Milo Guthrie papers, 1962-1987

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Guthrie, Milo
20.2 Linear Feet
circa 15,150 Items
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Scope and content:

The Milo Guthrie Papers consist mainly of periodicals and printed materials produced by American politically left organizations and document a range of issues including civil rights, feminism, environmental defense, nuclear freeze and disarmament, gay and lesbian rights, Latin American and Puerto Rican politics, labor issues, and various political parties and candidates, particularly the Socialist Party. Included is a small amount of original material, primarily correspondence with members of various organizations concerning support for issues and activities. Much of this is directly related to the political campaigns of independent party candidates as well as Guthrie's own political campaigns in Tennessee in 1982 and 1984.

While the collection provides a concentrated wealth of information on a wide range of political and social issues during a time of significant political activity from the left, there is relatively little documentation of Guthrie's involvement with most of the groups represented in the collection's periodicals and printed materials. Scattered notes on flyers and form letters show that he was involved in several groups to some extent. However, it is not clear at this point if the bulk of the materials in this collection contain examples of his graphics, demonstrate the range of his political activities, reflect a passive interest in various issues and organizations, or a combination of these.

Biographical / historical:

Milo Guthrie is a long-time peace activist in Tennessee and North Carolina. A native of North Carolina, Guthrie lived in rural Cannon County, Tenn., for over ten years where he raised goats and was employed as a printer and commercial artist in Murfreesboro. Guthrie was an independent candidate for the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1982 and a write-in candidate for Congress for Tennessee's Sixth Congressional District in 1984.

Guthrie has been an active supporter of the independent third party movement since the early 1970s. He served on the Executive Committee of the Peoples Party, as Parliamentarian of the California Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) State Convention, and on the PFP campaign of Gayle Justice in 1974. In 1980, Guthrie attended the founding convention of the Citizens Party as a delegate from Tennessee. He also served as state coordinator for the Presidential campaign of Socialist Party candidate David McReynolds.

Guthrie is a member of numerous political organizations including the Socialist Party, National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), and the War Resisters League. (Taken from biography written by Guthrie for congressional campaign.)

Acquisition information:
The papers of Milo Guthrie were donated to the Duke University Library from 1980-1987 by Guthrie.
Processing information:

Processed by: Ginny Daley and Julia Bambach

Completed June 1991

Encoded by Jackie Dean

This collection has been processed for access only at this point in time. In anticipation of additions to the collection in the future, decisions concerning the duplication of periodicals and printed materials with other materials in the Perkins Library System and the implementation of appropriate conservation measures have been deferred until more materials have been received. The objective of the following arrangement is to facilitate access to information by topic, activity, organization or publication while also allowing for subsequent additions of similar materials to be integrated with relative ease.

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[Identification of item], The Papers of Milo Guthrie, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.