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Wayne Lauser Collected Papers

 Collection — othertype: CDG-A
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Lauser, Wayne


Collection consists of materials relating to Lauser's walk from Cleveland to Washington D.C., the federal lawsuit against him, his sentencing, and his time in prison.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1969-1972

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Wayne Lauser; Wayne Paul Lauser; born 1946; raised in Media, Pennsylvania; Quaker; conscientious objector during the Vietnam War; worked for six months in a Cleveland hospital in alternative service, but he felt that this seemed like "the easy way out" and that even this concession to a system he deplored was more than his personal morality and religious convictions would allow. "I went to Cleveland to perform my alternative service and only later realized that I was also conscientiously opposed to conscription as well and would have to return my draft cards." On July 1. 1969, Lauser quit his alternative service and began a 500-mile walk to Washington, D.C. to turn in his draft cards and cancel his registration with the Selective Service; he served fourteen months in federal prisons in Allenwood, Pennsylvania and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.


0.21 linear ft. (2.5 linear inches.)

General Note

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the papers of Wayne Lauser.

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