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Church Women United in New Mexico Ribbon Project collection

Identifier: MSS-961-BC

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks and other contents include correspondence, news clippings, newsletters, photographs, postcards, and a variety of printed material documenting the organization and execution of the Ribbon Project on the national level as well as in New Mexico. The project newsletter, The Ribbon, as well as the 1985 publication, The Ribbon: A Celebration of Life containing the story of the project are in the collection.


  • 1984-1988

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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.

Biography / History

The Ribbon Project, conceived by Justine Merritt in 1982, became a national peace project. The goal was “to protect the earth, to prevent the bomb; to work and pray for Peace." Merritt’s idea to tie a peace ribbon around the Pentagon- a symbol of peace encircling a symbol of war, garnered support in all 50 states and several countries around the world. National and state chapters of Church Women United were major participants in The Ribbon Project.

New Mexico’s participation was coordinated by Judy Long of Las Vegas and Church Women United (NM). New Mexicans contributed approximately 178 hand-stitched panels, each 18 x 36 inches.

On August 6, 1985, marking the 40th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the project reached its fruition. The 17,000-panel, 15 mile-long ribbon was tied around the Pentagon.


1 box (.28 cu. ft.)


The collection documents the national Ribbon Project with particular details about New Mexico’s participation.

Related Archival Material

Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice Records. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Finding aid of Church Women United in New Mexico Ribbon Project collection, 1984-1988
B. Silbergleit
© 2016
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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