GWEN Project Records
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
GWEN (Ground Wave Emergency Network was a grass roots organization founded in the mid 1980s. Mobilized citizens protested the establishment of a GWEN network, a plan by the U.S. Air Force to build a system of radiotowers around the U.S. for the purpose of maintaining military communications in the event of nuclear war. The GWEN Project was a national organization, headquartered in Amherst, Massachusetts. The co-directors were Nancy Foster and Lois Barber. In 1994, the U.S. Congress refused further funding for GWEN, calling it wasteful and unnecessary.
This collection contains files of various GWEN projects across the U.S.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these records.
Gift of Nancy Foster 2001 [Acc. 01A-030]; 2003 [Acc. 03A-027]; Gift of Ronald Fraser 2016 [Acc. 2016-091], [Acc. 2016-105]; 2017 [Acc. 2017-012].
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This collection remains partially unprocessed. Those files are listed by the separate accession in which they were donated.
Items removed: Photographs; Videorecordings
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.
- Copyright to the records created by the GWEN Project have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Copyright to all other materials is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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