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Cambridge Sane / Freeze / Cambridge Peace Action Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CHC049

Collection Description

This collection chronicles the efforts of the Cambridge Sane/Freeze organization, later known as the Cambridge Peace Action. The organization sought to halt the nuclear arms race and to shift national spending from military to domestic needs. Evidence of their efforts include meeting minutes, correspondence, and day to day activites from 1988 to 2008. Of added interest is a biographical statement about Eva Steiner Moseley and Olivia Israel Abelson, major contributors to the community activism and political pressures. Other topics include the Balkans War, the Army School of the Americas, the 1997 Cambridge City Council resolution to ban nuclear weapons, and the 1999 resolution in support of Abolition 2000.

Dates

  • 1988-2008

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Access

Collection is available for research under the CHC rules of use.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives.

Historical Note

At the outset of this collection, the group was known as the Cambridge Lobby for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze, an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace and justice. This Cambridge chapter of the national Freeze work was begun in 1981 by Anne Crumm and Louise Coleman. The merger of two national organizations in 1989, led to a change of name to the Cambridge Sane/Freeze, and in 1993, following the lead of its larger constituencies, to Cambridge Peace Action. The membership of this Cambridge affiliate fluctuated between approximately twenty-five and fifty members, and was under the umbrella of the Massachusetts State and U.S. national organizations. The core group of participants included Olivia Israel Abelson, Christie Dennis, Shelagh Foreman and the chapter sometimes collaborated with Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND). In 1999, the national organization in Washington, D.C. spoke with the voice of 55,000 members and 100 affiliates.

The original purpose of the organization was to halt the nuclear arms race. As the years passed, this purpose was broadened to include international security through nuclear disarmament and a shift in national spending from military to domestic needs. The wide array of activities undertaken by the Cambridge branch in support of this purpose was carried out by dedicated, hard working members, led throughout the years covered by this collection by the remarkable energy, courage, and vision of Olivia Israel Abelson, Co-Chair of the group. Brief biographical information on Ms. Abelson can be found in Series IV.

The activities of the Cambridge Sane/Freeze/Cambridge Peace Action called for the use of every form of media, including TV, community organization and activism, political action, and group efforts ranging in size from small teach-ins to massive public rallies. Further details on the work of this group can be found in the subsequent sections of this descriptive piece.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Abstract

This collection chronicles the efforts of the Cambridge Sane/Freeze organization, later known as Cambridge Peace Action. The organization sought to halt the nuclear arms race and to shift national spending from military to domestic needs. Evidence of their efforts include meeting minutes, correspondence, and day to day activities from 1988 to 2008. Of added interest is a biographical statement about Eva Steiner Moseley and Olivia Israel Abelson, major contributors to the community activism and political action of the group. Other topics include the Balkans War, the Army School of the Americas, the 1997 Cambridge City Council resolution to ban nuclear weapons, and the 1999 resolution in support of Abolition 2000.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically. Series reflect the name changes of the organization.
  1. Series I: Cambridge Lobby for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze, 1988
  2. Series II: Cambridge Sane/Freeze, 1989-1992
  3. Series III: Cambridge Peace Action, 1993-2003
  4. Series IV: Moseley Background Statement, 2008

Physical Location

Collection is stored on-site

Provenance

Donated to the Cambridge Historical Commission on March 18, 2008 by Eva Steiner Moseley. These papers were collected by Ms. Moseley during her years of membership in and service to the Cambridge branch of this state and national organization.

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by H. Alice Dodds, April 2008.

Encoded by: Brittany Fox, July 2020.
Title
Inventory of the Cambridge Sane / Freeze / Cambridge Peace Action Collection, ca. 1988-2008
Author
Processing and finding aid by: H. Alice Dodds, April 2008; machine-readable finding aid by: Brittany Fox, July 2020.
Description rules
Finding Aid Was Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives Repository

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