Michigan Historical Collections
Bentley Historical Library
University of Michigan

Finding Aid for
Rebecca Shelley Papers, 1890-1984

Finding aid prepared by:
William H. McNitt and Christopher Leonard

Summary Information
Title: Rebecca Shelley Papers
Creator: Shelley, Rebecca, 1887-1984.
Inclusive dates: 1890-1984
Extent: 21 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Pacifist, participant in World War I peace movement and later peace activities, member of Fellowship of Reconciliation, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Women Strike for Peace. Papers include Correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, photographs, and other materials relating to the International Congress of Women, 1915, the Ford Peace Ship, the American Neutral Conference Committee, the Emergency Peace Federation, and the People's Council of America.

Call number: 86123, Aa/2, UAm
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Rebecca Shelley in several accessions between 1964 and 1984. Donor no. 4218

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has not been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Rebecca Shelley Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

Summary Contents List

  • Biographical - Box 1
  • Newspaper Clippings -- 1
  • Correspondence
    • 1974 accession -- Boxes 1-4
    • 1984 accession -- Boxes 5-7
  • Topical Papers -- Boxes 7-9
  • Miscellaneous Papers -- Box 9
  • Papers of Other individuals -- Box 9
  • Printed -- Boxes 10-14
  • Periodicals -- Boxes 14-15
  • Diaries and Notebooks -- Box 16
  • Photographs -- Box 17
  • Writings -- Boxes 17-21


Biography

Rebecca Shelley, Battle Creek pacifist and feminist, was born in Sugar Valley, Pennsylvania in 1887. She attended the Normal School at Clarion, Pennsylvania from 1902 to 1904 and taught briefly in Pennsylvania. In 1904, Rebecca's father, William Alfred Shelly, moved to Leelanau County, Michigan to become pastor of the local Evangelical congregation. Rebecca taught school for two years in the Leelanau County School but quit teaching in 1907 to attend the University of Michigan. She majored in German and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1910.

Shelley spent the next five years teaching German in Hayward, Wisconsin (1910-1912), Everett, Washington (1912-1914), and Freeport, Illinois (1914-1915). While traveling with friends in Germany in the summer of 1911, Rebecca met Franz Willman, a German literature and music critic to whom she became engaged in 1913. Their plan had been for Franz to move to the United States, but in August 1914, war was declared and Franz was called to active duty in the German army.

The severity of the world crisis along with her personal situation led her to become a pacifist. When she read about the proposed International Congress of Women at the Hague, Rebecca wrote to Jane Addams and persuaded Addams to allow her to attend as an American delegate. After the conference, Rebecca toured Germany with Angela Morgan, a fellow delegate. In Munich, she met with Franz who died later in the war after contracting encephalitis.

After returning home, Rebecca made numerous contributions to the peace movement. She was a central figure in the Ford Peace Ship (December 1915), the American Neutral Conference Committee (Spring 1916-February 1917), the Emergency Peace Federation (February-July 1917), and the People's Council of America (August 1917-1918).

In 1918, stress and exhaustion forced her to return to Michigan. After recovering at a Battle Creek sanitarium, she settled in Battle Creek. She purchased a trade journal, Modern Poultry Breeder, which she published through most of the 1920s.

In 1922, Rebecca met and married Felix Martin Rathmer, an electrical engineer from Germany. Having married a foreign citizen weeks before the pertinent law expired, Rebecca lost her American citizenship. She then refused to take the naturalization oath which included a clause promising to bear arms in defense of the country. It was only after a lengthy and publicized legal fight that her U.S. citizenship was restored in 1944.

In later years, she again became active in the pacifist movement. She was an organizer of World Peace Month in 1952. In the early 1950s she founded a Battle Creek chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was also editor of the Fellowship of Reconciliation's Michigan F.O.R. News for many years.

After the death of her husband in 1959, Rebecca dedicated her Battle Creek property as the Peaceways Foundation. In 1964, she ran for vice-president on a peace party ticket with a Herbert Hoover, a cousin of the former president. From 1968 until 1977, she publicly dressed in mourning as a protest against the Vietnam War. She made extensive tours of Europe and South Asia, conducting peace vigils at embassies and war monuments. In 1984, Rebecca Shelley died at age ninety-seven.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers of Rebecca Shelley (1887-1984) were donated by Shelley in several accessions between 1964 and 1984. The papers make up twenty-one linear feet of materials and cover the years 1890-1984, though only a few photographs and printed items predate 1910. Her anti-war activism, legal battles, writing career, and courtships with Franz Willman and Felix Rathmer are all well-represented. In addition to her personal papers, there are groups of material belonging to Emily Balch, Richard Olsen, Felix Rathmer, Paul Shelly, and William A. Shelly.

Many peace organizations are also documented in these papers through flyers, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, and correspondence. These include the American Neutral Conference Committee, Emergency Peace Federation, People's Council of America, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Women Strike for Peace, and many others. As Shelley served as an officer in the Michigan Fellowship of Reconciliation (F.O.R.) through the 1950s and 1960s, many of the organization's official papers came to be in her possession. Therefore, an effort was made to remove most of these official papers to the separate Michigan F.O.R. collection.

