaki. We should rid the Earth of all nuclear weapons for our children. New Japan Women’s Association, Kyoto” [text also in Japanese], signed by Tei Kanesada, undated
- Small white painted/glazed clay bowl with blue flower, with text “WILPF, München, 1985” written on the bottom.


Arrangement of Collection
Series A: Biographical Information
Series B: Personal Correspondence
Series C: Financial Records
Series D: Activities
Series E: Miscellaneous
Series F: Political Activities, 1970s
Series G: Reference Material




Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES A: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Box 1
Biographical information
Family papers
Honors bestowed on KC / tributes to KC
Honorary degree conferred by Haverford College, 1979
Honorary degree conferred by Swarthmore College, 1982
Arrests for civil disobedience, 1979, 1982, 1997
Publicity
Congressional campaign (as delegate), 1984
 
SERIES B: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE
Box 1 (cont.)
Personal correspondence to/from husband, Bill
Letters from parents re: their perception of KC as a Communist tool, 1963
Personal correspondence, 1955-1959
Personal correspondence, 1961-1969
Correspondence re: WILPF, pre-1967
Personal correspondence, 1970-1974
Personal correspondence, 1975-1976

Box 2
Personal correspondence, 1977-1983
Personal correspondence, 1984-1989
Personal correspondence, 1990-1999
Personal correspondence, undated

Box 3
Personal correspondence, undated (cont.) [2 folders]

SERIES C: FINANCIAL RECORDS
Box 3 (cont.)

Tax payment refusal
Bequests / gifts / loans
Investments

SERIES D: ACTIVITIES
Box 3 (cont.)
Support for Democratic congressional races
Participation in planning World Friendship Fair, 1963
Participation in Women Making Peace Pilgrimage to Rome, 1963
Correspondence re: Women Making Peace Pilgrimage to Rome, 1963
Speaking engagements re: Women Making Peace Pilgrimage to Rome, 1963
Memberships
Speaking engagements / events attended and/or sponsored / travel

Box 4
Involvement with various groups/committees
Involvement with Abington Quarterly Meeting
Involvement with American Friends Service Committee
Involvement with Bicentennial Women's Center, 1974-1975
Involvement with Citizens Bi-Racial Study Group (Norristown, PA), 1964-1965
Involvement with Citizens Bi-Racial Study Group: correspondence, 1964-1965
Involvement with Citizens Committee for the Observance of United Nations Day (Norristown, PA), 1965-1966
Involvement with Friends Peace Committee
Involvement with Greater Norristown Area Council of Churches
Involvement with Haverford College Corporation, 1990
Involvement with Lucretia Mott Centennial Coalition
Involvement with Main Line (PA) Branch of WILPF, 199_

Box 5
Involvement (as Chair) with MCP/Gimbel Award Selection Committee, 1988-1989
Involvement with Nerve Gas Task Force, 1984 [see also DG 43]
Involvement with Norristown (PA) Bi-Racial Study Group
Involvement with Norristown (PA) Branch of WILPF, 1960s
Involvement with Norristown (PA) Friends Monthly Meeting [3 folders]
Involvement with PYM-WFG Working Group
Involvement with Swarthmore College Board of Managers
Involvement with United World Federalists (Philadelphia Area Council), 1963-1964

SERIES E: MISCELLANEOUS

Box 5 (cont.)
Personal writings & notes
Poems by KC
Lists of participants in non-WILPF events of interest to KC
Miscellaneous

SERIES F: POLITICAL ACTIVITIES, 1970S

Box 6
Service as State Chair of the National Women's Political Caucus [2 folders]
Service as President of the Pennsylvania Women's Political Caucus [2 folders]

Box 7
Congressional campaign, 1972: meeting minutes & notes
Congressional campaign, 1972: steering committee / coordinators
Congressional campaign, 1972: issues advisory committee
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of KC, Jan.-June
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of KC, July-Oct.
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of KC, Nov.-Dec.
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of KC, undated
Congressional campaign, 1972: hate mail
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of Paul Converse (campaign coordinator)
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of Kathy Ivens (fundraising coordinator)
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of Anne Renshaw (director of public relations)
Congressional campaign, 1972: correspondence of misc. staffpersons & volunteers
Congressional campaign, 1972: form letters/memos
Congressional campaign, 1972: position papers & statements re: issues

