Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Carol Cummings and Frank Cummings Papers, 1982-2001
[formerly the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee Records]

Collection: DG 180


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
Carol Cummings and Frank Cummings
Title
Carol Cummings and Frank Cummings Papers
Inclusive Dates
1982-2001
Call Number
DG 180

Language of Materials
Materials in English, Spanish
Extent
4.79 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Carol and Frank Cummings were a married couple who were involved in the sanctuary movement for Central American refugees in the 1980s.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Frank Cummings, 1998 [Acc. 98A-005]; 2001 [Acc. 01A-038]; 2003 [Acc.03A-062]; Atlanta Monthly Friends Meeting, 1995 [Acc. 95A-020]
Processing Information
Processing completed and finding aid prepared by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, March 2015
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Carol Cummings and Frank Cummings Papers (DG 180), 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
None

Historical Background
Carol and Frank Cummings were a Quaker married couple who were involved in the sanctuary movement for Central American refugees in the 1980s. They were based in Atlanta, Georgia, and members of the Friends Meeting House there. The Cummings helped establish the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee in 1985, under the care of the Social Concerns Committee of the Atlanta Friends Meeting. This organization soon included representatives from other religious communities and provided information about the sanctuary movement and sanctuary of Central American refugees escaping the civil wars in that area of the world.

Collection Overview
Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, items related to activities of the Cummings and organizations which they supported, as well as reference/subject files. Of particular note is the box of material from/about the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee. This collection was originally titled the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee Records, which is what Frank Cummings wrote that it comprised when he donated the material to the Peace Collection. However, when the collection was examined in 2015, it was seen that only a portion of the collection was directly related to the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee, and was really more about the Cummings' involvements regarding Central America (and, in particular, sanctuary for refugees). Therefore, the collection's name has been changed to reflect this reality.

Items removed:
1 audiocassette tape "Sanctuary- Stories and Issues" to the Audiovisual Collection.
Many newsletters and other items were removed to other locations in the Peace Collection. See the office files for the removal forms.


Arrangement of Collection
The first three boxes of this collection document the Cummings' involvements and interests, particularly in regard to the sanctuary movement that arose in the 1980s in response to the flood of refugees fleeing the war in Central America. The other seven boxes are filled with reference material that the Cummings' gathered on sanctuary and on Central America, primarily.





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information
Correspondence
Letters to the Editor
Letters to government officials, 1982-1994
Letters to government officials, 1997-2000
Letters from government officials, 1982-1989
Letters from government officials, 1990-1994
Letters from government officials, 1995-2000
Reports of trips to Central America, 1987-1994, 1996-1998
Participation/involvement in Sanctuary Celebration, Washington (DC), September 26-29, 1986
Attendance at NSCC meeting, 1987
Attendance at National Sanctuary Gathering, 1987
Attendance at National Sanctuary Gathering, 1988
Participation in Community Vigil in Memory of Bishop Romero, sponsored by Emory Central America Network, 1989
Endorsement (and attendance at) Guatemala in the 90s conference, 1990
Attendance at 3rd Annual Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Assembly, 1990
Attendance at 4th Annual Georgia Conference on Central America, 1990

Box 2
Attendance at 4th Annual Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Assembly, 1991
Attendance at Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Assembly, 1992
Attendance at International Symposium on Torture in Guatemala, 1992
Attendance at (for Alliance of Sanctuary Communities) at Guatemala Strategy Meeting, 1993
Attendance at Guatemala Solidarity Conference, 1997
Participation in Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Steering Committee: meetings
Participation in Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Steering Committee: correspondence [includes form letters]
Participation in Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Steering Committee: reports, etc.
Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting
Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting / Clifton Presbyterian Church: sanctuary declared, 1985
Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting / Clifton Presbyterian Church: sanctuary declared, 1985 – correspondence and endorsements
Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting / Clifton Presbyterian Church: statement/letter re: sanctuary trial in Arizona, 1986 [see reference files for more this trial]
Signed petitions in support of Atlanta congregations that declared public sanctuary
Involvement with Southeast Sanctuary Friends
Involvement with Atlanta groups protesting U.S. war in Central America
Efforts re: grant to the Comite de Reconstruccion, circa 1994-1997
Proposal re: Guatemala Maya Delegation, 1997
Efforts re: visit by Ana Lucia Restrepo
Miscellaneous

