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Nuclear Resister Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-261

Scope and Contents

The files of the Nuclear Resister Newsletter includes correspondence with hundreds of peace movement activists from 1980 onward.

Dates

  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers using this collection must anonymize personal information in any publications. The correspondence files in this collection may be viewed but not reproduced. In addition, researchers viewing unique correspondence in this collection, as defined by the donors, must sign a form agreeing to limited use of this material. These restrictions are in place until January 1, 2035. For more information, contact the Swarthmore College Peace Collection at peacecollection@swarthmore.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

None.

Biographical

In 1980, Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa became co-coordinators of the National No-Nukes Prison Support Collective, which educated about peace issues and advocate for imprisoned anti-nuclear activists. The Cohen-Joppas also published The Nuclear Resister newsletter as an essential element of this work. In 1988 the organization changed its name to The Nuclear Resister. The function of the Nuclear Resister was to provide comprehensive reporting on arrests for anti-nuclear civil resistance in the United States. There was an emphasis on providing support for the women and men jailed for these actions. In 1990 reporting coverage was expanded to include anti-war arrests in North America, plus overseas anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance with the same emphasis on prisoner support. While the principal effort continues to be publication of the newsletter, supporters also participate in anti-nuclear resistance through public speaking, writing for other publications and websites, organizing protests and other events, a website, a Facebook page and Twitter account, among other things. Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa continue as co-cordinators and co-editors and The Nuclear Resister newsletter continues to be published, as of 2015.

Extent

0.83 linear ft. (2 Boxes)

Abstract

In 1980, Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa became co-coordinators of the National No-Nukes Prison Support Collective, which educated about peace issues and advocate for imprisoned anti-nuclear activists. The Cohen-Joppas also published The Nuclear Resister newsletter as an essential element of this work. In 1988 the organization changed its name to The Nuclear Resister. The function of the Nuclear Resister was to provide comprehensive reporting on arrests for anti-nuclear civil resistance in the United States. There was an emphasis on providing support for the women and men jailed for these actions. In 1990 reporting coverage was expanded to include anti-war arrests in North America, plus overseas anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance with the same emphasis on prisoner support. While the principal effort continues to be publication of the newsletter, supporters also participate in anti-nuclear resistance through public speaking, writing for other publications and websites, organizing protests and other events, a website, a Facebook page and Twitter account, among other things. Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa continue as co-cordinators and co-editors and The Nuclear Resister newsletter continues to be published, as of 2015.

Arrangement

This collection was organzied by the donors John Cohen-Joppa and Felice Cohen-Joppa. They indentified many of the correspondents in the collection and wrote names where necessary on various letters.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Felice Cohen-Joppa and John Cohen-Joppa, 2015 [Acc. 2015-050].

Separated Materials

Items removed: Periodicals from various peace organizations.

Legal Status

Copyright to the A Nuclear Resister 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

This collection remains in the order in which it was donated. This finding aid was created by Wendy Chmielewski, August 2015.

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

Revision Statements

  • 2017: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Min Cheng in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Elisabeth Miller added the notes in Fall 2017. This finding aid was updated by Wendy E. Chmielewski, April 2020.

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