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Francoise W. Douwes Collected Papers

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[by daughter Francine Whitney]

Francoise Wilhelmina (Willy) Everts Douwes died on August 24, 2014 in Canaan, Connecticut. Until June 2014, she had been a resident of Abington and Cheltenham townships.

Willy Douwes was born on July 6, 1923 in Jakarta, Java, then a part of the Dutch East Indies. Her future husband, Karel Douwes, was a childhood friend there. Following three years of Japanese occupation during World War II, the couple immigrated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1945 and where Karel studied medicine. They were married in 1950.

In 1958, the Douwes' immigrated to the Philadelphia area (where Karel eventually became Head of the Department of Surgery at Episcopal Hospital, in the Kensington area of the city; he later worked at Merck, Sharp and Dohme in West Point, Pennsylvania). The Douwes first settled in Melrose Park, and later lived in Wyncote and Rydal. Willy Douwes was involved in the Cheltenham Art Center, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and the Netherlands-American Association of the Delaware Valley. A fluent speaker of five languages, she also worked as a part-time translator and tour guide for the Center for International Visitors for many years.

In the early 1980s, Willy Douwes became interested in political and environmental activism. For two decades she was an active member and a leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She was a regular, contributing letter writer to the editor of the Chestnut Hill Local. Following a serious car accident in 2004, Willy continued to campaign for peace from Stapeley Hall in Germantown, where she lived for two years.

Willy is survived by two daughters, Francine Whitney of New York and Caissa Douwes of Connecticut; she was predeceased by her husband (1991) and two brothers.

This collection of papers is primarily about Douwes' activism with WILPF and other organizations.

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

Gift of Francoise Wilhelmina Douwes, 2005 [Acc. 05A-026].

For the catalog record for this collection, and to find materials on similar topics, search the library's online catalog.

Processed by SCPC staff. This finding aid created by Katy Santa Maria and Wendy Chmielewski, July 2013; updated by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, September 2014.

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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The collection is open for research use.

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at peacecollection@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.
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None.

Collection Inventory

Biographical information.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Personal correspondance.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Correspondence to/from the media.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Correspondence to/from Congress and government personnel.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1986.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1987.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1988.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1989.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1990-1991.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1992-1993.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1994-1996.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch: Panel on gun violence, April 19th, 1994.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch: Program with speakers (Dr. Chu Chu Saunders and Ivan Juzang), October 18th, 1994.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch: Silent march against gun violence, September 20th, 1994.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch: Celebration of WILPF's 80th anniversary, 1995.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 1997-1999.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, 2000.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Involvement with WILPF - Germantown Branch, undated.
Box 1 [off-site box SCPC-5713]
Efforts re: WILPF's Great Peace Train going to Philadelphia (PA), Nov. 1995.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelphia Chapter, 2001.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2002.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2003.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2004.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelhpia Chapter, 2005.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - Philadelphia Chapter, undated.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - Norristown Chapter.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with WILPF - U.N. Headquarters.
Box 2 [off-site box SCPC-5714]
Involvement with the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament, 1986.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with Beyond War awards, 1987 (December 6).
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the Montgomery Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament [MAND], 1986-1988.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the International Peace Walk, 1988.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the Peace Fair, 1989-1990.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the Peace Fair, 1991.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the Host Committee for the Philadelphia Hearings of the U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the U.N., 1991 (October 23).
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the World Federalist Association [WFA], 1992-1993.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with 'The Nation' seminar cruise, 1998(?) (December).
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the Peace, Justice and Environment Network of the Delaware Valley [PJENET], 1998-2000.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the Philadelphia Project for Global Security, 1998-2001.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Involvement with the Philadelphia Community Press Coalition Outreach Community, 1999-2004.
Box 3 [off-site box SCPC-5715]
Membership in the Philadelphia Project for Global Security Steering Committee, 2000.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Attendance At "Global Responsibility: A Reason for Hope", 2002 (February 16-17).
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Involvement with Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, 2000-2005.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Involvement with Dennis J. Kucinich's presidential campaign, 2004.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Involvement in Northwest Peace and Justice Movement [NWPJM], [Grassroots Network], 2003-2005.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Efforts re: Disarmament.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Scope and Contents

material removed from binder

Phone lists/trees, approximately 2003.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Phone tree, 1997.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
WILPF members list.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Miscellaneous notes.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Miscellaneous name lists.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Miscellaneous efforts.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Drawings.
Box 4 [off-site box SCPC-5716]
Names and media contacts, etc.
Box 5 [off-site box SCPC-5717]
Scope and Contents

Pages from binder

Reference material.
Box 5 [off-site box SCPC-5717]
Scope and Contents

4 folders

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