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Lynne Shivers Papers

Identifier: SCPC-DG-263

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal papers of Lynne Shivers and her work from roughly the 1960s onward. It includes biographical and family material, material on her peace work in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, journals she kept from the 1960s until 2014, and information about her teaching career. This collection also includes correspondence to and from Lynne Shivers and literature she collected out of personal interest. Files concerning Shivers's work with Movement for a New Society may be found in that collection in the Peace Collection.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1941-2015


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Japanese.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use



Born in Camden, New Jersey on June 21, 1941, Lynne Shivers was an advocate of peace throughout her life until her death on February 3, 2015. She was a founding member of Movement for a New Society and its Philadelphia Life Center, through which she did work for social change, with an emphasis given to peace and nonviolence. She traveled for peace work often, to Iran and Northern Ireland and eventually to Japan, where her work led her to become director of Hiroshima's World Friendship Center in 1986. She also worked for the American Friends Service Committee on issues of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. She wrote about social issues and peace activism both for Movement for a New Society publications and for outside publications. In 1979, she began teaching American and English Literature at the Community College of Philadelphia's, where she incorporated literature about peace and nonviolence into her curriculum. She retired from her Assistant Professor position in 2005 and lived the rest of her life in Germantown, Pennsylvania.


8 linear ft. (8 linear feet.)


Enid Lynne Shivers was a peace activist and prominent member of Movement for a New Society, for which she organized and wrote informational materials. This collection of her personal materials is primarily composed of journals dating from the 1960s until 2014 and materials from time she spent doing peace work in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Estate of Lynne Shivers, June 2015 [Acc. 2015-031].

Related Materials

  1. Movement for a New Society Records (DG 154)
  2. A Quaker Action Group(DG 074) photographs by Shivers of demonstrations 1960s-1970s

Related Materials

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Separated Materials

Items removed:

  1. Posters
  2. Photographs
  3. Audiovisual items

Legal Status

Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Processing Information

Processed by Grace Baker in Summer 2015.

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Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Min Cheng in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Elisabeth Miller added the notes in Fall 2017.

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