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Kehler, Randy

Randy Kehler Papers, 1978-1997.
17 boxes (7.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 396

A veteran of the peace movement and founder of the Traprock Peace Center (1979), Randy Kehler was active in the National Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, the Peace Development Fund, and the Working Group on Electoral Democracy. Beginning in 1977, he and his wife became war tax resisters, withholding federal income tax to protest U.S. military expenditures, donating it instead to charity. As a consequence, their home was seized by the IRS in 1989, setting up a protracted legal struggle that resulted in Kehler’s arrest and imprisonment and the sale of the house. They remain tax resisters.

The Kehler Papers document the five year struggle (1989-1994) against the seizure and sale of the Kehlers’ home by the IRS. The collection includes meeting minutes, notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings; letters to the editor, essays, articles, plans and strategy documents for the vigil set outside the Kehler home; support committee information and actions; correspondence with government officials, the IRS, and the Justice Department; letters of support; documents from the legal proceedings; and political literature addressing the Kehlers’ situation.

Biographical Note

A pacifist, war-tax resister, and advocate for social justice, Randy Kehler was born in Bronxville, New York, on July 16, 1944 and raised in Scarsdale. From Philips Exeter Academy, Kehler went on to Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1967 with a degree in government. It was at Harvard that Kehler first became politically active, working with the Harlem chapter of CORE to organize support for the 1963 March on Washington and directing programs for inner city children at a Boston settlement house. He credits Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech” during the March on Washington with changing his life, moving him toward an increasingly radical stance.

In 1964, Kehler went to Africa to teach in Tanzania. There he met Congolese refugees who had been forced out of their villages when unmarked U.S. planes had dropped napalm bombs. At one point he was mobbed because his backpack said “U.S. Army.” This experience had a profound effect on Kehler. Upon returning to Harvard, he heard that the United States was dropping napalm bombs on the Vietnamese and he began organizing against the Vietnam War. In 1965, Kehler started “Letters for Peace,” a letter writing campaign to Washington. A short time later, Kehler signed a petition entitled, “We Won’t Go” and acknowledged to himself that he was willing to be imprisoned for anti-war beliefs. Although he moved on to Stanford in 1967 to pursue graduate work in education, he left after only three weeks to work full time in the movement against the Vietnam War.

Taking a job with the War Resisters League in San Francisco in 1967, Kehler joined a small number of protestors by refusing to pay his telephone taxes as a protest against military expenditures, and he returned his draft card to the Selective Service. As a result of his non-compliance with the draft, he was arrested in 1969. He represented himself at trial and argued that the law itself was unjust. He refused to argue his case as a conscientious objector because he felt that was simply a form of cooperation with the government’s actions in Vietnam. Kehler was found guilty and served twenty-two months of a two year sentence for his act of resistance.

By 1973, Kehler was participating in local community organizing and economic development work in Western Massachusetts. He co-founded the Traprock Peace Center in 1979, served as National Coordinator for the National Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign from 1981 to 1984. From 1986-1988, he worked on staff of the Peace Development Fund’s Exchange Program, offering strategic advice for grassroots justice and peace groups across the country. In 1989, Kehler was also one of the founders of the Working Group on Electoral Democracy to encourage political reform and create a pro-democracy movement in the United States. Kehler married Betsy Corner in 1976, and they had their first child, a daughter, in the following year.

In 1977, the first year that they had a taxable income, Kehler and Corner decided to withhold their federal income tax as a protest against United States military expenditures and involvement in global human rights violations. The couple continued to pay state and local taxes and donated their federal tax money to various charities. Although the IRS response was slow, in 1989 they moved to foreclose on Kelher and Corner’s Colrain home to recover back taxes. After finding no bidders when the house was put up for auction, the IRS bought the house themselves and began eviction proceedings. They arrested Kehler and Corner for trespassing on federal property in 1990, and when they returned to the house following their release in 1991, they were arrested yet again. After agreeing not to return to the house, Corner was released, but Kehler’s refusal to cooperate earned him an additional six months in jail in Northampton for contempt of court. After another IRS auction resulted in a buyer for his Colrain home in February 1992, a group of friends and supporters of Kehler occupied the house for several weeks until they were forced out by the new owners, Danny and Terry Franklin, on April 15, 1992.

