UMass Peacemakers Records, 1965-1990 (bulk 1983-1990)

MS 309

20 boxes (10 linear foot)

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Overview

Although the precise origins of UMass Peacemakers are murky, by 1982, the group was an active presence on the UMass Amherst campus organizing opposition to militarism and the nuclear arms race and providing support for the nuclear freeze movement. Organizing vigils, demonstrations, informational workshops, and providing civil disobedience training, the Peacemakers were the most visible pacifist group on the UMass Amherst campus in the 1980s.

The UMass Peacemakers Records focus on the activities of the student group between 1983 and 1990, documenting their role in confronting the aggressive international expansionism of the Reagan administration and its "Star Wars" program, while also engaging at the local and national level by organizing rallies, lectures, poetry readings, and film screenings. At UMass, Peacemakers was part of the larger Progressive Student Network, and worked alongside other student organizations including the Radical Student Union.

Organization of Collection

  • Series 1. Administrative Records, 1978-1990
  • Series 2. Subject Files, 1965-1988
  • Series 3. Peace Groups, 1971-1989
  • Series 4. Peace Publications, 1975-1988
  • Series 5. Handouts, 1975-1986
  • Series 6. Audiovisual materials, 1983-1986
  • Series 7. Artifacts, undated
  • Series 1. Administrative Records, 1987-1990
  • Series 2. Subject Files, 1965-1988
  • Series 3. Peace Groups, 1971-1989
  • Series 4. Peace Publications, 1975-1988
  • Series 5. Handouts, 1975-1986
  • Series 6. Audiovisual materials, 1983-1986
  • Series 7. Artifacts, undated

Collection Details

Language

English

Location

Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries

Information on Use

Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research.
Peacemakers at the Four Days in April protest, Washinton, D.C., April 1985
Peacemakers at the Four Days in April protest, Washinton, D.C., April 1985