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John Beer Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Beer, John

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence and notes about Beer's work for peace and social justice including: a typescript account of conscientious objector David Emerson's hearing in 1954 in Danville, Illinois; peace involvements in Delaware, 1960s-1980s, including opposition to the Vietnam War and to nuclear weapons; accounts of Western Quarterly Friends (Quakers) visits to the Pentagon to protest the arms race, 1979-1981, including correspondence with Brig. General Richard T. Boverie; opposition to ROTC at the University of Delaware; and, evaluation of nuclear warfare films by Beer and his students. The papers include Beer's reference files.

Papers regarding John Beer's academic and professional work are deposited at the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1954-1985


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access Note

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

Conditions Governing Use


Biographical Note

John Joseph Beer was born in 1927, Saarbrucken, Germany and died Oct. 2, 2021 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Illinois in 1956. He taught the history of science and the history of chemistry at the University of Delaware, until his retirement in 1992. He was a Quaker peace and antinuclear activist.


2.08 linear ft. (25 linear in.)


John Beer was a professor of the history of science and chemistry, as well as a Quaker peace and antinuclear activist.

Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for the papers of John Beer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John Beer, 1996, 2002 [96A-064, 02A-050].

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Processing Information

Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist.

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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