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John Beer Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Beer, John
Collection includes correspondence and notes about Beer's work for peace and social justice including: a typescript account of conscientious objector David Emerson's hearing in 1954 in Danville, Illinois; peace involvements in Delaware, 1960s-1980s, including opposition to the Vietnam War and to nuclear weapons; accounts of Western Quarterly Friends (Quakers) visits to the Pentagon to protest the arms race, 1979-1981, including correspondence with Brig. General Richard T. Boverie; opposition to ROTC at the University of Delaware; and, evaluation of nuclear warfare films by Beer and his students. The papers include Beer's reference files.

Papers regarding John Beer's academic and professional work are deposited at the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware.


  • Majority of material found within 1954-1985


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss retrieval of off-site materials.

Copyright and Rights Information



2.08 Linear Feet (25 linear in.)


John Beer is a professor of the history of science and chemistry, as well as a Quaker peace and antinuclear activist.

Biographical note

John Joseph Beer was born in 1927, Saarbrucken, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Illinois in 1956. He taught the history of science and the history of chemistry at the University of Delaware, until his retirement in 1992. He was a Quaker peace and antinuclear activist.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for the papers of John Beer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John Beer, 1996, 2002 [96A-064, 02A-050].

Processing Information

Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist.
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2017: 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.

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