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Charles E. Frantz Collected Papers

 Collection — othertype: CDG-A
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Frantz, Charles E.


Collection includes biographical information; letters from Frantz to his parents while he was in Civilian Public Service, 1944-1946, and 1947-1950; information about his refusal to register for the peacetime draft (Selective Service Act of 1948), and subsequent federal court proceedings and his 1949 imprisonment; newspaper clippings about draft refusers at Earlham College, 1949; a copy of Frantz's FBI file and correspondence relating to it, 1978-1980; and Frantz's writings about the Dukhobors, a pacifist sect.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1944-1949, 1978-1980


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Frantz; Charles E. Frantz; Charles Eugene Frantz; Chuck Frantz; born 1925 in Otero County, Colorado; member of the Church of the Brethren, later joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1948; graduated with a B.A. in sociology from Earlham College (1950), and an M.A. in sociology and anthropology from Haverford College (1951) and a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1958; was classified as a conscientious objector during World War II and performed alternative service in the Civilian Public Service at a smoke jumper camp near Missoula, Montana and other camps; after the war, he refused to register for the peacetime draft and was sentenced to 90 days prison in federal court in July 1949; became a noted professor of anthropology and taught at SUNY-Buffalo, Portland State University, the University of Toronto and Howard University; died in Philadelphia in 2011.


0.42 linear ft. (5 linear inches.)

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