Scope and Contents
The Kay Camp papers were in little order when they arrived at the Peace Collection, though Camp had sorted some material into general categories (other cartons had material with many subject categories intermixed). A great many duplicates, newspaper clippings from major newspapers, periodicals already owned by the Peace Collection, and items deemed unimportant were discarded. The remaining papers were sorted into Series. Material relating to Camp's involvement with WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) were removed to DG 043, Series A,2. The exception to this is the WILPF material found in the 2006 accession, and documents relating to Camp's involvement with local Pennsylvania branches of WILPF. The material received before 2006 was processed by the archivist; the 2006 was partially processed by student assistants. Box numbers for the 2006 accession start over at 1 to highlight the differentiation in processing. All of the collection's folders were labeled in 2006.
"Katherine Lindsley Camp, a peace activist, died of complications from a stroke at the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford on July 9,  the day before her 88th birthday.
As a self-described "peace protagonist," Mrs. Camp devoted 50 years to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She investigated human-rights violations in Chile; toured villages in Vietnam; addressed the United Nations; and walked hundreds of miles in demonstrations. In 1980, she spent four days in jail for protesting the nuclear power plant at Limerick.
From 1967 to 1971, she was president of the Women's International League's U.S. sector and was international president from 1974 to 1980. In the 1990s, she helped reorganize the league's Main Line chapter and led a chapter protest against nuclear weapons outside the Bryn Mawr post office in 1996, on the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.
"We're pressing for the abolition of all nuclear weapons by 2000," she told a reporter at the time.
Mrs. Camp grew up on a farm in Livingston, N.J. She earned a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, where she met her husband, William Perrine Camp. They married in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe, while she worked as a cryptographer for the War Department in Washington.
While raising their children in Havertown, she helped found a kindergarten in Havertown, and was a Cub Scout den mother and PTA president.
In 1956, she and her husband, a physician, became Quakers and joined Norristown Friends Meeting. She was active with the American Friends Service Committee. In the 1960s, she was founder and president of the Greater Norristown Bi-Racial Study Group.
Mrs. Camp ran for Congress in 1972 as a Democrat in the 13th Congressional District [of Pennsylvania]. She lost to the incumbent, Republican Lawrence Coughlin. In 1978, she was an adviser to the U.S delegation to the U.N. Special Session on Disarmament.
She was editor of Listen to Women for a Change, an anthology of essays by 50 feminists.
She loved gardening, cooking, sailing on Barnegat Bay, choral singing, and tennis, said her son David. In her 60s, she designed and helped build a log cabin in Maine for family vacations.
Mrs. Camp's husband died in 1999. In addition to her son David, she is survived by two other sons, Nelson and Anthony; a brother; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild."
[quoted from an article by Sally Downey, staff writer, Philadelphia Inquirer]