This small collection of Dorothy Detzer's papers contains significant personal material from the last decade of her life as well as earlier Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)-related material. Her tenure as National Secretary of WILPF from 1924 to 1947 is better documented in DG 043, especially in the series containing Annual Reports of the National Secretary, branch letters, correspondence, speeches and articles.
The bulk of the Detzer papers in DG 086 is correspondence (1924-[1970-1980]), a considerable quantity of which is with Rosemary Rainbolt (1973-1977) when Rainbolt was doing research for her master's thesis and preparing a paper for the American Historical Association, both about Detzer, and with Dr. Barbara Sicherman who asked Detzer's help in writing a paper on Alice Hamilton, a lifelong friend of Detzer. Personal letters between Detzer and A. Fenner Brockway and other good friends provide a look at her restrospective views of life and aging.
There is a significant amount of WILPF correspondence and source material documenting the efforts of Detzer and Anna Melissa Graves in 1933 to prevent the United States and Britain from exploiting Liberia.
Material about Detzer includes the Rainbolt thesis, "Dorothy Detzer: National Secretary, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom," and her AHA paper, "Women and War in the U.S.: The Case of Dorothy Detzer, National Secretary W.I.L.P.F." A collection of newsclippings (1913-1945) starts with reprints of letters from abroad published in her hometown Ft. Wayne, Indiana, newspaper and continues on to document her years as National Secretary of WILPF. Particular events covered by the newsclippings include her being granted a pacifist's passport in 1929 amidst Daughters of the American Revolution protest and her work to force an investigation of the munitions industry (1933-1936).
There are typescripts for articles and speeches by Detzer including a statement "What I Believe" and her speech in 1965 at the WILPF 50th Anniversary Celebration. Her book Appointment on the Hill (1948) is available in DG 086 and in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection book collection.
There are many photographs and also an audiocassette made in 1974 during an interview with Rosemary Rainbolt. Memorabilia include her Bible and prayerbook, collections of poetry and sayings, a travel journal, and several passports. There is a small amount of family correspondence and genealogical information about her family.
Correspondents include Jane Addams, Roger Baldwin, A. Fenner Brockway, Justus Doenecke, Morris L. Ernst, Mitchell Gordon, Anna Melissa Graves, Mildred Scott Olmsted, Rosemary Rainbolt, Huldah W. Randall, Mercedes M. Randall, Meta Riseman, Izetta Robb, Dr. Barbara Sicherman and Jessica Smith.