Despite being removed the house, the Kelhers continued to fight. A vigil was set up on the property that was sustained for over eighteen months by various affinity groups and supporters. Although the Franklins owned the house, the property surrounding it was owned by the Valley Community Land Trust (VCLT) and the water system was shared by the surrounding neighbors. As soon as the Franklins moved in, the VCLT took legal actions to have them removed based on several stipulations in the Kehlers’ lease, including one that made the lease on the land non-transferable. During the eighteen months of sustained vigil outside the Colrain home, the protestors brought the Franklins water in hopes of reaching of amicable settlement. Ultimately, in 1994, after an undisclosed negotiated settlement, the Franklins vacated the house. However, the Kehlers declined to move back into the Colrain house, insisting that their actions were intended to protest the government’s use of their tax dollars, not to regain their property. The Kehlers currently live in a house owned by Betsy’s mother on another lot in the Valley Community Land Trust. They continue to withhold their federal income taxes and have said they will never own anything again.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Randy Kehler Papers document the five year struggle (1989-1994) of war tax resisters Randy Kehler and his wife Betsy Corner to fight the Internal Revenue Service’s seizure and sale of their home while raising awareness of government military expenditures and practices. The collection includes meeting minutes, notes, correspondence, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings; letters to the editor, essays, articles, plans and strategy for the vigil set outside the Kehler home, support committee information and actions, correspondence with government officials, IRS, and the Justice Department; hundreds of letters of support from all the country, court documents from the legal proceedings and political literature addressing the Kehlers’ situation.

This collection is organized into five series:

  • Series 1: Colrain Action, 1989-1994
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1978-1997
  • Series 3: Legal, 1984-1993
  • Series 4: Media, 1979-1995
  • Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1987-1993


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Randy Kehler Papers (MS 396). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Randy Kehler.

Processing Information

Processed by Dominique Tremblay, September 2005.


Additional Information

Language
English


Series Descriptions
1989-1994

The organized effort to protest the seizure of the Kehlers’ Colrain home became known as the “Colrain Action.” The Colrain Action was highly organized political protest that involved two main groups, the Support Committee and the Occupation Subcommittee (OSC). The Support Committee was responsible for fundraising, maintaining media relations, writing newsletters, coordinating public support and the overall direction of the campaign. The collection includes newsletters, meeting notes, press releases, a phone log, mailing lists, financial information, and various other materials that document their work.

1978-1997

The bulk of the correspondence in this series is from various supporters of the Colrain
Action. Although some are well-known figures, such as Joan Baez, Dave Dellinger, and Barbara Bush, most of the letters are from normal people across the country who were inspired by the Kehlers and wrote letters of support. Kehler supporters sent many letters to politicians such as Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Silvio Conte, and Paul Wellstone; many sent copies of these letters to the Kehlers, which are include here. The remainder of the series consists of correspondence between the Kehlers and people who were directly involved in the Colrain Action such as Juanita Nelson, Ed Argo, Mary Link and Don Mosley. Also included in this series is correspondence between the Kehlers, the Franklins, and their attorney, John Stobierski.

1984-1993

The legal series includes court documents from the four major cases that arose from the Colrain Action. United States v. Kehler/Corner is the case brought by the federal government against the Kehlers’ for failing to pay their income taxes. In Commonwealth v. Kehler/Corner, the Kehlers faced trespassing charges for refusing to leave their property after the Internal Revenue Service seized their house. The charges against Betsy Corner were ultimately dropped in this case when she agreed not to return to the property, but Randy Kehler was jailed for his refusal to agree not to return to the property. Danny Franklin, in Franklin v. War Tax Resisters, ultimately brought suit against the Kehler supporters who maintained a vigil on the property of the Colrain home for over eighteen months. The Valley Community Land Trust v. Franklin is a suit brought by the owners of the land on which the Kehler home sits against Danny and Terry Franklin. The lease that the VCLT signed with the Kehlers was non-transferable; if the Franklins wanted to live on property in the VCLT they had to apply and be approved by the VCLT board. The Franklins failed to do this and the VCLT sought to have then legally removed.

