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SANE, Inc. Records

Identifier: SCPC-DG-058

Scope and Contents

This collection includes material about Ban the Bomb.


  • Creation: 1957-1987


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on 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.

Historical Note

Established in 1957 as National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy; name changed to SANE, Inc.; 1987 merged with Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign to become SANE/FREEZE.


199 linear ft. (199 linear ft.)


Materials from national offices in New York, N.Y., and Washington, D.C., including minutes (1957-1987), correspondence (1957-1987), memoranda, reports, statements, literature, releases, newspaper advertisements, financial records, membership lists, clippings, photos, slides, motion pictures, and sound recordings; material on coalitions in which SANE was involved including Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy and National Campaign to Stop the MX (1981-1984) and Arms Control Computer Network (1981-1986); extensive reference files containing information about chemical and biological warfare, conversion, disarmament and disarmament conferences, the draft, military budget, MX missile, nuclear testing and nuclear test ban agreements, radiation and fallout, United Nations, and Vietnam war; SANE periodicals including SANE-U.S.A. (1958-1962), Sane World (1962-1987), and Conversion Planner (1978-1982); minutes, correspondence, and project files of New York Council of SANE (1957-1972); and miscellaneous materials from Greater Philadelphia Council of SANE and the Northwest Philadelphia chapter. For SANE/FREEZE material after 1986, see: Peace Action (Peace Collection Document Group 151).


Correspondents include Steve Allen, David B. Cortright, Norman Cousins, Sanford Gottlieb, H. Stuart Hughes, Homer A. Jack, Donald F. Keys, Seymour Melman, Benjamin Spock, and Norman Thomas.


Organized in 16 series. Series A: Records of the National Office of SANE, New York, NY, Administrative Records, 1957-1970. Series B: Records of the National Office of SANE, New York, NY, Correspondence, 1957-1966. Series C: Files of Donald F. Keys, 1966-1967. Series D: Photographs. Series E: Records of the Washington Office of SANE, 1957-1970. Series F: Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award, 1962-1978. Series G: Records of the National Office of SANE, Washington, DC, 1971-1987. Series H: Records of the National Office of SANE, Washington, DC, Correspondence, 1971-1987. Series I: Records of New York SANE Council and Local New York Chapters, 1957-1987. Series J: SANE Regional Organizations and Local Chapters. Series K: MX Files. Records of SANE and of the National Committee to Stop the MX, 1976-1985. Series L: Records of SANE PAC, 1982-1986. Series M: Records of the Arms Control Computer Network, 1981-1986. Series N: Records of SANE Canvass, 1983-1987. Series O: SANE Audio-Visual Material. Series P: Logbooks, 1957-1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--SANE, Inc. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1964-1987..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Peace Action. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1988-1994..

Related Materials

For the catalog record for this collection and to find materials on similar topics, search the library catalog.

Separated Materials

Photographs, ephemera, posters, and audiovisual recordings were removed to their appropriate collections within the SCPC. A framed poster re: the SANE peace award being given to Joan Baez (1981) is on display (Dec. 2023 - ) in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 62.


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