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Marion Bromley and Ernest Bromley Papers

Identifier: SCPC-DG-214

Scope and Contents

Contains material covering the lives and political activism of Ernest and Marion Bromley.


  • Creation: 1920-1997


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing 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.

Conditions Governing Use


Biographical Note

Marion Coddington Bromley (1912 or 1913 - January 21, 1996) and Ernest Bromley (March 14, 1912 - December 17, 1997) were active members of the Society of Friends. They were absolute pacifists, war-tax resisters, worked for racial integration in the United States, and were among the founders of the Peacemakers group.


20.4 linear ft. (20.4 linear ft.)


Marion Coddington Bromley and Ernest Bromley were active members of the Society of Friends, absolute pacifists, war tax resisters, and worked for racial integration in the United States. They are best remembered as founders of the Peacemakers, and as war tax resisters.


All of the files of the Bromleys and the Peacemakers were processed in the summer of 2015. Most of the administrative and printed material from the Peacemakers was removed to a CDG-A by that name. Peacemakers correspondence may be found in the Bromley papers, however, as part of Ernest's letters sent and receive. The rest of the Bromley collection was sorted according to whether it was by or about Ernest Bromley alone, by or about Marion Coddington Bromley alone, by or about the two of them as a married couple engaged together in various activities and campaigns, by or about their extended family and their children, and reference material.

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marion Bromley, 1994 (Acc. 94A-086 and Acc. 94A-098); Carol Rainey, 2002 (Acc. 02A-035); Committee for Nonviolent Action Farm, 2003 (Acc. 03A-063); and Carol Rainey, 2015 (acc. 2015-016).

Separated Materials

Items removed to other SCPC Collections: Photographs Audio cassettes

Legal Status

Copyright to the resources created by Ernset Bromley and Marion Bromley 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.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2017: 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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