Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Cora Weiss Papers, 1960-

Collection: DG 222


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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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
Weiss, Cora (1934- )
Title
Cora Weiss Papers
Inclusive Dates
1960-
Call Number
DG 222

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
12.5 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Cora Weiss is a peace and social justice leader and activist. She is a supporter of the United Nations, an early member of Women Strike for Peace, a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement in the United States. In the 1970s Weiss was the director of the Riverside Church (New York, NY) Disarmament Program. Weiss was also active with SANE, SANE/Freeze, Peace Action, and The Hague Appeal for Peace. Weiss became president of the International Peace Bureau in 2000. She has always been active in women's peace issues, hosting the first women's radio program in New York City in the 1970s, attending women's disarmament summits in the former Soveit Union, the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and many other events. Weiss is the recipient of numerous peace awards from all over the world.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
No
Usage Restrictions
No
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Cora Weiss, 2007, [Acc.07A-044, 07A-047, 07A-059]
Processing Information
This collection is unprocessed. This finding aid was created by Wendy Chmielewski and staff, January to April 2008; updated November 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Items]
, in the Cora Weiss Papers (DG 222), 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
Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam Records (DG 227)
Friendshipment/Bach Mai Hospital Relief Fund Records
(DG 228)


See also: Click here for December 2011 interviews with Cora Weiss from the Global Policy Forum

Historical Background
Cora Weiss is a peace and social justice leader and activist. She is a supporter of the United Nations, an early member of Women Strike for Peace, serving on the National Board of WSP from 1961-1973. Weiss was a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement in the United States: involved with organization of demonstrations, including the largest on November 15, 1969 in Washington, DC. She was the co-chair and director of the Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam (1969-1972). As part of this group Weiss organized the exchange of mail between families of prisoners of war in Vietnam. This exchange revealed and names of those alive. Weiss and the COL arranged for the return of some POWs. In the 1970s Weiss organized the group Friendshipment to provide humanitarian relief to Vietnam (1972-1980). Beginning in 1978 Weiss ran the Riverside Church (New York, NY) Disarmament Program (1978-1988). With her growing interest in the anti-nuclear movement Weiss was active with SANE, as it combined with the nuclear freeze campaign (1986-2000) and later became Peace Action. Weiss was the president and a co-founder of The Hague Appeal for Peace, 1996-date. Always interested in the international aspects of the peace movement Weiss was president of the International Peace Bureau from 2000-2006. Weiss has always been active in women's peace issues. She hosted the first women's radio program in New York City in the 1970s, met with Vietnamese women during the war, attended women's disarmament summits in the former Soveit Union, participated in the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and many other events. Weiss is the recipient of numerous peace awards from all over the world.

Collection Overview
Includes correspondence, administrative files, flyers, manuscripts, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, publicity materials, notebooks, periodicals, and reference material regarding Cora Weiss's involvement with: Women Strike for Peace, 1962-1973; Vietnam War antiwar work: 1968-1975; Committee of Liaison with Families, 1960s-1972, Friendshipment, 1970s-1980, broadcasting on radio station WRVR, 1974-1976; Church World Service, including wheat shipment program to Vietnam, 1978; Riverside Church Disarmament Program, 1978-1986; memorials to Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, 1986; Nicaragua/Honduras Education Program, 1983-1986; SANE/Freeze and its merger to become Peace Action, 1985-1991; Women for a Meaningful Summit, 1988-1989; International Peace Bureau, 1995-2006; Hague Appeal for Peace, 1997-2000; also includes: Cora Weiss's Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency files released through the Freedom of Information act; photographs, posters, audiocassettes, reel to reel audio tapes, slides, and videorecordings. Correspondents include: Joan Baez, William Sloane Coffin, Elena Ershova, Richard Falk, Jane Fonda, Peter Weiss

Items removed:
Photographs
Memorabilia
Posters
Audio Visual mateiral


Arrangement of Collection
This collection is unprocessed and this finding is a temporary one. The files have been arranged into a loose chronological order. Files on Cora Weiss obtained under the Freedom of Information Act may be found at the end of the boxes of personal papers in this collection.





