Berrigan Oral History Reels

Investigator: Evan Earle, Rare and Manuscript Collections

Preservation Fund, 2017

Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) was a Jesuit priest and anti-war activist who served as a director of United Religious Work at Cornell, and rose to national prominence as a member of the Cantonsville Nine. These tapes detail university planning in the days leading up to the “America is Hard to Find” weekend, an event celebrating nonviolent resistance, during which Berrigan, at that point a fugitive, made a highly anticipated appearance. Additional tapes document interviews conducted in 1976-77 with Berrigan’s colleagues, friends, and fellow peace activists. They are a unique resource for scholars, as well as activists.