Murray Polner Papers
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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Polner was an author and editor of books and periodicals on social history, public policy, and Jewish concerns. He was also an educator at various colleges and universities.This collection chiefly relates to Polner's research on Vietnam veterans for his book No Victory Parades and on the question of amnesty for When Can I Come Home?, including correspondence (1963-1972), mss. of both books, transcripts of taped interviews, questionnaires, research notes, articles by Polner and others, copies of legal briefs, and newsclippings. The collection also include audiotapes of oral histories of American Jews who were conscientious objectors or who resisted serving in the military during World War II or the Korean War. There is additional material from Polner's research about the evacuation of Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II and information about the Vietnam war, conscientious objection, and constitutional rights of GIs. Murray Polner died on May 30, 2019.
This collection remains in the order in which it was donated.
Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 59.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Gift of Murray Polner, 1978; 1981 [Acc. 81A-130]; 1983; 1988 [Acc. 88A-109]; 2004 [Acc. 04A-059].
This collection remains unprocessed and is in the order in which it was received. This finding aid was created by Kathy Sun in November, 2012.
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Conscientious Objectors -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Sources
- Conscientious Objectors -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Conscientious objection -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Veterans -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Amnesty -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Sources
- Soldiers -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Soldiers -- Civil rights -- History -- Sources
- Civil rights -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Conscientious Objectors -- Sources
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious Objectors -- Sources
- Jews -- United States -- History -- Sources
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Sources
- Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Jews -- Sources
- Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Draft resisters -- Sources
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Draft resisters -- Sources
- Draft resisters -- United States -- History -- Sources
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- Access Restrictions
- Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendents), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.
- Use Restrictions
primarily on Vietnam, some on US actions in Central America