The collection is arranged in eleven series: Biographical; Newspaper Clippings; Correspondence; Topical Papers; Miscellaneous Papers; Papers Of Other Individuals; Printed; Periodicals; Diaries And Notebooks; Photographs; and Writings.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


    Subjects:
    • American Civil Liberties Union.
    • American Neutral Conference Committee.
    • Battle Creek (Mich.)
    • Conscientious objectors.
    • Emergency Peace Federation (U.S.)
    • Fellowship of Reconciliation (U.S.)
    • Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915-1916)
    • German Americans--Michigan.
    • India.
    • International Congress of Women (1915 : Hague, Netherlands)
    • Peace--Societies, etc.
    • People's Council of America.
    • Poetry.
    • Poultry--Breeding.
    • Prohibition Party (U.S.). National Committee.
    • Shelley, Rebecca, 1887-1984.
    • Social reformers--United States.
    • Society of Friends--United States.
    • Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939.
    • United States. Work Projects Administration.
    • University of Michigan--Alumni and alumnae.
    • Vietnam.
    • Women--United States--Societies and clubs.
    • Women's rights--United States.
    • World War, 1914-1918.
    • World War, 1939-1945.
    • Writers' Program (Mich.)
    • Women social reformers--United States.
    • Women and peace.
    Subjects - Visual Material:
    • Afro-Americans--Women.
    • Camping--1921-1930.
    • Clothing and dress.
    • Demonstrations.
    • Dwellings.
    • Exhibitions.
    • India.
    • Indian women--North America
    • International Congress of Women (1915 : Hague, Netherlands)
    • Machine shops.
    • Morgan, Angela, 1874-1957.
    • Netherlands.
    • Pacifism.
    • Pacifists.
    • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
    • Shelley, Rebecca, 1887-1984.
    • Shelley family.
    • Slogans.
    • Typewriters.
    • Women.
    • Women--Organizations.
    Sound recordings
    • Shelley, Rebecca, 1887-1984.
    • Pacifism.
    • Pacifists.
    • Johnston, Margaret.
    Genre/Form:
    • Photographs.
    • Sound recordings.
    Contributors:
    • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935.
    • American Association for a Democratic Germany.
    • Angell, Norman, Sir, 1874-1967.
    • Arnori, M. S.
    • Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961.
    • Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884-
    • Bentley, Alvin M. (Alvin Morell), 1918-1969.
    • Boulding, Kenneth Ewart, 1910-
    • Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston, 1866-1948.
    • Brown, Garry Eldridge, 1923-
    • Brown, Prentiss Marsh, 1889-1973.
    • Circle Pines Center.
    • Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy.
    • Couzens, James, 1872-1936.
    • Crane, Henry Hitt, 1890-1977.
    • Davis, John W. (John William), 1873-1955.
    • Dende, Leopold.
    • Detzer, Dorothy, 1893-1981.
    • Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
    • Dougherty, Peter, 1805-1894.
    • Dubina, Nestor.
    • Eddy, Robert M.
    • Eldred, Mary.
    • Ferris, Woodbridge N., 1853-1928.
    • Florence, Barbara Moench.
    • Florence, Philip.
    • Florer, Warren Washburn, 1869-1958.
    • Gage-Colby, Ruth.
    • Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940.
    • Gray, Harold Studley, 1894-1972.
    • Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970.
    • Harrington, Donald Szantho.
    • Harrison, Alice.
    • Hassler, Alfred.
    • Hays, Arthur Garfield, 1881-1954.
    • Herz, Alice.
    • Herz, Helga.
    • Heymann, Lida Gustava, 1868-1943.
    • Hobbs, William Herbert, 1864-1952.
    • Holbrook, Florence, 1860-1932.
    • Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964.
    • Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964.
    • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
    • Hutchinson, Paul, 1890-1956.
    • Johansen, August Edgar, 1905-
    • Kamarck, Esther.
    • Kamarck, Frank.
    • Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
    • Kresge, Sebastian Spering, 1867-1966.
    • Labadie, Jo, 1850-1933.
    • Laubach, Frank Charles, 1884-1970.
    • Lehman, Barbara.
    • Lindsey, Fanny Cole.
    • Lloyd, Lola Maverick, 1875-1944.
    • Lloyd, William B., Jr.
    • Lochner, Louis Paul, 1887-1975.
    • Lynch, Frederick Henry, 1867-1934.
    • Magsaysay, Ramon, 1907-1957.
    • Mazey, Emil, 1913-
    • Milliken, William G., 1922-
    • Minkoff, Lynn.
    • Morgan, Angela, 1874-1957.
    • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
    • Mygatt, Tracy D. (Tracy Dickinson), 1885-1973.
    • Nearing, Scott, 1883-
    • Nielson, Axel.
    • Niemðoller, Martin, 1892-
    • O'Brien, Patrick Henry, 1868-
    • O'Connor, Jessie Lloyd, 1904-
    • Olmsted, Mildred Scott, 1890-1990
    • Paul, Alice, 1885-1977.
    • Pauling, Linus, 1901-
    • Puri, J. N.
    • Randall, Mercedes.
    • Rathmer, Felix Martin, d. 1959.
    • Reynolds, Barbara.
    • Romney, George W., 1907-
    • Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970.
    • Schwimmer, Franciska, 1880-1963.
    • Schwimmer, Rosika, 1877-1948.
    • Secor, Lella Faye, d. 1966.
    • Selskosojus, Inc.
    • Sexton, Kripp.
    • Shafer, Paul Werntz, 1893-1954.
    • Shapiro, Samuel.
    • Shelly, Edna.
    • Shelly, Florence.
    • Shelly, Paul.
    • Shelly, Will.
    • Shelly, William Alfred, 1854-1930.
    • Shibata, Shingo, 1930-
    • Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
    • Staebler, Neil, 1905-
    • Steinson, Barbara J., 1948-
    • Sugar, Maurice, 1891-1974.
    • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968.
    • Todd, Paul Harold, 1921-
    • Turn Toward Peace (Organization)
    • United States Farmers Association.
    • Van Koevering, Adrian, 1874-1960.
    • Villard, Fanny Garrison, 1844-1928.
    • Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949.
    • War Resisters League.
    • Weinberger, Harry, 1888-
    • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-
    • Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944.
    • Wilson, Charles Carroll.
    • Witherspoon, Frances M., 1886-1973.
    • Women Strike for Peace.
    • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
    • Woodruff, Alice.
    • Wynner, Edith.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Biographical [series]

