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Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois Records


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Organizational Records

Printed Materials


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Predominant Dates:1983-1999

ID: 4/3/PP03

Primary Creator: Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois.

Other Creators: Carbondale Foundation for a Better Environment.

Extent: 3.3 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in three series: 1) organizational records, 2) printed material and 3) artifacts.

Date Acquired: 02/15/2007

Subjects: Carbondale (Ill.), Illinois - History - 1865, Pacifists, Pacifists - Illinois - Carbondale

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois Records consist of organizational records and printed material. Organizational records include both national and international correspondence, press releases, mass mailings, fundraisers, project and subject files. Printed material includes newsletters and articles, literature from other peace groups, and pamphlets and books on topics of interest.  This collection has a complete set of newsletters from the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois from 1983-1997, with the exception of 1988, for which there are newsletters for only the first six months.  The collection includes a scrapbook (1983-1984), The Ribbon Peace Calendar for 1986, and a few photographs (1985-1986).

Biographical Note

The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois (Coalition) was formed and held its first official meeting on May 21, 1983. The Coalition was the brainchild of five area adults who saw a need to promote peace and justice in the Southern Illinois region. Members of the Coalition campaigned for peace at both the local and national levels.  Some of their local peace efforts included: peaceful protests, peace vigils, Tax Day events and Potluck Picnic Celebrations to promote community relations and memberships. The Coalition also produced monthly newsletters, which at its pinnacle was distributed to approximately two hundred families. Nationally the Coalition was affiliated with numerous organizations, and merged with Fellowship Of Reconciliation, a national peace organization, in 1992. This merge was significant since it officially changed the name of the Coalition to Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship Of Reconciliation. At the national level the Coalition sponsored portions of: The Ribbon Campaign, peace essay contests, and the Great Peace March.

One of the Coalition's primary focuses was stopping the threat of nuclear weapons, by working towards a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.  The Coalition held organized protests and signed numerous petitions in conjunction with this issue. They also collected many national articles and periodicals which discussed the threat of nuclear weapons. This was an issue the Coalition spent time working on, until a treaty was finally signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Since 1983, the Coalition has sponsored and been involved with various activities, and are still active today. The Coalition's membership has always included a diverse group of people in respect to both gender and age. Although membership has fluctuated through the years, certain members' work and ideas still remain influential. Some these key members include: Marjorie Parker, Sal Stacey, Jean Morril, Mary O'Hara, Jean and David Ray.

Subject/Index Terms

Carbondale (Ill.)
Illinois - History - 1865
Pacifists - Illinois - Carbondale

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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: Majorie Parker

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

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[Series 1: Organizational Records, 1983-2006],
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Series 3: Artifacts, 1983-1986Add to your cart.
This final series inlcudes artifacts collected by the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois. The items in this series are: a scrapbook, the Ribbon Calendar, and collected news clippings from an orignal binder.
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