Common Ground 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
Common Ground was a nonprofit organization and faith community founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1982 by a Quaker couple, Lilith Quinlan and Hoyt Oliver, and a small group of friends from other faith traditions. Common Ground's mission was to break cycles of poverty, racism, and sexism through nonviolence education, organizing, trainings and action. Collaboration with Baton Rouge Friends Meeting, the local Clergy and Laity Concerned and Dignity chapters led to founding and complementary work at Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice. Common Ground's programs included offerings for abused children and providing hospitality for survivors of violence. Offering sanctuary for Central American refugees led to successful national organizing with legal, immigrant rights and religious/Sanctuary organizations in opposing U.S.Justice/INS/Bureau of Prisons' mass detention of refugees in remote Oakdale, Louisiana. National and regional conferences on nonviolence were held. From Indiana, the organization published journals and newsletters with and by grassroots women, including tenant organizers in New Orleans, leaders in India, Indigenous women across North America, and farmworker women in Florida. These journals, printed in-house on donated presses, were used as literacy, organizing, fundraising tools by the groups who requested and raised their voices by producing them. In Georgia, Common Ground sponsored "Women Promoting Wholeness," a group which created and organized biannual women's retreats for grassroots community leaders from diverse spiritual traditions. The organization was dissolved in 2006.
This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was donated.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Gift of Lilith Quinlan, Jenny Inglis and other Common Ground friends, 2011 [acc. 11A-068].
For the catalog record for this collection and to find materials on similar topics, search thelibrary's online catalog.
This collection is unprocessed. This finding aid created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, with assistance from SCPC staff.
Items removed: Photographs, Audiovisual items.
- Common Ground (Organization : Baton Rouge, La.)
- Oakdale Federal Alien Detention Center (Oakdale, La.)
- Nonviolence -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Peace Movements -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Civil disobedience -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
- Feminism -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Refugees -- Louisiana -- Oakdale -- History -- Sources
- Swarthmore College Peace Collection
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research without restrictions.
- Copyright has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection by Common Ground. Copyright to other items in the collection remains with the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
- Use Restrictions
[includes Journal 1991]