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Cora Weiss – Personal Correspondence
NATO Conference Scrapbook, 1964
Women Strike for Peace, 1962-1972
Women Strike for Peace
Press Newspaper Clippings, 1966
Riverdale Women Strike for Peace, 1966-1967
Riverdale Women Strike for Peace, 1969-1970 Duplicates
Women Strike for Peace, 1970
Jeannette Rankin Brigade – Women Strike for Peace, 1968-1970 / American Civil Liberties Union
Women Strike for Peace, 1967-1973
Women Strike for Peace [2 folders]
Jeannette Rankin Brigade Decision,1968
October 15
International Telephone and Telegraph Stock Holders
Paris Conference of Women to End War, 1968 (April)

Box 2
Women Strike for Peace, 1967-1968
Jeannette Rankin Brigade, 1968 (January 15)
Paris Air 1968 Conference of Women to End War
Vietnamese Delegation Visit Canada Women Strike for Peace, 1969 (June-July )
MOBE Newspaper Clippings, 1969
Hanoi Article, 1969
New MOBE, 1969
Press Coverage, 1969 (November 15)
National Women’s Emergency Coalition Program
Cora Weiss, Press Coverage Voice of Women, 1971 and School volunteers and Women Strike for Peace, etc.
Montreal R.G. Dru, 1975 (May 13)
Voice of Women Canada
Vietnamese Women Visit Canada, 1968 (Summer)
Canada Vietnam Women visit

Box 3
Sponsor Response Forms, 1966
Second International Conference of Jurists on Indochina, 1971 (November 26-28)
Ba Lang An
Vietnam Travel Various
Trip, 1972 (April)
Cables – Hanoi Trip, 1972 (October)
Miscellaneous Correspondence, Cora Weiss
Women Strike for Peace Vietnam Trip, 1972
Vietnam October 1973 Cora Weiss Articles [4 folders]
PRG DRV Arrival United States of America, 1975 (July)
Newspaper Clippings: Cora Weiss 1960s – mid 1970s
Cora Weiss Notebooks, Trips 1973
 
Box 4
Cora Weiss Notebooks Vietnam Trips, 1973
Clergy and Laity Concerned Book
U.S. Imperialism Plan, 1976
Cora Weiss Wing Spread Conference for Womanpower-In-Action Towards the Reduction of Violence
Cora Weiss WRVR Radio Station
WRVR 1974
WRVR Radio 1974-1976
WRVR
WRVR Cora Weiss

Box 5
WRVR, 1975 (March 23)
Call Pendle Hill, Vietnam Conference, 1975 (September)
War Is Over Central Park, New York, 1975 (May 11)
Reference Files
Transcripts – CBS News, 1971
Bury/ Hamilton Trip Newspaper Clippings
Cora Weiss Correspondence
Cora Weiss – Notebooks Vietnam Trips, 1976 [2 folders]
Miscellaneous Church World Service press
Church World Service Vietnam Trip 1978, May - Report
Newspaper Clippings: Church World Service wheat shipment 1978

Box 6

Miscellaneous Press Materials regarding Shipment of Wheat
Church World Service Vietnam Trip Report, 1978 (March)
Miscellaneous Church World Service Press
Press Church World Service, 1978
Miscellaneous Files Regarding Church World Service Vietnam Trip, 1978 (May)
Church World Service, 1978
Miscellaneous – Shipment of Wheat
 
Box 7
Wheat Press May 1978 Church World Service
Church World Service of 1978 of Wheat to Vietnam
Church World Service Vietnam Trip, 1978 (May)
Miscellaneous Files Regarding Church World Service, 1977
Church World Service, 1978
Wheat Book
Notebooks Regarding Church World Service Vietnam Trip, 1978 (May)
Chacabuco Teach-in 1987, Ocober 16 (Friday)
Disarmament Program Future History, 1978-1982
Palme Park, 1970 (October 22)
Miscellaneous, 1978-1986

Box 8
Haskell, 1980-1983
Riverside Church Special Dates
Haskell 2, 1980-1987
Cambodia Crisis Committee, 1980
Camara, 1981 (April)
Women and Militarism the Transnational Institute, 1981 (April)
Correspondence Miscellaneous, 1981-1985
Riverside Church Disarmament History Correspondence, 1981-1990
June 12, 1982 [2 folders]
Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project, 1983
Nicaragua, 1983 (April 20)

Box 9
Notebooks – Nicaragua, 1983 (?)
International Committee/Community, 1983-1996
Notebooks – Nicaragua, 1984 (?)
Nicaragua/Honduras Education Program, 1984 (August)
Notebooks – Nicaragua, 1984 (?)
Notebook – Nicaragua/Honduras, 1984 (?)
Nicaragua/Honduras Education Program, 1984 (continued)
 
Box 10
New Zealand, 1984 (October)
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1984-1985
Nicaragua Education Program, 1984-1986 (January)
Nairobi Non-Governmental World Meeting for Women, 1985 [3 folders]
Nairobi, 1985 (July 10-18)

