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Charles Bloomstein Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Bloomstein, Charles


Charles Bloomstein (1913 - 2002) was involved in a number of organizations that promoted civil rights, as well as peace. He was a conscientious objector during World War II, and served in Civilian Public Service (CPS) for three years.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1938-2002


Language of Materials

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

Charles Bloomstein (August 4, 1913 - October 28, 2002) was involved in a number of organizations that promoted civil rights, as well as peace, including CARE (as a staff person from 1948-1955), the NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the War Resisters League, the Albert Einstein Institution, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation (as director). He hoped to write books about CARE and about his close friend and colleague, Bayard Rustin, and this is reflected in his papers; unfortunately these works were never published. Bloomstein was a conscientious objector during World War II, and took part in Civilian Public Service (CPS) from June 1943 to June 1946. He was in CPS camps #46 (Big Flats, New York) and #59 (Elkton, Oregon), and also served as a human guinea pig, in medical experiments regarding malaria, at unit #115 (Boston, Massachusetts).


1.87 linear ft. (1.87 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the papers of Charles Bloomstein.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the children of Charles Bloomstein, 2005.

Related Materials

More material about or by Bloomstein can be found in the New York Public Library's archival collection on CARE.

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 Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, February 2006

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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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