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Boston Draft Resistance Group Collected Records

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Boston Draft Resistance Group

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the efforts of a Boston (Massachusetts) group to resist the draft in a collective manner and to educate the public about draft issues. The files originally belonging to Michael Ferber were donated by Michael Foley.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1967-1969


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use


Historical note

The Boston Draft Resistance Group (BDRG) was established on April 25, 1967 by members of the Harvard We Won't Go group. The BDRG had grassroots support due to its campus and community organizing. It was heavily influenced by Vietnam Summer and Students for a Democratic Society. The BDRG offered draft resistance counseling services; its mission was to use draft resistance as a way to organize opposition to the Vietnam War. It made special efforts to reach out to Boston's working class. The BDRG was also known for its efforts to resist the draft through "Early Morning Shows" and "Horror Shows." [source: Confronting the War Machine by Michael S. Foley]


0.42 linear ft. (5 linear in.)


The Boston Draft Resistance Group offered draft counseling and organized opposition to the Vietnam War in the Boston (Massachusetts) area.


No particular arrangement, other than chronological, was necessary for these records.

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Janet Essley, 2004 [Acc. 04A-094]; Michael Foley, 2006 [Acc. 06A-059]

Separated Materials

Items removed: Newsletter to Periodical Collection

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, 2009.

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