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David Cortright Papers

Identifier: SCPC-DG-101


David Cortright is an anuthor and antimilitarist. He was a co-founder of GI's United Against the War in Vietnam. After the early 1970s Cortright led several peace organizations, including SANE, Inc. and SANE/FREEZE. Cortright current serves as president of the Fourth Freedom Forum [ca. 1996 - date].


  • Creation: 1968 -


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The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access Note

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Biographical Note

David Cortright is an anuthor and antimilitarist. He was born November 15, 1946 in East Stroudsberg, Penssylvania. He was educated at Notre Dame University; and received a Ph.D. from the Union Graduate School in 1975. While while serving three years in the Army (1968 - 1971), Cortright was active in GI organizing at Fort Hamilton and Fort Bliss. He was a co - founder of GI's United Against the War in Vietnam. In the mid 1970s Cortright studied at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C., and research led to his book Soldiers in Revolt. He also organized environmental action groups in Pennsylvania. from 1972 - 1974. From 1977 - 1987 Cortright served as the Executive Director of National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy (later called SANE, Inc.). After SANE's merger with the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, he became Co - Director (with Carolyn Cottom) of the merged organization, called SANE/FREEZE. Cortright current serves as president of the Fourth Freedom Forum [ca. 1996 - date].


29 linear ft. (29 linear ft.)

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This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was donated. Files are organized by accession.

Acc. 75A - 105 Acc. 87A - 003 Acc. 92A - 083 Acc. 98A - 075 Acc. 98A - 084 Acc. 2014 - 014 Acc. 98A - 084 Acc. 2014 - 014

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Cortright, 1987 [Acc. 87A - 003], 1992 [Acc. 92A - 083]. 1998 [Acc. 98A - 075], [Acc. 98A - 084].

Separated Materials

Items removed:

  1. Soldiers in revolt : the American military today
  2. Computer disks 42.1 - 42.22
  3. Audio Cassette 329 (2 boxes) taped interviews for Left Face

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 22.

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

This collection is unprocessed; this finding aid by Eleanor A. Fulvio, July 2009.

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Revision Statements

  • 2018: 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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