Box 3
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: correspondence
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee(?): correspondence; form letters
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: memos to members, 1987-1994, 1997-1999
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: efforts, 1990-1994
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: 10th Anniversary Celebration of Sanctuary for Central Americans in Atlanta, 1995
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee / Atlanta Friends Meeting: response to assassination of Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi, 1998
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Atlanta Refugee Project
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of visit by Rigoberta Menchu to Atlanta, 1988
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Rodolfo Robes to Atlanta, 1989
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: sponsorship of Seeds of Hope (Central America Study Series), 1990
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of lectures/visit by Carmen Valasquez M.D. to Atlanta, 1993
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Sandra Nineth Moran Reyes, 1995
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Juan Alvarado Leon, 1996
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of Informational Picket about Guatemala and the CIA, Atlanta (Georgia), April 29, 199_ [circa 1995-1997]
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship(?) of lecture/visit by Justo Mendoza Zapeta, 1998
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Juana Tipaz Gonzales, 1999
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Enrique Villeda, 2000
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: presentations/talks given
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: sponsorship/co-sponsorship of lectures/visits

Box 4 (1/2 box)
Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1991-1993
Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1994
Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1995-1997
Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1998-1999
Sister City Project: El Sitio, 2000-2001

Box 5
Reference Material: Sanctuary
National Sanctuary Communications Council
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Arizona
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Arizona: Arizona Sanctuary Defense Fund
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Arizona: Arizona Sanctuary Defense Fund (continued)
Sanctuary efforts/sites in California: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley
Sanctuary efforts/sites in California: South Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Palo Alto
Sanctuary efforts/sites in California: San Francisco Jewish Sanctuary Coalition
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Florida through Georgia
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Georgia: Atlanta
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Georgia: Emory University
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Illinois: Chicago Metropolitan Sanctuary Alliance
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Louisiana: Baton Rouge Friends Meeting
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Maryland through Ohio
Sanctuary efforts/sites in New Mexico: Albuquerque
Sanctuary efforts/sites in New York
Sanctuary efforts/sites in South Carolina
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Tennessee
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Texas: Refugio del Rio Grande, Harlingen
Sanctuary efforts/sites in Texas: Rio Grande Witness Program / Rio Grande Defense Committee
Miscellaneous
Religious statements/resolutions
Newspaper articles
Magazine articles
Giving sanctuary to refugees

Box 6
Reference Material: General -- Organizations
Amnesty International
Asamblea Consultiva de law Poblaciones Desarraigadas
Atlanta Committee on Latin America / Atlanta CALC
Atlanta Friends Meeting
Atlanta Greens
Atlanta Network on Central America
Atlanta Network on Cuba
Campaign for Peace and Life in Guatemala
Campaign for Peace and Life in Guatemala (continued)
Casa Rutilio Grande
Center for Development in Central America
Central America Working Group: legislative updates, 1993-1994
Centro para la Accion Legal en Derechos Humanos
CEPAD
Chiapas Media Project
CISPES
Coalition Missing [includes Diana Ortiz fast]
CODEFAM, El Salvador
Comite pro Justicia y Paz de Guatemala (Pro Justice and Peace Committee of Guatemala)
Committee for Campesino Unity
Committee for Health Rights in the Americas

Box 7
Reference Material: General -- Organizations
Companion Community Development Alternatives
Comunidades Eclesiales de Base
CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador)
Doctors for Global Health
EPICA (Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean)
Fundacion Nacional para el Desarrolla
Going Home
Guatemala Human Rights Commission / USA
Guatemala News and Information Bureau
Guatemala Partners
Guatemala Support Network
Historical Clarification Committee
Jubilee Partners
La Solidaridad
Latin America Working Group

