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COLLECTION Identifier: 83-M240

Papers of Cynthia Rich, 1961-1968


Correspondence, minutes, reports, etc., of the peace group, Voice of Women--New England, and Cynthia Rich, teacher, writer, and peace activist.


  • Creation: 1961-1968

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

This collection contains Cynthia Rich's letters to politicians and to other peace activists. Most of the papers document VOW-NE; there are by-laws, minutes, reports, and membership lists, as well as programs and speeches from annual meetings. The group's focus on civil defense and disarmament is documented by correspondence, clippings, flyers, speeches, and reports that address both sides of the issue. Also included are correspondence, minutes, reports, and statements of Coalition Politics, and photographs.


This collection focuses on Cynthia Rich's involvement, both as an individual and as a member of Voice of Women--New England, in the peace movement. Voice of Women--New England was a group formed in Massachusetts in 1961 to "develop a program of education and action for easing world tensions, leading toward the goal of a world without war." The group was concerned with such issues as war toys, atmospheric nuclear testing, civil defense, and foreign policy decisions, and attempted to influence politicians and others through letter writing, speaking engagements, peace demonstrations, and educational programs. In 1965-1968 Rich represented VOW-NE at Coalition Politics, an organization designed to facilitate rapid and efficient exchange of information among peace groups in New England.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 83-M240

The papers of Cynthia Rich were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cynthia Rich in November 1983.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara MacDonald, 1893-2004 (MC 505), Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald Audiotape collection, 1973-1990 (T-338), Helen Jones Rich Papers, ca.1888-2000 (MC 803), and Papers of Adrienne Rich, 1927-1999 (84-M141--99-M136).


Donors: Cynthia Rich

Accession number: 83-M240

Processed by: Jolene Robinson

The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. Published material regarding Vietnam War peace movement. Transferred to Swarthmore College Peace Collection, May 1984.
  2. "Harvard, Urban Imperialist." Transferred to Harvard University Archives, May 1984.
  3. Printed material regarding Boston area anti-Vietnam War movement and other. Transferred to University of Massachusetts/Boston Library, May 1984.

Processing Information

Processed: June 1986

By: Jolene A. Robinson

Rich, Cynthia. Papers of Cynthia Rich, 1961-1968: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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