Box 8
Congressional campaign, 1972: statement of intent; misc. campaign records
Congressional campaign, 1972: efforts in 150th congressional district
Congressional campaign, 1972: efforts in 151st congressional district
Congressional campaign, 1972: efforts in 153rd congressional district
Congressional campaign, 1972: efforts in 154th congressional district
Congressional campaign, 1972: outreach -- public relations; ads
Congressional campaign, 1972: outreach -- press releases
Congressional campaign, 1972: volunteers
Congressional campaign, 1972: signed petitions
Congressional campaign, 1972: surveys
Congressional campaign, 1972: sample ballots
Congressional campaign, 1972: fundraisers
Congressional campaign, 1972: fundraisers -- art auction
Congressional campaign, 1972: fundraisers -- sale of door knockers
Congressional campaign, 1972: fundraising -- contributions
Congressional campaign, 1972: fundraising -- contribution received from Business Executives Move for Peace

Box 9
Congressional campaign, 1972: financial records -- ledger
Congressional campaign, 1972: financial records -- budgets; receipts & invoices
Congressional campaign, 1972: financial records -- receipts & invoices [3 folders]
Congressional campaign, 1972: press coverage [2 folders]
Congressional campaign, 1972: speaking engagements / appearances

Box 10
Congressional campaign, 1972: schedules
Congressional campaign, 1972: calendar (July 05 - Nov. 05)
Congressional campaign, 1972: notes for speeches; rough drafts
Congressional campaign, 1972: misc. lists
Congressional campaign, 1972: misc. notes [2 folders]
Court case re: affirmative action election of Democratic delegates in PA, 1974

SERIES G: REFERENCE MATERIAL
Box 11
Afghanistan
Africa
American Friends Service Committee
Anti-War Organizations (Vietnam Conflict era)
Brazil
Caldicott, Helen
Children
Chile [6 folders]

Box 12
Chile [7 folders]
Chile [periodicals]

Box 13
China
Civil Defense
Civil Liberties
Copenhagen United Nations Conference
Costa Rica
Cuba [2 folders]
Cyprus
Disarmament: 10th Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament, June 1978
Efforts of WILPF re: 10th Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament
Efforts of various organizations re: 10th Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament
Misc. conferences & meetings in preparation for 10th Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament
Handbook for International Conference: Preparatory Seminar on 10th Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament, May 1978

Box 14
Disarmament: Committees -- Disarmament Working Group (Subcommittee), 10th Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1975-1976
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1977
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1978
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1979
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1980
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1981
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1982
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament (at U.N. Headquarters), 1983-1985, undated
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Committee on Disarmament Inc., 1987-1997
Disarmament: Committees -- NGO Working Group for the 2nd Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament
Disarmament: Committees -- Preparatory Committee for the 2nd Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament, 1976-1978
Disarmament: Committees -- Special NGO Committee on Disarmament, Geneva (Switzerland), 1977-1979
Disarmament: 14th General Assembly Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC, Geneva (Switzerland), July 1979
Disarmament: Conference on Disarmament, Geneva (Switzerland), March 1985
Disarmament: Conference on Disarmament, Geneva (Switzerland), 1996

Box 15
Disarmament: general [3 folders]

Box 16
Disarmament: general (cont.)
Disarmament: test ban treaty
Draft, The
Ecology / Energy
Economics
Elections
Elections: mailing lists [re: congressional campaign]
Elections: media lists [re: congressional campaign]
Elections: Pennsylvania state & local
Elections: Presidential democratic candidate, George McGovern, 1972
Health
Hiroshima
Housing
Impeachment of President Nixon

Box 17
International peace movement: events & groups
Iran [2 folders]
Iran: International Conference on U.S. Interventionist Policies in Iran, June 1980
Iraq
Israel
Korea
Laos

Box 18
Latin America / Central America [3 folders]

Box 19
Middle East
Military Budget
Nicaragua
Nonviolence
Nuclear weapons / nuclear power
Pacem in Terris
Peace demonstrations/ events
Peace centers
Philippines
Race issues
South Africa
Soviet Union

Box 20
United Nations
Vietnam: Mme. Ngo ba Thanh
Vietnam Conflict: material from Vietnam
Vietnam Conflict: anti-war demonstrations/conferences
Vietnam Conflict [6 folders]