This series contains correspondence with various lawyers and judges, a court schedule, forms and receipts from Hampshire County Jail, records of arrests, trespassing summons, policy reports and information on the mediation sessions between the Kehlers, the Franklins and the Valley Community Land Trust. Additionally, correspondence with the IRS, the IRS assessment of the Kehlers tax situation, the rules and regulations for seizing property, various articles on legal issues, and correspondence with the Justice Department as well as Valley Community Land Trust by-laws, legal positions, general correspondence and the Kehlers’ lease.

1979-1995

The Colrain Action generated a lot of media attention and not just in the local papers. Articles about the Kehlers ran in national magazines and newspapers. Many political organizations used the Kehlers’ story as part of their literature and often ran updates on the Colrain situation in their newsletters. The series brings all that coverage together and arranges most of the articles by the name of the organization or magazine that published the article except the articles that were written by Randy Kehler, which are filed under his name. This series includes newspaper articles about the Kehlers and letters to the editor arranged by year as well as various political literature collected by the Kehlers.

1987-1993

This series is comprised of three scrapbooks that were put together by an unknown person. They contain newspaper clippings, newsletters, letters to the editor, photographs and flyers documenting the Colrain Action, and provide a good timeline of the events surrounding the seizure of the Kehlers’ home and the subsequent protest.

Contents List
Series 1: Colrain Action
1989-1994
Affinity Group: Ain’t Got No Time
1992
Box 1:1
Affinity Group: Companeros
1991-1992
Box 1:2
Affinity Group: Iron Bridge
1992
Box 1:3
Affinity Group: IRS Punks
undated
Box 1:4
Affinity Group: Newsletters
1990-1993
Box 1:5
Affinity Group: Seventh Generation
1990
Box 1:6
Affinity Group: Statements
1992
Box 1:7
Affinity Group: Survey
undated
Box 1:8
Bady, Bob
1989-1990, undated
Box 1:9
Biographical note:

War tax resister, resides on Valley Community Land Trust.

Benefit Walk
1990
Box 1:10
Chain of Prayer
1991-1992
Box 1:11
Colrain Gathering
1994
Box 1:12
Colrain House Eviction
1991
Box 1:13
Colrain House Eviction: Moving Notes
1992
Box 1:14
Colrain House Seizure: Sequence of Events
1989-1992
Box 1:15
Colrain Occupation: Emergency Phone Numbers
undated
Box 1:16
Colrain Occupation: Guidelines
1992, undated
Box 1:17
Colrain Occupation: Harassment Chronology
1992
Box 1:18
Colrain Occupation: Plans and Strategy
1991
Box 1:19
Colrain Occupation: Schedule
undated
Box 1:20
Colrain Occupation: Vigil Logbook
1992, undated
Box 1:21
Colrain Occupation: Vigil Sign-Up Sheets
undated
Box 1:22
Colrain Occupation Subcommittee: Letter from Randy Kehler
1992
Box 1:23
Colrain Occupation Subcommittee: Meeting Notes
1989-1993
Box 1:24
Community Meeting
1992
Box 1:25
“Continuing Witness in Colrain”
1992
Box 1:26
Corner, Betsy: Article for Newsletter
undated
Box 1:27
Corner, Betsy: Notes
1992
Box 1:28
Dellinger, David
1992, undated
Box 1:29
Deters, Bill
1992
Box 1:30

Essay on occupation of Kehler/Corner home.

