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Thalia Yaffey Stern Broudy Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Broudy, Thalia Yaffey Stern

Scope and Contents

This small collection provides insight into Thalia Broudy's interests and activism. It includes papers or images of A.J. Muste, Brad Lyttle, and others.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1961-2004


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use


Biographical note

Thalia A. Broudy grew up in Washington, D.C. She attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Miami. She married Philip Stern in the late 1940s. When her husband was drafted in 1950 and stationed at the Brooke Army Hospital as a dentist, Thalia accompanied him to San Antonio, Texas. During those years she was introduced to the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and she met with other members of the F.O.R. when she returned to Miami Beach. This began Thalia's peace activism. In the early 1950s she joined the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and headed its world disarmament committee. Other early involvements included working, along with a small group of Jewish activists, on Jack Orr's 1958 legislative campaign, and helping to establish Miami CORE in 1959. Thalia and her husband joined two other couples in a lawsuit over mandatory Bible reading in the Dade County schools. She was an important member of the Greater Miami Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, working against civil defense and nuclear testing, and helped to establish the Miami Peace Center. She and her activist friends conducted a Women Strike for Peace march in Miami. Broudy also became the Miami contact for the Committee for Non-Violent Action (CNVA); it was there that the Quebec to Guantanamo Peace Walk orchestrated antiwar demonstrations, gave radical speeches, and confronted hard-line Cuban exiles. Miami supporters fed, housed and raised funds for the CNVA walkers; when the walkers purchased a boat to sail to Cuba, they docked it in the canal behind the Sterns' home.

Thalia was hired in the 1960s as the first white Kindergarten teacher at the Liberty City elementary school. Her specialty was in music. She was still working as a teacher when she was 77 years old.

The Sterns divorced in the early 1970s, and Thalia moved with her three daughters to Berkeley, California. She later married Bob Broudy, and has remained living in Berkeley ever since.

[information in part from A Jewish Feminine Mystique: Jewish Women in Postwar America]


0.63 linear ft. (7.5 linear inches.)


Papers of a woman who has been active in the peace movement from the 1950s to the present day.

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thalia Broudy, October 2013 [acc. 2013-063].

Separated Materials

Items removed: Photos to the Photograph 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 Yoder, Archivist, January 2014.

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