Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Children’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Records, 1980-1983

Collection: DG 190

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

Descriptive Summary
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Children’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Children’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Inclusive Dates
Call Number
DG 190

Language of Materials
Materials in English
5 linear feet [papers only]
Grass-roots group organized in Vermont by young people, dedicated to educating children throughout the United States and around the world about the nuclear threat and what they could do to end the nuclear arms race.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Jules Rabin, 1996 [Acc.. 96A-030 & Acc. 96A-063 ]
Processing Information
Processed by Wendy E. Chmielewski, 1996
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Records of the Children’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (DG 190), 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
In the early 1980s five young people, Susan Rabin, Nessa Rabin, Hannah Rabin, Susan Dennison, and Becky Dennison, all of Vermont, began this grass roots organization to educate other children and international government leaders about the dangers of nuclear weapons and potential nuclear war. The group evolved into a clearing house of correspondence with children around the world. In 1982 thousands of these letters were delivered to President Ronald Reagan at the White House, in an attempt to sway his opintion on ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Many letters were published in a book, Childrens Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament , Guido Grünewald [editor] in 1985.

Collection Overview
This collection contains the records of the Children's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, including minutes of meetings, financial records, notices of Children's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament events, newspaper clippings about the organization, and writings of the group founders. The largest part of this collection includes correspondence with children around the world about attempts to convince governments to give up nuclear weapons.

Items Removed:

Arrangement of Collection
The first box of records includes administrative files, information about the organization, and writings by the founders. The remaining part of the collection consists of correspondence. Photographs, posters, stamps, and memorabilia were removed to appropriate collections in the SCPC.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Removal Sheets
Children's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament-minutes
Writings from Children's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Children's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament events
Corresondence to Children's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Children's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament mailing lists
Financial records
Newspaper clippings [2 folders]

Box 2
Letters to President Reagan from children [2 folders]
Hannah Rabin’s trip to Finland-letters, newspaper clippings from Finland and Sweden
Reference material on other peace groups [2 folders]

Box 3
Correspondence, May-August, 1981

Box 4
Correspondence, September-December, 1981

Box 5
Correspondence, January-April, 1982

Box 6
Correspondence, May-June, 1982

Box 7
Correspondence, June-July, 1982

Box 8
Correspondence, August-September, 1982

Box 9
Correspondence, September-October, 1982

Box 10
Correspondence, October-undated, 1982

Box 11
Correspondence, January-March, 1983

Box 12
Correspondence, April-June, 1983

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015