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Charles Fisher Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Fisher, Charles

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.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1964-1971


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Draft counseling files in Box 4 cannot be copied, scanned, or photographed. Researchers using these materials must sign a form agreeing to not make reproductions and to anonymize personal information in any publications. For more information, contact the Swarthmore College Peace Collection at These restrictions remain in place until 2035.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical note

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).


1.67 linear ft. (20 linear in.)


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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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for this collection of papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Fisher, 1998 [Acc. 98A-015].

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, 1998.

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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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