Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Common Ground Records, 1982-2006

Collection: DG 243

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
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Common Ground
Common Ground Records
Inclusive Dates
Call Number
DG 243

Language of Materials
Materials in English
2.5 linear feet
Common Ground was a community of faith founded by Quakers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1982 to break cycles of poverty, racism, and sexism through nonviolence education and action. Collaborative work with Baton Rouge Friends Meeting, local Clergy and Laity Concerned and Dignity chapters led to founding and shared workspace at Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice. Common Ground developed an educational program for abused residents and ex-residents from the city's domestic violence shelter. Providing sanctuary for Central American refugees led to successful national organizing in opposition to detention of those refugees in remote Oakdale, Louisiana. Eight journals and five newsletters created with and by grassroots women at their request were printed in-house in Lousiiana and Indiana. In Georgia, Common Ground organized biannual leadership retreats with women from a diversity of cultures and faiths. The organization was dissolved in 2006

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Lilith Quinlan, Jenny Inglis and other Common Ground friends, 2011 [acc. 11A-068]
Processing Information
This collection is unprocessed. This finding aid created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, with assistance from SCPC staff.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Common Ground Records DG243, Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection by Common Ground. Copy right to other items in the collection remains with 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
Common Ground was a nonprofit organization and faith community founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1982 by a Quaker couple, Lilith Quinlan and Hoyt Oliver, and a small group of friends from other faith traditions. Common Ground's mission was to break cycles of poverty, racism, and sexism through nonviolence education, organizing, trainings and action. Collaboration with Baton Rouge Friends Meeting, the local Clergy and Laity Concerned and Dignity chapters led to founding and complementary work at Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice. Common Ground's programs included offerings for abused children and providing hospitality for survivors of violence. Offering sanctuary for Central American refugees led to successful national organizing with legal, immigrant rights and religious/Sanctuary organizations in opposing U.S.Justice/INS/Bureau of Prisons' mass detention of refugees in remote Oakdale, Louisiana. National and regional conferences on nonviolence were held. From Indiana, the organization published journals and newsletters with and by grassroots women, including tenant organizers in New Orleans, leaders in India, Indigenous women across North American, and farmworker women in Florida. These journals, printed in-house on donated presses, were used as literacy, organizing, fundraising tools by the groups who requested and raised their voices by producing them. In Georgia, Common Ground sponsored "Women Promoting Wholeness," a group which created and organized biannual women's retreats for grassroots community leaders from diverse spiritual traditions. The organization was dissolved in 2006.

Collection Overview

Items removed:
Audio visual items

Arrangement of Collection
This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was donated.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Common Ground Official Documents: Incorporation and Dissolution
Common Ground Board Documents 1983-1988
Common Ground Board Documents 1989-1991
Common Ground Board Documents 1991-1993
Common Ground Board Documents 1994-2005
Distribution of Assets
Bienville House Sale/Purchase
Bienville House Information
Dignity at Bienville House

Box 2
Common Ground Correspondence with Oakdale 1985-1990
Common Ground Correspondence 1983
Common Ground Correspondence 1984
Common Ground Correspondence 1985
Common Ground Correspondence 1986
Common Ground Correspondence 1987
Common Ground Correspondence 1988
Common Ground Correspondence 1989
Common Ground Correspondence with Caridad India 1989
Common Ground Correspondence 1990
Common Ground Editor’s Correspondence for 1992 Journal 1991

Box 3
Common Ground Correspondence 1991
Common Ground Correspondence 1992 [2 folders]
Common Ground Editor’s Correspondence with Farmworker Women 1993
Common Ground Correspondence 1993
Common Ground Editor’s Correspondence 1994
Common Ground Correspondence 1994
Common Ground Correspondence 1995
Common Ground Correspondence 1996
Common Ground Correspondence 1997
Common Ground Correspondence 1999
 Common Ground Correspondence with Highlander Research and Education Center 2000
Common Ground Correspondence 2000
Common Ground Correspondence 2002
Common Ground Correspondence 2006
Bosnia: Petition/Presentation/ Background 1993-1995
Beyond Words: Arab/Israeli Conflict July, 2002
Dance of Universal Peace2002
Common Ground Poster & Magazine 1985-1986

Box 4
Common Ground Mission
Common Ground Logo
Common Ground Core Workers
Common Ground Work Days 1989-1990
Common Ground Journal Editing Process
Common Ground Covers for Advertisements
English Translation from Spanish of 1993 Journal Farmworker Women
Annie Armstead Smart
Common Ground Brochures
Common Ground Flyers/Posters/Advertisements
Common Ground Tenth Anniversary 1992
“Feminist Periodicals” University of Wisconsin System
Common Ground Reprints
Oakdale, Louisiana House & Community Space
Refugee Support Network
Martha Vidrine drawing
Southeastern Nonviolence Pilgrimage and Conference 1986
Programs and Events 1981-1998
Common Ground Children’s Program 1984-1986

Box 5
Southern Progress Workshop 2000-2002
Unpublished Appalachian Journal Correspondence 1993-1995
Common Ground Appalachian Journal  Planning and Correspondence 1993
Amy, Anita Armbrister, Sharon Blackwell
Appalachian Cover
Pull Quotes
Appalachian Journal Artwork
Appalachian Journal Artwork, Major Drawings
Appalachian Journal Cover and Outline
Appalachian Journal Introduction
Vanessa Baumgardner
Betty Jo Bilbrey
Evelyn Farmer
Allyne McMillian
Sue Green
Carol Hunicutt
Joyce Hill
Dessie Peake “Granny” Moore
Beth Bingham
Linda Lester and Mary Yates
Appalachian Journal Pictures
Appalachian Journal Bibliography
Miscellaneous Grant/Fundraising Information
Marketing, Advertisements, and International Standard Book NumberISBN’s

Box 6
Women’s Center/Women’s Funds Network
Common Ground Press Clippings
Volunteer’s Experience
Women’s Southeastern Regional Resource Center Meetings 1990-1992
Women Promoting Wholeness 1997-1999
Women Promoting Wholeness 2000-2002
Ideas for A Center for Total Revolution Paintings
Quotes to Inspire

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015