Box 11
SANE, 1985
Brussels, 1987 (October 25)
Brussels, 1987 (June)
"Women for a Meaningful Summitt," 1986 ( November 8)
Women for a Meaningful Summit 1987 [4 folders]
Cavanaugh
Transition Team for SANE/Freeze, 1987
SANE/Freeze International, 1987-1988

Box 12
SANE/Freeze Funders
Search Committee – Cora Weiss, 1987 ( June 10)
SANE Airie Executive Meeting and Bob, 1987 (May)
SANE, 1987 (December 1)
Transition Team Minutes and SANE Minutes, 1987
1987
Riverside Church
Miscellaneous – Flyers
Palme Memorial
Riverside Church, Scrapbook
Prime Minister Olof Palme at Riverside Church
Riverside Palme Plaque
Palme at Riverside
Stockholm, 1986 (May 14)
 
Box 13
Women for a Meaningful Summit 1986-1989
Supportive Letters
Shoot-In, December 12, 1986
SANE/Freeze Merger
Miscellaneous 1987-1988
References Freeze Campaign, March 1987
Cora Weiss Notebooks Moscow Conference, 1987
Institute for Peace and International Security, January 30, 1987
International Report SANE/Freeze, 1988
Search Committee for SANE/Freeze
Name SANE/Freeze Peace Action, 1986
Transition Team SANE/Freeze, February 1987
Moscow Summit June, 1988
Women for a Meaningful Summit, 1988

Box 14

Riverside Church – Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service, April 8, 1988
Athens Women for a Meaningful Summit, April 1988
Women for a Meaningful Summit [2 folders]
Women for a Meaningful Summit, April 29-30 May 2, 1988 Russia 1989
Women for a Meaningful Summit, 1988
Women for a Meaningful Summit, 1988 Moscow
International Peace Bureau, 1989
Transition Team Names and Address Lists Committees
Nominations Board SANE/Freeze
1987-1989
Miscellaneous SANE/Freeze
SANE/Freeze press
SANE/Freeze Peace Action pictures, 1988-1991
SANE/Freeze 1988, September 22
Moscow M/J (?) 1988

Box 15
SANE for Riverdale, 1986-1988
Athens, 1986 (December 13-17)
Women for a Meaningful Summit Greece, 1986 (November)
Riverside/Cora Weiss
PALME, 1986
Merger SANE/Freeze, 1986
Riverside Church Sanctuary, 1985-1986
SANE/Freeze, 1985-1987
SANE/Freeze Merger, 1986
SANE Merger, 1986-1987

Box 16
Peace and Human Rights Moscow, May 1988
Women for a Meaningful Summit Neptune Aegean, April-May 2 1988
Women for a Meaningful Summit, June 1988 Moscow
Moscow, April 1988
SANE Peace Conference Soviet Union ,April-June 1988
SANE/Freeze International Fundraising, 1988
Riverside Church January 17, 1988 Howard Beach, Ossie Davis, Jimmy Breslin
Soviet-American Women Summit Fundraising
December 7, 1988
Fund Raising
Miscellaneous
SANE/Freeze International, 1989
Soviet Women’s Committee Correspondence – Soviet-American Women Summit, 1989
National Women’s Political Caucus, August 4, 1989

Box 17
SANE/Freeze / European Nuclear Disarmament Spain, 1989
Elena Ershova
Papandreau - Women for a Meaningful Summit, 1989-1990
Moscow Women for a Meaningful Summit Conference, 1989 (May 31 – June 7)
SANE/Freeze, 1988-1989
Women for a Meaningful Summit, 1989 (June 20)
SANE/Freeze Legal, 1987
SANE/Freeze, 1987-1988
SANE/Freeze Internationa,l 1988-1989
SANE/ Freeze Bylaws State Affiliates etc., 1989

Box 18
SANE/Freeze Congress, November 1989
Cora Weiss SANE/Freeze, June 1989
SANE/Freeze and Peace Action Miscellaneous
Bernt Carlsson, 1989
Nuclear Times Letter to the Editor, 1989
Committee at Hampshire on Investment Responsibility [4 folders], 1982-1991
Hampshire College
Hampshire College Correspondence
 
