John Beer Collected Papers
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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John Joseph Beer was born in 1927, Saarbrucken, Germany and died Oct. 2, 2021 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Illinois in 1956. He taught the history of science and the history of chemistry at the University of Delaware, until his retirement in 1992. He was a Quaker peace and antinuclear activist.
Collection includes correspondence and notes about Beer's work for peace and social justice including: a typescript account of conscientious objector David Emerson's hearing in 1954 in Danville, Illinois; peace involvements in Delaware, 1960s-1980s, including opposition to the Vietnam War and to nuclear weapons; accounts of Western Quarterly Friends (Quakers) visits to the Pentagon to protest the arms race, 1979-1981, including correspondence with Brig. General Richard T. Boverie; opposition to ROTC at the University of Delaware; and, evaluation of nuclear warfare films by Beer and his students. The papers include Beer's reference files.
Papers regarding John Beer's academic and professional work are deposited at the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for the papers of John Beer.
Gift of John Beer, 1996, 2002 [96A-064, 02A-050].
Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist.
- Antinuclear movement -- Delaware -- History -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States -- Sources
- Nuclear warfare in motion pictures
- Social reformers -- Delaware -- History -- Sources
- Conscientious Objectors -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Peace Movements -- Delaware -- History -- Sources
- Peace Movements -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Quakers -- Delaware
- Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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[Beer was his C.O. counselor]
[includes the effect fear of a nuclear war has on people]