Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Roy C. Kepler Papers, 1940-1985

Collection: DG 185


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
Kepler, Roy C. (1920-1994)
Title
Roy C. Kepler Papers
Inclusive Dates
1940-1985
Call Number
DG 185

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
6.25 linear /feet [papers only]
Abstract
Roy Kepler was a radical pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, owner of Kepler Books in Berkeley, California, involved for many years with the War Resisters League, one of the founders of the Pacifica Foundation and public radio in California.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 1995 [Acc. 95A-088], 1996 [Acc. 96A-036]
Processing Information
This collection is unprocessed
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Roy C. Kepler Papers (DG 185), 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
War Resisters League Records (DG 040)

Historical Background
Roy Cecil Kepler was born on May 7, 1920 in Colorado. He was a radical pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, serving in six Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps between June 3, 1942 and March 1, 1946. In this period he was active in political organizing in the camps. After WWII and until his death he owned an independent paperback bookstore in Berkeley, California. Kepler remained politically active, working with draft resisters during the Vietnamese Conflict, with the War Resisters League, particularly West Coast branches; also with the Peacemakers, the Committee for Nonviolent Action, the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, the Third Camp, and other groups advocating nonviolent social change. Kepler was one of the founders of the Pacifica Foundation and public radio in California. Kepler died in 1994.

Collection Overview
This collection includes Kepler's files on his various affiliations and involvements from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Arrangement of Collection
This collection is arranged with biographical material first, involvements second, general correspondence third, writings fourth, and reference material fifth.

Removed:
- Large newspaper articles and newspaper ads to the Oversized Items Collection: Documents
- Material from WRL/West and WRL's California Branch/es to DG 040: War Resisters League Records





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information
Media coverage of Kepler
C.O. experience/s [includes letter and essay about his reason for draft resistance]
CPS: sampling data [using different dates of birth]
CPS: correspondence
CPS: service at camp #148 (Minersville, California)
CPS: service at camp #132 (Laurel, Maryland)
CPS: service at Camp #135 (Seney Wildlife Refuge, Germfask, Michigan)
CPS: service at Camp #135 (Seney Wildlife Refuge, Germfask, Michigan) -- efforts re: newsletter [includes material on mental hygiene program]
CPS: membership in CPS Union
Involvement with Break With Conscription, 1947
Involvement with Peacemakers, 1948
Involvement with Student Committee for Academic Freedom, Colorado University, 1951 [re: loyalty oath for teachers, etc.]
Efforts re: tax refusal (along with wife): correspondence received, 1956
Involvement with Acts for Peace, ca. 1958 [origins, etc.]
Efforts re: organizing PTA (along with wife) for Fremont High School, 1959-1960
Efforts re: tax resistance; involvement with Taxpayers Against the War, 1966-1968
Participation in sit-down protest at Oakland (California) Induction Center, October 16, 1967 (also December 1967) [includes arrest]

Box 2
Participation in civil disobedience: court case/s, 1967-1968
Involvement with Committee for Draft Resistance (Call to Resistance, etc.): correspondence, 1967-1969
Involvement with Committee for Draft Resistance (Call to Resistance, etc.), 1967-1968
Involvement with Committee for Draft Resistance (Call to Resistance, etc.), 1967-1968 (cont.)
Involvement with Direct Action to Share the Wealth, 1968
Participation in Grindstone Island institute, 1968
Involvement with Mid-Peninsula Free University, 1968-1970
Involvement with Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, ca. 1968-1973
Involvement with Peace Games [project], ca. 1970
Efforts to raise funds for Ira Sandperl's Nonviolent Education Program, 1984
Work as director of Kepler's Books: publicity and media coverage
Work as director of Kepler's Books: media coverage re: explosion and fire, etc. [see also reference material]
Miscellaneous involvements


Box 3
Correspondence: War Resisters' International
Correspondence: War Resisters' International -- Devi Prasad
Involvement with War Resisters League
Correspondence: War Resisters League, 1945 [1 letter] - 1955
Correspondence: War Resisters League, 1960s
Correspondence: War Resisters League, 1970s
Correspondence: War Resisters League, 1980-1985

Involvement with War Resisters League: preparation for WRL's 50th anniversary conference (1973)
Involvement with War Resisters League: preparation for WRL's 50th anniversary conference (1973; cont.)
Involvement with War Resisters League: preparation for WRL's 50th anniversary conference (1973; cont.)
Involvement with WRL West / WRL of Northern California [includes correspondence; see also WRL correspondence in this box]
 
Box 4 (1/2 box)
Involvement with KPFA radio
Involvement with KFPA / Pacifica Foundation
Involvement with KPFA radio: correspondence, 1966-1968
Involvement with KPFA radio: commentary scripts by Kepler, 1966-1967
Involvement with KPFA radio: commentary scripts by Kepler, 1968-1969, undated
Involvement with KPFA radio: commentary scripts by others
Involvement with KPFA radio: draft by Kepler "The Terror During the KPFA Revolution: A Chronicle of Division and Dissent"
Involvement with Pacifica Foundation


Box 5
General correspondence, 1940s
General correspondence, 1950s
General correspondence, 1961-1965
General correspondence, 1966-1967
General correspondence, 1968-1969; undated (circa 1960s)
General correspondence, 1970-1975
General correspondence with Kent Smith and Steve Ladd, 1971-1974
General correspondence, 1976-1979; undated (circa 1970s)
General correspondence, 1980s
General correspondence, undated
General correspondence, in French [fake letters written to practice French?]

