A Guide to the
Network for Peace and Justice Collection, 1983-1987
Compiled by: Julia Merkel, July 2010
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Network for Peace and Justice Collection, 1983-1987
Collection No.: SC# 3020
Creator: Network for Peace and Justice
Extent: .25 Hollinger boxes; .1 linear feet
The Network for Peace and Justice Collection, 1983-1987, is comprised of three folders of newsletters published or distributed by the now defunct Harrisonburg, Virginia area Network for Peace and Justice.
The Network for Peace and Justice Collection, 1983-1987, SC# 3020, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Robert Bersson donated this collection in July 2010.
The newsletters were migrated to photocopy format upon receipt due to environmental damage and inherent vice i.e. vinyl line tape, acidic adhesives and chemical deterioration of master photographic copies.
The Harrisonburg area Network for Peace and Justice is the predecessor of the Common Ground Network for Peace, Justice and the Environment. Originally conceived of as a vehicle for "communication, cooperation and consciousness-raising" among twelve socially progressive local groups or chapters of national groups, the participating organizations listed in the inaugural October 1983 newsletter are: Choose Life; Christians for Peace; Church Women United, Harrisonburg/Rockingham County; Citizens Party, Harrisonburg/Rockingham County; Community Mediation Center; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; National Organization of Women, Harrisonburg/Rockingham County and James Madison University chapters; Peacemakers, Trinity Presbyterian Church; Peace Ministry Committee, Church of the Brethren; and Womens Caucus, Church of the Brethren. Information may be gleaned here on topics of local historical interest such as Ground Zero Week; the first Harrisonburg area food cooperative, Earthwise; housing issues; equal opportunity issues; migrant and illegal alien issues; and local reaction and response to energy crises, nuclear proliferation and military operations in such countries as Grenada, Lebanon, and Nicaragua. Local artists and proprietors, Keith Mills and Kathy Kraft of Laughing Dog T-shirts contributed illustrations in many of the newsletters beginning in 1985. Robert Bersson, JMU art professor emeritus, was the newsletter's first editor. Contributions of articles came from representatives of member organizations.
Scope and Content
The Network for Peace and Justice Collection, 1983-1987, consists of .25 Hollinger boxes, measuring .1 linear feet of bimonthly newsletters published or distributed by the now defunct Harrisonburg area Network for Peace and Justice. Topics included announcements for upcoming events such as peace vigils, demonstrations, and local contacts. This collection is arranged chronologically in three folders within a single series.
The collection is arranged in one series:
I. Newsletters, 1983-1987
Series I: Newsletters, 1983-1987 Folder