Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Alice Wiser Papers, 1976-1991

Collection: DG 203


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
Wiser, Alice (? - 1995)
Title
Alice Wiser Papers
Inclusive Dates
1976-1991
Call Number
DG 203

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
7.5 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Alice Wiser was a Quaker and had trained as a social worker and psychological counselor. She dedicated the last ten to fifteen years of her life to both peace and women's rights. Wiser was instrumental in organizing the peace tent for the second United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. After the conference Wiser continued to organize around these issues, traveling around the world to interview women and talk about peace. Wiser died from breast cancer in 1995.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
Yes, stored off-site. Please contact Peace Collection staff at least two weeks in advance of visit to use this collection.
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Alice Wiser, 1994, 2001 [acc. 94A-121, acc. 01A-033 ]
Processing Information
This collection is only partially processed, Anne Yoder; 2008 version of finding aid by Wendy E. Chmielewski
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Alice Wiser Papers (DG 203), 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


Historical Background
Alice Wiser was a Quaker and had trained as a social worker and psychological counselor. She dedicated the last ten to fifteen years of her life to both peace and women's rights. Wiser was instrumental in organizing the peace tent for the second United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. After the conference Wiser continued to organize around these issues, traveling around the world to interview women and talk about peace. Wiser received her doctorate from the University of London in 1990. Her thesis "Women as peacemakers : a social-psychological approach," is available at the University of London. Wiser died from breast cancer in 1995.

Collection Overview
The Alice Wiser papers biographical material about Alice Wiser, her correspondence with peace movement colleagues, and some of her writings. The collection also includes material about Wiser's work in the peace and women's movement such as, flyers, manuscripts, card file, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, periodicals, reference files, audiocassettes, slides, computer diskettes, photographs, and posters. The collection also includes information about Alice Wiser's work in organizing the the Peace Tent at the second United Nations Conference on Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. Wiser also worked on the Feminist International for Peace and Food, and Women's Peace Caravans which travelled throughout several countries. The collection includes audio tapes and transcripts of interviews with women around the world in the mid to late 1980s on women's rights, peace, and politics.

Items removed:
Audio Visual items (see list below)
Photographs
Oversize scrapbook
Banner

Arrangement of Collection
This collection is only partially processed. The files in the Alice Wiser Papers are organized in the following order: Wiser biographical material, correspondence, and writings; Wiser's involvement in various peace movement actions and events; files on the Peace Tent at the second United Nations Conference on Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985, transcripts of women speaking at the Peace Tent, reference and background material about these transcripts; various miscellaneous documents and reference files on Wiser's interests in peace and women's rights. Various photographs, audio visual items, and memorabila have been removed to appropriate SCPC collectinos.





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1 [stored off site]
Biographical Info), Correspondence, Writings
Alice Wiser biography
Publicity on Alice Wiser
Correspondence to Alice Wiser-personal 1976-1980
Correspondence to Alice Wiser-personal 1981-1982
Correspondence to Alice Wiser-personal 1983-1985
Correspondence from Alice Wiser-personal 1976-1980
Correspondence to Alice Wiser-professional
Correspondence from Alice Wiser-professional
Correspondence with Congress
Miscellaneous writings by Alice Wiser
Article by Alice Wiser “Education in a New World”
Article by Alice Wiser “Hope”
Article by Alice Wiser “My turn”
Article by Alice Wiser “Peace on earth, good will to women”

Box 2 [stored off site]
Alice Wiser Writings and Peace Actions
Planned Parenthood for Peace-Ableness
Security and Peace on Earth
Sexism and the Religious Society of Friends
Sexism, Power and Peace
“Six Women”
What is Peace?
Women Peacemakers questionnaire
Questionnaire on Social Psychology
Workshops
Transcript of talk by Alice Wiser, March 1980
Feminist thoughts on possibilities for friendship between USA and USSR
A call to courage for women everywhere
Petition for Women Peacekeeping Team
International Peace Covenant for Action
Grant proposal to Ford Foundation
Wiser’s year of travel, September 1984-September 1985
Women’s peace tent and peace caravan, April-August 1987
OVUM PACIS: The Women’s International Peace University
OVUM PACIS: Organizational documents
OVUM PACIS: Finances
OVUM PACIS: Correspondence
OVUM PACIS: Flyers and Course Catalogs
Consultation of Women, Militarism, and disarmament
“Refuse the Cruise” Demonstration, October 1983
Campaign for Sonia Johnson, 1984
Women and the World Disarmament Campaign
Newfoundland & Labrador Women’s Peace Conference
International Women’s Day 1984


Box 3 [stored off site]
Peace Actions (Event involvement, organizational involvement)
A walk for the people-a pilgrimage for life, Europe 1985
United Nations Decade for women, July 1985
Women for a Meaningful Summit Conference, July 1985
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Retreat January 6, 1990
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), National Congress June 26-30 1991
World Women’s Congress for a Healthy Planet, November 1991
Amnesty International
Friends General Conference (FGC)
Friends/Quakers
Greenham Peace Camps
International Applied Peace Research Institute (IAPRI)
Mothers Embracing Nuclear Disarmament (MOVE)
Nuclear Arsenal project
Peace groups in Europe
SERVAS
Voice of Women, Nova Scotia


Box 4 [stored off site]
Miscellaneous documents and United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Tape log
Program overview
Early outline and analysis
Soviet/American dialogue
Women, peace and politics
Facing tomorrow & the United Nations
Quaker materials on and from Nairobi
General pamphlets from Forum '85

