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Victor Aronow Draft Resistance Collection

Identifier: Victor Aronow Draft Resistance Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 3 boxes of Aronow's papers related to his activism in the Newton Draft Counseling Center (NDCC- Newton, Mass.), Students for a Democratic Society, and the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors. He attended his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1961-1968), and Boston College for law shortly thereafter. The bulk of the materials in this collection relate to the anti-draft and anti-war movements during the Vietnam War, especially in western Massachusetts and the Boston area. The papers consist of booklets, handouts, newsletters, newspapers, other informal publications, and visual resources such as posters, leaflets, broadsides, and flyers. It further includes other ephemera such as bumper stickers from organizations related to the anti-draft movement. Collection primarily spans 1960s-1970s, and relates to organizing activities in Massachusetts.


  • Creation: 1962 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Anti-draft, Vietnam War activist Victor Aronow attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees between the years 1961-1968, and Boston College for a law degree shortly after. During his time at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Aronow became active in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) on campus, as well as becoming involved in organizing civil rights conferences and protests against the Vietnam War, and teach-ins against the nuclear movement and for peace. His active work with Newton Draft Counseling Center (Newton, Mass.), the Students for a Democratic Society, and the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors continued throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, and intersected with numerous civil rights movements including the women’s liberation movement.


2.25 Cubic Feet (2 records storage carton and 1 manuscript box. )

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged by material type such as files, informal publications including mailing lists, correspondence, handouts, and guides created by organizations, as well as news materials and ephemera. Series I is described alphabetically by material type. Series II is grouped into subseries by newspaper clippings, newspapers, and newsletters of organizations. Series III contains various ephemera such as booklets, buttons, fliers, pamphlets, posters, and some other publications by organizations, and described alphabetically by material type.

The collection consists of the following series: Series I: Files and Informal Publications, 1965-1971 Series II: Print News Material, 1967-1974 Series III: Ephemera, 1962-1970

Guide to the Victor Aronow Draft Resistance collection
In Progress
Henry Arneth and Michelle C. Sigiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106