Carla Brooks Johnston Collected Papers
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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Carla Brooks Johnston majored in religion for her undergraduate degree and graduated with honors in 1961. She was a member of Delta Phi Alpha German honorary society, Student Christian Association, concert choir, Sphinx social club and was also a junior and senior resident. In 1966 she earned her MA from Andover-Newton Theological School and went on to complete three fellowships at Harvard University. She worked as a university professor, was the founder and director of New Century Policies consulting firm, served as deputy executive director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and worked with Physicians for Social Responsibilty to design and implement a national civil defense awareness program. Johnston was the first woman executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, Massachusetts, and served as deputy mayor in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s. She was a two-term mayor and council member of Sanibel, Florida, and used her political aptitude to further activism for the environment and world peace. Johnston authored eight books, including Reversing the Nuclear Arms Race (1986), Winning the Global Television News Game (1995), and Screened Out: How the Media Control Us and What We Can Do About It (2000). Johnston had two children. She died on April 29, 2011 in Sanibel.
This small collection of papers covers some of Johnston's efforts to protest against nuclear weapons and convince leaders to ban their use. Large gaps in information exist, but some glimpses into the work of the organizations with which Johnston related is possible. Much of the collection is made up of reference material that Johnston likely read and disseminated to others.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.
Gift of Carla Johnston, 2010 [acc. 10A-056].
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Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, January 2014.
One box (5 inches) of files by or about Newell Mack, a colleague with like interests, was removed to the CDG-A collections; bumperstickers were removed to the Stamp/Sticker/Seal/Envelope Collection; broadside "End All Nuclear Explosions" (November 1985) was removed to the Oversized Documents Collection; "Turning Public Opinion Into a Public Policy for Ending the Nuclear Arms Race" was removed to the Audiovisual Collection; posters were removed to the Poster Collection.
- New Century Policies (Organization : Boston, Mass.)
- Civil Defense Awareness (Organization : Boston, Mass.)
- Nuclear arms control -- History -- Sources
- Antinuclear movement -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Antinuclear movement -- Australia -- History -- Sources
- Antinuclear movement -- New Zealand -- History -- Sources
- Antimissile missiles -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Civil defense -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Women and Peace -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Swarthmore College Peace Collection
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research without restrictions.
- 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.
- Use Restrictions
includes text of speech given