Fred Small Benefit Concert
1991
Box 1:31
Fundraising Proposal
1993
Box 1:32
Green, Patricia: Diary of Arrest
1992
Box 1:33
Internal Revenue Service Auction: Armbands
1989
Box 1:34
Internal Revenue Service Auction: Flyers
1989
Box 1:35
Internal Revenue Service: In-Kind Bids
1989
Box OS
Internal Revenue Service Auction: In-Kind Bids, Community Service
1989
Box 1:36
Internal Revenue Service Auction: In-Kind Bids, Grocery Receipts
1989
Box 1:37
Internal Revenue Service Auction: Instructions for Vigil
1989
Box 2:1
Internal Revenue Service Auction: Publicity
1989
Box 2:2
Kehler, Randy and Betsy Corner: Background Information
1989
Box 2:3
Kehler, Randy and Betsy Corner: Newsletters
1989-1993
Box 2:4
Kehler, Randy: “Nonviolence”
1993
Box 2:5
Kehler, Randy: Notes
1993, undated
Box 2:6
Kehler, Randy: “Thoughts and Proposals”
1992
Box 2:7
Kehler, Randy: Timeline
1992
Box 2:8
Kehler, Randy: “What I Would Have Said to Judge Freedman”
undated
Box 2:9
Leeman, Linda: Radio Proposal
1992
Box 2:10
Maps: Springfield Courthouse
undated
Box 2:11
Mass at Kehler/Corner Home
1992
Box 2:12
Morning After Team (MAT)
1990
Box 2:13
Nonviolent Training
1989-1990, undated
Box 2:14
Notes
1990, 1992, undated
Box 2:15
Notes for Rally
1992
Box 2:16
Organizer’s Packet
undated
Box 2:17
Perkins, James: “Why I Like Randy Kehler”
1991
Box 2:18
Petition of Support: Corvallis, Oregon
1991
Box 2:19
Phil Donahue Show: Transcript
1990
Box 2:20
Photographs
undated
Box OS
Postcard Order Form
1993
Box 2:21
Press Conference: Randy’s Release from Jail
1992
Box 2:22
Program Transcript: “A Colrain Story: A Matter of Conscious”
1994
Box 2:23
Public Meeting
1989
Box 2:24
Rapid Response Network
undated
Box 2:25
Sermon: “Building the Beloved Community”
1991
Box 2:26
Spademan, William: “From the Counter-Occupation in Colrain”
undated
Box 2:27
Support Committee: Evaluation of Progress
undated
Box 2:28
Support Committee: Financial
1989-1990, undated
Box 2:29
Support Committee: Guidelines for Writing to the Franklins
1992
Box 2:30
Support Committee: Mailing List
undated
Box 2:31
Support Committee: Meeting Notes
1989-1992, undated
Box 2:32
Support Committee: Newsletters
1989-1991
Box 3:1
Support Committee: Newsletters
1992-1994
Box 3:2
Support Committee: Office Information
undated
Box 3:3
Support Committee: Phone Log
1991-1993
Box 3:4
Support Committee: Press Releases
1989-1993, undated
Box 3:5
Support Committee: Reflections
1994
Box 3:6
Support Committee: Returned Newsletters
1991-1992
Box 3:7
Support Committee: Support Actions
undated
Box 3:8
Surprenant, Alan: “The Vigil: Community and Compromises”
undated
Box 3:9
Tax 5L Meeting Notes
1989
Box 3:10
Town Meeting Warrant Article
1990
Box 3:11
Turning Swords Into Plowshares
1992
Box 3:12
Unknown Author: Diary of an Arrest
undated
Box 3:13
Valley Community Land Trust
undated
Box 3:14
“War Tax Chat”
undated
Box 3:15

Series 2: Correspondence
1978-1997
Argo, Ed
1989-1992
Box 4:1
Ayvuzian Family
1991-1993, undated
Box 4:2
Ayvuzian, Gloria
1991-1992, undated
Box 4:3
Baez, Joan
1990
Box 4:4
Baker, Andrew
1990
Box 4:5
Beauvais, Dave
1992
Box 4:6
Bell, Elizabeth
1992
Box 4:7
Berube, Robert
1992
Box 4:8
Bush, Barbara
1988, 1990
Box 4:9
Carmody, Mary Elizabeth
1992
Box 4:10
Conte, Silvio
1989
Box 4:11
Corner, Betsy
1991-1992
Box 4:12
Crow, Frances
1991
Box 4:13
Cutler, R.B.
1990
Box 4:14
Dunham, Katherine
1992
Box 4:15
Elwill, Bill
1992
Box 4:16
Fabel, Aaron
1993
Box 4:17
Franklin, Danny and Terry
1992
Box 4:18
Freshmen American Studies Class
1989
Box 4:19
Biographical note:

Marblehead High School, Mass.

