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Ruthven (Rudy) Simons Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP001998
The Ruthven (Rudy) Simons Papers consists of newspaper articles, correspondence, rally information, and flyers from protests and events. There are also administrative documents and correspondence from numerous peace and civil rights community organizations, as well as notes and travel details from Simons’ delegation trips. Finally, this collection contains photographs from events including the Selma March and the Detroit Walk to Freedom, in addition to demonstrations and human rights-centered events.

Important Subjects: Anti-apartheid activists Anti-sanctions Antinuclear movement Civil rights demonstrations -- Michigan Haiti – History – American intervention, 1994-1995 Iran Iraq Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Middle East Peace movements U.S. Army School of the Americas Vietnam War, 1961-1975 – Protest movements – United States War in Iraq

Important Names: Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace Cranbrook Peace Foundation Detroit (Mich.) Detroit Area Peace Network Gumbleton, Thomas J. Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Michigan Interfaith Committee for Central American Human Rights Middle East Poverty and Social Reform Institute Sarsour, Linda Simons, Rudy U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association

Series Description: Series 1: Community Organizations, 1965-2007 Series 2: Trips and Events, 1975-2008 Series 3: Audiovisual Materials, 1963-2012 Series 4: General Files, 1967-2016 Series 5: Audiovisual and Oversize Files, 1969-2010

Dates

  • 1963 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 1999
  • 1967 - 2016

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

26.5 Linear Feet (21 SB, 7 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Ruthven (Rudy) Simons is an activist for human rights. He was a vice president of the Cranbrook Peace Foundation, a board member of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, a founder of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, and a member of delegations to Iraq, Iran, Haiti, China, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Israel, and Palestine. As a result of his passion for human rights, he was a recipient of the Center Peacemaker Award from the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, and of the Founder’s Award from the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.

Simons has rallied for causes such as South African apartheid, ending U.S. intervention in Central America, Haiti, Iraq, and Iran, women’s rights, and civil rights. Moreover, he has participated in numerous demonstrations for peace with organizations including Witness for Peace, Michigan Interfaith Committee for Central American Human Rights, Michigan Committee for a Democratic Haiti, the Gray Panthers, the Poverty and Social Reform Institute, Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace, and the U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association. Because of his wide breadth of interests, this collection spans a sizeable portion of Detroit peace and civil rights protests between the mid-1960s to 2012.

The Ruthven (Rudy) Simons Papers consists of newspaper articles, correspondence, rally information, and flyers from protests and events. There are also administrative documents and correspondence from numerous peace and civil rights community organizations, as well as notes and travel details from Simons’ delegation trips. Finally, this collection contains photographs from events including the Selma March and the Detroit Walk to Freedom, in addition to demonstrations and human rights-centered events.

History

Ruthven (Rudy) Simons is an activist for human rights. He was a vice president of the Cranbrook Peace Foundation, a board member of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, a founder of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, and a member of delegations to Iraq, Iran, Haiti, China, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Israel, and Palestine. As a result of his passion for human rights, he was a recipient of the Center Peacemaker Award from the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, and of the Founder’s Award from the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.

Simons has rallied for causes such as South African apartheid, ending U.S. intervention in Central America, Haiti, Iraq, and Iran, women’s rights, and civil rights. Moreover, he has participated in numerous demonstrations for peace with organizations including Witness for Peace, Michigan Interfaith Committee for Central American Human Rights, Michigan Committee for a Democratic Haiti, the Gray Panthers, the Poverty and Social Reform Institute, Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace, and the U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association. Because of his wide breadth of interests, this collection spans a sizeable portion of Detroit peace and civil rights protests between the mid-1960s to 2012.

Arrangement

Part 1 is arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-9), Series 2 (Boxes 9-12) and Series 3 (Boxes 13-21). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Part 2 is arranged in 2 series - Series 4 (Boxes 25-28) and Series 5 (Box 29). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Location

Part 1: 4S-D-10(2-4), 3W-B-6(8), 3W-Z

Part 2: ...

Acquisition

Part 1 of Ruthven (Rudy) Simons papers and photographs were donated to the Reuther between 2001 and 2014. Part 2 came between November 2015 and May 2017.

Related Materials

Detroit Committee to End the War in Vietnam Records, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Detroit Branch Records, Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! Records, Al Fishman Records, Chris and Marti Alston Papers, Organization in Solidarity with Central America Records, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Records, Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Records.

Transfers

Boxes 18-24 were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Part 1 processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on March 3, 2015.

Part 2 processed and finding aid written by Mark Prindiville on August 15, 2018.
Title
Guide to the Ruthven (Rudy) Simons Papers
Status
completed
Author
Part 1 processed by Meghan McGowan. Part 2 processed by Mark Prindiville.
Date
2015-03-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-0314: AV inventory updated by Deborah Rice to reflect reboxing.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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