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Carol Cummings and Frank Cummings Papers

Identifier: SCPC-DG-180

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, items related to activities of the Cummings and organizations which they supported, as well as reference/subject files. Of particular note is the box of material from/about the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee. This collection was originally titled the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee Records, which is what Frank Cummings wrote that it comprised when he donated the material to the Peace Collection. However, when the collection was examined in 2015, it was seen that only a portion of the collection was directly related to the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee, and was really more about the Cummings' involvements regarding Central America (and, in particular, sanctuary for refugees). Therefore, the collection's name has been changed to reflect this reality.


  • Creation: 1982-2001


Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English, with some reference material in Spanish.

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Biographical note

Carol and Frank Cummings were a Quaker married couple who were involved in the sanctuary movement for Central American refugees in the 1980s. They were based in Atlanta, Georgia, and members of the Friends Meeting House there. The Cummings helped establish the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee in 1985, under the care of the Social Concerns Committee of the Atlanta Friends Meeting. This organization soon included representatives from other religious communities and provided information about the sanctuary movement and sanctuary of Central American refugees escaping the civil wars in that area of the world.


4.8 linear ft. (4.8 linear ft.)


Carol and Frank Cummings were a married couple who were involved in the sanctuary movement for Central American refugees in the 1980s.


The first three boxes of this collection document the Cummings' involvements and interests, particularly in regard to the sanctuary movement that arose in the 1980s in response to the flood of refugees fleeing the war in Central America. The other seven boxes are filled with reference material that the Cummings' gathered on sanctuary and on Central America, primarily.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank Cummings, 1998 [Acc. 98A-005]; 2001 [Acc. 01A-038]; 2003 [Acc.03A-062]; Atlanta Monthly Friends Meeting, 1995 [Acc. 95A-020].

Separated Materials

Items removed: 1 audiocassette tape "Sanctuary- Stories and Issues" to the Audiovisual Collection. Many newsletters and other items were removed to other locations in the Peace Collection. See the office files for the removal forms.

Legal Status

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


The name of this collection was changed in 2015 from Atlanta Sanctuary Committee to Carol R. Cummings and Frank E. Cummings Papers to better reflect its contents.

Processing Information

Processing completed and finding aid prepared by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, March 2015.

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