    Biographical is a small series of only ten folders. Included are vitae, letterheads of organizations with which Shelley worked, transcripts of class presentations, a biographical sketch, and several oral history transcripts. The biographical sketch prepared by Janet Reedy for Jane Fonda and Columbia Pictures in 1980 is especially broad, covering Shelley's life beginning with childhood.

    Box   1  
    Vitae and Letterheads
    Box   1  
    Visit to a class at Western Michigan University,  1975 (4 pages)
    Box   1  
    Biographical sketch prepared by Janet Reedy for Jane Fonda and Columbia Pictures,  1980 (23 pages)
     
    Newspaper clippings [series]

    Newspaper Clippings is also a small series, containing only nine folders. It is arranged chronologically and provides useful background information. Most articles are about World War I pacifist movement, Shelley's repatriation case, Peaceways, Shelley's Vietnam protests, or her trips abroad.

    Box   1  
    Pre-1915 and  1915-1984 (9 folders)
     
    Correspondence [series]

    Correspondence is extensive (5.5 linear feet) and has been divided into two subseries based upon date of accessioning, 1974 and 1984. Both subseries are arranged chronologically. The two correspondence subseries were not interfiled because parts of the 1974 accession were microfilmed before the 1984 accession arrived. Although the accession groups overlap to a large extent, the 1974 accession is weighted before 1960 and the 1984 accession after 1950. The correspondence is notable for the letters exchanged with many leading pacifist, radical, religious, and political leaders. These include Jane Addams, Emily Balch, Emma Goldman, John Haynes Holmes, Jo Labadie, Scott Nearing, Alice Paul, Rosika Schwimmer, Upton Sinclair, Norman Thomas, Oswald Garrison Villard, and Wendell Willkie. Partial indices to correspondents have been prepared for both accession groups and are appended to this finding aid.

     
     1974accession [subseries]
    Box   1  
     Undated,  1910-September 1928 (19 folders)     (Microfilm copy available of correspondence, 1915-1919) 
    Box   2  
     October 1928-May 1938 (32 folders)
    Box   3  
     June 1938-June 1954 (34 folders)
    Box   4  
     July 1954-December 1961 (35 folders)
     
     1984accession [subseries]
    Box   5  
     Undated,  1911-1961 (28 folders)
    Box   6  
     1962-1975 (27 folders)
    Box   7  
     1976-1977
    Box   7  
     1978-1979
    Box   7  
     1980-1984
     
    Topical Files [series]

    Topical Papers encompasses two linear feet of material and is arranged alphabetically. This series was created out of papers which were identifiable with a particular organization, event, or person. Within this series are files relating to Shelley's efforts to regain her citizenship after losing it in 1922. These files include legal documents, drafts of letters, notes used by Shelley in court, and her written accounts of the proceedings. Administrative papers of the Rebecca Shelley Repatriation Committee are also included. There are news bulletins, a 1936 financial report, and papers of W.W. Denton, chairman, and Eleanor Williams, secretary. Additional information on Shelley's repatriation can be found in the Correspondence and Papers Of Other Individuals series.

    Also in this series, filed under Federal Writers Project, are files that document Shelley's work as a writer for the W.P.A.-sponsored project in the 1930s. The first three folders are made up primarily of writers' union records. The records of the American Federation of Government Employees #322 include registration rolls, minutes, and printed materials, all dated July 1937. United Office of Professional Workers of America, Local 26, replaced A.F.G.E. #322 in 1938 and these records include minutes and press releases. The last three folders in the subseries consist of Shelley's writings on the history of Germans in Michigan. In addition to descriptions of German immigrant influence, there is a long, personal narrative by Henry Becker titled, "My Story As An Immigrant."