Box 21
Vietnam Conflict (cont.)
Vietnam Conflict: Stockholm Conference on Vietnam / World Conference on Vietnam
War tax resistance
Welfare reform
Women: Bicentennial Women's Center
Women: Montgomery Women's Network
Women: National Organization for Women (NOW) / Pennsylvania NOW [includes newsletters]
Women: National Women's Political Caucus, 1974 [includes newsletters]
Women: Pennsylvania Women's Political Caucus [includes newsletters]
Women: Philadelphia Women's Political Caucus [includes newsletters]

Box 22
Women (cont.) [6 folders]

Box 23
Women (cont.) [5 folders]

Box 24
Women (cont.) [3 folders]
Miscellaneous




ACCESSION 2006

Box 1
Personal papers and information
Notes, memos, etc. [3 folders] ; [see also misc. folders in boxes 9-10 for more notes]
Biographical information; media coverage; etc.
Articles, etc. [removed from scrapbook]
Photos from “Barbara, Jeanne, and Linda”
Radcliffe College: misc. material
 
Box 2
Personal papers and information
Campaign for Congress
“Candidate Camp”
Speeches & writings [4 folders]
 
Box 3
Personal papers and information
Correspondence: copies/cc’d letters
Correspondence: no date
Correspondence: 1963-1969
Correspondence: 1970-1974
Correspondence: 1975-1979
Correspondence: 1980-1989
Correspondence: 1990-1996
Correspondence: 1997-2003
 
Box 3a
Personal papers and information
Notebooks and journals, etc. [2 folders]
Calendars: 1962-1963
Calendars: 1964-1966
Calendars: 1968-1969
Calendars: 1972, 1976-1977
Calendars: 1978
Calendars: 1980-1983
Calendars: 1984-1990
 
Box 3b
Personal papers and information
Calendars: 1991-1995
Calendars: 1996, 1998, 2003
Travel notebooks [2]
Planner: 1999
Planner: 2000
Planner: 2001

Box 4
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
WILPF participation in World Congress for International Women’s Year
Personnel
Policy [4 folders]
 
Box 5
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Policy (cont.)
Correspondence (of Kay Camp and others) [2 folders]
Literature
Disarmament
Misc. (from National Office)
Misc.: publicity, mailings, etc. [2 folders]
Images of WILPF action at peace demonstration, Washington, D.C., Apr. 2006
 
Box 6
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Misc.
Misc. [removed from binder]
Program and Action Letter
Edith Ballantyne
Collaboration of WILPF
Financial records
Correspondence of [with?] National Office
WILPF International [2 folders]
Term as President
Board of Directors, etc.
Disarm! retreat, Ann Arbor (MI), 2001
Back from the Brink: a Campaign to Take Nuclear Weapons Off Hair Trigger Alert
WILPF 27th International Congress, July 24-31, 1998
Mailings, etc., 1997-1998
JAPA
Media clippings about WILPF
 
Box 7
Involvement with organizations, etc.
Health issues, euthanasia, etc.
COGA
Protests, arrests, & legal proceedings
48th meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO
Impeachment
Vienna: Women & World Disarmament [2 folders]
 
Box 8
Involvement with organizations, etc.
Effort to have Jane Addams House included on Philadelphia Visitors’ Bureau list of sites
Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies
Nerve Gas Task Force
In the Public Interest
Pilgrimage for Peace
Persian Gulf War
Local activism—multiple groups
 
Box 9
Miscellaneous
Misc.
Violence/non-violence
Material re: WILPF booklet for International Women’s Year, “Listen to the Women for a Change”
Women
Misc., 1963-1964
Misc., 1970
Misc., 1971
Misc., 1973
Misc., 1974
Misc., 1974?
Misc., 1975-1978
Misc., 1982
Misc., 1983
Papers from folder entitled “Kay Camp” [2 folders]
General media clippings re: peace, disarmament, etc. 
 
Box 10
Miscellaneous
Misc. [6 folders]
 
Box 11
Miscellaneous—country files, in alpha order
Africa
Chile [2 folders]
Cuba
Iraq [2 folders]
Israel
Middle East
Puerto Rico
USSR
Vietnam 
 
Box 12
Vietnam
Vietnam-related material [5 folders]



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