Brandywine Peace Community Records
Scope and Contents
Includes correspondence, flyers and handbills, newspaper clippings, periodicals, reference files and notes, and photographs. Correspondents include Robert M. Smith.
- Brandywine Peace Community (Organization)
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Copyright and Rights Information
The Brandywine Peace Community was f ounded in April, 1972 by Delaware County (Pennsylvania) and Chester County (Pennsylvania) citizens who formed "a nonviolent resistance community working for peace, disarmament, and a change of values and priorities...to an emphasis on peace, social justice, and the needs of the people." The group has always advocated nonviolent direct action by means of fasts, demonstrations, vigils, or principled trespass on private property; was especially active against nuclear weapons manufactured by the General Electric Company, and later the Lockheed Martin Marietta Company (located on the same site as GE). Originally called the Brandywine War Tax Resistance Fund, later (as of 1976) called the Brandywine Alternative Fund; name changed to the Brandywine Peace Community and Alternative Fund ca. 1978, then to Brandywine Peace Community in 1980. Issued a newsletter, 197?-1989. The BPC members and supporters have also participated in anti war activities during the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war. The group was originally headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, then moved to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania in 1983.
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The Brandywine Peace Community was founded in April, 1972 by Delaware County (Pennsylvana.) and Chester County (Pennsylvania) citizens who advocated nonviolent direct action. The group was especially active against nuclear weapons manufactured by the General Electric Company, and later Lockheed Martin Marietta.. The Brandywine Peace Community was headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania. until 1983, then moved to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
This collection is unprocessed and the files remain in the order in which they were received. This finding aid is organized by chronologically by date of receipt of material.
Acc. 91A-123 CDGA, 1992 Acc. 92A-109 Acc. 93A-089 Acc. 93A-104 Acc. 95A-095 Acc. 2016-043 Acc. 2017-042 Materials from Refile Box 1992-date
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Brandywine Peace Community, 1991 [Acc. 91A-123]; 1992 [Acc. 92A-109]; 1993 [Acc. 93A-089, Acc. 93A-104]; 1995 [Acc. 95A-095].
Items removed to SCPC Collection: Photographs of various vigils, including at GE, King of Prussia, PA January 20, 1992, Good Friday, 1992.
Copyright to the Brandywine Peace Community records created by the organization has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Copyright to all other materials is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Unprocessed; this finding aid was created by Andrew Ciampa and Wendy Chmielewski, July 2009.
- Antinuclear movement -- Brandywine Creek Valley (Pa. and Del.) -- History -- Sources
- Brandywine Alternative Fund
- Brandywine Peace Community
- Brandywine Peace Community and Alternative Fund
- Direct action -- History -- Sources
- General Electric Company
- Government, Resistance to -- History -- Sources
- Nonviolence -- History -- Sources
- Peace -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- Sources
- Peace movements -- Brandywine Creek Valley (Pa. and Del.) -- History -- Sources
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