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Identifier: RG 48/H6/01

Rutgers-Douglass Students Against Nuclear Policy (SANE)


  • 1959-1964

Scope and Content Note

The records in this collection of five manuscript boxes date from 1959 to 1964. The majority of information is from 1961 to 1964. The records of the organization include minutes, lists of members, bookkeeping records, meeting notes, fund raising records, lists of speakers, correspondence, flyers, and information booklets. Information from the national group, other peace organizations, and subject files are also included.

This collection was donated by Steven Shapiro on March 12, 1966.

Almost all of the correspondence is Nancy Silver's, and dates from 1962 to 1964. Nancy Silver graduated Douglass College in 1964 with a B.A. in Political Science. There are come brief letters to Nancy Silver from prominent politicians, including Hubert Humphrey and Harrison Williams.

Though the correspondence is in good condition, the newspaper and magazine clippings are quite yellowed and fragile. Many of the clippings are not identifiable by publication or date. There are black and white photographs from the Easter 1962 Peace demonstration in Washington, D.C. that are in excellent condition.

This collections shows the creation and development of an early student activist group. It shows the difficulty the group had in generating interest among students, support from faculty, and in gaining funding. The records of this small but committed group show how difficult it was to generate interest in anti-war issues prior to the galvanizing effect of the Vietnam War.


2 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



The Rutgers-Douglass Students Against Nuclear Policy group, also known as SANE, was a chapter of a national group called the National Committee for a SANE nuclear policy. The groups at Rutgers University and Douglass College formed independently of each other in 1964, but often worked together towards their goals of general and complete disarmament, cessation of all nuclear testing, and a strengthened United Nations. This collection, which dates from 1959-1964 with a bulk of the items being from 1961-1964, is comprised of correspondences, information about national and other SANE chapters,.

Administrative History

Rutgers-Douglass SANE was a chapter of a national group, the National Committee for a SANE nuclear policy. The objectives of this group were general and complete disarmament, cessation of all nuclear testing, and a strengthened United Nations. The Douglass SANE chapter had it's charter approved on June 20, 1963; the Rutgers SANE chapter on March 18, 1963. Many activities of the two chapters were combined. Also, there was much activism by the groups prior to getting their charters approved. The following description of the activities is from the 1964 Quair, page 97: "The Rutgers-Douglass SANE shares the ideals of the National Committee for a SANE nuclear policy. The group strives to encourage among members of the student body thought and discussion of issues related to peace and disarmament. It publishes a monthly newsletter and weekly bulletin, presents lectures, and holds conferences."

Arrangement Note

There are four series in this collection. The first is the actual records generated by Rutgers-Douglass SANE. They are organized by activity, e.g. Art Sale, Finished Actions, Correspondence, and Finances among other records. The second series contains information form the National SANE group, and other SANE groups. The third series includes publications and articles from non-SANE sources. The fourth series is comprised of subject files containing information collected by Rutgers-Douglass SANE group on issues they found important, such as fallout, radiation, peace demonstrations, and political developments.

  1. I. Rutgers-Douglass SANE
  2. II. National SANE and other SANE chapters
  3. III. Non-SANE publications and articles
  4. IV. Subject Files

Related Material

Rutgers University Student Activism Collection (R-Vert: Student Activism). See Inventory to the Rutgers University Student Activism Collection, 1922-1989

Separated Material

The following items were removed the records of the Rutgers-Douglass SANE:

  1. Rutgers-Douglass SANE Newsletter November 30, 1962 and February 13, 1963.
  2. SANE Newsletter Volume II, Number 2, October 13, 1963 and Volume II, Number 3, December 17, 1963
  3. SANE Report Volume I, Number 1, September 20, 1963 and Volume I, Number 2, October 7, 1963.
Inventory to the Records of the Rutgers-Douglass Students Against Nuclear Policy (SANE), 1959-1964 RG 48/H6/01
Edited Full Draft
Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives
May 1993
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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