Records of one of the most active and important of the local organizations which opposed U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam, together with some personal papers of Sidney Peck, founding chairman, and miscellaneous records of other Cleveland anti-war groups. CAPAC records date to its organization as the Cleveland Coordinating Committee of the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and consist of correspondence and form letters, statements, handouts, and press releases. While there is little on the convention CAPAC called in June l970 which founded the National Peace Action Coalition, there is material on several local demonstrations and on relations with Cleveland labor unions. Most important of the other organizational records are those of the Cleveland Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, with which CAPAC cooperated. Here are included subject files on high school organizing, two SMC national conventions in Cleveland, and the Kent State 25 Defense Committee.
Peck's papers concern a 1966 teach-in and contain correspondence with A. J. Muste concerning meetings which brought temporary unity to the anti-war movement. Scattered materials relate to the activities of Jerry Gordon, another CAPAC leader who rose to national prominence in the anti-war movement. Photographs include images of Peck with Dr. Benjamin Spock at a coalition-sponsored event.