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Jack Bollens Collected Papers


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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John Charles Bollens was born in Detroit (Michigan) on May 20, 1928. Bollens was a conscientious objector and did alternative service in a Detroit public hospital. He graduated with a B.A. from Heidelberg College (Tiffin, Ohio) and with a B.D. from Eden Theological Seminary (Webster Groves, Missouri). Bollens was ordained as a United Church of Christ minister, but eventually left the ministry. He also worked actively in the peace movement from ca. 1957-1971. John Bollens was director of AFSC's Peace Education program in the Midwest and in New England from 1957-1964. He was a senior staff member of Center for War/Peace Studies (later called Center for Global Perspectives) from 1964-1967, then became Executive Director of the Midwest Chapter of the World Without War Council from 1967-1971, and Died on February 1, 2009.

This material documents primarily Bollens' work and involvements in the 1960s and 1970s, through 1981.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.

Gift of Mary Jean Ryan, on behalf of Bollens family, 2009 [acc. 09A-030].

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Collection Inventory

Biographical information.
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Miscellaneous involvements.
Box 1
Writings and notes.
Box 1
Efforts for AFSC (as Director for Peace Education, Chicago Regional Office for Illinois and Wisconsin).
Box 1
Efforts re: "Conscience, War and the Churches" Action Consultation, Chicago (Illinois), January 26-27, 1970.
Box 1
Efforts for World Without War Council.
Box 1
Efforts for World Without War Council: American Initiatives Program (as director).
Box 1
Efforts for World Without War Council: Peace Interne Program.
Box 1
Efforts for World Without War Council: Futures Committee.
Box 1
Efforts for/re: National Peace Training Program.
Box 1
Efforts for/re: Turn Toward Peace.
Box 1
Outline for "A New Radicalism".
Box 1

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