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Appeal and Vigil at Fort Detrick Collected Records

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Appeal and Vigil at Fort Detrick


Collection includes brochures and flyers, printed correspondence, and pamphlets about the Appeal and Vigil; also includes two short unpublished histories of Fort Detrick, and news clippings about Fort Detrick's conversion in 1969 from offensive biological warfare to cancer research.


  • 1959-1961, 1971-1973


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Appeal and Vigil at Fort Detrick; Vigil at Fort Detrick; formed to provide ongoing silent witness against testing and development of biological agents for use in warfare at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases located at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland; initiated by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Mid-Atlantic Region, July 1, 1959; planned for 5 days, it lasted until March 30, 1961; many members of the Appeal and Vigil were Quakers; name changed in 1960 to Vigil at Fort Detrick; after the Vigil, members formed the Peace Action Center in Washington D.C., which later became the Washington Peace Center.


0.08 Linear Feet (1 linear inch)

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