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Sharon Feldman papers

Call Number: RH WL MS 56


Sharon Feldman was a peace activist in the Detroit, Michigan metro area. This collection includes published resources from a variety of leftist political activist groups. The bulk of the materials date from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s and focus on the Israel-Palestine conflict and human rights in Central America. Earlier materials from the Workers World Party include notes from the 1971 Party conference and ephemera concerning anti-Vietnam War activism. Also present in the collection are internal documents (meeting minutes, mailing lists, calendars and agendas) from New Jewish Agenda, Solidarity, and several local Michigan groups: Witness for Peace and Justice in Southeast Michigan, Ferndale Area Peace Group, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility.


  • 1963 - 1993


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Biography of Sharon Feldman; History of various organizations

Sharon Feldman was born in 1946 and graduated from the University of Michigan with her Master's in Social Work in 1980 before going into mental health practice. She was active in local peace groups in the Ferndale area of Detroit, MI, as well as national and global organizations.

The New Jewish Agenda (NJA) was a nationwide multi-issue activist organization between 1980 and 1992, with approximately 45 local chapters. They had five primary campaigns, maintained through National Taskforces: Middle East Peace, Worldwide Nuclear Disarmament, Economic and Social Justice, Peace in Central America, and Jewish Feminism. They often faced criticism from the larger Jewish community and were most controversial for their stances on the rights of Palestinians and lesbian and gay Jews.

Formed in 1986, Solidarity is an "independent socialist organization dedicated to forming a broad regrouping of the U.S. left" through bottom-up or grassroots organizing (information from the Solidarity website).

The Workers World Party is a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist political party in the U.S., founded in 1959. It was a member of the Coalition for an Anti-Imperalist Movement and, along with its affiliate Youth Against War and Fascism (YAWF), was noted for its anti-Vietnam War activism. Both groups were involved in the Coalition for an Anti-Imperialist Movement.


1 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize box)


Materials in the collection are arranged thematically and/or by organization. Oversize materials have been physically separated.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Steven Shank, 2017.

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Sharon Feldman papers, RH WL MS 56, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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