Swarthmore College Peace Collection


Charles Fisher Collected Papers, circa 1964-1971

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
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for this collection of papers.
Creator
Fisher, Charles
Title
Charles Fisher Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1964-1971 circa
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
1.75 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Charles Fisher was a draft counselor for the Boston Draft Resistance Group (BDRG), and involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
Yes [material in box 4 may be seen by all researchers, but may not be photocopied; in addition, researchers must sign a form agreeing to not use personal names or other characteristics of individuals that might identify them in any published work; restrictions are in place until 2035]
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Charles Fisher, 1998 [Acc. 98A-015]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, Archivist, 1998. Finding aid revised by Andrew Ciampa, June 30, 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Charles Fisher 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


Related Collections
Boston Draft Resistance Group Collected Records (CDG-A)
Congress of Racial Equality [CORE] Collected Records (CDG-A)
Episcopal Peace Fellowship (DG 118)

Historical Background
Charles Fisher was a draft counselor for the Boston Draft Resistance Group (BDRG) and a sociologist at Brandeis University. In 1973 Fisher analyzed over 5,000 counselee forms to determine what types of people were using BDRG's counseling services. He found that a majority of counselees were white middle-class college students. He also studied how BDRG clients ultimately attempted to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War and how receptive they were to BDRG's political message. In another study, ca. 1970, Fisher analyzed BDRG steering committee meeting minutes. Fisher was also involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

Collection Overview
Charles Fisher was involved in several important radical peace groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during the Vietnam War era. His papers showcase his efforts with the Congress of Racial Equality and the Boston Draft Resistance Group, including his manuscript analyzing the BDRG.

Material in box 4 may be seen by all researchers, but may not be photocopied; in addition, researchers must sign a form agreeing to not use personal names or other characteristics of individuals that might identify them in any published work; restrictions are in place until 2035.

Arrangement of Collection
These papers were arranged according to Fisher's involvements with two groups. Boxes 2-3 hold cards with his notes about the BDRG. Box 4 has usage restrictions because of the personal nature of the interview contents.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Draft registration, 1964
Involvement with CORE: notes re: strategy meetings, ca. 1964
Involvement with CORE: negotiations with Bank of America
Involvement with CORE: mss. “The Sheraton-Palace Sit-In”
Involvement with CORE: mss. writings
Involvement with CORE: misc. notes
Involvement with CORE: newsclippings
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: correspondence, 1970 - 1971
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: mss. “Midwives to History: The Sociology of a Radical Anti-War Group” (chapters I-IV)
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: mss. “Midwives to History: The Sociology of a Radical Anti-War Group” (chapters V-VIII)
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: mss. “Midwives to History: The Sociology of a Radical Anti-War Group” (chapters IX-XI)
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: organizing/ field notes
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: misc. notes
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: mss. re: history of BDRG by Thomas W. Newman
 
Box 2 (Card File Box)
Involvement with BDRG (cont.)
 
Box 3 (Card File Box)
Involvement with BDRG (cont.)
 
Box 4 Restricted Until 2035
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: counseling forms
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: analysis of counseling forms
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: transcripts of interviews
Involvement with Boston Draft Resistance Group: transcripts of interviews (cont.)



This file was last updated on July 6, 2010.