Ruth K. Graves papers: 1972-2007
Ruth K. Graves papers
Graves, Ruth K.
1.4 linear feet
Ruth K. Graves is a Quaker and high school chemistry teacher from Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1969, Graves and her husband Bruce began withholding taxes contributing to the military, before being taken to the Supreme Court by the IRS in 1975. Ruth Graves has been active in a number of organizations involved with social causes, as well as presented on public access television. The collection consists of newsletters and reports from the World Peace Tax Fund and local organizations and correspondence between the Graves and Michigan Senators, Carl Levin and Donald Riegle. Audio and video recordings of the public access show, Peace InSight and other programs about social issues are also found within the collection.
2017055 Aa 2
The material is in English
Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.Finding aid created by Devon Proudfoot in January 2018.
Ann Arbor, MI
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Access and Use
Donated by Ruth K. Graves (donor no. 9855) in five accessions between 2012 and 2017.
This collection is open without restriction.
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Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.
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Ruth K. Graves is a Quaker and high school chemistry teacher from Ypsilanti, Michigan. During the 1960s, Graves and her husband Bruce became involved with the National Council for the World Peace Tax Fund and began withholding taxes that contributed to the military.
In 1975 the IRS served the Graves a notice of deficiency over their 1973 tax return. The Graves appealed the dispute, eventually bringing the case to the Supreme Court of Michigan. While the court ultimately dismissed the Graves' case, it drew local and statewide attention to the World Peace Tax Fund efforts.
In addition to her work with the National Council for World Peace Tax Fund, Ruth Graves has also been active in other local organizations such as the Ann Arbor Friends, the Gray Panthers of Huron Valley, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Ruth K. Graves papers document Graves' objection to military taxation during the 1970s. The collection primarily contains reports and meeting minutes of the National Council for the World Peace Tax Fund, as well as newspaper clippings and journal articles about Ruth and her husband Bruce, Graves' involvement with the organization. Also included is personal correspondence, most notably between the Graves and Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Donald Riegle, discussing a World Peace Tax Fund. Organizational records of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Ann Arbor Friends, and other local organizations can be found within the collection.
A substantial portion of the collection includes video and audio programs from the public access series, Peace InSight, amongst other television programs covering social issues.
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.
- Quakers -- Michigan -- Ypsilanti.
- War tax resistance -- United States.
- Sound recordings.
- Video recordings.
- Graves, Ruth K.
- Graves, Bruce.
- Graves, Bruce.
- Levin, Carl, 1934-
- Riegle, Donald W., 1938-
- National Council for a World Peace Tax Fund.
Additional Descriptive Data
The Bentley Historical Library houses Gray Panthers of Huron Valley Records.