Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Peace Forum Collected Records, 1981-1993

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 not the official repository for these papers/records.
Creator
Peace Forum
Title
Peace Forum Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1981-1993
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
7.5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
Peace Forum, first known as the Committee for a Nuclear Free Community, was involved in efforts to get the Montgomery County [Pennsylvania] Council to declare the county a Nuclear Free Zone. Organizers of the CNFC were also involved in national and local campaigns to elect candidates who were in favor of a Nuclear Freeze. They also organized the first of a series of successful peace fairs, known as the Cheltenham Peace Fairs, to spread awareness on the issue of a nuclear freeze.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mary Scafidi, 1997
Processing Information
Collection processed and checklist prepared by Wendy Chmielewski, April 1998; this finding aid revised by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Peace Forum 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
Peace Forum was organized by residents of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1982. It was first known as the Committee for a Nuclear Free Community. Early projects of the group included efforts to get the Montgomery County Council to declare the county a Nuclear Free Zone. Organizers of the CNFC were also involved in national and local campaigns to elect candidates who were in favor of a Nuclear Freeze. In 1988 CNFC members organized the first of a series of successful peace fairs, known as the Cheltenham Peace Fairs, to spread awareness on the issue of a nuclear freeze. Annual fairs were held through the summer of 1991. In the fall of that year the group changed its name to Peace Forum. The newly-named group decided to hold several community events each year, instead of one large Fair. However, support had fallen away and by September of 1993 Peace Forum closed and distributed its remaining funds to several peace and social justice organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Collection Overview
This collection includes administrative files, correspondence, minutes of meetings, material about the peace fairs, and photographs.

Items removed to:
Button Collection
Oversize Document Collection
Oversize Graphic Collection
Photograph Collection
Stamp and Bumpersticker Collection
Periodical Collection: "Freeze Voter '84", "Our Best Weapon Againgst Nuclear War" [Common Cause], "Freeze"




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Checklist and removal sheets
Committee for a Nuclear Free Community
Articles of Incorporation
Organizational files, 1981-1983
Organizational files, 1984-1991, and undated
Correspondence, 1981-1991, and undated
Meeting minutes, 1982-1987
Membership and mailing lists
Reading lists
Cheltenham Peace Fair, 1988-1990

Box 2
Cheltenham Peace Fair, 1991
Peace Forum, 1991-1993
Newspaper clippings [clippings about specific Peace Fairs are filed with that year]
Miscellaneous material from other local peace organizations



This finding aid was last updated on June 21, 2012.