    The Fellowship of Reconciliation files within the Topical Papers series, though consisting only of three folders, is especially strong. As was noted in the scope and content note, many of the Michigan F.O.R.'s early records came into Shelley's possession when she became editor of the newsletter in 1958. Though much of this material was removed to the separate F.O.R. collection, additional materials were accessioned in 1984 and these remain with the Shelley papers. The subseries is arranged chronologically from 1944-1969. The strongest material is located in the first folder, which contains the contents of a loose-leaf binder dated 1944-1947. This binder includes minutes of the Michigan F.O.R. executive council and state meetings, attendance sheets, mailing lists, flyers, announcements, treasurer's reports, correspondence, and regional and state chairman's reports.

    The Fanny Cole Lindsey file within the Topical Papers series contains papers, 1946-1947, relating to efforts by Shelley to stop an attempt to commit her friend Fanny Cole Lindsey to a mental hospital. The Angela Morgan file contains papers, 1957-1960, concerning Shelley's dispute with Frank and Esther Kamarck over placement of Angela Morgan's papers. Also in this file are poems and essays by Shelley written in tribute to Angela Morgan after Morgan's death. Most material relating to Morgan was removed to the separate Angela Morgan collection which was given by Shelley to the Michigan Historical Collections. The Peaceways Foundation files, 1959-1964, document Shelley's efforts to turn her Battle Creek farm into an international peace center. Included are minutes, by-laws, articles of incorporation, and an account book. There are also some papers from Peaceways International Indian Section, which Shelley established with J.N. Puri while traveling in the Far East.

    Box   7  
    American Association for the United Nations,  1951-1963
     
    Citizenship Case
    Box   7  
     Undated (5 folders)
    Box   7  
     1931-1933
    Box   7  
     1936
    Box   7  
     1937-1939
    Box   7  
     1940-1941
    Box   7  
     1984accession (2 folders)
    Box   7  
    Printed
    Box   7  
    Conner Estate,  1944-1946 (2 folders)
     
    Federal Writers Project
    Box   7  
     Undated
    Box   7  
    American Federation of Government Employees,  1937
    Box   7  
    United Office and Professional Workers of America,  1938
    Box   7  
    History of Germans in Michigan, 1938~ (3 folders)
     
    Fellowship of Reconciliation
    Box   7  
    Notebook,  1944-1947
    Box   7  
     1945-1959,  undated
    Box   7  
     1960-1969,  undated
    Box   7  
    Financial and Legal,  1927-1981
    Box   8  
    Gandhi Peace Foundation,  1962-1968
    Box   8  
    Lindsey, Fanny Cole
    Box   8  
    Mailing Lists
    Box   8  
    Michigan International Council,  ca. 1978
    Box   8  
    Morgan, Angela,  1957-1960
    Box   8  
    N.A.A.C.P.-Battle Creek,  1960-1965
    Box   8  
    New Democrats of Michigan,  1968
     
    Peaceways Foundation
    Box   8  
     1959-1964
    Box   8  
     1965-1976,  undated
    Box   8  
    Pennfield Township Schools,  1946-1948
     
    Religious Society of Friends (mostly "Ann Arbor Friends Meeting" newsletters)
    Box   8  
     1958-1968
    Box   8  
     1969-1981,  undated
     
    South Asian Expedition,  1970-1973
    Box   8  
    Personal Papers (2 folders)
    Box   8  
    Miscellaneous Papers (2 folders)
    Box   8  
    Poetry and Essays concerning South Asia
    Box   8  
    Turn Toward Peace,  1962-1963     (includes staff report, May 1963, manual for instructors of peace interns,, Inclusive dates: 1963 two issues of Alternatives, minutes, and several memos) 
    Box   8  
    Wilson, Charles Carroll,  1961-1966 (2 folders)     (numerous essays and pamphlets by the founder of the cityist plan, also extensive correspondence 1963-1966) 
    Box   8  
    Women Strike for Peace,  1961-1968     (mostly materials of the Ann Arbor and Detroit Women for Peace) 
    Box   8  
    Women's International Democratic Federation,  1964-1968     (several national publications on Vietnam, the Dominican Republic and general subjects) 
     
    Women's International League for Peace and Freedom International Congress and Early Years,  1915-1918
     
    Michigan Branch     (some materials from Rouge Valley, Battle Creek, and Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti branches interfiled) 
    Box   8  
     1938-1959
    Box   8  
     1960-1965
    Box   8  
     1967-1978,  undated
    Box   8  
    Historical Sketches
    Box   9  
    World Peace Month,  1955-1956 (3 folders)
    Box   9  
    World Peace Study Mission (to Japan),  1963 (includes proposal, final report, and numerous pamphlets)
     
    Miscellaneous Papers [series]

    Miscellaneous is a series of non-correspondence, non-foldered material (when received) that has been arranged chronologically. The contents of the files related to all of Shelley's interests and activities.

