Fonds MS-10-7 - Nova Scotia Committee to Aid American War Objectors fonds

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Nova Scotia Committee to Aid American War Objectors fonds

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MS-10-7

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  • 1962-1976 (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records

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The Nova Scotia Committee to Aid American War Objectors (NSCAAWO) was formed in 1970 with the main objective of providing information and support for American 'draft-dodgers' attempting to emigrate to Canada. NSCAAWO also assisted newcomers integrate into Canadian society by helping them to obtain employment and housing. Richard Lind, a Dalhousie student, was the primary contact person and organizer throughout NSCAAWO's existence.

Organizational activities such as counselling services occurred in the Chaplain's office at Dalhousie University. In addition to offering counselling services, the Committee mounted awareness and fundraising campaigns. NSCAAWO maintained strong affiliations with several groups, most notably the Halifax Friends (Quakers), running a 'Friends House' that offered temporary accommodations to new immigrants, the Toronto Anti-Draft Programme, and the Canadian Coalition of War Objectors.

The organization also used the name Halifax Committee to Aid War Resistors beginning in 1972. The organization became inactive in 1975.

Custodial history

The collection was in the custody of Richard Lind, the director of the Nova Scotia Committee to Aid American War Objectors, until it was donated to the archives in 1978.

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The fonds consists primarily of correspondence (1970-1974). Other materials include documents regarding American draft laws, Canadian immigration laws and counselling notes on immigrants. Administrative records (1970-1974) include press releases, financial documents and newspaper clippings.

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The arrangement structure has been imposed by the archivist since the materials came in with no logical order.

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  • English

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All records are open.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Nova Scotia Committee to Aid American War Objectors fonds, MS-10-7, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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2005

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