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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
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.
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 RichAccession number: 83-M240Processed by: Jolene RobinsonThe following items have been removed from the collection:
- Published material regarding Vietnam War peace movement. Transferred to Swarthmore College Peace Collection, May 1984.
- "Harvard, Urban Imperialist." Transferred to Harvard University Archives, May 1984.
- Printed material regarding Boston area anti-Vietnam War movement and other. Transferred to University of Massachusetts/Boston Library, May 1984.