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Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice Records

Identifier: MSS-744-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains organizational planning and record-keeping documents, studies and reports, publications, news clippings, legislation, correspondence, community outreach materials, and ephemera from the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (ACPJ). The collection is arranged into the following seven series: Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Nuclear (with five sub-series: Nuclear Disarmament, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Miscellaneous Nuclear Issues, and Nuclear Waste), Central America, Peace and Justice Campaigns, Publications, Slide Presentations, Another Side Project.

Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice: Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice includes information and documents generated by and relevant to the organization such as organizational development, structure, bylaws, goals, funding proposals and financial reports, meeting notes and minutes, ACPJ programs and projects, and ACPJ members and allies.

Nuclear is divided into five sub-series: Nuclear Disarmament, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Miscellaneous Nuclear Issues, and Nuclear Waste, covering information on all aspects of the nuclear fuel and weapons cycles, particularly as it relates to New Mexico, the Southwest, and public participation.

Nuclear Disarmament contains information and resources from grassroots movements for nuclear disarmament in NM, the US, and in countries around the world. Topics include civil defense, peaceful economic conversion (including analysis of Cold War military spending), and organized resistance to nuclear weapons' transportation

Nuclear Weapons includes information on nuclear proliferation/nonproliferation, global nuclear weapons treaties, nuclear weapons research and development, transportation, testing (which also covers radioactive fallout and radiation and health) and security, missile defense, weapons in space, the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), and nuclear facilities in NM, such as White Sands, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, and Kirtland Air Force Base.

Nuclear Power includes information on the production of nuclear energy, the Palo Verde Plant in Arizona, grassroots opposition to nuclear power, and alternatives to nuclear power.

Miscellaneous Nuclear Issues includes radiation basics, radiation and health and compensation for nuclear workers injured by their exposure, uranium mining and milling, Depleted Uranium and its relationship to Gulf War and uranium enrichment, nuclear issues as they relate to civil rights, and nuclear accidents.

Nuclear Waste contains information on nuclear waste sites such as Yucca Mountain in Nevada, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, Nm, and other existing or proposed sites in NM and the Southwest. Also includes information on opponents of WIPP including CARD (Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping) and CANT (Citizens Against Nuclear Threats) and proponents such as AREA (Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives).

Central America This series contains documents and publications relating to the US wars in Central America and Central America peace and solidarity movements, including the Sanctuary Movement. Added to this series in 2010 are 3 scrapbooks pertaining to femicides, the murder of you women, in Juarez, Mexico

Peace and Justice Campaigns Peace and Justice Campaigns contains materials and resources on a variety of local, national and global movements for peace and justice, as well as scrapbooks of local actions and how-to manuals for community organizing. Topics covered include the Cerro Grande Fire in Los Alamos (2000), Reies Lopez Tijerina and NM land grants, Petroglyph National Monument and the Paseo del Norte road extension, environmental and economic justice (free v. fair trade), food safety and security (genetic engineering of food), Israel and Palestine, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, US military spending, September 11, 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act, the War on Terrorism, the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq and its resistance, the War Resisters League, and the Vietnam War.

Publications includes newsletters and magazines to which ACPJ has subscribed and collected and/or those produced by ACPJ allies. The publications contain information about many of the issues that are of concern to ACPJ, and are organized in alphabetical order by name of publication. Center News and the P&J Calendar/Newsletter, publications of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice will be found in the Center for Southwest Research general collection (JX1901 C464).

Slide Presentations contains 35mm slides, scripts and audio recordings of presentations. Original cassette recordings have been reformatted onto CD.

Another Side Project contains material about the Another Side Project which offered youth and military-aged adults and their families information about alternatives to military service. The project provided outreach to schools and resources on rights regarding the draft, military recruitment and leaving the military. The material in this series includes posters, flyers, administrative files, counter-recruiting kits, web page printouts, photos and videos, clippings, publications and topic files ranging from Afghanistan to Women Veterans.


  • 1961-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1980-1989


Language of Materials

English Spanish;Castilian Japanese

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Organizational History

The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (ACPJ) was founded in 1983, during the Reagan Era and the Cold War, by local community members to provide space for groups working on peace and justice issues to do their work and to network with one another. ACPJ's mission states: "We provide space for organizations and individuals working on peace and justice issues to network with one another, share information, and learn from each other's work. Through our programs and collaborations, we work locally to support regional and global justice." During its history, ACPJ has initiated and supported projects focused on peaceful economic conversion; nuclear disarmament; militarism and war; environmental justice; colonization; resistance to US wars including Central America, the Sanctuary Movement; September 11 and the War on Terrorism; resistance to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and alternatives to military service.

During the 1980s and 90s, the Center developed a Peace Education Project providing local educators with resources, curricula, and training on issues such as racism, classism, sexism, rethinking Columbus, and nonviolence. ACPJ published Center News, a newspaper of local actions, campaigns, and commentary on peace and justice issues.

The Center, still active today, is available for community meetings and maintains a community bulletin board, literature shelves, a multi-media lending library, and public hours for visitors to browse and get information about issues of peace and justice. The Center News is no longer published, but has been replaced with theP&J Calendar/Newsletter.


12 boxes (12 cu. ft.) + 1 oversize folder


This collection contains the records of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. It includes information on the history and structure of the organization and its work on issues including nuclear disarmament, nonviolence, solidarity with Central America, and military recruitment.


7 series:
  1. Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
  2. Nuclear (subseries: Nuclear Disarmament, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Miscellaneous Nuclear Issues, and Nuclear Waste
  3. Central America
  4. Peace and Justice Campaigns
  5. Publications
  6. Slide Presentations
  7. Another Side Project

Related Archival Material

Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping (CARD) Records. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico Demetria Martinez Papers. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico Church Women United in New Mexico Ribbon Project collection. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico Sam L. Slick Collection of Latin American and Iberian Posters. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico Turn Toward Peace Records. Bancroft Library. Berkeley, California

Separated Material

The following publications are available in the Center for Southwest Research General Collection: The Center News (JX1901 C464) P&J Calendar/Newsletter (JX1901 C464)

Original 16mm film of Nuclear Alert Conference in New Mexico stored in B3. Master cds stored in B3.

Master files for CDs in Another Side Project series are stored on library file server.

Processing Information

Scrapbooks pertaining to femicides in Juarez, Mexico were added to the collection in May 2010. "Another Side" materials were added in September 2013.

Inquire with reference staff for access to unprocessed addition, 18 boxes, B3-4A. Accessioned 8/8/2014, 6/14/2018.
Finding Aid of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice Records, 1961-2010
Processed by M. Santelli
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131