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Wilmer Brandt Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Brandt, Wilmer

Scope and Contents

This small collection is primarily made up of correspondence with Jeannette Rankin and others, including Round Robin letters sent to (and received from) friends, most likely those who were in CPS with him.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1952-2007


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to researchers, but originals of the Jeannette Rankin letters may only be seen with permission.

Conditions Governing Use


Biographical note

Wilmer Brandt was born on January 13, 1920. He grew up on a dairy farm in Hershey (Pennsylvania), and was a member of a Church of the Brethren congregation. Brandt was able to go to Junior College because Milton S. Hershey (of Hershey Chocolate) provided a full scholarship in 1938 for anyone who attended there. When Brandt finished, he worked for a year at the chocolate factory before he was drafted for WWII. Brandt declared himself to be a conscientious objector and took part in alternative service, called Civilian Public Service (CPS), from February 1942 to January 1946. He was first in forestry service in Kane (Pennsylvania), then doing hookworm control in Florida. After being discharged, he became a "sea-going cowboy" working on a boat that transported cattle and horses to war-torn Europe; in all, he made three trips for the Heifer Project. This was followed by a stint at the Macedonia Cooperative Community in Georgia, followed by working on the grounds at a graduate school in Putney (Vermont). Then he moved to Goddard, where he graduated from Goddard College in 1955. His major was in elementary education, but a year of teaching convinced him that it was not to be his vocation. He worked thereafter as a cook or gardener / treeman in children's camps and schools, going on to be a forester.

Brandt joined a Quaker meeting, and was interested in peace topics. He admired Jeannette Rankin for being the only person in Congress to vote against U.S. involvement in both WWI and WWII. They met, possibly through both being members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and corresponded for many years.

Brandt built a house in Marshfield (Vermont), where he still lives.


0.2 linear ft. (0.2 linear feet.)


Brandt was a conscientious objector to war, a Quaker, and interested in peace throughout his life.

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wilmer Brandt, 2014 [acc. no. 2014-060, 2014-062].

Separated Materials

Items removed: Photos removed to the Photograph Collection; originals of Jeannette Rankin letters removed to the Restricted Documents collection.

Legal Status

Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Processing Information

Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, June 2016.

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