Box 6
Statements / testimony / sign-on letter
Writings: Letters to the Editor
Writings: published articles (includes mimeographs) and pamphlet "Dynamic Peacemaking"
Writings: draft "Defining the Problem"
Writings: draft "The Function of the Terror in the French Revolution," 1951
Writings: drafts "Goodbye to Revolution"
Writings: draft "A Hard Look at The Hard Way to Peace"
Writings: "Nonviolent Defense," 1964
Writings: drafts "Perspective Abroad," circa 1952-1955
Writings: draft "Thinking About the Unthinkable"
Writings: draft "War and the State"
Writings: draft chapters of book [incomplete set]
Writings: drafts of articles
Writings: drafts of articles (cont.)
Writings: miscellaneous notes
Writings: miscellaneous reading notes
 
Box 7
Reference material: Joan Baez
Reference material: Devi Prasad [includes Committee for International Nonviolence]
Reference material: Mulford Q. Sibley case
Reference material: American Friends Service Committee [AFSC]
Reference material: CNVA West
Reference material: Committee for Non-Violent Revolution
Reference material: CPS Union
Reference material: Diablo Valley School Systems Project
Reference material: Eugene Peace Information Center, 1961
Reference material: Fellowship of Reconciliation [FOR] -- College Section, etc.
Reference material: Marxist-Leninist Study Group, 1972
Reference material: RESIST / Resistance
Reference material: War Resisters International
Reference material: miscellaneous organizations
Reference material: bibliographies
Reference material: black power / civil rights
Reference material: China
Reference material: civil defense
Reference material: civil disobedience
Reference material: civil disobedience in prison
Reference material: Civilian Public Service [CPS]

Box 8
Reference material: CPS camp #6 (Lapine, Oregon)
Reference material: CPS camp #21 (Cascade Locks, Oregon)
Reference material: CPS camp #46 (Big Flats, New York)
Reference material: CPS camp #56 (Waldport, Oregon)
Reference material: CPS camp #76 (Glendora, California)
Reference material: CPS camp #101 (Earlham College, Indiana)
Reference material: CPS camp #111 (Mancos, Colorado)
Reference material: CPS camp #132 (Laurel, Maryland)
Reference material: CPS camp #135, Seney Wildlife Refuge (Germfask, Michigan)
Reference material: CPS camp #148 (Minersville, California)
Reference material: conflict resolution
Reference material: Cuba
Reference material: draft resistance / conscription resistance
Reference material: draft refusal/resistance
Reference material: fallout shelter for schools
Reference material: nonviolence / nonviolent resistance
Reference material: nuclear testing; atomic/nuclear power
Reference material: racial integration
Reference material: radical pacifism
Reference material: tax resistance
Reference material: Vietnam War
Reference material: war resistance

Box 9 (1/2 box)
Reference material: KPFA radio
Reference material: KPFA radio -- media coverage
Reference material: Kepler's Books -- media coverage of bombing suspects [sites included bookstore]
Reference material: Pacifica Foundation / KPFA
Reference material: Pacifica Foundation
Reference material: Pacifica Foundation [cont.]
 
Box 10
Reference material, 1940s
Reference material, 1950s
Reference material, 1960s
Reference material, 1960s: protests against war
Reference material, 1960s: protests against war -- Everyman pickets, etc., 1962
Reference material, 1960s: paper "Satyagraha and Rebellion: The Ethics of Gandhi and Camus" by Russell Faure-Brac, 1968
Reference material, 1960s: paper "Violence: Interpersonal, Intergroup and International" by Robert C. North, 1968
Reference material, 1970s
Reference material, 1970s: draft "The Ruling Minority and Their Rape of the Nation" by Dr. Lawrence Krivit, 1972
Reference material, 1980s
Reference material, 1980s: "A Guide to Political Fasting" by Stephen Brooks et.al., 1981
Reference material, undated
Reference material, undated: "Memorandum [on] Integrated Housing [in] the West Suburban Area of Chicago" by Bayard Rustin and George Houser
Reference material, undated: 1st draft of "MFU I" by Tom Coats [removed from Peace Games folder]





This file was last updated on May 19, 2014