Goder, Frank
1991
Box 4:20
Gottlieb, Robert
1988
Box 4:21
Grenon, Dennis
1992
Box 4:22
Johnson, Sandy
1991, 1992
Box 4:23
Kehler, Ms.
1991, undated
Box 4:24
Biographical note:

Randy Kehler’s mother

Kehler, Lillian
1991-1992
Box 4:25
Kehler, Randy
1978, 1989-1992, 1997
Box 4:26
Kehler, Randy: Letters from Jail
1991-1992
Box 4:27
Kehler, Randy: “Letting go of the House”
1992
Box 4:28
Kehler, Randy: Mail from Political Organizations
1992-1993
Box 4:29
Kehler, Randy: Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize
1992
Box 4:30
Kellogg, Thomas
1992
Box 4:31
Kennedy, Edward
1989, 1991
Box 4:32
Kerry, John
1989
Box 4:33
Link, Mary
1992
Box 4:34
Lobenstine, Margaret
undated
Box 4:35
Mastello, Larry
1992
Box 4:36
McCarthy, David
1992
Box 4:37
Morten, Bruce
1992
Box 4:38
Mosely, Don
1989-1991
Box 4:39
Nelson, Juanita
1991, 1992, undated
Box 4:40
Nipponzon Myohoji Buddhist Religious Society
1992
Box 4:41
O’Brien, Mrs.
1993
Box 4:42
Ogden, Don
undated
Box 4:43
Olver, John W.
1992
Box 4:44
Palmer, David
1992
Box 4:45
Peace Act Fund
1989-1992
Box 5:1
Peace Taxpayers
1989
Box 5:2
Political Organizations
1989-1991
Box 5:3
Public Officials
1989-1992
Box 5:4
Preston, Katherine
1989
Box 5:5
Quindlen, Anna
1992
Box 5:6
River, Barbara
1992
Box 5:7
Rothschild, Andrew and Cynthia
1989, 1991
Box 5:8
Statements of Support
1991-1992
Box 5:9
Support Committee
1989-1992
Box 5:10
Support Letters: A
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:11
Support Letters: B
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:12
Support Letters: C
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:13
Support Letters: D
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:14
Support Letters: E
1991-1992, undated
Box 5:15
Support Letters: F
1991-1992, undated
Box 5:16
Support Letters: G
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:17
Support Letters: H
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:18
Support Letters: I
1991, undated
Box 5:19
Support Letters: J
1981, 1989-1992, undated
Box 5:20
Support Letters: K
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:21
Support Letters: L
1989-1992, undated
Box 5:22
Support Letters: M
1990-1992
Box 6:1
Support Letters: N
1991-1992, undated
Box 6:2
Support Letters: O
1989-1991, undated
Box 6:3
Support Letters: P
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:4
Support Letters: R
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:5
Support Letters: S
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:6
Support Letters: T
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:7
Support Letters: U
1989, 1992
Box 6:8
Support Letters: V
1991-1992
Box 6:9
Support Letters: W
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:10
Support Letters: Y, Z
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:11
Support Letters: Unidentified
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:12
Support Letters: Unidentified
1989-1992, undated
Box 6:13
Stobierski, John
1992
Box 6:14
Biographical note:

Attorney for Danny and Terry Franklin.

Ted
1990
Box 6:15
True, Michael
1992
Box 6:16
Biographical note:

Professor at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

Valley Community Land Trust
1992
Box 6:17
Vonda, Sasa
1992
Box 6:18
Biographical note:

Assistant to President of Czech Republic.

Wellstone, Paul David
undated
Box 6:19
Biographical note:

United States Senator from Minnesota.

Wierzbowski, Ed
1989
Box 6:20
Wilson, Doug
1991, 1992, undated
Box 6:21
Wood, George
1993
Box 6:22

Series 3: Legal
1984-1993
Articles: International Law
1990-1991, undated
Box 7:1
Articles: Legal Issues
undated
Box 7:2
Articles: Schack, Paul E., “Evictions”
1989
Box 7:3
Attorney List
1990, 1993
Box 7:4
Bady, Bob and Pat Morse: Legal Situation
1989
Box 7:5
Blixt, Wesley: Description of Events at Kehler House
1992
Box 7:6
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Corner, Betsy
1992
Box 7:7
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Dime Savings Bank
undated
Box 7:8
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Kehler/Corner
1991-1992
Box 7:9
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Kehler/Corner
1993, undated
Box 7:10
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Kehler/Corner: Transcript
1992
Box 7:11
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Kehler, Randy
1992-1994
Box 7:12
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Williams, Betsy
1993
Box 7:13
Correspondence: Attorneys for Affinity Groups
1990
Box 7:14
Correspondence: Burbank, Harold
1987-1992
Box 7:15
Correspondence: Corner, Betsy
undated
Box 7:16
Correspondence: Farrell, Nunzio
1992
Box 7:17
Correspondence: Financial
1991, undated
Box 7:18
Correspondence: Franklin, Danny
1992
Box 7:19
Correspondence: Freedman, Frank
1991-1992
Box 7:20
Correspondence: Kehler, Randy
1989-1993
Box 7:21
Correspondence: Vann Gordon, Cheryl
1992
Box 7:22
Court Schedule
1992-1993
Box 7:23
Franklin v. War Tax Resisters
1993
Box 7:24
Franklin v. War Tax Resisters
1993
Box 8:1
Franklin v. War Tax Resisters: Appeal
1993
Box 8:2
Franklin v. War Tax Resisters: Preliminary Injunction
1993
Box 8:3
Frongillo, Mary
1992
Box 8:4

