C. Douglas Hostetter Papers
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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Overview and metadata sections
C. Douglas Hostetter (1944 - ), has been an peace activist since the 1960s. He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war and performed alternative service for the Mennonite Central Committee in rural Vietnam.Following his work in Vietnam Hostetter worked for the United Methodist Church at the United Nations on international affairs. From the mid 1980s through the end of the decade Hostetter served as the executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee in their New England regional office. He served as the Executive Secretary of the Fellowship of Reconcilation from 1987-1993. During the 1990s Hostetter was the international/interfaith secretary of the FOR and directed the Bosnian Student Project for the organization. In 2003 he was ordained as Peace Pastor at the Evanston, Illinois Mennonite Church. Since 2006 Hostetter has been the director of the Mennonite Central Committee at the United Nations. Throughout his life Hostetter has been heavily involved in reconciliation, citizen diplomacy, and people-to-people exchanges with citizens of the former USSR, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bosnia, and Israel/Palestine.
This collection contains the personal papers of C. Douglas Hostetter and his work from the 1960s onward. It includes biographical and family material, material on his work during the Vietnam war and afterward, work with the American Friends Service Committee, New England Regional Office in the 1980s, and other activities after that period. Files concerning Hostetter's work with the Fellowship of Reconcilation maybe found in that collection in the Peace Collection.
This collection was originally donated by Hostetter to the archives of the Mennonite Church USA. Staff there processed the majority of the collection and decided upon the various series I - V. When their collecting policies changed, it was decided by the Mennonite Church USA and Hostetter to send the collection to the Peace Collection. A small amount of reorganization was accomplished, especially on the section noted as Acc. 2015-033.
Accession 2015-025 [arranged by staff of the archives of the Mennonite Church USA] Series I: Vietnam Material, 1966-1985 Series II: General Correspondence, 1959-1986 Series III: Articles, Essays, and Publications, 1961-2007 Series IV: American Friends Service Committee, New England Regional Office Records, 1980-1986 Series V: Miscellaneous Files on Peacework, 1969-2005
Accession 2015-033 [this portion partially arranged by the staff of the archives of the Mennonite Church USA]. SCPC staff have arranged this material chronologically.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.
Source of acquisition--Mennonite Church USA and C. Douglas Hostetter. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--2015; [Acc. 2015-025, Acc. 2015-033, Acc. 2015-047]; 2016 [Acc. 2016-002, Acc. 2016-027, Acc. 2016-048]; 2017 [Acc. 2017-047]; 2018 [Acc. 2018-018]
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Processed by staff of the archives of the Mennonite Church USA and SCPC staff, Jocelyn Hawley, Summer 2015. This finding aid prepared by Jocelyn Hawley, August 2015; additions by Wendy Chmielewski, June 2017; updates to finding aid by SCPC staff 2017-2018.
- Audiovisual items
- Files on Hostetter's work with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and as head of the FOR's Bosnian Student Project [removed to DG 013 FOR Records]
- Pacifists -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Mennonites -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Conscientious Objectors -- United States -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States -- Sources
- Conscientious Objectors -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Nonviolence -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Peace Movements -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Reconciliation -- Religious aspects -- Mennonites -- History -- Sources
- Mennonites -- Missions -- History -- Sources
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Civilian relief
- Swarthmore College Peace Collection
- Access Restrictions
Part of this collection is restricted. Contact the Swarthmore Collected Peace Collection at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at email@example.com at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.
- Copyright to the materials in the C. Douglas Hostetter Papers, and those items created by C. Douglas Hostetter 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.
- Use Restrictions
This series documents Hostetter's voluntary service work in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969, as well as Hostetter's peace activism in the United States after his return from Vietnam. Materials include Hostetter's diaries kept while in Vietnam, incoming and outgoing correspondence during his period of service, correspondence and subject files pertaining to his work with various relief, development, and peace agencies, and subject files on Vietnam.
[MISSING as of December 13, 2011]
This series consists primarily of professional correspondence regarding Hostetter's work as an activist, writer, and photographer. Most correspondence files include both incoming and outgoing letters and memos. Also includes some personal correspondence.
Various writing published by and about Doug Hostetter, nearly all of which pertains to his work as a peace activist. Also includes Hostetter's published photographs.
Correspondence, meeting minutes, and other administrative materials documenting Hostetter's work as executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee - New England Regional Office.
(1/2 box), photos removed to photo collection