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Frances Crowe papers, 1960-2015
61 boxes (74.25 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00249

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:

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Researchers must sign Access Agreement form agreeing to not identify living persons without their permission.

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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.

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Biographical / Historical

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

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.


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

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Researchers must sign Access Agreement form agreeing to not identify living persons without their permission.

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, SSC-MS-00249, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was donated by Frances Crowe in 1984-2017. The collection accession numbers are 84-31, 84-67, 95S-64, 97S-35, 00S-54, 03S-51, 08S-86, 15S-46, 16S-72, 16S-95, 2017S-015.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Contents List
2003-S-0051. Frances Crowe materials related to peace activism
1986-2003
1.25 linear feet(1 box; three posters in flat file)

2003-S-0051. Materials related to Weapons Elimination Committee
1994-1996

Box 1
2003-S-0051. War Toys Exchange clippings and flyers
1994

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Mount Toby Peace Restreat clippings and programs
2000

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Daily Hampshire Gazette clippings about Crowe
1998

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Peace activism materials
1994-2002

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Interfaith Pilgrimage for Peace and Life flyers, notes, programs
1994-1997

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Material related to anti-militarism in Northampton MA schools
1998

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Women's Strike for Peace materials
1995-200

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Materials related to Women and Life on Earth Pentagon Action
1999

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Miscellaneous materials related to Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
1995-2000 undated

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Miscellaneous materials related to South Africa apartheid, divestment and reparation
1986-2000

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Fatima Yandieva miscellaneous materials
2000

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Correspondence and miscellaneous materials concerning sanctions against Nigeria
1997-2000

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Materials related to Martin Luther King Commission
1997

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Notes pertaining to New Party
1993

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Clippings and notes regarding Middle East peace
1995

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Correspondence, children's artwork, miscellaneous materials related to Iraq
2001

Box 1
2003-S-0051. TLS by Bill Clinton and clippings related to Nicaragua
1997

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Miscellaneous materials related to anthrax
2001-2002

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Massachusetts Women's Congress for Peace materials
2001-2002

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Emails, position papers, notes, flyers related to 9/11
2001

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Miscellaneous materials related to terrorism, anti-terrorism, Patriot Act
2001-2002

Box 1
2003-S-0051. Local organizations notes, artcicles, emails, miscellaneous materials
2001-2003

Box 1
2015-S-0046. Frances Crowe personal papers including audiovisual materials
1963-2015
4.25 linear feet(4 boxes. Other materials: Anti-war posters, MA house of representatives resolution (2008), Drawer 106. )

Search Terms
CDs

DVD video discs

Videotapes

2015-S-0046. "Nuclear Spent Fuel & Homeland Security; The Case for Hardened Storage" DVD
undated

Box 1
2015-S-0046. Materials related to seminar on nonviolence
2004

Box 1
2015-S-0046. Frances Crowe interview transcripts conducted by son and grandchildren
2008

Box 1
2015-S-0046. Correspondence regarding death of husband
undated

Box 1
2015-S-0046. Miscellaneous papers and photiographs
undated

Box 1
2015-S-0046. Notebooks
2001-2006

Box 1
2015-S-0046. Newsletters, photographs, correspondence, miscellaneous materials related to anti-war, pacifism, anti-nuclear, draft resistance and other activisms
1963-2015

Box 2
2015-S-0046. Hyde family genealogy
undated

Box 2
2015-S-0046. Retirement celebration
undated

Box 2
2015-S-0046. Correspondence
1966-1997

Box 2
2015-S-0046. Miscellaneous photographs, notes and other materials
undated

Box 3
2015-S-0046. Legal papers from arrest at Vermont Yankee
2011

Box 3
2015-S-0046. Speeches and awards
undated

Box 3
2015-S-0046. "Weathering Hard times: an open discussion with those who did," Sunderland Energy Committee DVD
2008