    Box   9  
     Undated,  1913-1965 (23 folders)     (1974 accession) 
    Box   9  
    Undated, unprocessed, and  1915-1983 (4 folders)     (1984 accession; includes minutes of the People's Council and 1915 pledge signed by S.S. Kresge) 
     
    Papers of other individuals [series]

    Papers Of Other Individuals is a small series (two inches) of papers created by six other individuals but which came to be in Shelley's possession. The Emily Greene Balch papers consist of letters sent by Balch to various persons while serving as chairman of Rebecca Shelley's repatriation committee. The papers run from 1935-1937 and correspondents include John J. Bowman, John Safran, Charles Knott, Felix Frankfurter, W.W. Denton, and Oswald Garrison Villard. Although undated correspondence between Balch and Shelley is found in this folder, there is also extensive correspondence between the two women in the Correspondence series. The Richard Olsen series is a journal kept during 1977 and 1978 by Olsen while a resident at Shelley's Peaceways Foundation. It provides useful insight into the problems which led to the demise of Peaceways as a commune. The Felix Rathmer papers consist of two folders. The first is made up of his correspondence, mostly postcards, from 1911-1914 while a resident of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The second folder is made up of papers from 1921-1951, mostly relating to his naturalization and electrical engineering business. The Kripp Sexton papers are made up of one envelope of notes which were left in his room after staying with Shelley. The Paul Shelly papers consist mostly of his correspondence in 1973 while trying to locate Rebecca who was traveling in South Asia at the time. There is also a ten-page autobiographical sketch written in 1977 and a genealogy of the Shelly Family. The papers of Rebecca Shelley's father, William Alfred Shelly, include a 1904 letter from a Saginaw land salesman encouraging him to move to Michigan and a 1918 letter from his son Will informing his father that he has enlisted in the Navy. There are also two diaries, 1906 and 1910, which document his work as an Evangelical minister. William Shelly was pastor at ten Michigan cities: Leelanau (1905-1907), Riverton (1907-1909), Traverse City (1909-1912), Park (1912-1914), Chesaning (1914-1918), Whittaker (1918-1922), Greenwood (1922-1924), Mt. Pleasant (1924-1926), Coleman (1926-1928), and Oregon (1928-1929).

    Box   9  
    Balch, Emily Greene,  1937
    Box   9  
    Olsen, Richard,  1977-1978
     
    Rathmer, Felix Martin
    Box   9  
     1911-1914
    Box   9  
     1921-1951
    Box   9  
    Sexton, Kripp,  undated
    Box   9  
    Shelly, Paul C.,  1968-1977
    Box   9  
    Shelly, William Alfred,  1890-1920
     
    Printed [series]

    The Printed series measures nearly five linear feet and is arranged chronologically from 1900 to 1984. Included in this series are pamphlets, flyers, books, and other printed works which Shelley accumulated. These materials cover a tremendous range of organizations and events and are a rich source for researchers of radical, pacifist, and feminist causes.

    Box   10  
     Undated,  1900-1927 (27 folders)
    Box   11  
     1928-1943 (22 folders)
    Box   12  
     1944-1955 (26 folders)
    Box   13  
     1956-1964 (27 folders)
    Box   14  
     1965-1984 (20 folders)
     
    Periodicals [series]

    Periodicals measures two linear feet and is arranged alphabetically by title of the publication. The contents list includes a complete list, titles and dates for the periodicals included in this series.