Box 5
[stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

General pamphlets from Forum '85
Pamphlets from Forum ’85 activities
Extra photocopies from Forum ’85
Letters and things to be done
Karibu Center materials
Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE), View of women Fall 1985-Spring 1986
Peace Tent documents
Pamphlets of organizations of Peace Tent speakers [2 folders]
 
Box 6 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

International Tribune Center materials [2 folders]
Possible book schema
Original tape log book
Address list
 
Box 7 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Forum '85 newspapers


Box 8 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Peace Tent speakers and organizations index
Names and contacts of Peace Tent participants
 
Box 9 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Peace Tent speakers and organizations index [missing June 2008]
Names and country of origin info of Peace Tent participants


Box 10 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Audio tape transcripts

Speakers list from “Open Mike I” Nairobi 1988
Tape 1, sides A&B: Opening session ceremonies
Tape 2, side A: Open Mike
Tape 2 side B, tape 3 sides A&B: Patriarchy and peace
Tape 3 side B, tape 4 side A: A Kenyan women and peace
Tape 5 sides A&B, tape 6 A&B: Palestinian- Israeli dialogue
Tape 6 side B, tape 7 sides A&B: Latin-American women and peace
Tape 7 side B, tape 8 sides A&B: Women against nuclear war
Tape 8 sides A&B, tape 10 side A: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Tape 11 sides A&B, tape 12 side A: Asian women and peace
Tape 13 sides A&B, tape 14 sides A&B, tape 15 side A, Karibu Center
 
Box 11 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Audio-tape transcripts

Tape 16&17 sides A&B: Soviet-American dialogue
Tape 17 side B, tape 18 sides A&B: South African women and peace
Tape 18 side B, tape 19 sides A&B: Women and peace
Tape 20 sides A&B: Women, peace, and politics
Tape 21 side B, tape 22 side A: Methods of conflict resolution
Tape 22 side B: Women’s visions of peace
Tape 23 sides A&B, tape 24 side A: Feminism and peace
Tape 24 sides A&B, tape 25 side A: South Pacific Women and Peace
Tape 25 side B, tape 26 side A: Chilean women and exile
Tape 27 sides A&B, tape 28 sides A&B: Closing ceremonies
Tape 28 side B, tape 29 side A: Feminism and racism
Miscellaneous documents

Box 12 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Reference articles for audio tapes

The decade
The forum itself
The Peace Tent, July 10 Forum 85
The Karibu Center & Art, gossip, and humor from ’85
Latin America & Americas
Africa & Asia
Asia
Middle East
Pacific
Women’s International Democratic Federation
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Dawn & Feminism
Abboud to Abzug
African National Congress to Asharki
Aäs to Bano
Barrow to Broner


Box 13 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Reference articles for audio tapes

Makundi to LeJohn
Leland to Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
Mahadi to Mercado de Velaiquez
Metzger
Mrina to Nasira
Nata/Najar to Pertella
Pholsena to Rushing
Saachia to Sharoni-Toubl
Silva to Tematura

Box 14 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Reference articles for audio tapes

D. Brown to Buckingham
Buska to Bara (Lara)
Delia to Drederich
El Gabaly to Friedrich
Frith-Upson to Glicter
Gonzales to Harvey
Hassouna to Ibrahim
I. Ibrahim to Johnson
Jutoga to Konalka

Box 15 [stored off site]
United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985

Reference articles for audio tapes;
and miscellaneous. documents

Than to Valanidon
Vaughan to von Praet
Walker to Young
Zarubina to “a Palestinian woman”
Jordanian Women’s Federation to “a Cuban women”
“Moderator of Middle East panel” to “a women from Panama”
“A woman from Chile” to “ a women from Zimbabwe”
“ Play done by young Kenyan women” to “ an American woman”
“Chilean woman”
Manuscript: Feminism and Racism
Miscellaneous documents
Women and Peace


Box 16 [stored off site]
Miscellaneous documents

Miscellaneous documents [4 folders]
 
Box 17 [stored off site]
Miscellaneous documents

Petition for full member status of Nation of Women in UN
Petition for United Nations funding of women’s peacekeeping team
Photocopy of Forum '85 July 23-25, 1985
Peace Center pamphlet
Miscellaneous documents

Box 18 [stored off site]
Reference files

American Peace Tests Nevada test site
Central America
Feminism
Nuclear disarmament
Peace
Peace education
Pro-choice
Violence against women
Women
Mailing list


Box 19 [stored off site]
Brochures and reference materials

Items Removed from the Alice Wiser Papers to various collections:

Audio Cassettes: [Audio Visual collection]
354.1-354.29: Peace Tent speakers
357: Women World Congress for a Healthy Planet

Photographs: [Photograph collection]
Four 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 color photographs of Alice Wiser with friends (1982)
One 5 x 7 and one 8 x 10 black and white photograph of Alice Wiser an Gertrud Kauderer in Wyoming (1986)
Nine 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 color photographs, unidentified
One 8 1/2 x 101/2 painting of Alice Wiser (1987)
Seven oversize black an d white photographs: US/USSR Anti-Nuclear protests (mid 1980s)
 
Slides: [Photograph collection]
Great Peace March
Women: All One Nation
Peace Tent slide show (United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985)
 
Banner: [Oversize memorabilia collection]
International Women’s Day
 
Computer disks and audiocassettes: [Audio Visual collection]
22 Disks and 29 audio cassettes: Peace Tent transcriptions (United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1985)
See: http://130.58.64.153/fmi/xsl/SCPC_AV_main.xsl and search under the following term "[Alice Wiser Peace Tent]" in Title field
 
Oversize Scrapbook: [Oversize memorabilia collection]
What’s your vision of Peace



This file was last updated on March 7, 2011.