Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Peace Action Center Records, 1959-1965

Collection: DG 093


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
U.S.A.
Telephone: 610-328-8557 (curator)
Fax: 610-690-5728
Email: wchmiel@swarthmore.edu (curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
Peace Action Center
Title
Peace Action Center Records
Inclusive Dates
Dates of 1959-1965
Call Number
DG 093

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
7.9 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
The Peace Action Center began in 1961 as a continuation of the vigil at Fort Detrick, Md. Peace activists had sponsored a continuous vigil as early as 1959 seeking the abandonment of biological weapons and appealed for the conversion of the fort into a world health center. The Peace Action Center included cooperative living quarters for the staff of religious pacifists, mostly Quakers. PAC staff including Lawrence Scott, director, and Jack L. Bagley, Sarah Bishop, Florence Y. Carpenter, Bertha Faust, William R. Martin, Gelston McNeil, and Patricia Parkman. The PAC disbanded in the fall 1963.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
Yes, boxes stored off site. Please contact SCPC staff at least two weeks in advance of visit to arrange for retrieval of this collection.
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Lawrence Scott, 1975
Processing Information
Unprocessed collection
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in thePeace Action Center Records (DG 093), 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
Lawrence Scott Papers (DG 090)

Historical Background
The Peace Action Center began in 1961 as a continuation of the vigil at Fort Detrick, Md. Peace activists had sponsored a continuous vigil as early as 1959 seeking the abandonment of biological weapons and appealed for the conversion of the fort into a world health center. The Peace Action Center included cooperative living quarters for the staff of religious pacifists, mostly Quakers. PAC staff including Lawrence Scott, director, and Jack L. Bagley, Sarah Bishop, Florence Y. Carpenter, Bertha Faust, William R. Martin, Gelston McNeil, and Patricia Parkman. The PAC disbanded in the fall 1963.

Collection Overview
The collection is unprocessed. It includes PAC administrative records: history of the organization; minutes of internal meetings; financial records; and correspondence. There is material about PAC connections with other peace groups and material about PAC activities.

Arrangement of Collection
The collection is loosely organized as follows: general information about PAC activities; financial records; general correspondence; information about contact with other peace groups; additional information about PAC activities.





Detailed Description of the Collection


Series A: Historical and Organizational Material
Box 1 [box stored off site]
History of Peace Action Center
Minutes of Committee, February 2, 1961 – September 28, 1963
Memos, August 1, 1960 – April 30, 1962
Memos, May 2, 1962 – October 21, 1963
Organization of files
Tax and Business, tax refusal
Tax and Business, tax exemptions and returns
Tax and Business, Charitable Solicitations Act
Tax and Business, business correspondence
Tax and Business, medical care
Tax and Business, zoning
Financial records, financial statements
Financial records, 1962 general journal
Financial records, County Federal Savings and Loan Association
 
Box 2 [box stored off site]
Financial records, bills paid, February – August, 1961
Financial records, bills paid, September, 1961
Financial records, bills paid, October – December, 1961
Financial records, bills paid, January – February, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, March, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, April, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, May, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, June, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, July, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, August, 1962
 
Box 3 [box stored off site]
Financial records, bills paid, September, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, October, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, November, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, December, 1962
Financial records, bills paid, January, 1963
Financial records, bills paid, February, 1963
Financial records, bills paid, March – April, 1963
Financial records, bills paid, May – June, 1963
Financial records, bills paid, July, 1963
Financial records, bills paid, August – September, 1963
Financial records, bills paid, October, 1963
 
Box 4 [box stored off site]
Financial records, invoices, 1961
Financial records, invoices, January – October 15, 1962
Financial records, invoices, October 18, 1962 – May 11, 1963
Financial records, invoices, May 13 – October 15, 1963, checks, May 1 – November 10, 1961
Financial records, checks, November 16, 1961 – January 31, 1963
Financial records, checks, January, 31 – October, 31, 1963
Financial records, ledger, April 24, 1961 – December 29, 1962, cash receipts, March 10, 1961 – April 17, 1963

Series B: Correspondence and Materials from Individuals and Other Organizations
 
Box 5 [box stored off site]
General Correspondence, re committee membership
General Correspondence, officials, A – J
General Correspondence, officials, K – Z
General Correspondence, A – Anderson
General Correspondence, Andrews – Aw
General Correspondence, B – Bea
General Correspondence, Bec – Bl
General Correspondence, Bo – Bra
General Correspondence, Bri – Bron
 
Box 6 [box stored off site]
General Correspondence, Brooks – Cad
General Correspondence, Cal – Cha
General Correspondence, Che – Cor
General Correspondence, Cot – De
General Correspondence, Di – El
General Correspondence, Em – Fl
General Correspondence, Fo – Fu
General Correspondence, G
 
Box 7 [box stored off site]
General Correspondence, H – Ha
General Correspondence, He – Hi
General Correspondence, Ho – Hupp
General Correspondence, Hut – Ja
General Correspondence, Je – Ka
General Correspondence, Ke – Ky
General Correspondence, La
 
Box 8 [box stored off site]
General Correspondence, Le – Long
General Correspondence, Loomis – Ly
General Correspondence, M – Ma
General Correspondence, Mc –Mitch
General Correspondence, Mob – Moy
General Correspondence, Mu – Ny
General Correspondence, O
General Correspondence, P – Pa
 
