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Greenfield Peace Center Papers, 1957-1973
1 box (0.25 linear feet)
Collection number: MS 121

Abstract:
Formed in 1963, the Greenfield Peace Center viewed itself as an educational organization teaching about and advocating for world peace. Their activities included organizing peace marches, warning against the dangers of nuclear war, conducting teach-ins, campaigning against war toys, and counseling on the alternatives to the draft.

Contains correspondence, administrative documents, and news clippings relating to peace activism centered in Greenfield, Massachusetts and in the upper Pioneer Valley, especially by the Greenfield Community Peace Center, William Hefner, and Turn Toward Peace.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

The Greenfield Peace Center was an educational organization that taught about and advocated for world peace. The Peace Center was founded in 1963, in part, by William K. Hefner, a radical pacifist who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the 1st Massachusetts district three times from 1960 to 1964. The group organized activities in Greenfield and throughout the Pioneer Valley, such as organizing peace marches, warning against the dangers of nuclear war, conducting teach-ins, campaigning against war toys, and counseling on the alternatives to the draft. Collaboration with other peace-centered organizations, like Turn Toward Peace, the Franklin County League for Political Action, and Political Action for Peace (PAX), was also commonplace for the Greenfield Peace Center. The group was active in the Greenfield community from 1963 through the early 1970s in promoting and advocating for a more peaceful foreign policy for the United States.

Scope and contents of the collection

The Greenfield Peace Center Papers contain correspondence and administrative documents relating to peace activism centered in Greenfield, Massachusetts and in the upper Pioneer Valley, especially by the Greenfield Community Peace Center, William Hefner, and Turn Toward Peace. The collection also contains a large number of news clippings and letters to the editor from the Greenfield Recorder-Gazette relating to peace advocacy in the area. A small grouping of anti-war academic articles are also included.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Greenfield Peace Center Papers (MS 121). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English

Contents List
Advertisements and Informational Materials
undated

Box 1:1
Correspondence
1962 Aug-1964

Box 1:2
"Don't Quit" Poem
undated

Box 1:3
Emergency Peace Campaign Sample Resolution
undated

Box 1:4
Feiffer, Jules: "Boom"
1957

Box 1:5
Franklin County League for Peace Action Forum Schedules
1965(?)

Box 1:6
Greenfield Community Council Member List and Meeting Agenda
1963 Jun

Box 1:7
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
1963

Box 1:8
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
1964

Box 1:9
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
1965

Box 1:10
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
1966

Box 1:11
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
1967

Box 1:12
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
1968

Box 1:13
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
undated

Box 1:14
Greenfield Recorder-Gazette Letters to the Editor
undated

Box 1:15
Hefner, William K.: Notes
1965 Nov-1969 Nov

Box 1:16
Hefner, William K.: Platform Statement
1962 Sep

Box 1:17
Mumford, Lewis: "The Morals of Extermination"
1959 Oct

Box 1:18
News Clippings
1961-1963

Box 1:19
News Clippings
1964

Box 1:20
News Clippings
1965

Box 1:21
News Clippings
1966

Box 1:22
News Clippings
1967-1968

Box 1:23
News Clippings
1969-1973

Box 1:24
News Clippings
undated

Box 1:25
Political Action for Peace (PAX): Advertisement
1962

Box 1:26
Political Action for Peace (PAX): Public Statements
1965 Feb-Mar

Box 1:27
Proposed Programs and Budgets
undated

Box 1:28
Turn Toward Peace: Policy Framework
undated

Box 1:29
Warburg, James: "Farewell to the Postwar Period"
1962 Sep

Box 1:30
"10 Minutes for Peace" Survey
undated

Box 1:31

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Subjects
  • Greenfield (Mass.)
  • Peace movements--Massachusetts
  • Turn Toward Peace
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--Massachusetts

Genre terms
  • Clippings (information artifacts)


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