Charles Fisher Collected Papers
Scope and Contents
Charles Fisher was involved in several important radical peace groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during the Vietnam War era. His papers showcase his efforts with the Congress of Racial Equality and the Boston Draft Resistance Group, including his manuscript analyzing the BDRG.
- Majority of material found within 1964-1971
- Fisher, Charles, 1938- (Person)
Language of Material
Materials are in English.
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Box 4 contains draft counseling files that may be viewed, but not copied, scanned, or photographed. Further, anonymizing personal information is required. These restrictions remain in palce until 2035.
Copyright and Rights Information
Material in box 4 may be seen by all researchers, but may not be photocopied; in addition, researchers must sign a form agreeing to not use personal names or other characteristics of individuals that might identify them in any published work; restrictions are in place until 2035.
Charles Fisher was a draft counselor for the Boston Draft Resistance Group (BDRG) and a sociologist at Brandeis University. In 1973 Fisher analyzed over 5,000 counselee forms to determine what types of people were using BDRG's counseling services. He found that a majority of counselees were white middle-class college students. He also studied how BDRG clients ultimately attempted to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War and how receptive they were to BDRG's political message. In another study, ca. 1970, Fisher analyzed BDRG steering committee meeting minutes. Fisher was also involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
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Charles Fisher was a draft counselor for the Boston Draft Resistance Group (BDRG), and involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
These papers were arranged according to Fisher's involvements with two groups. Boxes 2-3 hold cards with his notes about the BDRG. Box 4 has usage restrictions because of the personal nature of the interview contents.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Charles Fisher, 1998 [Acc. 98A-015].
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, 1998.
- African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- Sources
- Boston Draft Resistance Group
- Civil rights movements -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- History -- Sources
- Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Congress of Racial Equality
- Conscientious Objectors -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- Sources
- Conscientious objection -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Draft resisters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- Sources
- Draft resisters -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Fisher, Charles, 1938- -- Midwives to history : the sociology of a radical anti-war organizing group
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Draft resisters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Sources
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 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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