Have you ever wondered how FCNL started? Or what kind of work the organization did at the end of World War II or during the Cold War arms race?
All of this information and more is available in the FCNL archive.
What is the FCNL permanent archive?
Every year since its inception in 1946, FCNL has compiled a bound archive of all of the publications, minutes, newsletters, and financial documents from the preceding year. In addition, correspondence and other materials that aren't included in the bound archive are collected and preserved at the Swarthmore Peace Collection.
The FCNL website is also archived at least four times a year. You can access it here.
How can I access it?
Our annual bound archives can be found in libraries across the country. In addition to Swarthmore, we send copies of each year's book to Wilmington College, Whittier College, Haverford College, Harvard University, Guilford College, Earlham College, and the Friends Committee on Legislation of California. At most of these institutions the bound archive is kept as part of the library collection, and is readily accessible to patrons.
To access the permanent archive you can arrange a visit to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. At Swarthmore you will find all of our bound archives, editions of both the Washington Newsletter and the Indian Report, as well as boxes of correspondence and other documents from FCNL's past 65 years. In addition, Swarthmore has also compiled a small collection of FCNL ephemera that includes bumper stickers and pins. An incomplete version of the finding aid for our collection is online.
Please contact Jessica Halperin (1-800-630-1330 x2528) for general questions, and the Swarthmore College Peace Collection for information about visiting the permanent archive.