The Swarthmore College Peace Collection houses numerous papers and records of peace organizations and activists who have worked for the benefit of the environment during the second half of the twentieth century and beyond. Amidst an array of issues concerning nuclear power, with special consideration for nuclear weapons, has been the most common environmental cause adopted by peace activists during this period. This resource guide highlights Peace Collection resources on specific campaigns and events and outlines relevant information on environmental issues for the interested public. The site will feature the following: which environmental issues are most commonly referenced in particular collections; how each organization or party acted on behalf of those issues; how environmental issues tie into peace issues; and most practically where in these collections may a concentrated amount of pertinent material be found.
The papers and records described in the following pages all contain a wide variety of materials. These collections often include meeting minutes and other administrative records, planning materials for programs, and educational publications such as fliers, pamphlets, periodicals, or advertisements. Some collections also include photographs, audiovisual materials, and books illustrating various peace and environmental events or campaigns. The Swarthmore College Peace Collection also collects many types of ephemera including posters, banners, buttons, pins, bumperstickers, stamps, t-shirts, and scrapbooks, many of which also depict environmental campaigns. The pages of this site are meant to highlight some collections and materials within those collections. They are not, however, a comprehensive list of all material relevant to environmental activism found within the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
See also Peace Collection resources on environmental activism in the "Activist New York": Environmental Advocacy-A Danger Unlike Any Danger: Nuclear Disarmament Campaigns 1957-1985." Online exhibit from the Museum of the City of New York, 2016-2017.
For more information, contact Wendy Chmielewski, Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-328-8557.
Created by Jean Turner (Archival Intern, Swarthmore College Peace Collection), August 2011.