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Rebecca Shelley Collected Papers


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

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Rebecca Shelley (sometimes spelled Shelly) of Battle Creek, Michigan, was a pacifist, poet, and worker in the peace movement through both World Wars. Her memberships included the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Women Strike for Peace. She was on the Henry Ford Peace Expedition and attended the International Conference of Women at the Hague in 1915. Her marriage to a German national caused her to lose her U.S. citizenship, which she fought to regain for twenty years, from 1924 to 1944. She was actively opposed to the Vietnam War. Her farm"Peace Ways" in Battle Creek was a nonprofit educational foundation founded to further international peace and brotherhood.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the papers of this individual. Shelley's papers are in the Michigan Historical Collection, University of Michigan.

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