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Mary Bye Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-024

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers relating to Mary Bye's political activity. It includes correspondence, notes, clippings, and other files concerning peace and justice issues. Includes material on Daniel Berrigan, Robert Whittington Eaton, the Plowshares Eight, Vietnamese conflict, Continental Walk for Disarmament, corporate divestiture, Central American refugees, and many other issues. Correspondents include Noam Chomsky, Alexander Calder, Theodore Friend, Kai Yutah Clouds, Fr. Paul Kabat, and others.

Dates

  • 1966-[on-going]

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Du Bois was born on April 25, 1913. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1936 and married Ranulph de Bayeux. They had five children, Dennis Latham (b. May 31, 1942), Barbara Downman (b. April 7, 1944), Richard Edwin (b. March 12, 1951; d. May 10, 1951), Stephen Gerard (b. June 18, 1952), and Catherine Maitland (b. 1955).

She is an active member of Doylestown Monthly Meeting and Bucks Quarterly Meeting, serving on several committees, including the Quarterly Meeting's Peace and Service Committee. In addition to her political involvement through the Meeting, she individually was active in the peace movement and other social causes. She protested several issues, leading to her arrest at the Pentagon in 1969 and at Harrisburg in 1972. She also protested by not paying her taxes.

One of the most important things she did as a political activist was to open her home as a forum where people such as Father Daniel Berrigan could speak to the community and peace walkers could spend the night.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Mary (Du Bois) Bye, Quaker peace and social activist and member of Doylestown Monthly Meeting of Friends in Pennsylvania, was born in 1913. This collection consists of the papers relating to Mary Bye's political activity. It includes correspondence, notes, clippings, and other files concerning peace and justice issues.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Mary Bye, 1991, 1994

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection by Mary Bye. It was transferred to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College in 1991.

Related Materials

The Peace Collection kept issues of the following:
  1. (located in SCPC Periodicals) Alert, Basta!, Central America Report, FCNL Washington Newsletter, Friends of Peace Pilgrim, GI Press Service, The Nonviolent, Pax et Libertas, Peace and Freedom, WIN Magazine and The Veteran

Processing Information

This collection was given to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection by Mary Bye. It was transferred to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College in 1991. Periodicals were retained by the Peace Collection. Mary Bye's original subject designations have been retained, and they have been put into alphabetical order. Form letters and solicitations from various organizations were returned to the donor or discarded.

Note: This is an open collection, with additional unprocessed accessions arriving at indeterminate intervals.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Mary Bye Papers, 1966-[ongoing]
Author
FHL staff
Date
1991
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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