Box 19
Hampshire Correspondence 1989-1991
Peace Action, 1990s
Soviet American Women’s Summit, May 1990
Soviet American Women’s Summit Transcripts, May 5, 1990
Soviet American Women’s Summit
Soviet American Women’s Summit, May 5-7, 1990
SANE/Freeze Delegation to Nicaragua-Costa Rica, January 28-February 5, 1990
SANE/Freeze Advertising, 1990
Delegation SANE/Freeze Nicaragua, 1990
Soviet American Women’s Summit Letters to US Delegates A Record, March-July 1990
SANE/Freeze Review Committee, 1991
Women and Free Market Economy First International Conference, September 14, 1992
International Peace Bureau, October 7-10 1993
World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, 1993
Hiroshima – Nagasaki, August 6-10, 1993
Peace Action Maine, June 25, 1994
Elena Ershova Luncheon Friday, April 8, 1994
Elena Ershova/Gaia Women’s Center Luncheon, February 1995
International Peace Bureau, September 22, 1995
Non-Governmental Forum on Women Beijing, 1995
International Peace Bureau Brussels, July 12-13, 1996
Riverside
International Peace Bureau, July 11, 1996
International Peace Bureau, November 21, 1997 Hague
Hague Appeal for Peace – Organizing Committee November 21, 1997 – January 22, 1998
SANE/Freeze Responses from Board, 1991
SANE/Freeze 1991
Women's Way to Peace, 1990
Arms Transfer Conference, 1991 October 31-November 2
International Peace Bureau Theorin Women UN - 1992, November
Moscow Interlegal Conference, 1993 (May)
International Peace Bureau Trip to Japan, Hiroshima/Nagasaki, 1993 (August)
Peace Action Conference, 1995 (June)
China Non-Governmental Organization Forum YWCU (?), 1995 August-September
Women's Conference, 1995
International Peace Bureau Cora Weiss, 1996 July 11
International Peace Bureau and Other Peace Activities, 1996
Peace Action, 1996
 
Box 20
Hague Appeal for Peace - Organizing Committee 1997, November 21 - 1998, January 22 [2 folders]
SANE/Freeze - NATO
International Peace Bureau, November 5-9, 1998 London Geneva(CC) (OC)
Iraq Peace Action 1998, July
Miscellaneous Material Prior to 1999
Correspondence, January-May 1999 and Before Regarding Hague Appeal for Peace
Insurance Hague Appeal for Peace
Material Planning and Organization of Conference, 1998-1999
Nepal Meeting South Asian Forum 1998/1999 [2 folders]
Hague Appeal for Peace Disarmament Strand Plenary Session Preparation, 1997-1998
Hague Appeal for Peace Religion – Strand Preparation, 1998-1999
Hague Appeal for Peace Women – Strand Preparation, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace United Nations Children’s Fund – Particiaption at the Conference, 1998-1999
Press (Before Event), 1997-1999
Hague Appeal for Peace Preparations Miscellaneous Bill/Gouri, 1998
Miscellaneous: Brochures, Flyers, Unresolutions, Position Papers, etc., 1998-1999
Conference Organization - Plenary Sessions, Schedules, Abstracts, etc., 1999
Speeches and Messages 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace Speaker, 1998-1999
Article on Peter and Cora Weiss, Netherlands, 1999
 
Box 21
Hague Appeal for Peace Speaker, 1998-1999
Teaching toward a Culture of Peace – Hague Appeal for Peace – Education Packets
Miscellaneous from Hague Appeal for Peace box [3 folders]
Americans for Peace Now – Board of Directors Meeting February 1-2, 1998
Coordinating Committee Meeting Amsterdam, January 1999
Hague, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace
Horton, Marjorie, 1996-2001
Peace Education Sunday 1:00-2:20PM
Helen Clark
Hague Appeal for Peace Chronicle, 2000
Hague Appeal for Peace
International Peace Bureau, October 2000 Paris
International Peace Bureau, 2000
International Peace Bureau – Economic and Social Council
Nobel Laureates, October 8, 2004
International Peace Bureau Geneva, February 2001
Helsinki, September 27-30, 2001 International Peace Bureau
Barbara Lee, July 19, 2002
Barcelona International Peace Bureau – Por la paz, March 4, 2002
International Peace Bureau Constitution, February 1, 2002
International Peace Bureau Italia
Geneva International Peace Bureau, April 2003
Prague Bertha von Suttner, March 22-23, 2003
International Peace Bureau Economic and Social Council, January 2003
International Peace Bureau, 2002-2003
International Peace Bureau
International Peace Bureau – Cora Weiss History
Wellspring Advisors Hague Appeal for Peace Fundraising
Florence September 2004 Macbride Peace Prize International Peace Bureau
Forum Barcelona 2004
Speaker for the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, March 15, 2005
International Peace Bureau [2 folders]
Hague Appeal for Peace, 1999 May 11-15
Hague Appeal for Peace Press
Cora Weiss Speeches
Peace Child International

