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Rich, Cynthia. Papers of Cynthia Rich, 1961-1968: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 83-M240
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Cynthia Rich
Title: Papers of Cynthia Rich, 1961-1968
Date(s): 1961-1968
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, reports, etc., of the peace group, Voice of Women--New England, and Cynthia Rich, teacher, writer, and peace activist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 83-M240
The papers of Cynthia Rich were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cynthia Rich in November 1983.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 1986
By: Jolene A. Robinson


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Cynthia Rich Papers, 1961-1968; item description, dates. 83-M240, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara MacDonald, 1893-2004 (MC 505), Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald Audiotape collection, 1973-1990 (T-338), Helen Jones Rich Papers, ca.1888-2000 (MC 803), and Papers of Adrienne Rich, 1927-1999 (84-M141--99-M136).


This collection focuses on Cynthia Rich's involvement, both as an individual and as a member of Voice of Women--New England, in the peace movement. Voice of Women--New England was a group formed in Massachusetts in 1961 to "develop a program of education and action for easing world tensions, leading toward the goal of a world without war." The group was concerned with such issues as war toys, atmospheric nuclear testing, civil defense, and foreign policy decisions, and attempted to influence politicians and others through letter writing, speaking engagements, peace demonstrations, and educational programs. In 1965-1968 Rich represented VOW-NE at Coalition Politics, an organization designed to facilitate rapid and efficient exchange of information among peace groups in New England.


This collection contains Cynthia Rich's letters to politicians and to other peace activists. Most of the papers document VOW-NE; there are by-laws, minutes, reports, and membership lists, as well as programs and speeches from annual meetings. The group's focus on civil defense and disarmament is documented by correspondence, clippings, flyers, speeches, and reports that address both sides of the issue. Also included are correspondence, minutes, reports, and statements of Coalition Politics, and photographs.


Donors: Cynthia Rich
Accession number: 83-M240
Processed by: Jolene Robinson
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Additional Index Terms

Civil defense
Nuclear nonproliferation
Nuclear weapons--Testing
Peace--Societies, etc.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Chomsky, Noam
Coalition Politics
Harvard Universit --Students
Massachusetts Political Action for Peace
Toynbee, Arnold, 1889-1975
Voice of Women--New England
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom