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Carol Cummings and Frank Cummings Papers

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Carol and Frank Cummings were a Quaker married couple who were involved in the sanctuary movement for Central American refugees in the 1980s. They were based in Atlanta, Georgia, and members of the Friends Meeting House there. The Cummings helped establish the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee in 1985, under the care of the Social Concerns Committee of the Atlanta Friends Meeting. This organization soon included representatives from other religious communities and provided information about the sanctuary movement and sanctuary of Central American refugees escaping the civil wars in that area of the world.

Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, items related to activities of the Cummings and organizations which they supported, as well as reference/subject files. Of particular note is the box of material from/about the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee. This collection was originally titled the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee Records, which is what Frank Cummings wrote that it comprised when he donated the material to the Peace Collection. However, when the collection was examined in 2015, it was seen that only a portion of the collection was directly related to the Atlanta Sanctuary Committee, and was really more about the Cummings' involvements regarding Central America (and, in particular, sanctuary for refugees). Therefore, the collection's name has been changed to reflect this reality.

The first three boxes of this collection document the Cummings' involvements and interests, particularly in regard to the sanctuary movement that arose in the 1980s in response to the flood of refugees fleeing the war in Central America. The other seven boxes are filled with reference material that the Cummings' gathered on sanctuary and on Central America, primarily.

The name of this collection was changed in 2015 from Atlanta Sanctuary Committee to Carol R. Cummings and Frank E. Cummings Papers to better reflect its contents.

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

Gift of Frank Cummings, 1998 [Acc. 98A-005]; 2001 [Acc. 01A-038]; 2003 [Acc.03A-062]; Atlanta Monthly Friends Meeting, 1995 [Acc. 95A-020].

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

Processing completed and finding aid prepared by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, March 2015.

Items removed: 1 audiocassette tape "Sanctuary- Stories and Issues" to the Audiovisual Collection. Many newsletters and other items were removed to other locations in the Peace Collection. See the office files for the removal forms.

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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None.

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Use Restrictions

None.

Collection Inventory

Biographical information.
Box DG 101: 1
Correspondence.
Box DG 101: 1
Letters to the Editor.
Box DG 101: 1
Letters to government officials, 1982-1984.
Box DG 101: 1
Letters to government officials, 1997-2000.
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Letters from government officials, 1982-1989.
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Letters from government officials, 1990-1994.
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Letters from government officials, 1995-2000.
Box DG 101: 1
Reports of trips to Central America, 1987-1994, 1996-1998.
Box DG 101: 1
Participation/involvement in Sanctuary Celebration, Washington (DC), September 26-29, 1986.
Box DG 101: 1
Attendance at NSCC meeting, 1987.
Box DG 101: 1
Attendance at National Sanctuary Gathering, 1987.
Box DG 101: 1
Attendance at National Sanctuary Gathering, 1988.
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Participation in Community Vigil in Memory of Bishop Romero, sponsored by Emory Central America Network, 1989.
Box DG 101: 1
Attendance at National Strategy Meeting, Washington (D.C.), December 1989.
Box DG 101: 1
Endorsement (and attendance at) Guatemala in the 90s conference, 1990.
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Attendance at 3rd Annual Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Assembly, 1990.
Box DG 101: 1
Attendance at 4th Annual Georgia Conference on Central America, 1990.
Box DG 101: 1
Attendance at 4th Annual Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Assembly, 1991.
Box DG 101: 2
Attendance at Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Assembly, 1992.
Box DG 101: 2
Attendance at International Symposium on Torture in Guatemala, 1992.
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Attendance at (for Alliance of Sanctuary Communities) at Guatemala Strategy Meeting, 1993.
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Attendance at Guatemala Solidarity Conference, 1997.
Box DG 101: 2
Participation in Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Steering Committee: Meetings.
Box DG 101: 2
Participation in Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Steering Committee: Correspondence [includes form letters].
Box DG 101: 2
Participation in Alliance of Sanctuary Communities (ASC) Steering Committee: Reports, etc.
Box DG 101: 2
Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting.
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Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting / Clifton Presbyterian Church: Sanctuary declared, 1985.
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Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting / Clifton Presbyterian Church: Sanctuary declared– correspondence and endorsements, 1985.
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Involvement in Atlanta Friends Meeting / Clifton Presbyterian Church: Statement/letter re: sanctuary trial in Arizona [see reference files for more this trial], 1986.
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Signed petitions in support of Atlanta congregations that declared public sanctuary.
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Involvement with Southeast Sanctuary Friends.
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Involvement with Atlanta groups protesting U.S. war in Central America.
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Efforts re: grant to the Comite de Reconstruccion, approximately 1994-1997.
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Proposal re: Guatemala Maya Delegation, 1997.
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Efforts re: visit by Ana Lucia Restrepo.
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Miscellaneous.
Box DG 101: 2
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Correspondence.
Box DG 101: 3
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee(?): Correspondence; form letters.
Box DG 101: 3
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Memos to members, 1987-1994, 1997-1999.
Box DG 101: 3
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Efforts, 1990-1994.
Box DG 101: 3
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: 10th Anniversary Celebration of Sanctuary for Central Americans in Atlanta, 1995.
Box DG 101: 3
Atlanta Sanctuary Committee / Atlanta Friends Meeting: response to assassination of Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi, 1998.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Atlanta Refugee Project.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of visit by Rigoberta Menchu to Atlanta, 1988.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Rodolfo Robes to Atlanta, 1989.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Sponsorship of Seeds of Hope (Central America Study Series), 1990.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of lectures/visit by Carmen Valasquez M.D. to Atlanta, 1993.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Sandra Nineth Moran Reyes, 1995.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Juan Alvarado Leon, 1996.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of Informational Picket about Guatemala and the CIA, Atlanta (Georgia), April 29 [approximately 1995-1997].
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship(?) of lecture/visit by Justo Mendoza Zapeta, 1998.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Juana Tipaz Gonzales, 1999.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Co-sponsorship of lecture/visit by Enrique Villeda, 2000.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Presentations/talks given.
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Atlanta Sanctuary Committee: Sponsorship/co-sponsorship of lectures/visits.
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Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1991-1993.
Box DG 101: 4
Scope and Contents

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Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1994.
Box DG 101: 4
Scope and Contents

(1/2 box)

Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1995-1997.
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Scope and Contents

(1/2 box)

Sister City Project: El Sitio, 1998-1999.
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Scope and Contents

(1/2 box)

Sister City Project: El Sitio, 2000-2001.
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Scope and Contents

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Reference Material: Sanctuary: National Sanctuary Communications Council.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Arizona.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Arizona: Arizona Sanctuary Defense Fund.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Arizona: Arizona Sanctuary Defense Fund (continued).
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in California: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in California: South Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Palo Alto.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in California: San Francisco Jewish Sanctuary Coalition.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Florida through Georgia.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Georgia: Atlanta.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Georgia: Emory University.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Illinois: Chicago Metropolitan Sanctuary Alliance.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Louisiana: Baton Rouge Friends Meeting.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Maryland through Ohio.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in New Mexico: Albuquerque.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in New York.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in South Carolina.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Tennessee.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Texas: Refugio del Rio Grande, Harlingen.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Sanctuary efforts/sites in Texas: Rio Grande Witness Program / Rio Grande Defense Committee.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Miscellaneous.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Religious statements/resolutions.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Newspaper articles.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Magazine articles.
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Reference Material: Sanctuary: Giving sanctuary to refugees.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Amnesty International.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Asamblea Consultiva de law Poblaciones Desarraigadas.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Atlanta Committee on Latin America / Atlanta CALC.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Atlanta Friends Meeting.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Atlanta Greens.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Atlanta Network on Central America.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Atlanta Network on Cuba.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Campaign for Peace and Life in Guatemala.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Campaign for Peace and Life in Guatemala.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Casa Rutilio Grande.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Center for Development in Central America.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Central America Working Group: Legislative updates, 1993-1994.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Centro para la Accion Legal en Derechos Humanos.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: CEPAD.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Chiapas Media Project.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: CISPES.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Coalition Missing [includes Diana Ortiz fast].
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: CODEFAM, El Salvador.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Comite pro Justicia y Paz de Guatemala (Pro Justice and Peace Committee of Guatemala).
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Committee for Campesino Unity.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Committee for Health Rights in the Americas.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Companion Community Development Alternatives.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Comunidades Eclesiales de Base.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador).
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Doctors for Global Health.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: EPICA (Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean).
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Fundacion Nacional para el Desarrolla.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Going Home.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Guatemala Human Rights Commission / USA.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Guatemala News and Information Bureau.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Guatemala Partners.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Guatemala Support Network.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Historical Clarification Committee.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Jubilee Partners.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: La Solidaridad.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Latin America Working Group.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Mexico Solidarity Network.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Myrna Mack Foundation.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: National Labor Committee.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: North America Neighborhood Association.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: NCCORD.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Nicaragua Network Education Fund.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Nicaraguan Community Development Loan Fund.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: NISGUA.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: OXFAM America.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Pastors for Peace / IFCO.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: P.E.A.C.E. for Guatemala.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Project Salvador.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Quest for Peace.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Quixote Center.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Refugio del Rio Grande.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Salvadoran Refugee Committee.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: School of the Americas Watch.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: School of the Americas Watch.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: SHARE Foundation.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: STITCH (Support Team International for Textileras).
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: U.S. / Guatemala Labor Education Project.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Voices on the Border.
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Weston Priory (Malcolm Bell).
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Reference Material: General -- Organizations: Witness for Peace.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Border support groups.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Assassination of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Case of Portillo family.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Death threats in Guatemala.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Documenting death squads in Guatemala.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: 500 Years of Resistance.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Relief efforts after Hurricane Mitch.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Jennifer Harbury campaign.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Miscellaneous sources re: El Salvador.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Miscellaneous sources re: Guatemala.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Miscellaneous sources re: Guatemala – signing of peace accords, 35791.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Miscellaneous sources re: Nicaragua.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Miscellaneous sources re: Central America.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Miscellaneous sources re: Central America – form letters / reports from Americans(?) living in C.A.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Miscellaneous sources re: Central America – form letters / reports from Americans(?) living in C.A.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Sanctuary in Europe.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Projects: Mexico.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Better Neighbors: A Blueprint for Just U.S. Relations With Latin America and the Caribbean" by the Latin America Working Group, 1996.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "'Bitter and Cruel…': Report of a Mission to Guatemala by the British Parliamentary Human Rights Group, October 1984".
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet (loose-leaf) "Conflict in Central America: Where Is Guatemala and What Is a Quetzal? A Study Guide by the Educators Committee on Central America", 198_?.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Central America Solidarity Roundtable, October 22-25, 1992: Report of Proceedings".
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Don't Forget We Are People: Death and Hope for Life in El Salvador" by Scott Wright, circa 1985.
Box DG 101: 10
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Hechos y Politicas en Guatemala", 1988.
Box DG 101: 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "High Hopes, Harsh Realities: The Challenge of Development in Central America".
Box DG 101: 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Honduras and Nicaragua 1987: Report of a Fact-Finding Mission Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee".
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Las Hermanas y Hermanos Lejanos: Austentes pero Presentes. Version Poplar" by the Foundacion Nacional para el Desarrollo, 1997.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Police Aid and Political Will: U.S. Policy in El Salvador and Honduras (1962-1987)" by the Washington Office on Latin America, 1987.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Politica Institucional Hacia el Esplazado Interno en Guatemala: Cuardernos de Investigacion. No. 6" by the Asociacion para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala, 1990.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Private Organizations with U.S. Connections: El Salvador. Directory and Analysis" by the Inter-Hemispheric Education Resource Center, 1988.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Reading the Vital Signs: Report of the 1988 Health Delegation to Guatemala", 1988.
Box DG 101: 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet: Refusing to Forget: A Study Guide on Guatemala: Never Again" by the Campaign for Peace and Life in Guatemala, 1999.
Box DG 101: 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet (loose-leaf) "A Sanctuary Worker's Guide to the New Immigration Reform and Control Act", 198_?.
Box DG 101: 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet (loose-leaf) "Seeking Safe Haven: A Congregational Guide to Helping Central American Refugees in the United States", undated.
Box DG 101: 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Booklet "Stations of the Cross: A Good Friday Pilgrimage in Solidarity With the Oppressed, Friday, April 17, 1987".
Box DG 101: 11
Reference Material: General – Subjects: Information packet re: sanctuary by the Presbyterian Church, 198_.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Information packet "A Selection of Readings and an Overview from the Central America Microanalysis Seminar", 198_.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Information packet "Toward Understanding Central America" by the Presbyterian Church, 1985.
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Reference Material: General – Subjects: Misc. paper/article "The Church in Post-War Guatemala" by Sister Argentina Cuevas.
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