Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Peacemakers Collected Records, 1948-1980

Collection: CDG-A

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 not the official repository for these papers/records.
Peacemakers Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
5 linear inches/feet [papers only]
A group working on nonviolencefrom the late 1940s through the 1970s, particularly as it was expressed through tax refusal.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Processing Information
Processed by Anne M. Yoder (Archivist), November 2011; added to May 2016
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Peacemakers Collected Records, 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
Ernest Bromley and Marion Bromley Papers (DG 214)
Juanita Morrow Nelson and Wallace F. Nelson Papers (DG 262)
Marjorie Swann and Robert Swann Papers (DG 264)

Historical Background
The Peacemaker Movement, often simply called "Peacemakers," emerged from a call for a conference in Chicago following Mahatma Gandhi's death. The founders of Peacemakers were pacifists seeking to rally others to the ideals of nonviolence, based on a spiritual philosophy of life as an effective social technique. Local organizations were called "cells" and were considered the basis of the movement. In later years, its aim was to resist conscription and refuse war tax payment to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Collection Overview
This material was gathered over the years through mailings or from various peoples' archival collections. Some of the Peacemakers' records, including correspondence and material from its tax refusal campaign, are in the Bromley papers (DG 214).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Removal forms
Reunion, 1987 (August)
Pamphlets / flyers
Flyer "What Is Peacemakers?"
Membership guidelines
Continuations Committee: meeting minutes, 1948-1958
Continuations Committee, 1960-1974, undated
Executive Committee: meeting minutes, 1948-1949
Executive Committee: meeting minutes, 1951-1965
Publications Committee
Tax Refusal Committee
Financial records: miscellaneous, 1951-1970
Financial records: Sharing Fund
Financial records: donation list "Sharing and Projects," 1965-1970
Financial records: donation list "The Peacemaker," 1969-1970

Box 2
Correspondence, 1950-1959
Correspondence, 1960-1961
Correspondence, 1962-1964
Correspondence, 1965-1975
Correspondence, undated
Efforts, 1940s-1970s
Efforts, undated
Efforts: war/draft resistance
Efforts: war/draft resistance, 1957-1969 -- statements and correspondence
Efforts: war/draft resistance, 1967-1972 -- Saying 'No' To Military Conscription [campaign; includes signatures]

Box 3

Efforts: war/draft resistance -- prisoner assistance / C.O.s in prison
Efforts: war/draft resistance -- amnesty

Efforts: war/draft resistance -- Larry Gara, 1949
Efforts: war/draft resistance -- Seymour Eichel, 1956

Efforts: war/draft resistance -- Kevin ____ and hunger strike at Ashland prison, 1972
Efforts: fighting McCarthy campaign, 1953-1954
Efforts: support for Koinonia Farm, 1957
Efforts: Marj Swann
Efforts: war tax refusal campaign [includes correspondence]
Efforts: controversy about Peacemakers article by Arthur Harvey, 1958-1959
Efforts: feminism and nonviolence, 1984
Peacemakers Bulletin
Press releases
Media coverage
Items removed from oversized scrapbook re: Bromleys, etc. [scrapbook and 80% of items (duplicates) discarded in 2015]
Items included with mailings; reference material
Mailing list/s
Song entered in songbook "It Could Be...," 1965

Box 4
Events: miscellaneous
Events: national conferences, 1948-1949
Events: national conferences, 1950-1958
Events: national conferences, 1960-1974, undated
Events: Third Camp Conference [co-sponsored]
Events: orientation programs, 1965-1977
Events: training programs in nonviolence, 1957-1979
Local groups: efforts in Alabama and California
Local groups: efforts in District of Columbia
Local groups: efforts in Illinois (Chicago)
Local groups: efforts in Massachusetts
Local groups: efforts in New Jersey
Local groups: efforts in New York (NYC) -- Executive Committee
Local groups: efforts in New York (NYC), 1940s
Local groups: efforts in New York (NYC), 1950s
Local groups: efforts in New York (NYC), undated

Box 5 (1/2 box)
Local groups: efforts in Ohio -- Ohio Area Peacemakers [includes Yellow Springs]
Local groups: efforts in Ohio -- Gano Peacemakers Inc.
Local groups: efforts in Ohio -- Gano Peacemakers Inc.: Articles of Incorporation, 1952; meeting minutes, 1952-1995
Local groups: efforts in Ohio -- Gano Peacemakers Inc.: tax assessment reactions
Local groups: efforts in Ohio -- Gano Peacemakers Inc. Support Fund
Local groups: efforts in Pennsylvania
Local groups: efforts in Virginia (Richmond) -- notes in shorthand

Box 3
Questionnaires filled out for Peacemakers Directory (by Continuations Committee) [7 folders]

This file was last updated
May 30, 2016