Francoise W. Douwes Collected Papers, 1985-2005
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Douwes, Francoise Wilhelmina (1923- )
Francoise W. Douwes Collected Papers
Language of Materials
Materials in English
2.1 linear feet [papers only]
Douwes was a member of the Philadelphia branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
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Gift of Francoise Wilhelmina Douwes, 2005 [Acc. 05A-026]
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[by daughter Francine Whitney]
Francoise Wilhelmina (Willy) Everts Douwes died on August 24, 2014 in Canaan, Connecticut. Until June 2014, she had been a resident of Abington and Cheltenham townships.
Willy Douwes was born on July 6, 1923 in Jakarta, Java, then a part of the Dutch East Indies. Her future husband, Karel Douwes, was a childhood friend there. Following three years of Japanese occupation during World War II, the couple immigrated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1945 and where Karel studied medicine. They were married in 1950.
In 1958, the Douwes’ immigrated to the Philadelphia area (where Karel eventually became Head of the Department of Surgery at Episcopal Hospital, in the Kensington area of the city; he later worked at Merck, Sharp and Dohme in West Point, Pennsylvania). The Douwes first settled in Melrose Park, and later lived in Wyncote and Rydal. Willy Douwes was involved in the Cheltenham Art Center, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and the Netherlands-American Association of the Delaware Valley. A fluent speaker of five languages, she also worked as a part-time translator and tour guide for the Center for International Visitors for many years.
In the early 1980s, Willy Douwes became interested in political and environmental activism. For two decades she was an active member and a leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She was a regular, contributing letter writer to the editor of the Chestnut Hill Local. Following a serious car accident in 2004, Willy continued to campaign for peace from Stapeley Hall in Germantown, where she lived for two years.
Willy is survived by two daughters, Francine Whitney of New York and Caissa Douwes of Connecticut; she was predeceased by her husband (1991) and two brothers.
This collection of papers is primarily about Douwes' activism with WILPF and other organizations.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Correspondence to/from the media
Correspondence to/from Congress and government personnel
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1986
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1987
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1988
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1989
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1990-1991
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1992-1993
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1994-1996
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1994: panel on gun violence, April 19th
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1994: program with speakers (Dr. Chu Chu Saunders and Ivan Juzang), October 18th
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1994: silent march against gun violence, September 20th
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1995: celebration of WILPF's 80th anniversary
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1997-1999
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 2000
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, undated
Efforts re: WILPF's Great Peace Train going to Philadelphia (PA), Nov. 1995
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelphia Chapter, 2001
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2002
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2003
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2004
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2005
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelphia Chapter, undated
Involvement with WILPF - Norristown Chapter
Involvement with WILPF - U.N. Headquarters
Involvement with the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament, 1986
Involvement with Beyond War awards, 1987 (December 6)
Involvement with the Montgomery Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament [MAND], 1986-1988
Involvement with the International Peace Walk, 1988
Involvement with the Peace Fair, 1989-1990
Involvement with the Peace Fair, 1991
Involvement with the Host Committee for the Philadelphia Hearings of the U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the U.N., 1991 (October 23)
Involvement with the World Federalist Association [WFA], 1992-1993
Involvement with 'The Nation' seminar cruise, 1998(?) (December)
Involvement with the Peace, Justice and Environment Network of the Delaware Valley [PJENET], 1998-2000
Involvement with the Philadelphia Project for Global Security, 1998-2001
Involvement with the Philadelphia Community Press Coalition Outreach Community, 1999-2004
Membership in the Philadelphia Project for Global Security Steering Committee, 2000
Attendance At "Global Responsibility: A Reason for Hope," 2002 (February 16-17)
Involvement with Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, 2000-2005
Involvement with Dennis J. Kucinich's presidential campaign, 2004 (continued)
Involvement in Northwest Peace and Justice Movement [NWPJM], 2003-2005 [Grassroots Network]
Efforts re: disarmament [material removed from binder]
Phone lists/trees, circa 2003
Phone tree, 1997
WILPF members list
Miscellaneous name lists
Pages [from binder] of names and media contacts, etc.
Reference material [4 folders]