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Guide to the Mobilization for Survival Records TAM 127

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Collection processed by Michael V. D'Ambrosio and Daniel Michelson, June 2011; edited by Bonnie Gordon to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials (Jan 2014)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 17, 2018
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mobilization for Survival Records
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1940s-1992
Dates [bulk]: 1977-1992
Abstract: Mobilization for Survival (MFS) is a national organization of local disarmament, anti-intervention, safe energy, religious and community organizations working for four goals: abolish nuclear weapons and power, stop military intervention, meet human needs, and reverse the arms race. This unprocessed collection documents the formation of the organization starting in 1977 and captures the activities of past campaigns and the work of local affiliates. The materials from this collection are from both the national office and the New York City Chapter.
Quantity: 65.5 Linear Feet in 64 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, and 1 oversize flat box.
Location: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 127

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Historical/Biographical Note

Mobilization for Survival (MFS) is a national organization of local disarmament, anti-intervention, safe energy, religious and community organizations working for four goals: abolish nuclear weapons and power, stop military intervention, meet human needs, and reverse the arms race. Activities of the organization include arranging educational programs, large teach-ins, development of resource materials, production of a newsletter, planning massive non-violent demonstrations and organizing local MFS chapters. As a multi-issue coalition MFS highlights the connections among nuclear weapons, military spending, and social and economic justice.

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Scope and Contents

This unprocessed collection contains newspaper clippings, minutes, publications, flyers, correspondence, newsletters, staff reports and memos, and financial journals. These materials document the formation of the organization starting in 1977 and captures the activities of past campaigns and the work of local affiliates. The materials from this collection are from both the national office and the New York City Chapter.


This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. Materials appear in the order in which they were received.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Drucker, Peter
  • Cagan, Leslie
  • Argiroff, Philip

Document Type

  • Leaflets (printed works)
  • Newsletters.
  • Photographs.
  • Correspondence.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Notes.
  • Reports.

Subject Organizations

  • Mobilization for Survival (Organization)

Subject Topics

  • Peace movements -- United States.
  • Antinuclear movement -- United States.
  • Civil rights movements -- United States.
  • Nuclear disarmament.
  • Protest movements.
  • Pressure groups -- United States.
  • Peace movements -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Antinuclear movement -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Mobilization for Survival was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Mobilization for Survival Records; TAM 127; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

Posters were transferred to the the Tamiment Library Poster and Broadside Collection (GRAPHICS 002).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Mobilization for Survival (U.S.) and the New York City chapter of Mobilization for Survival in 1984 through the early 1990s. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1985.022, 1989.016 and NPA.2002.040.

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Mobilization for Survival Photographs (PHOTOS 125). In 2014, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Mobilization for Survival Records. In 2015, a record of material was reincorporated into the collection as Box 66.

