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Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam letter

 Collection — Folder: S2122
Identifier: S2122

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of a May 1969 circular letter sent by the Indianapolis chapter of the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam organization. The letter urges the recipient to attend a May 18th meeting at the Newman Center where the following items were to be discussed: a report from the New York headquarters regarding "peace talks," a report on the Indianapolis Draft Project, and a Vietnam Memorial to take place in Indianapolis on May 25th. The letter was signed by Rev. Charles Frazee and Charles E. Argast.


  • 1969 May

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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The antiwar group, Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam (CALCAV), emerged from an October 1965 meeting in New York City of 100 clergy who met to discuss ways the religious community could challenge U.S. policy regarding Vietnam. The multi-faith organization became a national network of local chapters and helped influence public opinion against the war, limited the government's options in conducting the war, and defended the right of dissent. By the early 1970s, the group began focusing on other social justice issues and dropped “Vietnam” from its name and became Clergy and Laymen Concerned (CALC).


Hall, Mitchell K. Because of Their Faith: CALCAV and Religious Opposition to the Vietnam War. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.

Stanford University. "Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam (CALCAV)". The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Accessed December 23, 2020.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one letter.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/12/23 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/12/23 by Laura Eliason.
Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam letter
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