    Box   14  
    "Action Memorandum,"  1952 (3 issues)
    Box   14  
    "The Appeal,"  1951-1953      vol. 1 no. 1 through vol. 2 no. 1 (complete)) 
    Box   14  
    "Between the Lines,"  1954-1957 (scattered issues)
    Box   14  
    "The Blaze,"  1950-1956 (scattered issues)
    Box   14  
    "Canadian Far Eastern Newsletter,"  1955-1960 (scattered issues)
    Box   14  
    "Committee for Nonviolent Action Bulletin,"  1961-1965 (scattered issues)
    Box   14  
    "The Conscientious Objector,"  1941-1944 (scattered issues)
    Box   14  
    "Counter-Spy," May-Fall,  1973
    Box   14  
    "Czechoslovak Woman,"  September-December 1965
    Box   15  
    "Democratic German Report,"  1954-1967 (scattered issues)
    Box   15  
    "Facts About Occupied Germany,"  1945-1948 (8 issues)
    Box   15  
    "The Federalist,"  1963 (3 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Fellowship,"  1938-1948 (4 issues)
    Box   15  
    "For Peace on Earth,"  1954-1955 (4 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Friendship Universal,"  1964-1965 (3 issues)
    Box   15  
    "GI's Act," (vol. 1 no. 1-vol. 1 no. 3),  ca .1967
    Box   15  
    "God and Caesar,"  1976-1977 (2 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Greenwood" (Battle Creek),  1975-1978 (incomplete)
    Box   15  
    "In Fact,"  1941-1943 (24 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Information from the Peace Movement of the German Democratic Republic,"  1964-1978 (9 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Information Bulletin of the Christian Peace Conference,"  1965-1968 (4 issues)
    Box   15  
    "The Last Call,"  1953-1955 (14 issues)
    Box   15  
    "The Last Call,"  1956 (5 complete issues and fragments)
    Box   15  
    'Memo" (WSP),  1965-1969 (6 issues)
    Box   15  
    "No More Hiroshimas,"  1956-1959 (14 issues)
    Box   15  
    "No More Hiroshimas,"  1960-1966 (15 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Panchayat Aur Insan,"  1971-1975 (4 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peace Action,"  1939-1940,  1950-1960 (38 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peace Garden Progress Report,"  1959-1964 (5 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peace News,"  1947,  1956-1958,  1965-1966 (12 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peace Newsletter" (New Delhi),  1966-1967 (5 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peace Pilgrim's Progress,"  1955-1960 (6 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peace Review,"  1954-1955 (9 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peacemaker,"  1955-1966,  1973 (24 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Peoples' Voices" (Costa Rica),  1972-1973 (4 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Plowshare Press,"  1976     (vol. 1 no. 1-vol. 1 no. 2) 
    Box   15  
    "Prevent World War III,"  1950-1955 (4 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Serving Mankind,"  1957-1958 (issues 1-10)
    Box   15  
    "SSRS Newsletter,"  1955-1960 (22 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Today,"  January 1951-January 1952 (bound volume)
    Box   15  
    "Today,"  February 1952-January 1957 (24 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Toward A World Disarmament,"  1956 (5 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Toward Freedom,"  1953,  1965,  1972-1973 (9 issues)
    Box   15  
    "The Trumpet,"  1955     (vol. 1 no. 1-vol. 1 no. 2) 
    Box   15  
    "Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Battle Creek News,"  1961-1968 (incomplete)
    Box   15  
    U.S.C.A.M. Newsletters,  1951-1955 (21 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Veterans Stars and Stripes for Peace,"  1968-1970 (3 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Vet's Voice for Peace,"  1955-1956 (5 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Vietnam" (WIDF),  1965-1967 (10 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Vietnam" (WIDF),  1968-1970 (10 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Women of the Whole World,"  1965 (2 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Women of Vietnam,"  1968,  1973 (2 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Women's Peace Movement Bulletin,"  March 1962-April 1963 (9 issues)
    Box   15  
    "Women's Peace Movement Bulletin,"  May 1963-May 1964 (11 issues and Fragments )
    Box   15  
    "World Federation,"  1959-1960
    Box   15  
    "World Federation-Now,"  1939-1950 (11 issues)
    Box   15  
    "WRL News,"  1955-1958,  1969 (13 issues)
     
    Diaries and Notebooks [series]

    The Diaries And Notebooks series includes eighteen diary volumes, a scrapbook of clippings and congratulatory letters presented to Shelley upon her 87th birthday, a student notebook from 1943, and several miscellaneous notebooks. Most of the diaries contain only brief and scattered entries. The earliest volume, covering 1936-1939, is a notable exception. This volume contains longer entries which discuss her marital difficulties and separation, her problems in writing novels and poems, and her citizenship case.

     
    Diaries
    Box   16  
     1936-1961 (9 volumes)
    Box   16  
     1962-1976 (9 volumes)
    Box   16  
    Birthday Scrapbook,  1974
    Box   16  
    Student Notebook,  1943-1944
    Box   16  
    Miscellaneous Notebooks
     
    Photographs [series]

    Photographs are plentiful and span from approximately 1890 to 1980. There are photographs of Shelley at all stages of life, the Shelly family of various individuals, groups and events. Postcards are also located in this series.

    Box   17  
    Rebecca Shelley
    Box   17  
     ca. 1897-1930
    Box   17  
    1931-1955
    Box   17  
     1956-1967
    Box   17  
     1968-1984
     
    Shelly Family
    Box   17  
     ca. 1890-1929
    Box   17  
     1930-1980
     
    Persons Identified
    Box   17  
    A-G (includes Jane Addams and Emily Balch)
    Box   17  
    H-W (includes Alice Herz, J.H. Kellogg, Emil Mazey, Angela Morgan, Rosika Schwimmer, Lella Secor, and Eleanor Roosevelt)
    Box   17  
    Felix Rathmer
    Box   17  
    Franz Willman
     
    Persons Unidentified
    Box   17  
    General
    Box   17  
    American Women
    Box   17  
    Groups
    Box   17  
    Rebecca Shelley with Friends,  1907-1914
    Box   17  
    International Congress of Women,  1915     (includes Jane Addams) 
    Box   17  
    Honeymoon at Yellowstone,  1922
    Box   17  
    Camping,  1920s
    Box   17  
    Electric Works,  1920s
    Box   17  
    Milan Free Fair Peace Exhibit,  ca. 1954
    Box   17  
    Peace Protests,  ca. 1957,  ca. 1965,  ca. 1979
    Box   17  
    Peaceways, mostly dedication ceremony,  1959
     
    South Asian Expedition,  1971-1973
    Box   17  
    Meeting officials
    Box   17  
    Peaceway International agricultural program
    Box   17  
    Picketing
    Box   17  
    Vigils and wreath laying
    Box   17  
    With Indian people
    Box   17  
    Michigan International Citizen Award,  1979
    Box   17  
    Miscellaneous
    Box   17  
    Postcards
     
    Writings [series]

    Writings is a large series, measuring four-and-a-half linear feet. However, all but the first five inches is made up of unsorted manuscripts of novels and poems written by Shelley. The five inches which are sorted begin with Shelley's four books: A Widows Mite, 1961, Je m'accuse, 1968, In Mourning, 1971, and I Confess, undated. There are two folders containing autobiographical sketches, drafts, and research notes from an autobiography that was never completed. There are also two folders of statements, open letters, and appeals, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. Much of Shelley's poetry has been arranged alphabetically and is located in four folders in this series.

