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Roy C. Kepler Papers

Identifier: SCPC-DG-185
This collection includes Kepler's files on his various affiliations and involvements from the 1940s through the 1970s.


  • 1940-1985


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection


Copyright and Rights Information



4.3 Linear Feet (4.3 linear ft.)


Roy Kepler was a radical pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, owner of Kepler Books in Menlo Park, California, involved for many years with the War Resisters League, one of the founders of the Pacifica Foundation and public radio in California.

Biographical note

Roy Cecil Kepler was born on May 7, 1920 in Colorado. He was a radical pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, serving in six Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps between June 3, 1942 and March 1, 1946. In this period he was active in political organizing in the camps. After WWII and until his death he owned an independent paperback bookstore in Menlo Park, California. Kepler remained politically active, working with draft resisters during the Vietnamese Conflict, with the War Resisters League, particularly West Coast branches; also with the Peacemakers, the Committee for Nonviolent Action, the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, the Third Camp, and other groups advocating nonviolent social change. Kepler was one of the founders of the Pacifica Foundation and public radio in California. Kepler died January 1, 1994.


This collection is arranged with biographical material first, involvements second, general correspondence third, writings fourth, and reference material fifth.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 1995 [Acc. 95A-088], 1996 [Acc. 96A-036]; 2016 [Acc. 2016-018] purchase from Mare Booksellers, 2017 Michael Doyle [Acc. 2017-051, Acc. 2017-064] .

Related Materials

War Resisters League Records

Separated Materials

  1. Large newspaper articles and newspaper ads reoved to the SCPC Oversized Items Collection: Documents
  2. Material from WRL/West and WRL's California Branch/es moved to DG 040: War Resisters League Records

Legal Status

Copyright to the materials created by Roy C. Kepler has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Copyright to all other materials is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.
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Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Tessa Chambers added the notes in Fall 2017. Wendy E. Chmielewski updated finding aid in September 2018.

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