Peace Collection receives CLIR grant

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection has received a grant of $44,000 from the Council on Library and Information Resources' Recordings at Risk program to preserve materials related to the Vietnam War. The grant project is entitled: Debating the Vietnam War: Film and Audio Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s. 

Wendy Chmielewski, Peace Collection curator, explained that “We will be digitizing 144 reel-to-reel, magnetic tapes and 52 motion picture films from speeches, conferences, films by public figures who spoke out to end the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. The voices and images of Vietnam Veterans, anti-war activists, business leaders, religious leaders, civil rights leaders, women peace activists, entertainers, U.S. public policy figures, and Vietnamese activists, will be made available for the first time, richly adding to our understanding of the history of the U.S. in the middle of the twentieth century, to peace history, and the workings of social justice movements. These recordings will be made available to the general public, via the Internet Archives and the Peace Collection web site.”