Box 8
Reference Material: General -- Organizations
Mexico Solidarity Network
Myrna Mack Foundation
National Labor Committee
North America Neighborhood Association
NCCORD
Nicaragua Network Education Fund
Nicaraguan Community Development Loan Fund
NISGUA
OXFAM America
Pastors for Peace / IFCO
P.E.A.C.E. for Guatemala
Project Salvador
Quest for Peace
Quixote Center
Refugio del Rio Grande
Salvadoran Refugee Committee
School of the Americas Watch

Box 9
Reference Material: General -- Organizations
School of the Americas Watch (continued)
SHARE Foundation
STITCH (Support Team International for Textileras)
U.S. / Guatemala Labor Education Project
Voices on the Border
Weston Priory (Malcolm Bell)
Witness for Peace
Reference Material: General – Subjects
Border support groups
Assassination of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi
Case of Portillo family
Death threats in Guatemala
Documenting death squads in Guatemala
500 Years of Resistance
Relief efforts after Hurricane Mitch
Jennifer Harbury campaign

Box 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects
Miscellaneous sources re: El Salvador
Miscellaneous sources re: Guatemala
Miscellaneous sources re: Guatemala – signing of peace accords, December 27, 1997
Miscellaneous sources re: Nicaragua
Miscellaneous sources re: Central America
Miscellaneous sources re: Central America – form letters / reports from Americans(?) living in C.A.
Miscellaneous sources re: Central America – form letters / reports from Americans(?) living in C.A. (continued)
Sanctuary in Europe
Projects: Mexico
Booklet “Better Neighbors: A Blueprint for Just U.S. Relations With Latin America and the Caribbean” by the Latin America Working Group, 1996
Booklet “’Bitter & Cruel…’: Report of a Mission to Guatemala by the British Parliamentary Human Rights Group, October 1984”
Booklet (loose-leaf) “Conflict in Central America: Where Is Guatemala and What Is a Quetzal? A Study Guide by the Educators Committee on Central America,” 198_
Booklet “Central America Solidarity Roundtable, October 22-25, 1992: Report of Proceedings”
Booklet “Don’t Forget We Are People: Death and Hope for Life in El Salvador” by Scott Wright, circa 1985

Box 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects
Booklet “Hechos y Politicas en Guatemala,” 1988
Booklet “High Hopes, Harsh Realities: The Challenge of Development in Central America”
Booklet “Honduras and Nicaragua 1987: Report of a Fact-Finding Mission Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee”
Booklet “Las Hermanas y Hermanos Lejanos: Austentes pero Presentes. Version Poplar” by the Foundacion Nacional para el Desarrollo, 1997
Booklet “Police Aid and Political Will: U.S. Policy in El Salvador and Honduras (1962-1987)” by the Washington Office on Latin America, 1987
Booklet “Politica Institucional Hacia el Esplazado Interno en Guatemala: Cuardernos de Investigacion. No. 6” by the Asociacion para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala, 1990
Booklet “Private Organizations with U.S. Connections: El Salvador. Directory and Analysis” by the Inter-Hemispheric Education Resource Center, 1988
Booklet “Reading the Vital Signs: Report of the 1988 Health Delegation to Guatemala,” 1988
Booklet: Refusing to Forget: A Study Guide on Guatemala: Never Again” by the Campaign for Peace and Life in Guatemala, 1999
Booklet (loose-leaf) “A Sanctuary Worker’s Guide to the New Immigration Reform and Control Act,” 198_
Booklet (loose-leaf) “Seeking Safe Haven: A Congregational Guide to Helping Central American Refugees in the United States,” undated
Booklet “Stations of the Cross: A Good Friday Pilgrimage in Solidarity With the Oppressed , Friday, April 17, 1987”
Information packet re: sanctuary by the Presbyterian Church, 198_
Information packet “A Selection of Readings and an Overview from the Central America Microanalysis Seminar,” 198_
Information packet “Toward Understanding Central America” by the Presbyterian Church, 1985
Mss. paper/article “The Church in Post-War Guatemala” by Sister Argentina Cuevas





This file was last updated on August 21, 2015