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Chet Tchozewski papers

 Collection
Identifier: COU:1564

Scope and Contents

The Chet Tchozewski Collection contains materials pertaining to ten years (1978-1987) of full time organizing and activism in the peace and environmental movements by Mr. Tchozewski in Boulder, Colorado. The collection is organized in the following manner:

Box 1 and 2 contain American Friends Service Committee Materials. Box 3 holds environmental, peace, and anti-nuclear editorials. Boxes 4-6 contain General Files. Boxes 7-8 include correspondence and publications from activist organizations. Boxes 9-11 house the Rocky Flats Materials. Box 12 contains Rocky Mountain Peace Center materials.

Dates

  • 1978 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains or may contain private and personally identifiable information (PPII). Researchers must sign the University Libraries’ Private and Personally Identifiable Information Agreement in advance of access to collection materials. Contact sca@colorado.edu for more information.

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries do not own the copyright to this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers may not make notes, reproductions (including photographs), or other record of any private and personally identifiable information (PPII) located in this collection and may not publish, publicize, or disclose that PPII to any other party for any purpose. Exclusions may apply to researchers who have obtained authorization from the University of Colorado Institutional Review Board to produce human subject research records in de-identified form. All researchers must sign the University Libraries’ Private and Personally Identifiable Information Agreement indicating their understanding of the use restrictions for PPII found in this collection. Contact sca@colorado.edu.

Biographical Note

Chet Tchozewski was born in 1955. He worked as a paramedic at the Eisenhower Tunnel until he joined in a protest of the manufacture of nuclear weapons at Rocky Flats in 1978. His life changed profoundly after the protest as he began work as an anti-nuclear organizer. Tchezowski became a life-long activist and organizer of the peace and environmental movements in Boulder, Colorado. His activist career stretches from the 1970s to the present.

He was a founding member of the Rocky Flats Truth Force in 1978 and he helped organize the Rocky Flats Coalition in 1979. From 1980 to 1983, he served on the staff for the American Friends Service Committee – Rocky Flats Project. During that time he worked with the (Nuclear) Freeze Campaign and lobbied for nuclear disarmament. Then, he co-founded the Rocky Mountain Peace Center in 1983 to develop and pursue non-violent direct action strategies for social change. In 1984, he was director of the residential collection program for Eco-cycle. He served on a variety of organizing committees and was appointed by the Boulder County Commissioners to the Nuclear War Education Committee. He also wrote articles on myriad social, economic and political issues and was a frequent guest columnist to the Boulder Daily Camera, the Colorado Daily and other local newspapers.

Tchozewski moved away from Boulder for a short period of time. Broadening his environmental focus, he then returned to run the Global Greengrants Fund in Boulder which supports grass-roots environmental activism in developing countries—redirecting his attention from local to global environmental issues.

Extent

18 linear feet (14 Boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

These papers concern Chet Tchozewski, an activist and organizer in the peace and environmental movements in Boulder, Colorado from 1978-1987. He was affiliated with many organizations: Rocky Flats Truth Force (1978), Rocky Flats Coalition (1979), American Friends Service Committee (1980-83), Rocky Mountain Peace Center (1983-87), Eco–Cycle (1984-87), and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (1986). This collection contains materials pertaining to his activism in the community and his association with the above organizations.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series: Series 1: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), 1980-1983 Series 2: Freeze Campaign, 1980-1983 Series 3: Editorials, 1983-1987 Series 4: General Files, 1981-1988 Series 5: Organizations, 1982-1986 Series 6: Rocky Flats: General, 1979-1988 Series 7: Rocky Flats: Coalition, 1978-1982 Series 8: Rocky Flats Truth Force Financial Matters, 1979-1981 Series 9: Rocky Mountain Peace Center, 1982-1987

Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Mohammad A. Adra, February 4, 1991 Reformatted by Lindsay M. Stone, October 25, 2002 Edited by Kyle Shurtz, February 8, 2010
Date
February 4, 1991
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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