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Archives & Manuscripts

Movement for a New Society Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-154

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, administrative files, notes of meetings, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, brochures, directories, membership materials, financial records, notebooks, journals, and photos. Subjects include nonviolence and training for nonviolent action; feminism, nonviolence, and peace.

Dates

  • 1971-1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

None.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Historical

Movement for a New Society began in 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a national network of activists committed to building a nonviolent revolution. Movement for a New Society grew to be a community, based in several areas around the United States. While Movement for a New Society was always an activist organization, it was also a co-housing and/or communal society. Movement for a New Society provided training in nonviolent direct action; was committed to decentralized organization and decision-making. It grew out of an earlier gathering of peace activists, A Quaker Action Group. For the first ten years, Movement for a New Society collectives in Philadelphia encouraged the formation of regional groups, including collectives in the Boston/Northeast Region, the Mid-Atlantic Region, Tucson, Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, etc. After 1981 efforts were made to strengthen communication and coordination among the various collectives. Movement for a New Society published at least three newsletters for internal communication: Dandelion Wine, Wine, and Grapevine; and one external newsletter, The Dandelion. Movement for a New Society ceased operation in 1988. Members of Movement for a New Society formed a collective publishing business, based in Philadelphia, New Society Publishers, which published books and pamphlets on peace, social justice, and ecological issues. New Society Publishers was in existence from 1988-1996.

Extent

48.5 Linear Feet (112 boxes)

Overview

Movement for a New Society began in 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a national network of activists committed to building a nonviolent revolution. Movement for a New Society grew to be a community, based in several areas around the United States. While Movement for a New Society was always an activist organization, it was also a co-housing and/or communal society. Movement for a New Society collectives formed in the Boston/Northeast Region, the Mid-Atlantic Region, Tucson, Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, etc. Movement for a New Society ceased operation in 1988.Some members formed a collective publishing business, based in Philadelphia, New Society Publishers, which published books and pamphlets on peace, social justice, and ecological issues. New Society Publishers was in existence from 1988-1996.

Arrangement

This collection is unprocessed and in much the same order as when it was donated. The collection is organized into the various accessions in which it was donated to the Peace Collection. Most of the accessions have been small donations, containing only a few items relating to Movement for a New Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Beth Brockman, 1988 [Acc. 88A-065; Betsy Gilman-Radsch, 1990, 1995, 2002 [Acc. 90A-002, Acc. 95A-022, Acc. 02A-025]; Peter J. Woodrow, 1990 [Acc. 90A-055]; Lynne Shivers, 1992 [Acc. 92A-062]; Nancy Brigham, 1992 [Acc. 92A-090]; Jonathan Ber Zall, 2004 [Acc. 04A-003]; James Schrag [Acc. 06A-044]; Kenneth K. Martin [Acc. 08A-077], George Lakey, 2010 [Acc. 10A-026]

Separated Materials

Photographs were moved to the Photograph Collection. Oversized charts were moved to the Oversized Items Collection: Documents.

Legal Status

Copyright to the Movement for a New Society records created by the organization 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

Processed by Staff; this finding aid was created by Wendy E. Chmielewski in August,2008, and revised in March, 2010.
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