Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Albon P. Man, Jr. Collected Papers, 1943-1965

Collection: CDG-A



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Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of papers.
Creator
Man, Albon P., Jr.
Title
Albon P. Man, Jr. Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1943-1965
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
10 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
Albon Platt Man Jr.,was called up for the draft during World War II, but failed to register because of his conscientious objection to war, and was sentenced to three years in prison in March 1943. At the time, he was a member of the Socialist Party, but had also been influenced by his pacifist mother, Estelle Man. Albon's younger brother, Alexander, was 21 when he was also arraigned as a draft evader, on April 22, 1943. Albon Man was sentenced to the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury (Connecticut) and the federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg (Pennsylvania), where he was held until July 1945. Man took part in several prison strikes with other C.O.s: to protest racial segregation in the prison, mail censorship, as well as a ruling that lengthened the terms of prisoners who staged work strikes.

Man's papers reflect his stance as a conscientious objector and his years in prison, as well as his later involvements with the Committee for Amnesty, the CCCO, the War Resisters League, and other peace activities.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Albon Man, [acc. 05A-065]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, February 2006. This finding aid revised by Andrew Ciampa, July 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Albon P. Man, Jr. 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


Related Collections
Committee for Amnesty for All Objectors to War and Conscription Collected Records (CDG-A)
Committee for Non-Violent Revolution (New York Group) Collected Records (CDG-A)


Historical Background
Albon Platt Man Jr., from Hollis (New York), was the valedictorian of his high school class in 1936, and went on to graduate from Columbia University in 1941. He then worked in the budget office of the Bureau of Old-Age and Survivors Insurance of the Social Security Board from July 1941 to Feb. 1943. He was called up for the draft during World War II, but failed to register because of his conscientious objection to war, and was sentenced to three years in prison in March 1943. At the time, he was a member of the Socialist Party, but had also been influenced by his pacifist mother, Estelle Man. Albon's younger brother, Alexander, was 21 when he was also arraigned as a draft dodger, on April 22, 1943. Albon Man was sent to the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury (Connecticut) to serve his term, where he was held from March 1943 to June 1944, after which he was sent to Lewisburg (Pennsylvania) Penitentiary, where he was held until July 1945. He took part in several prison strikes with other C.O.s: a work strike at Danbury in Aug. 1943 to protest racial segregation in the prison, and two hunger strikes at Lewisburg to protest mail censorship as well as a ruling that lengthened the terms of prisoners who staged work strikes.

Man's papers reflect his stance as a conscientious objector and his years in prison, as well as his later involvements with the Committee for Amnesty, the CCCO, and the War Resisters League.


Collection Overview

Items removed:
photographs




Detailed Description of the Collection


Box 1
Biographical information: imprisonment as C.O. (for dodging the draft) [includes letters of Estelle Man (mother) and Alexander Man (brother)], 1943 - 1945
Biographical information: imprisonment as C.O. – hunger strikes at Lewisburg Prison, 1944 - 1945 [includes hunger strikes at Danbury Prison]
Biographical information: imprisonment as C.O. -- Lewisburg Prison, 1944 - 1945 [previous accession from unknown source; includes material by or about Chester Seltzer, Nathan Horowitz, Dave Dellinger, Larry Gara, and others, re: hunger strike, etc.]
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1946 -
Efforts to fight racism (“Jim Crow”) in prisons [includes strike by C.O.s at Ashland Prison, 1945 - 1947]
Sponsorship of 1st and 2nd reunions of “Danbury Jimcrow Strikers,” 1945 (November) and 1946 (November)
Participation in “Break With Conscription” demonstration, 1947 (February 12) [draft cards burned]
Involvement with Committee for Non-Violent Revolution (New York Group), 1945 - 1948
Involvement with Committee for Amnesty, 1945
Involvement with Committee for Amnesty, 1946
Involvement with Committee for Amnesty, 1947
Involvement with Committee for Amnesty, 1948
Involvement with Committee for Amnesty, 1949 - 1951, undated
Involvement with the CCCO, 1948
Involvement with the CCCO, 1949

Box 2
Involvement with the CCCO, 1950
Involvement with the CCCO, 1951
Involvement with the CCCO, 1952 - 1963
Involvement with the CCCO, 1958 - 1959: case of Lawrence Osborne
Involvement with the War Resisters League [WRL], 1951 - 1952
Efforts in defense of Daniel Seeger (C.O.), 1963 - 1965
Miscellaneous involvements/efforts
Lists of Ex-Prison C.O.s (C.O. Ex-Cons), 1945 - 1947
Reference material: amnesty for C.O.s
Reference material: The Call (Socialist Party), 1943 - 1945
Reference material: civil rights for prisoners
Reference material: C.O.s in WWI (amnesty, etc.)
Reference material: conscientious objection
Reference material: Daniel Seeger case (agnostic C.O.)
Reference material: picketing of Danbury Prison on behalf of C.O.s, 1946 (February)
Reference material: White House amnesty demonstrations, 1946
Reference material: miscellaneous newsletters
Reference material: miscellaneous
 



This finding aid was last updated on June 20, 2012.