Letter addressing trespassing charges.

Hampshire County Jail: Media Access Forms
1991-1992
Box 8:5
Hampshire County Jail: Property Receipts
1991
Box 8:6
House Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight
1992
Box 8:7
Internal Revenue Service: Certificate of Sale to Danny Franklin
1992
Box 8:8
Internal Revenue Service: Correspondence
1989-1992
Box 8:9
Internal Revenue Service: Gorczyca, William
1989
Box 8:10
Internal Revenue Service: Property Seizure Rules and Regulations
undated
Box 8:11
Internal Revenue Service: Property Seizure Rules and Regulations
undated
Box 8:12
Internal Revenue Service: Public Record of Kehler Auction
1989-1992
Box 8:13
Internal Revenue Service: Tax Information on Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner
1989-1992
Box 8:14
Kehler, Randy: Legal Notes
various dates
Box 8:15
Kehler, Randy: Legal Notes
various dates
Box 8:16
Legal Caucus: Meeting Notes
1990
Box 8:17
Legal Precedents
various dates
Box 8:18
Massachusetts State Police v. Kehler/Corner
1992
Box 9:1
Mediation: Contuzzi, Peter
1992
Box 9:2
Mediation: Kehlers/Franklins/VCLT
1992
Box 9:3
Northeast Utilities: Kehler/Corner Account
1991
Box 9:4
Record of Arrests
undated
Box 9:5
Rotunda, Ronald D., “Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure”, v. 2, Sec.11.1 to 17.10
1992
Box 9:6
Trespassing Summons
1992-1993
Box 9:7
U.S. Department of Justice
1990-1991
Box 9:8
U.S. Tax Court: Nooney v. Internal Revenue Service
1990
Box 9:9
U.S. v. Kehler/Corner
1990
Box 9:10
U.S. v. Kehler/Corner
1990
Box 9:11
U.S. v. Kehler/Corner
1991, undated
Box 9:12
U.S. v. Kehler/Corner: Opinion by Judge Frank Freedman
1991
Box 9:13
Valley Community Land Trust: By-Laws
undated
Box 9:14
Valley Community Land Trust: Correspondence with Danny Franklin and his attorney
1990-1992
Box 9:15
Valley Community Land Trust: Correspondence with Michael Pill
1992
Box 9:16
Valley Community Land Trust: Correspondence Regarding Trespassing Charges
1992
Box 9:17
Valley Community Land Trust: Lease Agreement with Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner
1984
Box 9:18
Valley Community Land Trust: Legal Situation
1990
Box 10:1
Valley Community Land Trust v. Franklin
1993
Box 10:2
“War Tax Manual for Counselors and Lawyers”
1985
Box 10:3
Witnesses: Resumes
1993
Box 10:4
Witnesses: Suggestion for Court
undated
Box 10:5

