Cora Weiss Papers
Scope and Contents
Includes correspondence, administrative files, flyers, manuscripts, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, publicity materials, notebooks, periodicals, and reference material regarding Cora Weiss's involvement with: Women Strike for Peace, 1962-1973; Vietnam War antiwar work: 1968-1975; Committee of Liaison with Families, 1960s-1972, Friendshipment, 1970s-1980, broadcasting on radio station WRVR, 1974-1976; Church World Service, including wheat shipment program to Vietnam, 1978; Riverside Church Disarmament Program, 1978-1986; memorials to Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, 1986; Nicaragua/Honduras Education Program, 1983-1986; SANE/Freeze and its merger to become Peace Action, 1985-1991; Women for a Meaningful Summit, 1988-1989; International Peace Bureau, 1995-2006; Hague Appeal for Peace, 1997-2000; also includes: Cora Weiss's Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency files released through the Freedom of Information act; photographs, posters, audiocassettes, reel to reel audio tapes, slides, and videorecordings. Correspondents include: Joan Baez, William Sloane Coffin, Elena Ershova, Richard Falk, Jane Fonda, Peter Weiss
- Majority of material found within 1960-
- Weiss, Cora, 1934- (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Copyright and Rights Information
Cora Weiss is a peace and social justice leader and activist. She is a supporter of the United Nations, an early member of Women Strike for Peace, serving on the National Board of WSP from 1961-1973. Weiss was a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement in the United States: involved with organization of demonstrations, including the largest on November 15, 1969 in Washington, DC. She was the co-chair and director of the Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam (1969-1972). As part of this group Weiss organized the exchange of mail between families of prisoners of war in Vietnam. This exchange revealed and names of those alive. Weiss and the COL arranged for the return of some POWs. In the 1970s Weiss organized the group Friendshipment to provide humanitarian relief to Vietnam (1972-1980). Beginning in 1978 Weiss ran the Riverside Church (New York, NY) Disarmament Program (1978-1988). With her growing interest in the anti-nuclear movement Weiss was active with SANE, as it combined with the nuclear freeze campaign (1986-2000) and later became Peace Action. Weiss was the president and a co-founder of The Hague Appeal for Peace, 1996-date. Always interested in the international aspects of the peace movement Weiss was president of the International Peace Bureau from 2000-2006. Weiss has always been active in women's peace issues. She hosted the first women's radio program in New York City in the 1970s, met with Vietnamese women during the war, attended women's disarmament summits in the former Soveit Union, participated in the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and many other events. Weiss is the recipient of numerous peace awards from all over the world.
12.5 Linear Feet (12.5 linear ft.)
Cora Weiss is a peace and social justice leader and activist. She is a supporter of the United Nations, an early member of Women Strike for Peace, a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement in the United States. In the 1970s Weiss was the director of the Riverside Church (New York, NY) Disarmament Program. Weiss was also active with SANE, SANE/Freeze, Peace Action, and The Hague Appeal for Peace. Weiss became president of the International Peace Bureau in 2000. She has always been active in women's peace issues, hosting the first women's radio program in New York City in the 1970s, attending women's disarmament summits in the former Soveit Union, the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and many other events. Weiss is the recipient of numerous peace awards from all over the world.
This collection is unprocessed and this finding aid is a temporary one. The files have been arranged into a loose chronological order. Files on Cora Weiss obtained under the Freedom of Information Act may be found at the end of the boxes of personal papers in this collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Cora Weiss, 2007, [Acc.07A-044, 07A-047, 07A-059].
- Photographs, including oversized photographs
- Audiovisual material
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
This collection is unprocessed. This finding aid was created by Wendy Chmielewski and staff from January to April, 2008; updated November, 2010.
- Antinuclear movement
- Antinuclear movement -- United States
- Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam
- Friendshipment (Campaign)
- Hague Appeal for Peace
- International Peace Bureau
- National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Church World Service
- Nicaragua/Honduras Education Program
- Palme, Olof, 1927-1986
- Peace Action (Organization)
- Peace movements
- Peace movements -- United States
- Riverside Church Disarmament Program (New York, N.Y.)
- SANE/FREEZE (Organization)
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Civilian relief
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States
- WRVR (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
- Weiss, Cora, 1934-
- Women Strike for Peace
- Women and peace
- Women and peace -- United States
- Women for Meaningful Summits
- Weiss, Cora, 1934- (Person)
- Baez, Joan (Correspondent, Person)
- Coffin, William Sloane, Jr., 1924-2006 (Correspondent, Person)
- Ershova, Elena Nikolaevna (Correspondent, Person)
- Falk, Richard A. (Correspondent, Person)
- Fonda, Jane, 1937- (Correspondent, Person)
- Weiss, Peter, 1925- (Correspondent, Person)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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