Phyllis B. Taylor and Richard K. Taylor Papers
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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Phyllis B. Taylor and Richard K. Taylor are co-founders of Witness for Peace, an organization that seeks to support peace and justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.Together, they have won numerous awards recognizing their dedication to human rights and their service in their faith communities. Phyllis is trained as a nurse, and has used her background to support and advocate for the poor, the aging, those addicted to drugs and alcohol, and other neglected or oppressed communities. She has served as an Auxiliary Chaplain at the Philadelphia Prison System, specializing in grief and bereavement and counseling terminally ill men and women -- often as a foreruner in this field. Phyllis identified herself as being Jewish. With a background in sociology/anthropology, theology, and social work, Richard has authored many books, articles, and training manuals, and he has been heavily involved with organizations fighting for justice and peace. Richard was a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) when he also joined the Catholic Church. He became involved in issues related to Catholic women in ministry and other topics, and has been very active with the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Philadelphia.
These papers were sorted into five categories: Series A: Biographical Information Series B: Correspondence Series C: Writings / Study and Notes Series D: Public Life Series E: Reference Material
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.
Gift of Phyllis B. Taylor and Richard K. Taylor, 2018-2019 [acc. 2018-062, acc. 2019-027]
This collection was processed, and this finding aid created, by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, April-May 2019.
Books removed to the Book Collection [1 set of Richard's books kept in the Taylor Papers] Photos removed to the Photograph Collection AV items were removed to the Audiovisual Collection
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Copyright to the resources created by Phyllis Taylor and Richard Taylor has 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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- Use Restrictions
includes oral interview
includes responses received
original photos removed
.25 linear ft.
includes arrest of Phyllis
includes kidnapping of peace activists
especially re: kidnapping of peace activists
includes 1995 retrospective article