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Peacemaker Movement Collected Records

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Peacemaker Movement

Scope and Contents

This material was gathered over the years through mailings or from various peoples' archival collections. Some of the Peacemakers' records, including correspondence and material from its tax refusal campaign, are in related collections (Bromley, Nelson, Swann).


  • Creation: 1948-1980


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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Conditions Governing Use


Biographical / Historical

The Peacemaker Movement, often simply called "Peacemakers," emerged from a call for a conference in Chicago following Mahatma Gandhi's death. The founders of Peacemakers were pacifists seeking to rally others to the ideals of nonviolence, based on a spiritual philosophy of life as an effective social technique. Local organizations were called "cells" and were considered the basis of the movement. In later years, its aim was to resist conscription and refuse war tax payment to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.


2.5 linear ft. (30 linear in.)


A group working on nonviolence from the late 1940s through the 1970s, particularly as it was expressed through tax refusal.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for these papers/records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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, November 2011; added to May 2016.


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