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Jerry Elmer Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Elmer, Jerry

Scope and Contents

This collection includes information about 1) the Tiger Cage Vigil and Fast protesting the Vietnam War, which was held in Washington D.C. in the summer of 1974, and 2) the Rhode Island Freeze Campaign encompassing the 1982 nuclear freeze referendum held in ten states and 38 cities and counties throughout the United States. The Vietnam War material includes correspondence, leaflets and packets of information, newsletters, legal information, lists of project participants, and press releases. The Rhode Island Freeze Campaign material includes brochures, clippings, geographical contacts, information packets, press releases and reports. The papers in this collection are in the order arranged by Jerry Elmer prior to their arrival at the SCPC.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1973-1975, 1982


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use


Biographical / Historical

Jerry Elmer: b. 1951; graduate of Harvard Law School; pacifist; practices commercial litigation in Providence, R.I. and serves as legal counsel to the Fellowship of Reconciliation; author of

Biographical / Historical

Jerry Elmer was born in 1951. He graduated from Harvard Law School and has practiced commercial litigation in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition, he has been the legal counsel to the Fellowship of Reconciliation. As a pacifist, his interests included protesting the Vietnam War, as well as the build-up of nuclear weapons in the United States. Elmer is the author of


2 linear ft. (2 linear ft.)


Arranged in 2 series: Series A. Tiger Cage Vigil and Fast (1974); Series B. Rhode Island Freeze Campaign.

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jerry Elmer, July 2006 [acc. 06A-041].

Separated Materials

Photographs of Tiger Cage Vigil (1973-1974) were removed to the Photograph Collection [see office file for information about crediting photographer/s]. One bumpersticker was removed to the Stamp/Sticker/Seal/Envelope 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 Jerry Elmer.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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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