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Container List


Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Newsletters, Publications, and Correspondence: Armistice, Black Hills & Paha Sapa, CALC - Clergy & Laity, Coalition for Publicly Owned and Democratically Controlled Utility, Seabrook Occupation, A-Bomb Survivors / Victims, American Friends Service Committee, Citizens' Energy, Citizens' Hearing, Keyston Alliance, Catholic Peace Fellowship, Electoral Campaigns--For Political Rights, Keystone Alliance, Community Mailing Services, (Another) Mother's For Peace, Campaign for UN Reform, Conference Proposals '84, National Conference, Tour, Rally Committee
Box: 2 Correspondence, Mailing Lists, Publications and Leaflets, Art Work, Anti-Nuclear War Demonstration Files, Continuations Committee, Conference Evaluations, Leaflets, Endorsement Letters, Financing Files, Demonstration Files
Box: 3 Correspondence, Newspapers, Mobilizer Articles, Leaflets, Solidarity Day & Petitions, Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, U.S. Department of Transportation, American Friends Service Committee, Live Without Trident/Trident to Life Campaigns, Nuclear Weapons Facilities Task Force, People's Salt III, Plutonium, Wind Energy, Hiroshima--Japan, Human Rights International, Iran-Afghanistan Crisis: Emergency Response, Women and the Peace Movement, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Nuclear Legislation, Nukes -- Economy & Jobs
Box: 4 Correspondence, Newsletters, Articles, Accounts Received: Central America activity, Nuclear Demonstrations,National Conference '82, Hiroshima/Nagasaki, "The Day After"
Box: 5 Correspondence, Newsletter, Demonstration Materials: Nukes, Policy, Military
Box: 6 New York Metropolitan SSD Campaign Meeting Minutes (Jan 7), Reports and Newsletters: Nuclear Energy General Information, MFS Staff Review, MFS Correspondence, Press Releases
Box: 7 Newsletters, Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence: Nuclear Victims, Nuclear Transport, Nuclear Waste and Reprocessing, Disarmament
Box: 8 National Conference, Newspaper Clippings, Bills, Affiliated Organizations & NGOs
Box: 9 Minutes (May 27 Task Force), Correspondence, Notes, Campaigns, Memorandum, Newspaper Clippings, Bills, Anti-Nuclear Demonstrations, Solar Energy,
Box: 10 Disarmament, World Peace Organizations, Assemblies, War Resisters: Organizational Materials, Correspondence, Newsletters, Anti-Nuclear Proliferation, Petty Cash
Box: 11 Linda Rodolitz Homeport Files: Correspondence, Newsletters, Safety Study ('88), Newspaper Clippings, Lawsuits and Testimony, Government Reports (Kaku Nuclear Accident)
Box: 12 Correspondence, Reports, Newspaper Clippings: Homeport and Shipping, GAO--Nuclear Weapons and Energy, Navy Ships and Plans, Harbor Publications, Emergency Control Board
Box: 13 Newsletters, Organizational Summaries, Legal Briefs, Newspaper Clippings, City Projects, Event Planning, Congressional Hearings, GAO and Department of the Navy
Box: 14 Department of the Navy Reports: Homeporting, Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence, Leaflets, Legal Material, Press Packets, Press Releases and Editorial Materials, City Council Resolutions
Box: 15 MFS Bills and Check Stubs & Petty Cash
Jul 1977-Aug 1978
Box: 16 Newspaper Clippings: Shipping Union/Strike, National Maritime Union,
Box: 17 Newsletters, Correspondence, MSF Local and Regional, MSF Conference Material: Nuclear Disarmament, Leaflets, Publicity
Box: 18 Conference Notes from 1977, Conference Follow-ups, Local Newsletter, Democratic Agenda, Mailing Lists, Notes, and Reports + Job Reports 1983
Box: 19 Coalition For a Nuclear Free Harbor, West Side Tenants and Urban Renewal, World Trade Center, and Yorkville: Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence, and Reports,
Box: 20 Minutes of the M.F.S. Draft Resistance Task Force ('82), Coordinating Committee, Task Force, and Campus Outreach, Newspaper Clippings, Mailing and Media Lists
Box: 21 Mobilizer Past Agendas, Letters, and Articles, Demonstration Material, Records, Notes, Personnel Files, Endorsement Requests, Job Reports and Proposals
Box: 22 Jobs With Peace Receipts, Petitions, Mailing Lists, Newspaper Clippings, Newsletters, and Disarmament Times`
Box: 23 Legal Briefs and Lawsuits: Department of the Navy
Box: 24 Program Files, Newsletters, Publications, Leaflets, Response Surveys
Box: 25 Bluerdige, Groundzero, Land / Leaf, Sane-Puget Sound, Peace Projects, 1984 National Conference, Correspondence, Staff Meetings (1980s), Emergency Response Network, Facilitator Meetings, Arms Build Up at Sea, Abia -- America Peace Tour
Box: 26 Correspondence, Reports, Newspaper Clippings, Homeport, Board Estimates, Individual Files, Nuclear Safety Study Notes