    Box   17  
    Books: A Widow's Mite,  1961; Je m'accuse,  1968; In Mourning,  1971; I Confess,  undated
    Box   17  
    Autobiographical Sketches and Drafts (2 folders)
    Box   17  
    Statements, Open Letters, and Appeals,  1960s,  1970s (2 folders)
    Box   17  
    Poetry (4 folders)
    Box   18-21  
    Manuscripts of novels and poems by Rebecca Shelley (unsorted)
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Partial Index to Correspondence, 1984 accession
    Arnori, M.S. (Minority of One)
    • February 21, 1966, February 23, 1966, February 28, 1966
    Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961.
    • June 15, 1933, January 24, 1937, January 27, 1937, March 29, 1937, April 11, 1937, April 28, 1937, May 30, 1937, June 18, 1937, July 5, 1937, July 18, 1937, July 20, 1937, December 20, 1937, December 30, 1937, May 1939, January 15, 1942, September 11, 1950, April 23, 1951
    Bentley, Alvin Morell, 1918-1969.
    • October 10, 1962
    Brown, Garry Eldridge, 1923-
    • August 11, 1970, August 13, 1971, December 22, 1971, January 18, 1972
    Circle Pines Center.
    • August 5, 1963
    Crane, Henry Hitt, 1890-
    • December 17, 1954, April 27, 1959, April 18, 1961, September 18, 1961, November 17, 1961, 1962 (7), 1963 (5), April 4, 1964, May 19, 1964, April 9, 1965, May 20, 1965, March 2, 1967
    Dende, Leopold
    • August 28, 1963, September 11, 1963, September 21, 1963, 1965 (17), September 11, 1966, June 4, 1967
    Dougherty, Peter
    • April 14, 1979, undated 1970s (2)
    Dubina, Nestor
    • 1965 (5)1966 (6)
    Eddy, Robert M.
    • May 1964 (4), September 1964 (2), May 2, 1965
    Eldred, Mary
    • May 21, 1962, September 23, 1962, December 23, 1963, July 10, 1967, undated 1970s, September 6, 1972, September 7, 1972, January 4, 1973, January 1, 1974, June 1, 1978, January 17, 1981, 1983 (8)
    Florence, Barbara Moench
    • September 26, 1976, September 21, 1976, June 9, 1977, October 15, 1976, February 3, 1980, February 28, 1980, November 24, 1980
    Florence, Philip
    • July 25, 1966, July 18, 1966
    Gage-Colby, Ruth
    • undated 1960's, June 22, 1962, July 4, 1962, July 8, 1962, July 27, 1962, June 2, 1963, 1964 (6), January 15, 1965, April 14, 1965, June 21, 1965, November 1, 1965, October 13, 1966
    Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970.
    • October 13, 1966
    Harrington, Donald Szantho, 1914-
    • May 25, 1957, May 30, 1957, June 6, 1957, 1958 (9), May 15, 1959, September 9, 1959, undated 1960s, November 16, 1960, 1962 (8)
    Harrison, Alice
    • undated 1960s, July 2, 1958, October 22, 1958, 1959 (6), February 3, 1960, February 5, 1960, June 29, 1960, August 3, 1960, 1962 (5), 1963 (7), 1964 (10), 1965 (5), June 10, 1966, December 2, 1966, May 7, 1967, June 15, 1967, November 29, 1968, January 18, 1969, January 29, 1970, November 6, 1980
    Hassler, Alfred
    • May 11, 1962, April 30, 1962, July 7, 1962, February 10, 1964, February 26, 1964, March 25, 1964, March 30, 1964, April 14, 1964, April 2, 1965, undated 1960s
    Herz, Alice
    • August 6, 1956, September 13, 1958, January 22, 1959, March 7, 1961, August 13, 1961, 1962 (8), 1963 (5), 1964 (extensive), 1965
    Herz, Helga
    • July 2, 1967
    Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964.
    • May 13, 1957, May 15, 1957, May 20, 1957, may 23, 1957, June 1, 1959, June 11, 1959, May 2, 1963, May 21, 1963, May 23, 1963, June 4, 1963
    Humphrey, Hubert Horatio, 1911-1978.
    • October 21, 1968
    Hutchinson, Paul, 1890-1956.
    • November 16, 1936, November 10, 1936, October 14, 1936, May 1, 1939
    Kamarck, Frank and Esther
    • 1957-1960, May 20, 1962, June 28, 1962, undated 1970s, undated 1950s
    Kennedy, Robert Francis, 1925-1968.
    • March 12, 1968, March 19, 1968
    Labadie, Charles Joseph Antoine dit, 1850-
    • February 2, 1928, February 24, 1928, February 26, 1928
    Laubach, Frank Charles, 1884-1970.
    • undated 1960s, September 21, 1960, February 15, 1961, March 17, 1962, March 22, 1962, April 17, 1962, August 10, 1962, August 20, 1963, March 24, 1964, April 4, 1964, May 19, 1964, March 16, 1965, March 25, 1965