Box 3
2015-S-0046. Miscellaneous articles about Frances Crowe
undated

Box 3
2015-S-0046. Transcripts of audio interviews
undated

Box 3
2015-S-0046. Miscellaneous correspondence
undated

Box 3
2015-S-0046. Notes, drafts, publicity for "Finding My Radical Soul"
undated

Box 3
2015-S-0046. Chains used at Vermont Yankee protest
2011

Box 3
2015-S-0046. "Pritchard Crone or I, Arnold, Copy 2"
2000 July 23

Box 3
2015-S-0046. "A Tribute to Frances Crowe Celebrating 27 years," and other miscellaneous DVDs
1994 2011

Box 4
2015-S-0046. "Peaceful Woman, Fighting Hard: Peggy Seeger sings five peace songs in honor of Frances Crowe of Northampton, MA" CD
undated

Box 4
2015-S-0046. Miscellaneous audiocassette interviews with Frances
2008 August 28

Box 4
2015-S-0046. DVD documentary of Vermont Yankee protest by Tim Wessel
2006 October 16

Box 4
2015-S-0046. "An Activist Life; Student Oral History Project," on three CDs
undated

Box 4
2015-S-0046. Anti-war posters and MA House of Representatives resolution
2008 undated

Map case 5
General
2016-S-0095. Frances Crowe posters and protest signs
ca.1970-2010
1 accession(Flat files drawers 111-114)

2016-S-0095. Posters and signs American Friends Service Committee, anti-apartheid, gun violence, nuclear movement, war
ca.1970-2016

Map case 111
2016-S-0095. Posters and signs biographical, black history, Bosnia, Central America, El Salvador
1970-2016

Map case 112
2016-S-0095. Posters and signs regarding healthcare, local events, peace and miscellaneous
ca.1970-2016

Map case 113
2016-S-0095. Posters and signs regarding U.S.politics, Vietnam, women's rights
1970-2016

Map case 114
1997-S-0035. Crowe, Frances, Frances Crowe correspondence, writings, notes, photographs, memorabilia and miscellaneous materials
1960-1997
10 linear feet(5 boxes)

General
1997-S-0035. Materials related to Rainbow Coalition
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. South Africa and Coca Cola boycott materials
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. "Crescent Street Irregulars"
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. Valley Women's Union materials
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. Materials related to nuclear test ban
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. Materials related to El Salvador
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. Martin Luther King Day materials
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. Miscellaneous correspondence, clippings and memorabilia
undated

Box 1
1997-S-0035. Western Mass Disarmament Working Group materials
undated

Box 2
1997-S-0035. Materials related to film series
undated

Box 2
1997-S-0035. Small runs of various periodicals
ca.1973-1989

Box 2
1997-S-0035. Materials related to Grove Street Inn, Northampton
undated

Box 3
1997-S-0035. Nuclear war and political trials miscellaneous materials
undated

Box 3
1997-S-0035. Materials related to Central America
undated

Box 3
1997-S-0035. AFSC Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day materials
undated

Box 3
1997-S-0035. Miscellaneous petitions and other materials
undated

Box 3
1997-S-0035. Haymarket People's Fund miscellaneous materials
undated

Box 3
1997-S-0035. Materials related to civil defense and emergency management
undated

Box 3
1997-S-0035. Nicaragua slides and other materials
undated

Box 4
1997-S-0035. Amherst MA nuclear free zone materials
undated

Box 4
1997-S-0035. Frances Crowe miscellaneous materials
undated

Box 4
1997-S-0035. Materials related to Star Wars and nuclear freeze
undated

Box 5
1997-S-0035. Local political issue materials
undated

Box 5
1997-S-0035. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and flyers
undated

Box 5

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

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
  • Crowe, Frances
  • 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

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Awards
  • Calendars
  • Computer media
  • DVD video discs
  • Diplomas
  • Financial records
  • Itineraries
  • Legal documents
  • Manuscripts
  • Newsletters
  • Notes
  • Oral histories
  • Pamphlets
  • Petitions
  • Posters
  • Programs
  • Speeches
  • Videotapes
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • memorabilia
  • notebooks
  • photographs
  • scrapbooks


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