Box: 27 International Correspondence and Files & Postage Receipts & Employee Taxes
Box: 28 Congressional Record & Files Re: Base Closing and Hearing, Committee Reports, and Legal Files
Box: 29 Campaign Materials, Disarmament, International Trip, Weapons Facility Listings, IPCC Meeting (Dec 1989) -- pt. I
Box: 30 Past Campaigns: Leaflets, Newspaper Clippings, Flyers, Correspondence, Publicity Material, Conference Files, International Communication
Box: 31 Community Action Materials and Committee Files: Nuclear and Atomic Responsibility, Citizens Committee and Alliance, AESC, CDAS, Taskforce for Sexism, Middle East, Foreign and Military Policy
Box: 32 Affiliate Mailings, Coordinating Committee Elections, Staff Mailings, Interim Committee, Key Contacts, Staff Reports, FEC Complaints
Box: 33 Action Committees: Prescott Peace, Peace Makers, Ecology Center of Southern California, Nuclear Freeze Committee, Alliance for Survival, San Jose Peace Center, Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, Hawaii Education for Social Resources, Feminist Women's Health, Peace Action, Disarm Now, etc.
Box: 34 Past Campaigns, Speaking Tours, Southeast -- Mid East -- Hibakusha, Japan, Speak Out and Breaking the Silence Campaigns, and 40th Anniversary Event
Box: 35 MFS Resource List, Local Events, Bibliography, Mailing Lists, Outreach, Public Education, Fliers, Newspaper Articles, Publications and Publicity, Grant Proposal
Box: 36 Newspapers, Publications, Correspondence, Circulation Material re: MFS US Organizations, Nuclear Regulation and Action Coalitions, Campaign Files
Box: 37 Newspapers, Newsletters, Correspondence, Strategy Papers, Logistical Information, Children's Guides, Brochures
Box: 38 Northern Sun Alliance Papers, Fliers, Newsletters, Committees of Concern (Montana, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island)
Box: 39 Newsletters and Publications on Anti-War Action, Leaflets, Fliers,, Buttons, Stickers, Safety Reports and Guidelines re: Nuclear Facilities, Finances, Bills, Bank Expenses, Ledger Books
Box: 40 October 22 Planning Committee Meeting Minutes and Agenda, Economic Notes, Environmental Action, and Feminist Newsletters, International News, Reports, and Fliers, and JWP Conference Literature
Box: 41 Past Campaigns for Peace: US-Soviet, Marches, April Actions: Jobs & Justice, Euromissiles Working Group, Summit Organizing, DIS & DEU Conference, Deadly Connections, D.C. Agenda, C.A. Organizing Guide, A.A. Mailing Lists
Box: 42 Committee Correspondence, Financial Information, Fieldtrip Reports, Mailings, Task Forces, Event Materials, Newspapers, Publications, Informational Material, Regional Conference Reports
Box: 43 U.S. Affiliate Materials and Memos, Reports, Publications, Correspondence, Newsletters, National Student Action Center, Journals, Coalitional Information
Box: 44 Administrative Materials, MFS Affiliates and Mailing Lists, Regional Offices, Interim Committee Organization, Literature and Briefs
Box: 45 Past Campaigns and Affiliate Files, Conference and Agenda material, Disarmament, Endorsements, Programs, Sustainable Energy, Stop the Restart, Women for Peace, and Background Materials
Box: 46 National Conference Minutes (1989) Affiliate Mailings, Budget, Field Organization, Committee Meetings, Dues Reports, Direct Mail Files, Mobilizer Contracts, Interim Committee, Key Contact Mailings, International Correspondence, and Convention Materials, Notes, and Phone Banking
Box: 47 Affiliates to 1986 -- NY-Z, Nuclear Free Zones, Organization Activity: Civil Defense, First Strike Conferences, Calendars, Newsletters, and Event Material, Multistate Committees and Action Groups, Material from Spanish Committees
Box: 48 State Organizational Materials and Peace Networks, Peace Coalitions, Fliers, Newsletters, Newspapers and Administrative
Box: 49 Nuclear Reports, Newspaper Clippings, Peace Coalition News, Homeport Bibliography, Correspondence, Resolutions and Legal Correspondence, No Safe Harbor Field Reports, Extensive Newspaper Clippings on Homeport
Box: 50 Correspondence, Notes, Leaflets, Newspaper Clippings: Monthly Action Calls and Endorsements, International Activity and Coordination, Disarmament, Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Lesbian & Gay Network, and Study Packets
Box: 51 Newsletters and Publications, Newspapers, Handwritten notes, Action Memorandum, Organizing Parties and Papers, Educational and Coalitional Materials,
Box: 52 Articles, Handouts, Posters, Newsletters, and Handwritten Correspondence, Seminar Material, Special Commissions, Artwork and Design, Student Coalitions, Peace Councils, Task Force, Unity Files, Conferences and Workshops
