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Oregon CPS [Civilian Public Service] oral history collection

Repository: Lewis & Clark College. Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): One of the collections of the Lewis & Clark CPS holdings, the Oregon CPS Oral History Collection consists of some 100 interviews conducted by Dave Werschkul in the early 1990s. At least a few of these conscientious objectors went on to become active in the civil rights movement and discuss it in their interviews.

Collection Description (Extant): Civilian Public Service (CPS) was set up to provide alternative service for conscientious objectors during World War II. This unique church-state partnership established a program in which over 12,000 men performed 'work of national importance' primarily in camps administered by the historic peace churches (the Brethren, Friends, and Mennonites).

Lewis & Clark College Special Collections has extensive holdings that document the World War II CPS experience, in particular camps in the Pacific Northwest including Cascade Locks Oregon (Camp 21), Waldport Oregon (Camp 56), Fort Steilacoom Washington (Camp 51), and Buckley Washington (Camp 95). The collections include original publications, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and oral histories.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: No

Extent: transcripts; audio recordings; video recordings; transcripts

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Lewis & Clark also has information on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech on campus. In addition, the Kermit Sheets collection and William Stafford papers address the civil rights movement.

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Civil rights movements--Oregon
Civil rights workers
Civilian Public Service
Conscientious objectors
Peace movements
World War, 1939-1945


Sound recordings


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