    Lehman, Barbara
    • January 1964 (6), February 25, 1964
    Lindsey, Fanny Cole
    • July 3, 1945, 1946, 1947
    Lloyd, William B (Jr.)
    • March 29, 1929, January 29, 1968, May 26, 1968, December 11, 1968, November 19, 1968, November 29, 1968, April 19, 1971
    Lochner, Louis Paul, 1887-
    • May 3, 1943
    Mazey, Emil, 1913-
    • May 19, 1962, April 27, 1962
    Milliken, William Grawn, 1922-
    • December 18, 1970
    Minkoff, Lynn
    • June-August 1963, April 14, 1964, June 11, 1964, July 6, 1964, September 5, 1964, 1965 (5), August 10, 1966, September 21, 1966
    Morgan, Angela, 1874-1957.
    • undated 1950s, December 1954-January 1957
    Mygatt, Tracy, 1885-1973.
    • undated 1960s, March 31, 1962
    Nielson, Axel
    • April 20, 1958, May 11, 1958, September 18, 1958, December 24, 1958, January 3, 1959, January 4, 1959, January 3, 1962, February 1, 1962, August 20, 1963, March 25, 1968, June 30, 1968, April 29, 1969
    O'Brien, Patrick Henry, 1868-1959.
    • February 17, 1936, July 20, 1944
    O'Connor, Jessie Lloyd
    • March 24, 1965, September 7, 1965, September 19, 1968
    Olmstead, Mildred Scott
    • September 11, 1950, October 5, 1965, November 6, 1956
    Pauling, Linus, 1901-
    • April 2, 1964
    Puri, J.N.
    • January 14, 1971, 1974, 1975, November 10, 1977, December 20, 1978, 1979, January 25, 1980, December 25, 1981
    Randall, Mercedes
    • January 19, 1974, April 16, 1974, May 16, 1960, July 8, 1963, September 23, 1963, February 27, 1965
    Rathmer, Felix Martin, -1959.
    • 1922-1924, 1938-1939, undated, 1911-1949
    Reynolds, Barbara
    • June 1963-1965, January 27, 1966, February 2, 1968, April 11, 1968, January 10, 1978
    Romney, George Wilcken, 1907-
    • June 20, 1967, September 14, 1967
    Secor, Lella Faye, d.1966.
    • January 15, 1960, January 13, 1961, January 13, 1941, January 15, 1941
    Selskosojus, Inc.
    • May 15, 1926, July 1, 1926
    Sexton, Kripp
    • March 30, 1965, undated 1970s
    Shafer, Paul Werntz, 1893-1954.
    • March 14, 1948, March 20, 1948
    Shapiro, Samuel
    • November 26, 1962, December 2, 1962, August 28, 1963
    Shelly, Edna
    • April 18, 1950, January 4, 1939, January 10, 1939, April 21, 1963, July 15, 1964
    Shelly, Florence
    • undated, 1911-1949, May 24, 1939, August 7, 1942, July 1943, September 1943, 1944, 1945, April 26, 1965, June 27, 1966, November 29, 1968
    Shelly, Paul
    • August 2, 1961, February 24, 1973, undated 1970s, February 25, 1973, March 1, 1973, 1974, May 11, 1975, August 9, 1975, December 10, 1975, July 25, 1978, July 30, 1978, December 5, 1978, August 25, 1979, November 4, 1979, February 4, 1980, January 5, 1981, February 9, 1981, August 16, 1981, 1983 (5), February 19, 1984
    Shelly, Will
    • August 8, 1918, March 4, 1939, undated 1970s, February 3, 1975, November 1979
    Shibata, Shingo
    • July 22, 1966, January 16, 1978
    Staebler, Neil, 1905-
    • October 15, 1962
    Steinson, Barbara
    • August 20, 1974, November 3, 1974
    Todd, Paul Harold, 1921-
    • April 4, 1966, August 29, 1966
    Turn Toward Peace.
    • December 4, 1962, August 2, 1962, May 23, 1962, December 26, 1962,
    • September 18, 1963, October 18, 1963, December 5, 1963
    U.S. Farmers Association.
    • October 17, 1964, November 18, 1964, December 5, 1964, December 14, 1964, January 7, 1965
    Van Koevering, Adrian, 1874-1961.
    • 1921-1927
    War Resisters League.
    • January 7, 1933, January 26, 1933
    Weinberger, Harry, 1886
    • February 8, 1939, February 14, 1939, February 17, 1939
    Wilson, Charles Carroll
    • 1964-1966
    Witherspoon, Frances M, 1886-1973.
    • March 6, 1961, March 13, 1963, September 21, 1966
    Women Strike for Peace.
    • July 27, 1963, October 29, 1964, September 8, 1965
    Woodruff, Alice
    • October 24, 1962, January 5, 1963, December 19, 1970, September 20, 1973, January 27, 1977, January 28, 1977, February 23, 1978
    Wynner, Edith
    • March 1965-August 1965, March-September 1966, August 16, 1979, January 20, 1964