Series 4: Media
1979-1995
Advertising
1990
Box 11:1
Alternative Revenue Service
1989-1990
Box 11:2
American Friends Service Committee
1991-1992
Box 11:3
Apple Valley Productions
1991, 1992
Box 11:4
Aquarian Research Foundation
1989
Box 11:5
Article: “Armageddon When?” in The Watchtower
1990
Box 11:6
Artwork
undated
Box OS
Asbury, Judy
1989
Box 11:7
Audiotape: Interview with Betsy Corner
1993
Box OS
Berkshire SANE/FREEZE
1991-1992
Box 11:8
Burrows, Robert J.
1991
Box 11:9
Caron, Mike: “Ted Sampley: Mad Dog and Undercover Manipulator?”
undated
Box 11:10
Cataneo, Jack: “Radio New York”
1989
Box 11:11
Catholic Radical
1992
Box 11:12
Catholic Worker: Kehler, Randy and Betsy Corner, “Why We Became War Tax Resisters”
1990
Box 11:13
Charlie King Benefit Concert
undated
Box 11:14
Cohen, Andrew: “Taxes and Protest”
undated
Box 11:15
Conscious Canada Newsletters no. 37, 45
1989
Box 11:16
Conscious and Military Tax Campaign
1992-1994
Box 11:17
Correspondence: Television Stations
1992
Box 11:18
Daniel Shays Non-Violent Bio-Regional Liberation Front
undated
Box 11:19
Defense Monitor
1992, 1993
Box 11:20
Drinking Gourd, v. 11, no. 3
1993
Box 11:21
Earthline, v. 3, no. 9
1992
Box 11:22
E.D.E.N: “Food for Thought”
undated
Box 11:23
Education Support Analysis Update, v. 10, no. 4
1988
Box 11:24
Fellowship
1989
Box 11:25
Flyers
various dates
Box 11:26
Flyers
various dates
Box 11:27
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
undated
Box 11:28
Franklin County Progressive Newsletter
1991
Box 11:29
Friends Journal
1994
Box 11:30
Giraffe Project
1989
Box 11:31

Group that awards peace activists.

Ground Zero, v. 11, no. 1
1992
Box 11:32
Haitian Communications Project
1992
Box 11:33
History of War Tax Resistance
undated
Box 11:34
Kehler, Randy: Article for “Sojourners”
1994
Box 11:35
Kehler, Randy: Interview from Jail
1991
Box 11:36
Kehler, Randy: “Linking Tax Resistance to a Nuclear Weapons Freeze”
1985
Box 11:37
Kehler, Randy: “What I Wanted to Say in Court” in Friends Journal
1992
Box 11:38
Lathrop, Donald: “Some Taxing Reflections”
1989
Box 11:39

Narrative of a tax resister.

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
1993
Box 11:40
Letters to the Editor
1989
Box 11:41
Letters to the Editor
1990
Box 12:1
Letters to the Editor
1991-1992
Box 12:2
Letters to the Editor
1993-1994, undated
Box 12:3
Letters to the Editor: Kehler, Randy and Betsy Corner
1979, 1987, 1989-1994
Box 12:4
Leong, Apollo: “It Will Be a Long Time” in RSVP magazine
1992
Box 12:5
Lotus, v. 2, no. 2
1992
Box 12:6
Media Strategies
1991
Box 12:7
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
1993
Box 12:8
Melechinsky, Andrew J.
1989
Box 12:9
Molly Scott Benefit Concert
1993
Box 12:10
Monsky, Paul
1980
Box 12:11
Biographical note:

War tax resister.

Mosely, Don: “Hold a Child in Your Arms While Deciding” in Fellowship
undated
Box 12:12
Mosely, Don: “Why I Should Not be Compelled to Obey the IRS Summons”
1988
Box 12:13
National War Tax Coordinating Committee
1989-1994
Box 12:14
New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters
1992
Box 12:15
New England Pilgrim
1992
Box 12:16
New England War Tax Resistance
1981-1984, 1989-1994
Box 12:17
New Priorities
1994
Box 12:18
Newspaper Clippings
1982, 1983, 1988-1989
Box 12:19
Newspaper Clippings
1989
Box 12:20
Newspaper Clippings
1990
Box 12:21
Newspaper Clippings
1991
Box 13:1
Newspaper Clippings
1991
Box 13:2
Newspaper Clippings
1992
Box 13:3
Newspaper Clippings
1992
Box 13:4
Newspaper Clippings
1992
Box 13:5
Newspaper Clippings
1992
Box 13:6
Newspaper Clippings
1993
Box 13:7
Newspaper Clippings
1989-1993
Box OS
Newspaper Clippings
1994-1995, undated
Box 13:8
Nooney, Greg
1989
Box 13:9
Biographical note:

War tax resister.

