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Archives & Manuscripts

Peace Action Center Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-093

Scope and Contents

The collection is unprocessed. It includes PAC administrative records: history of the organization; minutes of internal meetings; financial records; and correspondence. There is material about PAC connections with other peace groups and material about PAC activities.

Dates

  • 1959-1965

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Most of this collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss retrieval of off-site materials.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Historical

The Peace Action Center began in 1961 as a continuation of the vigil at Fort Detrick, Md. Peace activists had sponsored a continuous vigil as early as 1959 seeking the abandonment of biological weapons and appealed for the conversion of the fort into a world health center. The Peace Action Center included cooperative living quarters for the staff of religious pacifists, mostly Quakers. PAC staff including Lawrence Scott, director, and Jack L. Bagley, Sarah Bishop, Florence Y. Carpenter, Bertha Faust, William R. Martin, Gelston McNeil, and Patricia Parkman. The PAC disbanded in the fall 1963.

Extent

6.25 Linear Feet (6.25 linear ft.)

Overview

The Peace Action Center began in 1961 as a continuation of the vigil at Fort Detrick, Md. Peace activists had sponsored a continuous vigil as early as 1959 seeking the abandonment of biological weapons and appealed for the conversion of the fort into a world health center. The Peace Action Center included cooperative living quarters for the staff of religious pacifists, mostly Quakers. PAC staff including Lawrence Scott, director, and Jack L. Bagley, Sarah Bishop, Florence Y. Carpenter, Bertha Faust, William R. Martin, Gelston McNeil, and Patricia Parkman. The PAC disbanded in the fall 1963.

Arrangement

The collection is loosely organized as follows: general information about PAC activities; financial records; general correspondence; information about contact with other peace groups; additional information about PAC activities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lawrence Scott in 1975.

Related Materials

Lawrence Scott Papers (DG 090)

Related Materials

For related materials, search the library's online catalog

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 52.

Legal Status

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Creator

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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