Box 21a
International Peace Bureau, Papers and Speeches
International Peace Bureau, ILCOP
International Peace Bureau, 2005 (July - September)
International Peace Bureau, UN Representatives
International Peace Bureau, Conference of Non Governmental Organizations (CONGO)
International Peace Bureau, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Application
International Peace Bureau, Disarmament for Development: An International Consulation, 2005 (October 21)
International Peace Bureau Barcelona Forum 2004, 2002-2004

Box 22 Files on Cora Weiss obtained through the FOIA
Handschu
Bertha Von Suttner, May 27, 2005 in Vienna
Bertha von Suttner Centennial
Cora Weiss Geneva International Peace Bureau, March 18-20 2005
International Peace Bureau Conference Call, April 22, 2005
International Peace Bureau Helsinki, September 2006 Speaker
Global Campaign for Peace Education – Hague Appeal for Peace & Peace Boat United States Tuesday 8:30
Peace Education February 7, 2006 Teaching Conference / April 28, 2006 Adelphi
United Nations/Adelphi, April 28, 2006
When Women Pursue Justice-Exhibit, September – October 2006
SANE/SANEFREEZE Pennsylvania book
Article on CoraWeiss, 2007

Federal Bureau of Investigations (?) File
Central Intelligence Agency File 1
Central Intelligence Agency File 2
Police (?) File 1
Police (?) File 2
Police (?) File 3
Police (?) File 4
Police (?) File 5
Central Intelligence Agency File
Citizen’s Commission of Inquiry
Citizen’s Commission of Inquiry (continued)
National Security Agency suit and Federal Bureau of Investigation file, October, 1975
Cora Weiss Freedom of Information Act, 1976
Cora Weiss Federal Bureau of Investigation File 1
Cora Weiss Federal Bureau of Investigation File 1 (continued)
Cora Weiss Federal Bureau of Investigation File 2 – Norfolk Office [2 folders]

Box 23
Cora Weiss Federal Bureau of Investigation File 3 – Newark Office [3 folders]

Box 24
Women Strike for Peace Federal Bureau of Investigation File [2 folders]
Cora Weiss Federal Bureau of Investigation File 4 – New York Office [2 folders]
Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam Federal Bureau of Investigation File [2 folders]


Photographs [includes photographs from DG 227 Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in Vietnam and DG 228 Friendshipment/Bach Mai Hospital Relief Fund. Photographs are divided by size, then divided into rough chronological order. Photographs with no dates may be found at the end of each size.
 
8” x 10”
Box 1
1950
Photographs of Committee of Liaison members (on trips)
Prisoners of War
1960s-1970s Photographs of Vietnam (North)
 
Box 2
1968
1968 Women Strike for Peace Mobile
1969-Voice of Women conference with Vietnamese women in Canada
1970s – Cora in Vietnam
1970s – Photographs of Vietnam
197? – “Ring Around Congress”
1971
1972 Trip Jane Fonda
 
Box 3
1972
Friendshipment
1975
1976
1977 Friendshipment Conference
1977 “Shakehands with Vietnam”
1978
May 1978 – CWS Vietnam Trip
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1990
1991
1998-1999
2000
2002
2005-2006
Undated

5” x 7”
Box 1
1963
1964
1968(?)
1968 Women Strike for Peace Mobile
1969 Visit to Canada (Women Strike for Peace/Voice of Women meeting with Vietnamese women)
1969 Voice of Women meeting in Canada
1969-1972 Prisoners of War in North Vietnam
1969-1972 Committee of Liaison visits to North Vietnam
1960s-1970s Photographs of Vietnam
1975-1980 Friendshipment/Bach Mai Hospital
1960s-1970s Cora in Vietnam
197?
1972
1975
1977
1978, May CWS Trip to Vietnam
198? Russia
1983
1983, April – Riverside Conference
1984 – Nicaragua
1985
1985, August
1985 Palme Visit
1985 Nairobi Forum
1986, May 30, James Taylor Performance
1986, March – Palme Memorial Service
1986, August – Des Moines, Iowa
1986 – Break-in at Riverside Church
1986 in Moscow Peace Action
1987 – Brussels & Other Events
1987 Women for a Meaningful Summit
1987 Women’s Conference in Moscow, visit to Tallinn
 
Box 2
1988 – Moscow and Other Events
1979-1991 Assorted Riverside-related Events
1989 Moscow
1990, May Soviet-American Women’s Summit
1990
1992
1993
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
1999- Hague Appeal for Peace
Hague Appeal for Peace
Peace Action Award
2000-
Undated
 
Box 3
August 6, 1993 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony


Oversize Photographs



This file was last updated on March 9, 2012.