Box: 53 Leaflets and Anti-Nuclear Activity/Demonstration Material, Reports on Central American Politics, Mailing Materials, Disarmament and Military Literature, Handwritten Notes, Articles, Financial Figures, Lesbian and Gay Network, Correspondence and Memorandum, Coalitional Calendar and Agenda, Referendum, Fliers for Action, Postal Materials and Letters, Merchandise distribution, Pamphlets,
Box: 54 Correspondence, Newsletters, Fliers, and Pamphlets: Mailing Lists, National Network Action Files, Peace Coalition in Central America and the Caribbean Basin, Christie Institute, Freeze Voters, American Friends Service Committee
Box: 55 Deadly Connection Slides, International Conferences, Leaflets: Japan, Okinawa, Greece, Lebanon, WRL News, Visual Information Project Slideshow, Euromissile Campaigns, Ban the Bomb Makers, Campaign Against 1st Strike, Euromissile program
Box: 56 MFS Middle East Program, Task Force Material, Slide Show Scripts, Weapon Network Response: Forms and Coordination Material, Correspondences, Handwritten Notes, Conference Registration Forms, Containment Conference, International Peace Conference, Facsimile, and Print-Outs
Box: 57 MSF International Organizations and Task Force: Central America, Middle East, Program Reports and Evaluations, Discussion Materials, Memorandum, Correspondence, and Newsletters from Old Affiliates, Affiliate Mailings, Office Procedure Files, Handwritten Notes, Convention Files, Recruitment Material, Action Response Forms, Surveys, and Staff Correspondence
Box: 58 International and NYC Mobilization for Survival Correspondence and Newsletters, Summer Programs, Mailing and Receiving, Fliers, Newspapers, Handwritten Notes, Poster
Box: 59 Newsletters, Newspapers, Organizing Material, US Sub-Organizations, Campaigns, Unions, Catholic Workers, Letters and Handwritten Notes, Press Release Material and Samples
Box: 60 Correspondence, Newsletters, Pamphlets, Financial Statements, Reports, Mailing Lists, Letters, Newspapers, Ending the Targeting Campaign Material, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, SEA Alliance, New Mexico, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York City, Pennsylvania, Dallas, Texas, Tennessee, Dutchess County, Peace Centers, Resource Coalition Files
Box: 61 Packets, Newsletters, Correspondence, Fliers, Press Clippings, Literature, Handwritten Notes, Event Organization, MFS National Convention Material, Disarmament Action Local Literature and Responses, Newspapers and Mailings
Box: 62 Mailings, Fliers, Handwritten Notes, Publicity, Updates, Correspondence, Newspaper Articles, Campaign Forms, National Conference Materials, Convention and Demonstration Updates
Box: 63 Notices and Correspondences, Public Statements, Regional Forms, Bank Statements, NYMFS Media and Media Materials, Newspaper Clippings, Newsletters, Information Centers, North Star Fund, National Committee Correspondence and Organizing Materials, Peace Fellowships and Community Organization, National Lawyers Guild, MFS Office Files
Box: 64 Fliers, Correspondence, Newsletter, Event Materials, Program Coordination, Pamphlets, Reports and Updates from MFS
Box: 65 Photographs, Negatives, Contact Sheets, and Slides
circa 1979-1992
Box: 66 Peace--Not War: Local Responses, Coupon Returns, National Groups, Media, Speakers Response; Peace with Justice Week; Road Show; April 16th-Tax Day; Tax Day Resistance; Pledge of Resistance: analysis of political situation, clearinghouse, actions, correspondence, executive committee, local campaigns, finances, legal information, local feedback and suggestions, media coverage, MFS involvement, multi-issue coalition, newsletter, nonviolent guidelines, personnel committee, program plans, regional coordinators group, religious nature, national retreat, signal group, Stop the Lies packet, strategy, surveys; Solid Shield Military Maneuvers; Pledge: National Literature, "Incrementals Escalations" piece, structure, prominent signers, local's resources; Pledge of Resistance: National Network, address lists of contacts; New York Misc.; Rural Southern Voice for Peace; SANE; North Carolina Peace Network; Jackson County Citizens for a Nuclear Arm Freeze; Ohio Misc.; Wilington College Peace Resource Center; Tulsa Peace Fellowship; Writers for Peace; Green Revolution; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Philadelphia War Tax Resistance; Penn. Freeze; PANE; Environmental Coalition on Nuclear Power; Del-Aware Unlimited; Pennsylvania Misc,; Rhode Island Misc.; South Carolina Misc.; The National Guard; Highlander Center; Texas Misc.; Austin Peace and Justice Coalition; American Friends Service Committee; Hard Times News; Dallas Advocate; MX Information Center; The Desert Sun; Volunteers for Peace; Citizens Party; Vermont, Misc.
Box: 67 Oversize Drawings

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