Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles Collected Records, 1983-1989

Collection: CDG-A



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Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of records.
Creator
Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles
Title
Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1983-1989
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
12.5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles was organized in 1983 by a group of women who were part of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp in Great Britain. Several activists at Greenham organized Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, which sought to use the U.S. legal system to challenge the right of the U.S. government to deploy nuclear missiles on foreign soil. Although the suit was unsuccessful, a group of Greenham women traveled around the United States speaking out about the growing objections in the international community to the ongoing escalation of the nuclear arms race.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Received from various sources
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist created by Anne Yoder, July 1998.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles Collected Records (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


Historical Background
Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles was organized in 1983 by a group of women who were part of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. The Greenham peace camps were a grassroots anti-nuclear movement in Great Britain. Several activists at Greenham organized Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, which sought to use the U.S. legal system to challenge the right of the U.S. government to deploy nuclear missiles on foreign soil. A suit was filed in U.S. fedeal court on their behalf by the Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, New York): "Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, et al. against Ronald Reagan, et al." A Superior Court judge in New York ruled that the case was political and could not be heard, and an appellate court upheld that decision. Although the suit was unsuccessful, the Greenham women, led by Gwyn Kirk, used the lawsuit to make the American public aware of growing objections in the international community to the ongoing escalation of the nuclear arms race. A group of Greenham women traveled around the United States speaking out about these issues.

Collection Overview

Items removed:
6 buttons
1 poster
2 pieces of green fencing




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
General
Correspondence re: funding proposals, 1985 - 1986 (includes several proposals)
Petty cash books, 1983
Contribution forms from supporters, 1984 (includes some notes of support)
Letters of support, 1983
Telegrams of support, 1983
Letters of support, 1984 - 1987
Correspondence of Gwyn Kirk, 1984 - 1989
Publicity
Address lists of peace camps and of organizations

Box 2
Lawsuit [Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, et.al. against Ronald Reagan, et.al.]: general
Declarations / Statements of plaintiffs, 1983
Legal documents: U.S. Court of Appeals, 1983 - 1985
Legal documents
Legal documents: Expert Declarations
Amicus Briefs
Signed petitions in support of court case

Box 3
Speaking tours: general
Speaking tour of Jean Hutchinson
Speaking tour of Helen John
Speaking tour of Lynne Jones
Speaking tour of Gwyn Kirk
Speaking engagement of Gwyn Kirk for the Coalition to Stop Missiles, Madison (Wisconsin)
Speaking tour of Rae Street
Speaking tour of Simone Wilkinson



This file was last updated on October 13, 2011.