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Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze records, 1981-1986

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze
Title
Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze records
Dates
1981-1986 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 cubic ft.
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0106WhatNukeFreeze (collection)
Summary
Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze records document the activities of this local branch of the national anti-nuclear proliferation organization that was active in the early to mid 1980s. Material includes newsletters, newspaper clippings, information regarding the pairing relationship with Bellingham's sister city, Nakhodka USSR, as well as informational articles that pertain to nuclear weapons.
Repository
Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
98225-9123
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze (WCNAF) was a part of the national Nuclear Freeze Campaign. The seeds of this campaign were sown in 1979 with the circulation of Randall Forsberg's paper, "The Call to Halt the Nuclear Arms Race." The Nuclear Freeze Campaign held its first national conference at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., in 1981. The non-partisan campaign quickly spread to include all fifty states, and saw the emergence of county-level groups such as the WCNAF. Their 1983 by-laws record WCNAF's aim to be "the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons." The organization sought to achieve this aim through community education, outreach work, and political action. In addition to its concern with nuclear arms policies, the WCNAF focused on other aspects of global foreign policy, such as U.S. involvement in Nicaragua. Members coordinated peace marches, held vigils and pot-luck dinners, and presented films and educational slide shows. WCNAF was involved in the successful 1984 campaign to declare Whatcom County a Nuclear Free Zone, as well as the formation of a Peace Center in Bellingham. The Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze disbanded in 1986.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze (WCNAF) records document a county wide campaign in Washington State against national nuclear arms proliferation from 1981 to 1986. The collection comprises administrative records, newsletters, project files, and also a small amount of reference material, ephemera and publicity records. Administrative records include memos and organizing strategies circulated by the campaign's national clearing house in St Louis, Missouri, as well as the state office in Seattle, membership and meeting records for the regional and local peace movement, and by-laws documenting the organizational structure and goals of the state campaign. Newsletters encompassing the years 1982-1986 provide a valuable overview of the objectives, activities, and accomplishments of the WCNAF. The collection also contains newsletters from other regional peace groups, including Sky Valley Peace Council, Skagit Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament, Thurston County Freeze, Snohomish County Freeze, Fraser Valley Peace Council, and University of British Columbia Students for Peace and Mutual Disarmament. Anti-nuclear activities and project files portion of the WCNAF records document some of the specific actions of the local and state nuclear freeze movement. These files include records regarding the 1984 decision to make Whatcom County a Nuclear Free Zone, information about Nakhodka, Bellingham's "paired city" in the USSR, and meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence and other materials produced by the North Puget Sound Coalition for a Nuclear Freeze based in Freeland, Washington. National reference material includes newspaper clippings and articles regarding nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons policies. Ephemera and publicity files include peace movement buttons, publicity fliers and advertisements pertaining to WCNAF activities.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

The Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I:  Administrative records,  1981-1986 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Membership and Meeting Information
1983-1985
1/2
National and State Organizing Strategies
1981-1983

Series II:  Newsletters, 1982-1986Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/3
Whatcom County Nuclear Arm Freeze Newsletters
1982-1986
1/4
Other state-wide Freeze and peace movement group Newsletter
1983-1985

Series III:  Anti-Nuclear Activities and Project Files,  1982-1986Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/5
Congressional Action
1982-1984
1/6
Referenda in Thurston County
1982
1/7
Nuclear Free Zones
1982-1983
1/8
Other Peace Movement Activities
1984
1/9
Dear Mr. President: Letters on the Nuclear Arms Race by Dr. Arthur C. Hicks
1985
1/10
Bellingham – Nakhodka Sister City Tour
1985 August 24
1/11
Pairing Project, Bellingham, WA – Nakhodka USSR
1984
2/1
Educational Resource Material
1983
2/2
North Puget Sound Coalition for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze
1982-1985

Series IV:  National Reference Material,  1982-1984 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/3
Build Down vs. Freeze
1982-1983
2/4
United Nations
1984
2/5
Nuclear Weapons Economics
1982-1983
2/6
Negotiations for Arms Control Newspaper Clippings
1983
2/7
Nuclear Weapons Articles and Information
1982
2/8
Information on United States Administrative Policy
1982-1984

Series V:  Ephemera and Publicity,  undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/9
Publicity
undated
2/10
Buttons
undated