Box 9 [box stored off site]
General Correspondence, Pe – Pl
General Correspondence, Po – Pu
General Correspondence, Marjory Pratt, separate accession
General Correspondence, Ra – Re
General Correspondence, Ri – Ry
General Correspondence, S – Sa
General Correspondence, Sc – Sh
General Correspondence, Si – So
General Correspondence, Sp – Ss
 
Box 10 [box stored off site]
General Correspondence, Sta – Sti
General Correspondence, Sto – Te
General Correspondence, Th – Ty
General Correspondence, U – V
General Correspondence, W – War
General Correspondence, Wash – Wilk
General Correspondence, Will – Worr
 
Box 11 [box stored off site]
General Correspondence, Wr – Z
Acts for Peace
American Association of Scientific Workers
American Civil Liberties Union
American Friends Service Committee, 1960 – May, 1962
American Friends Service Committee, June, 1962 – 1963
American Friends Service Committee, Mid-Atlantic Region
American Friends Service Committee: Peace Education Committee, 1960 – March, 1961
 
Box 12 [box stored off site]
American Friends Service Committee: Peace Education Committee, May, 1961 – July, 1961
American Friends Service Committee: Peace Education Committee, August, 1961 – December, 1961
American Friends Service Committee: Peace Education Committee, 1962 – 1963
American Friends Service Committee: Program on Non-Violence Committee
Antioch Peace Group
Arms Control and Peace Research
The Bank of Interchange
Brethren Service Commission
The Center for Research on Conflict Resolution
Civil Defense Protest Committee
Committee of Correspondence
Committee for Informed Opinion on Nuclear Arms
Conscientious Objectors Central Committee
Committee for Nuclear Disarmament: Campaign Caravan
Committee for Nonviolent Action, 1959 – March, 1961
 
Box 13 [box stored off site]
Committee for Nonviolent Action, April – September, 1961
Committee for Nonviolent Action, October – December, 1961
Committee for Nonviolent Action, January – August, 1962
Committee for Nonviolent Action, September, 1962 – February, 1963
Committee for Nonviolent Action, March – December, 1963
Committee for Nonviolent Action, New England
Committee for Nonviolent Action, West
 
Box 14 [box stored off site]
Committee for a World Constitutional Convention
Committee for World Development and World Disarmament
Commonwealth of World Citizens
Community Living, Celo Community and others
Confederation of Non-Aligned Peace Organizations
Communist Party
Consultive Peace Council
Delhi-Peking Walk
Democracy Unlimited
FACTS
The Fallout Suits
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1960
Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1961
Fellowship of Reconciliation, January – July, 1962
Fellowship of Reconciliation, August, 1962 – January, 1963
Focus Society
Friendly World Broadcasting, Ed Randall
Friends General Conference
Friends Coordinating Peace Council
 
Box 15 [box stored off site]
Friends Peace Committee
Friends Witness for World Order
Fund for Education Concerning World Peace through World Law
General Strike for Peace
Humanity Guild
International Cooperation Year, 1965
International Confederation for Disarmament and Peace
International Voluntary Service
Koinonia Farm
Labor Action for Peace
Lisle Fellowship
Lobby for Peace
The Methodist Church
National Committee of 1000
New York Friends Group, Inc.
Operation Freedom
Overseas Peace Action
Peace Centers, various
Palma Ceia Methodist Church
Peace Institute New York Yearly Meeting of Friends
Peace Action Calendar
Peace Cebters, activities
Peace News
Peace Research Institute
Peacemaker
Pendle Hill
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Polaris Action
Political Action for Peace
Promoting Enduring Peace, Inc.
Quebec-Washington-Guantanamo Walk
Sane, 1961
 
Box 16 [box stored off site]
Sane, 1962 – 1963
Socialist Party
Social Questions Bulletins
Society of Brothers
South Jersey Peace Center Committee
Student Peace Union
Student Pickets
Students for a Democratic Society
Toward World Democracy
Treaty of 1794 Committee
Tucson Peace Project
Turn Toward Peace, 1961 – April, 1962
Turn Toward Peace, May, 1962 – February, 1963
Turn Toward Peace, March – November, 1963
 
Box 17 [box stored off site]
War Resisters League
Washington Pacifist Fellowship
Women Strike for Peace, 1961
Women Strike for Peace, 1962
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
World Committee for Peace
World Constitution Coordinating Committee
World Federalists
World Neighbors
World Peace Brigade
World Peace Broadcasting Foundation
Worldview College

Series C: Press Coverage, Program Materials, Leaflets, and Projects
 
Box 17 (cont.)
Press, TV, radio coverage
The Nation, “The Terrible Meek”, Mervin, W. S.
Peace Action Center Press Releases, April – December, 1961
Audio Visual Aids
Church Magazine List
Press List for Washington Personnel
 
Box 18 [box stored off site]
Program materials, master file
Program materials, master file (continued)
Missiles and Rockets
Mutual Agreement and Discipline
Thoughts on the Brink of War
Vigil at Fort Detrick, December, 1961
Leaflets, master file
Civil Defense Project
Count Case
Petition to President Kennedy concerning Cuba
The Role of Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1960s, working papers
Student Vigil
 
Box 19 [box stored off site]
Special Projects, Peace Action Center Information
Special Projects, Peace Action Center Weekly Forum
Special Projects, other
Vermont Project



This file was last updated on June 25, 2008.