Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Records, 1967 - 1992

DG 182

Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator); URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Records
Inclusive Dates
1967 - 1992
Call Number
DG 182

Language of Materials
Materials in English
8.5 linear feet
The Philadelphia War Tax Resistance was an organization that advocated nonviolence in order to end war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation, as well as promoted nonpayment of taxes that funded war and defense. This collection includes correspondence, administrative files, court records, financial records, minutes of meetings, periodicals, and reference files.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Philadelphia War Tax Resistance, 1995 [Acc.95A-036]
Processing Information
This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was received. This finding aid was created by Amanda Cardillo on June 22, 2012.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Records (DG 182), 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 descendents), 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
A Quaker Action Group (DG 074)
War Resisters League (DG 040)

Historical Background
The Philadelphia War Tax Resistance was an outgrowth of A Quaker Action Group, which was an associate member of the War Resisters League and of the Society of Friends. As part of a national movement known as War Tax Resistance, the local group became known as Philadelphia War Tax Resistance/War Resisters League in 1975. It was one of 190 centers for the national organization. The organization, using money donated by war tax resisters, created the Alternative Fund, which made loans to community organizations that shared its nonviolent values.

Collection Overview
This collection includes correspondence, administrative files, court records, financial records, minutes of meetings, periodicals, and reference files of the Philadelphia War Tax Resistance.

Items removed:
Periodicals (Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Newsletter and others)

Detailed Description of the Collection

Miscellaneous documents, 1998
Miscellaneous documents, 1997
War Tax Resistance newspaper, 1973 (January)
War Tax Resistance centers- news and staff |
War Tax Resistance letters, 1974
War Tax Resistance East- New York City
War Tax Resistance Fresno

Box 1
Defense Committee
Newsletters: Philadelphia War Tax Resistance
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance/War Resisters League newsletter, 1979
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance/War Resisters League Fund members
Veterans Action Committee
Stage East Repertory Company
Philadelphia Association of Taxicab Owners and Operators
Bail Fund
Center on Law and Pacifism
Community Mailing Service
SGA Credit Union

Box 2
Geno's Empty Foxhle, Inc.
Germantown Ecology
Germantown Homes
Human Interest Productions
People's Alliance
Women's Pentagon Action
Repaid loans
Trustees, 1980 (May)

Box 2a
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance/War Resisters League, 1970 - 1975
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance/War Resisters League, 1976-
Pentagon Papers Film
Miscellaneous [3 folders]
Signed statements of Christian Conscience
Legal files

Box 3
Miscellaneous- articles, Hiroshima materials, tax information
Public schools
Fund statements and multiculturalism packets
Miscellaneous- loan requests, memoranda
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance/War Resisters League
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Newsletters

Box 4
Miscellaneous Philadelphia War Tax Resistance documents- Zero Nuclear Weapons
Miscellaneous- correspondence, mailings, Charlie King event
Fund statements
Miscellaneous- correspondence, mailings, loan information
Miscellaenous- correspondence, etc.

Box 5
Miscellaneous- articles on Philadelphia War Tax Resistance, etc.
Miscellaneous- correspondence, loan requests, etc.
Brochures and pamphlets
Pamphlets, fliers, leaftlets, and Fund reports

Box 6
The Whole City Catalog
Miscellaneous- Jane Fonda, Vietnam, feminism
Indochina Peace Campaign leaftletting file
Miscellaneous- pamphlets, etc.
Germantown Homes, Inc.
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance minutes of Steering Committee, 1976 (November) - 1980 (April)
Loan requests
Loan application forms
Alliance for the Liberation of Mental Patients
News/Press releases
Personal statements
Public outreach

Box 7
Philadelphia People's Bail Fund
Office business
Loan repayment logs [2 folders]
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance correspondence
Newsletters [loan information]
Closed accounts

Box 8
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance- Medical Aid for Indochina
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Retreat reports
Responses to Angie's article
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance clinics and demonstrations
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Fund- history
Continental Walk [2 folders]
Handbook on tax resistance

Box 9
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Working Committee
B-1 Bomber
Registration Day
Regional Conference, 1971 (October 28)
Retreat centers
Miscellaneous tax refusal documents
Workshop programs
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance fliers
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance funds- other
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance
Rising Cry #1- Eastern Pennsylvania copy (unmounted) [Independence Day material]
Germantown Homes
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance fund requests
Loan applications, 1973 - 1974
Loan applications

Box 10
Tax court cases
Tax court, 1973 (October 29)
Tax court press release, 1973 (October 29)
Clinic packet materials
Loan applications, 1971 - 1972
Activities, 1975
Third Wednesday study group
Philadelphians Organizing for Nuclear Disarmament (POND)
War Tax Resistance National Conference
Tax resistance
Questionnaire returns, 1975 (October/November)
Personal statements, 1973 - 1974
Personal statements, 1972 (April - December)
Personal statements, 1968 - 1972 (March)
War Tax Resistance Regional Conference
Old loan application forms

Box 11
War Tax Resistance- national
War Tax Resistance- other regions
War Tax Resistance centers- correspondence
News from War Tax Resistance centers
Background- tax refusal
Emergency phone network
David Gracie
Robin Harper
Henry Braun
Jack Malinowski
Letters- tax refusal, 1969
Philadelphia War Tax Resistance Fund members
Tax forms
Clippings and pictures
Steering Committee
Miscellaneous War Tax Resistance materials

Box 12

War Resisters International
War Tax Resistance in the news
War Tax Resistance news items
War Tax Resistance list
Loan requests
General Electric actionists
National Service
Tax Talk- main file
Those who will support tax resisters
Quaker radicals
United Nations' Special Session on Disarmament II
War tax concerns
Citizen's Initiative, 1981 (April 15)
War Resisters League- response
Next War Tax Resistance/War Resisters League Newsletter
War Resisters League action group
Philadelphia People's Alliance for Human Needs
Socialist Party USA

Box 13
Miscellaneous- loan requests, information on community organizations
Miscellaneous War Tax Resistance materials [2 folders]
Cartoons and songs
Steve Gulick [White House Lawn Eleven]
Loan follow-ups
Project Vote/Community Activist
On racism

Box 14
War Resisters League Taskforce on Racism
Tax Talk in WIN Magazine
Next WIN column
War brochure
War Tax Resistance tax court cases
Internal Revenue Service Forms
People Power- War Tax Resistance
Chapter in guide to war tax resistance
Miscellaneous documents
Tax Talk materials- press releases

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015

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