Swarthmore College Peace Collection

John Beer Collected Papers, 1954-1985

Collection: CDG-A

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
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Beer, John (1927- )
John Beer Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
27.5 linear inches [papers only]
John Beer is a professor of the history of science and chemistry, as well as a Quaker peace and antinuclear activist.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None, except that the boxes are stored off-site
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of John Beer, 1996, 2002 [96A-064, 02A-050]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Beer Collected Papers (CDG-A), 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

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Historical Background
John Joseph Beer was born in 1927, Saarbrucken, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Illinois in 1956. He taught the history of science and the history of chemistr yat the University of Delaware, until his retirement in 1992. He was a Quaker peace and antinuclear activist.

Collection Overview
Collection includes correspondence and notes about Beer's work for peace and social justice including: a typescript account of conscientious objector David Emerson's hearing in 1954 in Danville, Illinois; peace involvements in Delaware, 1960s-1980s, including opposition to the Vietnam War and to nuclear weapons; accounts of Western Quarterly Friends (Quakers) visits to the Pentagon to protest the arms race, 1979-1981, including correspondence with Brig. General Richard T. Boverie; opposition to ROTC at the University of Delaware; and, evaluation of nuclear warfare films by Beer and his students. The papers include Beer's reference files.

Papers regarding John Beer's academic and professional work are deposited at the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware.

Arrangement of Collection
Accession 96A-065
Accession 02A-050

All of this collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss your research needs and to order boxes. Note that there may be a limit to the number of boxes you are able to request from off-site storage for any one visit.


Detailed Description of the Collection


Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5666]
Miscellaneous notes and correspondence
Miscellaneous courses taught
Account of hearing of David Emerson, 1954 [Beer was his C.O. counselor]
Peace involvements in Delaware, 1960s-1980s
Opposition to Vietnam War at University of Delaware, 1970s
Opposition to nuclear arms race; peace projects, 1979-1980s
Visits to Pentagon by Western Quarterly Friends Meeting to protest arms race, 1979-1981
Opposition to ROTC at University of Delaware, 1981-1982
Testimony re: ROTC before University of Delaware Faculty Senate, 1982 (February 1)
Miscellaneous notes etc. re: ROTC
Evaluation of nuclear arms / war films by Beer and students [2 folders]

Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5667]
Evaluation of films for class "The Best of Times..." taught by Beer [3 folders]
Evaluation of nuclear arms / war films by students, 1978-1979
Evaluation of films by students, 1978
Evaluation of nuclear arms / war films by Beer and students, undated [3 folders]

Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5668]
Reference material: A-Bomb testing and its effects -- atomic veterans / Pacific Islanders
Reference material: Chernobyl (Russia) nuclear disaster
Reference material: civil defense [2 folders]
Reference material: Cold War -- U.S.-USSR relations, 1945-
Reference material: cost of defense/weapons
Reference material: course syllabi re: nuclear politics and nuclear history
Reference material: disarmament
Reference material: effects of A-Bomb on Hiroshima nad Nagasaki
Reference material: effects of nuclear war (physical/emotional, etc.) [includes the effect fear of a nuclear war has on people]
Reference material: foreign nuclear proliferation / activity

Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5669]
Reference material: fusion
Reference material: history of atomic science
Reference material: history of nuclear science / nuclear research policy
Reference material: nuclear power plant problems and accidents
Reference material: nuclear power plants and peaceful uses
Reference material: peace advocacy -- peace and disarmament groups [2 folders]

Box 5 [off-site box SCPC-5670]
Reference material: peaceful uses of nuclear energy
Reference material: pro- and anti- nuclear power advocacy
Reference material: radiation -- hazards / terrorism / safety
Reference material: radiation / nuclear waste
Reference material: SDI / Star Wars
Reference material: teaching nuclear history
Reference material: Three Mile Island (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) nuclear disaster [3 folders]
Reference material: weapons research / systems / strategy

Box 6 (1/2 box) [off-site box SCPC-5670]
Correspondence, 1984-1985
Holocaust Victim Claim Resolution (for father, Otto Beer)
Transcript of speech "The Role of Peace in the Development of Techology," 1981
Transcript of speech "A Yankee for Gandhi's Spinning Wheel: Richard B. Gregg and the Mahatma's Renewal of Village Industries," 1985
Research notes on Gandhi and technology [2 folders]
Research notes on Gandhi and technology related to book Mahatma Gandhi: The Last Phase by Pyarelel
Research notes on Richard B. Gregg (biographer of Gandhi)
Reference material: Gandhi and technology
Reference material: paper "Herbicides in Vietnam: Peace or Plague" by Karen Hyatt, 1974
Reference material: peace movement

This file was last updated on June 9, 2017