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John McConnell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-212

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence and information about Earth Day, 1970-present; correspondence and information about the Earth Flag, 1970-present; correspondence and information about Earth Society Foundation, 1973-present; correspondence and information about Minute for Peace, 1963-1996; general correspondence, 1950-present; Star of Hope correspondence and information, 1957-1964; information about Sea Citizens, Earth Trustees, and World Equality; biographical information, journals, manuscripts, press releases, reference files; financial and tax records, card files.

Dates

  • Creation: 1950-2012

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research use. The original and signed Earth Day Proclamation, dated 1970, can only be loaned or copied following specific guidelines. Contact peacecollection@swarthmore.edu for more information.

Physical Access Note

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at peacecollection@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Biographical Note

John McConnell was born in 1915, in Davis City, Iowa. He has been an minister, author, editor, advocate for the environment, and businessman. He organized Meals for Millions in 1962 in San Francisco to feed displaced Hong Kong refugees and organized the Minute for Peace radio broadcast in 1964. In 1968 McConnell designed the Earth Flag, depicting the planet as seen from space. McConnell proposed the idea of Earth Day in 1969 to celebrate a peaceful planet. He also proposed Sea Citizens in 1974, and Earth Trustees in 1995.

Extent

34.1 Linear Feet (34.1 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

John McConnell was born in 1915, in Davis City, Iowa. He has been an minister, author, editor, advocate for the environment, and businessman. He organized Meals for Millions in 1962 in San Francisco to feed displaced Hong Kong refugees and organized the Minute for Peace radio broadcast in 1964. In 1968 McConnell designed the Earth Flag, depicting the planet as seen from space. McConnell proposed the idea of Earth Day in 1969 to celebrate a peaceful planet. He also proposed Sea Citizens in 1974, and Earth Trustees in 1995. John McConnell died in 2012.

Arrangement

This collection has not been processed and retains most of the original order imposed by the donor. The first, large, accession was sent to the Peace Collection, and includes boxes 1-58; and a card file. Later accessions are listed in order of acquisition. Audio visual items have been removed from the main body of the McConnell collection and stored in the Audio Visual Collection. Memorabilia has been removed and is stored in the Memorabilia Collection.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John and Anna McConnell, 2002-2006 [Accessions: 02A-032; 05A-024; 05A-035; and 06A-010]; Anna McConnell, 2012 (Acc. 2012-071); 2014 (Acc. 2014-039); 2015 (Acc. 2015-034); 2016 (Acc. 2016-090).

Separated Materials

Items removed: posters, photographs, seals and stamps.

Legal Status

Copyright to the resources created by John McConnell and Anna McConnell 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

Preliminary processing by Wendy E. Chmielewski and SCPC staff, 2002-2006.

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

Revision Statements

  • 2018: 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.
  • 2018: Added boxes 59-61; Acc. 06A-010, boxes 3-5; Acc. 2012-071, boxes 1-2.
  • 2018-03-14: This finding aid was updated by Wendy E. Chmielewski, March 14, 2019.

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