Daniel A. Seeger Collected Papers, 1958-2008
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Seeger, Daniel A. (1935 - )
Daniel A. Seeger Collected Papers
Language of Materials
Materials in English
5 linear inches [papers only]
Seeger is best known for the 1965 Supreme Court court case regarding his conscientious objector claim without belief in a Supreme Being as grounds for C.O. status.
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Alternate Form of Material
Gift of Daniel A. Seeger, 2014 [acc. 2014-008 and 2014-018]
Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, April 2014
[Identification of item], in the Daniel Seeger Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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See tripod record
Student Peace Union Records (DG 065)
American Friends Service Committee Collected Records (CDG-A)
Daniel Andrew Seeger is a retired American non-profit-business administrator, and a Quaker religion and social-issue writer, who was earlier a defendant in a case on conscription of pacifists that was decided by the Supreme Court.
Seeger had come from a Roman Catholic background, been heavily influenced by Quaker ideas, and volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). In 1958, he was denied conscientious objector status under the 1948 military-draft law, on grounds that his religious beliefs did not constitute "belief in a Supreme Being"; he was eventually ordered to enter the armed forces, and convicted of draft refusal. In 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in United States vs. Seeger that his conviction was mistaken, because Congress, in its statutory language, "did not intend" using "the usual understanding" of "Supreme Being", but rather an interpretation that extended to Seeger's "compulsion" to "goodness".
Seeger made a career in the administration of the AFSC, and also worked as Executive Director of Pendle Hill, from which he retired in September 2000. On April 1, 2010, Seeger stepped into the role of Interim General Secretary at the AFSC, pending the conclusion of the search for a permanent General Secretary.
These papers are primarily about Seeger's draft case from 1963-1965. They include FBI files on Seeger, received through the Freedom of Information Act.
One photograph of Seeger with his bride, Betty Jean Adams (January 31, 1960), was removed to the Photograph Collection.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Work at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) [includes regional responses to statement on C.O.s / the Draft]
Correspondence to/from/about, 1958-1959
Correspondence to/from/about, 1960
Correspondence to/from/about, 1961-1962
Correspondence to/from/about, 1963
Correspondence to/from/about, 1964-1966
Writings: article "Reconciling Religious Faith and Democratic Practice: The Problem of the Elusive Definition of Religion" (North Dakota Law Review, vol. 84:1, 2008)
Legal case as conscientious objector [see also biographical information and correspondence folders]
Legal case as conscientious objector: court case briefs, circa 1963-1964
Daniel Seeger Defense Fund of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO)
Daniel Seeger Defense Fund of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO): fundraiser / appeal correspondence
Daniel Seeger Defense Fund of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO): fundraiser / appeal
FBI file (copies received after Freedom of Information Act request)
Article "God's Chosen People - All of Us" by Dorothy Baxendale Seeger
Mss. "The American Peace Movement: A Study of Its Themes and Political Potential" by A.E. Wessel, 1962
Mss. "The Effects of U.S. vs. Seeger on Selective Service" by Philip Steinberg
This file was last updated on April 24, 2014