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Frances Crowe Papers, 1960-2008 (ongoing)
61 boxes (74.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 249

Abstract:
Pacifist; Political activist. Papers document over twenty years of social activism in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, including activities of local chapters of the American Friends' Service Committee, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Women Against the War, War Resisters' League, and Amnesty International.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use. Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form, agreeing to protect confidentiality, before using this collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Born Carthage, Missouri, 1919; graduated Stephens College (Columbia, MO), 1939; Syracuse University in 1941; graduate work, Columbia University and New School for Social Research. Married Thomas Crowe, 1945, and moved to Northampton, MA; three children. Active in the Society of Friends and the American Friends' Service Committee, particularly the Peace and Social Concerns Committee. Became Western Massachusetts Representative for the AFSC in 1980s. During the Vietnam War she worked as a draft counselor. In the 1960s, she founded the Northampton chapter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; the Sane Nuclear Policy Committee; and the Valley Peace Center in Amherst, MA. Also a founding member of the Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield, MA, and the Committee to End Apartheid, Springfield, MA. A peace activist since the bombing of Hiroshima, Crowe has participated in numerous protests which have led to arrests, trials, and imprisonment.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Papers document over twenty years of social activism in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, including activities of local chapters of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Women Against the War, War Resisters' League, and Amnesty International. Extensive records from Crowe's work as the western Massachusetts representative for American Friends' Service Committee (1970s-90s), and numerous subject files on a variety of causes. Writings, memorabilia, and printed material document her trip to China in 1974.

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use. Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form, agreeing to protect confidentiality, before using this collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Frances Crowe Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection
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Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • American Friends Service Committee-Massachusetts--History--Sources
  • Anti-apartheid movements--United States--History--Sources
  • Antinuclear movement--United States--History--Sources
  • China--Description and travel--Sources
  • Conscientious objectors--United States--History--Sources
  • Crowe, Frances, 1919-
  • Draft resisters--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Environmental protection--Citizen participation-History--20th century--Sources
  • Northampton (Mass.)--History--Sources
  • Pacifists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Peace movements--History--20th century--Sources
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements--Sources
  • Women and peace--History--20th century--Sources


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