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Delaware Draft Counseling and Education Service, Inc. Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-229

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the administrative files of the Delaware Draft Counseling and Education Services, Inc. and general reference material about conscientious objection and draft resistance during the Vietnam war. Also included are counseling files from various men who consulted the DDCES about their draft status. These files are restricted. The collection also contains the files of draft counselor Barbara Kerner.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1966-1991

Creator

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

None.

Copyright and Rights Information

Draft counseling records are restricted until 2057.

Historical note

The Delaware Draft Counseling and Educational Service (DDCES), was organized in early 1969 with offices in Wilmington and Newark, Delaware. An initial seminar for those interested in draft counselor training was held in November of 1968, and co-sponsored by the Council of Churches of Wilmington and New Castle County (Delaware). The organization was incorporated in Delaware in 1970. It provided men who had been drafted by the Selective Service System with information about the draft and their options within that system. The DDCES also provided information on the draft, individual rights under Selective Service laws and how to file for deferments and alternatives to the draft. When registration for men at 18 years of age became law in 1980, DDCES provided education, counseling, and services about the Selective Service System requirements and how to establish conscientious objection status. DDCES staff co-operated with other local and Philadelphia-area peace organizations such as CCCO, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Pacem in Terris. DDCES' relationship with Pacem in Terris was sometimes strained over differing tactics and direction. Draft counselor Barbara Kerner lead DDCES through the 1980s and the organization's demise.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 linear ft.)

Abstract

The Delaware Draft Counseling and Educational Service (DDCES), was organized in early 1969 with offices in Wilmington and Newark, Delaware. It provided men who had been drafted by the Selective Service System with information about the draft and their options within that system. The DDCES also provided information on the draft, individual rights under Selective Service laws and how to file for deferments and alternatives to the draft. With the end of the draft and beginning of registration in 1980, DDCES provided education, counseling, and services on how to establish conscientious objection status. DDCES staff co-operated with other local and Philadelphia-area peace organizations such as CCCO, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Pacem in Terris. The organization ended some time in the mid to late 1980s.

Arrangement

This collection is unprocessed. The major portion of the records [Acc. 08A-038] are arranged in boxes 1-9. Box 10 contains the records of Ernie Mabrey 2005 [Acc. 05A-041and the files of Barbara Kerner [Acc. 07A-063].

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ernie Mabrey 2005 [Acc. 05A-041]; Winifred Kerner, 2007 [Acc. 07A-063]; Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College 2008 [Acc. 08A-038].

Separated Materials

Draft Information Center Newsletter (Philadelphia) removed to the Periodical collection.

Legal Status

Copyright to the records created by this 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.

Local Note

Records show involvement with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Newark (DE) Meeting peace committees.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. This finding aid was created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, June 2010.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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