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Carbondale Peace Center Records

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

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Detailed Description

Carbondale Peace Center Organizational Records

Subject Files

Collected Printed Materials


Carbondale Peace Center Records, 1949-1977 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Carbondale Peace Center Records, 1949-1977Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1970-1976

ID: 4/3/PP02

Primary Creator: Carbondale Peace Center.

Extent: 4.8 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in three series: (1) Organizational records, (2) Subject files, (3)Printed materials.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1977

Subjects: Carbondale (Ill.), Pacifists, Peace movements, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Carbondale Peace Center records consist of organizational records, subject files and printed materials. Organizational records include correspondence and notes of CPC members, CPC project files, and CPC press releases and mailings. Subject files include clippings, newsletters, brochures, correspondence and notes on topics of social concern and various peace groups that were prominent during the period of CPC's existence. Printed materials include newsletters and other periodical literature produced by other peace groups and collected by CPC, as well as pamphlets and books on topics of interest to CPC. The organizational records date from 1973 to 1976, the period of CPC's existence. The bulk of the collected printed materials date from 1965-1977 with some material going back as far as 1949. The only artifacts are mock Vietnamese political prisoner bracelets CPC purchased from Clergy and Laity Concerned.  The only photograph is of a poster CPC produced to sell at a Fellowship of Reconciliation conference.

Biographical Note

Carbondale Peace Center (CPC) was established in 1973 in Carbondale, Illinois.  Many of its members were students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  CPC grew out of a fundraising project for the Indochina Relief Fund (IRF) during the first week of April 1973, which raised $1500 with an auction, book and record sales, campus collections, spaghetti supper and a folk concert. After this successful week of fundraising, key members of the fundraising committee decided to continue peace efforts by organizing the CPC as a clearing house of information on various topics including IRF, amnesty for war resisters, incorporating non-violent attitudes in school and at work, etc. The CPC organized action campaigns, study groups and training sessions, military counseling, and monthly vegetarian peace meals. Among its more prominent projects were a peaceful protest against the Central Intelligence Agency, "Alternative Christmas" and "Breaking Barriers in the Carbondale Community," a series of meetings for discussion on different issues co-sponsored with the Carbondale Interchurch Council. CPC communicated with local congressmen, representatives from President Gerald R. Ford's office, and numerous organizations at both the local and national levels, including the War Resisters League, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Indochina Peace Campaign, Catholic Peace Fellowship, American Friends Service Committee, Coalition to Stop Funding the War, Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Peacemaker, and the Institute for World Order. Although CPC did not have any paid staff, they did have an office which was located at 913 S. Illinois, Carbondale, IL, and the home of the Student Christian Foundation, with which CPC was affiliated. Key members included Hugh and Linda (Lyn) Muldoon, John Cox, Gene DeSavouret, Steve Budas, Kathleen Takemoto and Terry Scannel.  In about 1976 the CPC merged with a number of other local peace groups to form the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Carbondale (Ill.)
Pacifists
Peace movements
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: One Restricted File, research copy available.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Materials donated by Hugh Muldoon.

Preferred Citation: Carbondale Peace Center records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 1: Carbondale Peace Center Organizational Records, 1973-1976Add to your cart.
This series primairly consists of the records of Carbondale Peace Center. Some of the project records include correspondence and flyers for: the Indochina Relief Fund, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Amnesty Week and a Peace Conference in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Other items in this collection are a photgraph of a peace poster sold by the Carbondale Peace Center and a scapbook kept by one of the founding members.
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Folder 1: Carbondale Peace Center Organizational Records, 1973-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Indochina Relief Fund, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Amnesty Project, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Amnesty Week, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Carbondale Peace Center Correspondence, 1973-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Fellowship of Reconciliation Conference (1 of 2), 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Fellowship of Reconciliation Conference (2 of 2), 1974Add to your cart.
Photograph of Carbondale Peace Center Poster
Folder 8: Kenosha Wisconsin, Conference, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: CPC Projects and Programs, 1973-1973Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Restricted* - Southern Illinois Peace Council Student Activities Application, 1973Add to your cart.

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