Roy C. Kepler Papers
Scope and Contents
This collection includes Kepler's files on his various affiliations and involvements from the 1940s through the 1970s.
- Kepler, Roy C. (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Copyright and Rights Information
Roy Cecil Kepler was born on May 7, 1920 in Colorado. He was a radical pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, serving in six Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps between June 3, 1942 and March 1, 1946. In this period he was active in political organizing in the camps. After WWII and until his death he owned an independent paperback bookstore in Menlo Park, California. Kepler remained politically active, working with draft resisters during the Vietnamese Conflict, with the War Resisters League, particularly West Coast branches; also with the Peacemakers, the Committee for Nonviolent Action, the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, the Third Camp, and other groups advocating nonviolent social change. Kepler was one of the founders of the Pacifica Foundation and public radio in California. Kepler died January 1, 1994.
4.3 Linear Feet (4.3 linear ft.)
Roy Kepler was a radical pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, owner of Kepler Books in Menlo Park, California, involved for many years with the War Resisters League, one of the founders of the Pacifica Foundation and public radio in California.
This collection is arranged with biographical material first, involvements second, general correspondence third, writings fourth, and reference material fifth.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 1995 [Acc. 95A-088], 1996 [Acc. 96A-036]; 2016 [Acc. 2016-018] purchase from Mare Booksellers, 2017 Michael Doyle [Acc. 2017-051, Acc. 2017-064] .
- Large newspaper articles and newspaper ads reoved to the SCPC Oversized Items Collection: Documents
- Material from WRL/West and WRL's California Branch/es moved to DG 040: War Resisters League Records
Copyright to the materials created by Roy C. Kepler has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Copyright to all other materials is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
This collection is unprocessed.
- Civilian Public Service
- Committee for Nonviolent Action
- Conscientious objectors -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Government, Resistance to -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Institute for the Study of Nonviolence
- Kepler, Roy C.
- Nonviolence -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Pacifica Foundation
- Pacifists -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Peacemaker Movement
- Public radio -- California -- Berkeley -- History -- Sources
- Radicalism -- California -- Berkeley -- History -- Sources
- Radicalism -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Third Camp (Organization)
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Conscientious objectors -- United States -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Draft resisters -- United States -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States -- Sources
- War Resisters League
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious objectors -- United States -- Sources
- Kepler, Roy C. (Person)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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