Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Lee Stern Papers, 1942-1992

Collection: DG 170



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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
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Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Creator
Lee Stern
Title
Lee Stern Papers
Inclusive Dates
1942-1992
Call Number
DG 170

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
3 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Lee Stern (1915-1992), was a Quaker pacifist. He was a founder in 1940 of Ahimsa Farm (near Cleveland, Ohio) which promoted pacifism and racial integration. Stern was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during World War II. Stern was a prominent member of New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nyack, New York. He proteested against the Vietnam war and was a founder of Alternatives to Violence and the Children's Creative Response to Conflict, and of Peace Brigades International in 1981. From 1989 he taught alternatives to violence in Maryland prisons.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1988 [Acc. 88A-017]; Ruth Stern, 1993 [Acc. 93A-069]; 1996 [Acc. 96A-041]; 2002 [Acc. 02A-013]; Christopher Stern, 1996 [Acc. 96A-002]
Processing Information
This collection is unprocessed.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lee Stern Papers (DG 170), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

Online Catalog Headings
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Historical Background
Lee Stern (1915-1992) was a Quaker pacifist born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a founder in 1940 of Ahimsa Farm (near Cleveland, Ohio) which promoted pacifism and racial integration. Stern was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during World War II. While in prison, he refused to follow rules on racial segregation and sat with black prisoners during meals. His actions, along with those of other conscientious objectors eventually led to integration in the federal prison system. Stern was a prominent member of New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), serving as its Peace Secretary and administrator of its Peace and Social Action Program for 13 years. He worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nyack, New York and was active in protesting the Vietnam War. Stern participated in a 1967 Easter Sunday pilgrimage to Canada to deliver medical supplies destined for both North and South Vietnam. Stern was a founder of Alternatives to Violence and the Children's Creative Response to Conflict, and of Peace Brigades International in 1981. From 1989 he taught alternatives to violence in Maryland prisons. Stern died in 1992 in Sandy Spring, Maryland.

Collection Overview
Collection includes prison poems and essays, 1942-1946, Ahimsa Farm correspondence, information about Stern's 1965 fast to protest the bombing of North Vietnam, information about Stern's activities with A Quaker Action Group's bringing of medical supplies to Vietnam; includes a small amount of material about the Children's Creative Response to Conflict and Alternatives to Violence; scattered items regarding civil rights, the Peace and Social Action Program, the Quaker Project on Community Conflict, the Friends Coordinating Committee on Peace, and New York Yearly Meeting's Vigil at the White House in 1971. Correspondents include: Roger Axford.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Acc. 93A-069
Acc. 96A-002
Acc. 96A-041
Acc. 02A-013
Acc. 2012-073

Box 1 [Acc. 93A-069]
Statements of Resisters
History of Peace and Social Action Program (PSAP)
Plantings
Friends General Conference (FGC)- F.O. Workshop 1983
Fast for Disarmament- 1978 (June 21-28)
Friends General Conference Evaluations/Focus/Problems-1985
FGC 1984- Creative Responses to Different People
1986 FGC Workshop
FGC Gathering 1992
FGC Workshop 1986
FGC Workshop 1985
Imagining a World Without Peace (IWWW)
Peace and Social Action Program
Marshal Training/Peacekeeping/NVDA
New Call to Peacemaking (NCP)
Miscellaneous
Roman Catholic Pacifism

Box 2 Acc. [93A-069]
Bob Rumsey and John Stoner- NCP
New Call Regional Meetings- 1977 (November)
New Call Regional Conference-1975 (April 7-9)
New Call Taskforces
A Quaker Action Group-1966 (October)- 1968 (March)
Civil Disobedience/Nonviolence Training
Peace Education
Peace-Related MSS by Liane Ellison Norman
Peace (miscellaneous)
New York Yearly Meeting Peace Institutes- Lee’s file
Pledge of Resistance Training: Nonviolent Guidelines, Affinity Groups- 1987 (July 25)
Peacekeeping Organizing- 1982 (June 12)
UN Program- Star Power- Lynne Shivers
Training Manual
LDS Political Letters- 1962-1968
Steering Committee- 1974

Box 3[Acc. 93A-069]
Change, Conflict, and Creativity, L.G. Koomanoff
A Peacemaker’s Influences of the Past
Vietnam- Special
War Taxes
World Peace Army
File of Quaker Project on Community Conflict (QPCC) Newsletter: “Plantings”
Released Friend Concern
Miscellaneous- Lee Stern
Horace Champney
Fast- Related News and Materials
Miriam Brush/LDS
The Day After! (TDA!)
Quaker Project on Community Conflict- Dupes?
To Read
Quaker Simplicity
Steering Committee Minutes- Lee’s Marked Copies 1978 (October)
Peace and Social Action Programs History- 1981 (March)
Miscellaneous to Read
Material from Paul Smith
Obituaries
Ahimsa Farm

Box 4 [Acc. 93A-069]
Ahimsa
Ahimsa Reunion- 1989 (June)
An Extent Publication- An Alternative to Prison: Community Service Orders in Northern Ireland
Miscellaneous

Acc. 96A-002

Box 1
Fasting
Fast- Publicity
End of Fast
Fasting for Vietnam
Organizations (Fast)
Fast- President and Washington Officials
Fast- Letters to News Media
Fast- Support of Friends
Petitions to Stop Fasting
Fast- Statements, Ideas, Plans
Miscellaneous
Horace and Barbara Reynolds
Fast- Horace and Other Fasters
Fast- Correspondence 1965 (March)

Box 2 [Acc. 96A-002]
Historical
C-B-R and Fort Detrick- 1959-1961
Walk for Peace- 1958
Passport Problems- 1958-1964
Quaker Vigil at White House- Sponsored by New York Yearly Meeting
June Vigil
To Read at Sandy Spring
Historical
Training Manual for Nonviolent Direct Action

Acc. 96A-041

Box 1

Stern- Letters to Editors and Public Officials
Christic Institute
JPIC- Bob Cory
Interviews with Lee Stern: Andrew Lightman
Materials to Read and Pass On
Canvass Questionnaires- Arms Race
Li Lu and Chinese Dissidents
Peace Concerns- Montgomery County Citizens for Peace
Prison Poems and Essays
VV Zorger in Maryland
Conscientious Objector Materials
Peace Tax/Marian Franz
Roger Axford
Quaker- Building the Blessed Community
Conscientious Objector Reunion- York, Pennsylvania 1981 (July 5)

Acc. 02A-013

Box 1
Miscellaneous Reference Materials [2 folders]
Consensus
Miscellaneous from Friends General Conference
Terry Dobson: Tokyo Train
New York Yearly Meeting- Powell House
Handouts Used at Friends House

Acc. 2012-073

Box 1

Lee Stern Collection
Ohio Alternatives to Violence- John Looney
"Message on Love" and "A Plea to Friendly Vegetarians"- Lee Stern, 1980, 1992
Letter- refusal to register, 1942 (August 25)
Creative writing from prison, 1942 - 1946
Ahimsa community, Ohio, 1940s
Chronology
Interviews for biography
Interview with Priscilla Prutzman
Ahimsa action- Food for Europe march
Nuclear freeze, disarmament
Passport application denial
Nutrition- feeding the poor, 1941
Writings about Lee Stern



This finding aid was last updated on December 11, 2012.
 
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