Northern California Tax Resistance
1991
Box 13:10
Nuclear Deception
1993
Box 13:11
Nuclear Resister, no. 81
1991
Box 13:12
Palestine Human Rights Information Center
1990
Box 13:13
Peace Action Education Fund
1993
Box 13:14
Peace and Justice Coalition
1992
Box 13:15
Peace Media Services
1993
Box 13:16
Peacenet
1991
Box 13:17
Peacework
1992-1994
Box 13:18
Pioneer Valley Forum
1994
Box 14:1
Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters
1979, 1983, 1989, undated
Box 14:2
Poetry
1981, 1992, 1993, undated
Box 14:3
Political Literature
various dates
Box 14:4
Posters
undated
Box OS
Procession of Conscious
1989
Box 14:5
Rocky Mountain Peace Center
undated
Box 14:6
Rogers, Arthur Arnold: “Reflections One Year Later”
1991
Box 14:7
Rosenberg Fund for Children
1992
Box 14:8
Rural Southern Voice for Peace
1992
Box 14:9
Self Directed Income Tax
undated
Box 14:10
Signature Advertisement
1989
Box 14:11
Sojourners
1992
Box 14:12
St. Louis Covenant Community of War Tax Resisters
1992
Box 14:13
Taxing Times, v. 3, no. 1
1994
Box 14:14
Traprock Peace Action Report
1989-1993
Box 14:15
Videotape: News footage and interviews of Kehlers
1989
Box OS
Videotape: Footage of IRS auction and Springfield rally
1989, 1992
Box OS
Videotape: Colrain Arrests
1992
Box OS
Videotape: Colrain Tax Resisters as shown on Monitor TV
1991
Box OS
Voice for Peace, v. 11, no. 9
1992
Box 14:16
Walk in Peace
1987
Box 14:17
Washington Area War Tax Resistance
1991
Box 14:18

Series 5: Scrapbooks
1987-1993
Pamphlets
undated
Box 15:1

From the sleeve of the 1987-1991 binder.

Scrapbook
1987
Box 15:2
Scrapbook
1989 Jan-Mar
Box 15:3
Scrapbook
1989 Apr-June
Box 15:4
Scrapbook
1989 July
Box 15:5
Scrapbook,
1989 Aug-Dec
Box 15:6
Scrapbook
1990
Box 15:7
Scrapbook
1991 Jan, Nov
Box 15:8
Scrapbook
1991 Dec
Box 15:9
Scrapbook
1991 Dec
Box 15:10
Scrapbook
1991 Dec
Box 15:11
Scrapbook,
1992 Jan
Box 15:12
Scrapbook
1992 Feb
Box 15:13
Scrapbook
1992 Mar
Box 15:14
Scrapbook,
1992 Apr
Box 15:15
Scrapbook
1992 May
Box 15:16
Scrapbook
1992 June
Box 15:17
Scrapbook
1992 July
Box 15:18
Scrapbook
1992 Aug
Box 15:19
Scrapbook
1992 Sept
Box 15:20
Scrapbook
1992 Oct
Box 15:21
Scrapbook
1992 Nov
Box 15:22
Scrapbook
1992 Dec
Box 15:23
Scrapbook
1993 Jan
Box 15:24
Scrapbook
1993 Feb
Box 16:1
Scrapbook
1993 Mar
Box 16:2
Scrapbook
1993 Apr
Box 16:3
Scrapbook
1993 May
Box 16:4
Scrapbook
1993 June
Box 16:5
Scrapbook
1993 July
Box 16:6
Scrapbook
1993 Aug
Box 16:7
Scrapbook
1993 Sept
Box 16:8
Scrapbook
1993 Oct
Box 16:9
Scrapbook
1993 Nov
Box 16:10
Scrapbook
1993 Dec
Box 16:11

Subjects
  • Activists--Massachusetts
  • Antinuclear movement--Massachusetts
  • Argo, Ed
  • Colrain (Mass.)
  • Pacifists--Massachusetts
  • Peace movements--Massachusetts
  • Political activists--Massachusetts
  • Tax collection--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Tax evasion--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Tax-sales--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Taxation--Law and Legislation
  • Traprock Peace Center
  • Valley Community Land Trust
  • War tax resitance--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Withholding tax--Law and legislation
  • Withholding tax--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • Corner, Betsy
  • Kehler, Randy
  • Link, Mary
  • Mosely, Don
  • Nelson, Juanita
Types of material
  • Court records
  • Diaries
  • Legal documents
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Scrapbooks
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