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Ailanthus Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Ailanthus
The collection consists primarily of printed material; includes flyers, notes from meetings, newspaper clippings, photographs, banners, legal briefs, publicity materials, and reference files. Also includes a memoir by Robert W. Hillegass about the making of the play "Handy Dandy" by William Gibson which draws heavily on Ailanthus courtroom experience and spirituality.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1979-1992

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Access: open for research without restrictions.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet (5 linear in.)

Biographical / Historical

Ailanthus, a nonviolent witness for peace; active between 1979 and ca. 1990 in the Cambridge (Mass.) area; a nonviolent peace community, grounded in Christian nonviolence, Gandhi's model of nonviolent resistance, and the witness of James Douglass, radical Catholic theologian/peace activist; Ailanthus membership was composed mainly of Quakers and Roman Catholics; met at Boston's Catholic Worker House; conducted weekly nonviolent peace vigils at the Draper Laboratory in Cambridge where first-strike weapons such as Cruise, MX Trident, and "Star Wars" technology were developed.
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