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Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles Collected Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles

Overview

Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles was organized in 1983 by a group of women who were part of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp in Great Britain. Several activists at Greenham organized Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, which sought to use the U.S. legal system to challenge the right of the U.S. government to deploy nuclear missiles on foreign soil. Although the suit was unsuccessful, a group of Greenham women traveled around the United States speaking out about the growing objections in the international community to the ongoing escalation of the nuclear arms race.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1983-1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Historical note

Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles was organized in 1983 by a group of women who were part of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. The Greenham peace camps were a grassroots anti-nuclear movement in Great Britain. Several activists at Greenham organized Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, which sought to use the U.S. legal system to challenge the right of the U.S. government to deploy nuclear missiles on foreign soil. A suit was filed in U.S. fedeal court on their behalf by the Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, New York): "Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, et al. against Ronald Reagan, et al." A Superior Court judge in New York ruled that the case was political and could not be heard, and an appellate court upheld that decision. Although the suit was unsuccessful, the Greenham women, led by Gwyn Kirk, used the lawsuit to make the American public aware of growing objections in the international community to the ongoing escalation of the nuclear arms race. A group of Greenham women traveled around the United States speaking out about these issues.

Extent

1.04 Linear Feet (3 boxes (12.5 linear in.))

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of the Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources.

Separated Materials

6 buttons removed to the Button/Pin/Ribbon Collection; 1 poster removed to the Poster Collection; 2 pieces of green fencing removed to the Memorabilia Collection.

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

Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist created by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, July 1998.
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