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Civilian Public Service publications

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-1236
This collection consists primarily of the publications of conscientious objectors (COs) working at Civilian Public Service camps during World War II, performing "work of national importance" in lieu of combat. CPS camps began to form as soon as the military began drafting soldiers in 1941, and some remained open until 1947. The camps were run by groups affiliated with the so-called 'peace churches'--the Church of the Brethren, the Religious Society of Friends, and the Mennonites. However, men of all denominations, of other faiths, and of no organized faith, are recorded in these publications.

Camps documented in this collection were established for various purposes, from firefighting in the rural West to caring for mental patients and the elderly. The publications cover areas across the United States, although are focused in the Northeast, Upper Midwest and California. Two publications appear to be from outside the United States--one in Puerto Rico, the other the intriguingly vague "Latin American Unit." These publications range from the very basic (a single sheet of typewritten paper announcing the week's events) to the elaborate (50-page magazines on glossy paper with black-and-white photographs) and cover all aspects of the lives of COs--the banal and mundane as well as the profound. Many publications intermittently published tables of all men who were in that specific camp at the time, or of all men who had passed through the camp. Publication frequency ranged from weekly to quarterly.

A few other publications are also included, which were not directly published by COs but which share pacifist leanings or are otherwise related.

Dates

  • 1941-1946

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Extent

6 boxes (6 boxes)

Overview

This collection consists primarily of the publications of conscientious objectors (COs) working at Civilian Public Service camps in the United States during World War II, performing "work of national importance" in lieu of combat. Camps were established for various purposes, from firefighting in the rural West to caring for mental patients and the elderly. The publications cover areas across the United States, although are focused in the Northeast, Upper Midwest and California. Two publications appear to be from outside the United States. Publications range from the very basic (a single sheet of typewritten paper announcing the week's events) to the elaborate (50-page magazines on glossy paper with black-and-white photographs) and cover all aspects of the lives of COs--the banal and mundane as well as the profound. Many publications intermittently published tables of all men who were in that specific camp at the time, or of all men who had passed through the camp. Publication frequency ranged from weekly to quarterly.

A few other publications are also included, which were not directly published by COs but which share pacifist leanings or are otherwise related.

Custodial History

Most of these publications appear to have been sent to Special Collections at the time of their original publication.

Related Materials

Some documents have duplicates in PG3, Friends Civilian Public Service.
Title
Civilian Public Service Publications, 1941-1946
Status
completed
Author
Jon Sweitzer-Lamme
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

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