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Michael S. Foley Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Foley, Michael S.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence with participants in the Boston Draft Resistance Group (BDRG), that Foley contacted for research in his dissertation, and later book, Confronting the war machine: draft resistance during the Vietnam War (Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2003). In addition to the correspondence questionnaires and transcripts of interviews with are included in the collection. Foley's interviews with many of the former members of the BDRG, along with questionnaires filled out by many draft resisters, provide valuable source material.


  • Creation: 1965-2001


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access Note

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Conditions Governing Use


Biographical Note

Michael S. Foley is the author of Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance During the Vietnam War (2003), and of Dear Dr. Spock: Letters About the Vietnam War to America's Favorite Baby Doctor (2005).


4.5 linear ft. (4.5 linear ft.)


Michael S. Foley is an author, primarily about the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War.


This collection consists first of 11 boxes arranged by correspondence; then a series of transcripts of interviews of BDRG members, between 1997 and 2001, organized alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee; questionnaires used by Foley for the interviews, organized by an internal numbering system; some Boston Support Committee records; and a set of reference files covering the BDRG, local Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts issues during the Vietnam war, and items by or about BDRG members. Two boxes were added in 2017.

Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for the papers of Michael S. Foley.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michael Foley, 2005, 2017 [accessions 05A-063, 2017-010].

Separated Materials

Audiocassettes for all of the interviews listed below have been removed to the Audiovisual Collection [see audiocassettes #0733-0805]. Also removed was a mini-audiocassette (2.25"x1.5") [audiocassette #0806] from an undated Draft Reunion of Boston Draft Resistance people and New England Resistance activists.

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, and finding aid created by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, 2006; added to 2017.

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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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