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Object Name Record, Military
Creator Collection compiled and donated by Larry Anderson and Sheila Mackintosh
Title GWEN [Ground Wave Emergency Network] / No-GWEN Alliance Records; c. 1987 - early 1990s
Scope & Content The GWEN/No-GWEN Alliance collection consists of correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, legal documents, organizational records, posters, and other materials and ephemera related to the activities of the No-GWEN Alliance (sometimes described as the No-GWEN Alliance of Little Compton, Tiverton, and Westport), a grassroots citizen organization created in 1987 to oppose the construction of GWEN (Ground Wave Emergency Network) communications towers in area towns, including a proposed site off of Long Highway in Little Compton, RI. The site is now part of the Simmons Mill Pond Management Area, owned by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
GWEN was a planned and partially constructed U.S. Air Force program to establish a network of low-frequency radio communication towers across the nation, designed to maintain military communication in the event of a nuclear war.
Year Range from 1987.0
Year Range to 1990.0
Catalog Number 2016.05.1
Extent of Description -Folders (all headed "GWEN"):
-No-GWEN Alliance: Minutes & membership; buttons & bumper sticker
-No-GWEN Alliance: Newspaper articles: National defense & peace issues
-No-GWEN Alliance: Little Compton & Westport town officials; correspondence
-No-GWEN Alliance: U.S. Air Force; correspondence
oNo-GWEN Alliance: U.S. Congress; correspondence
-No-GWEN Alliance: State (RI) officials; correspondence
-No-GWEN Alliance: Legal documents
-No-GWEN Alliance: Letter (photocopy) from Pete Seeger, August 18, 1987
-No-GWEN Alliance: Documents regarding events; statements
-No-GWEN Alliance: Press releases; fliers; misc. correspondence
-No-GWEN Alliance: Environmental reports
-No-GWEN Alliance: National No-GWEN groups
-No-GWEN Alliance: September 4, 1990 compilation of Westport (MA) comments to U.S. Air Force
oNo-GWEN Alliance: Newspaper articles: Regional & local, 1987-1990
oKing Philip; Benjamin Church; Rangers
oAnderson, Larry: Essay ("The Wilderness Within"), in Newport Review, 1997; revised and updated, in Peculiar Work: Writing about Benton MacKaye, Conservations, Community, 2012
"Bound materials:
oGround Wave Emergency Network, Final Operational Capability: Final Environmental Impact Statement (U.S. Department of the Air Force, September, 1987)
oGround Wave Emergency Network, Final Operational Capability: Final Environmental Impact Statement, Comments and Responses (U.S. Department of the Air Force, September, 1987)
"Flat materials:
oOriginal pencil sketch cartoon, "The Watch Dogs," by Patti Zimmer, c. 1987-1988, depicting (left to right) Joan Dennis, Juanita Goulart Walker, Sheila Mackintosh, unidentified others, at Little Compton GWEN site; photocopy of original
oOriginal poster for "Sakonnet Sunset Gathering" fund-raising event for No-GWEN Alliance of Little Compton, Tiverton and Westport, August 22, 1989; photocopy of original
Source Larry Anderson & Sheila Mackintosh
Nancy Foster
George Morgan
Barbara Morgan
Joan Dennis
Sheila Mackintosh
Abigail Brooks
Henry Laferriere
Dennis Almeida
Susan Fijak
Ted Fijak
Anna Maciel
Mary Ann (Bay) Owen
Barton G. Pauls
Susan Sten
Sidney Tynan
Juanita Goulart Walker
Patricia Zimmer
Pete Seeger
RI Attorney General James E. O'Neil
RI Special Assistant Attorney General Michael Rubin
John Voorhees
Donald Page
RI US Congressman Ronald Machtley
RI US Congressman Fernand J. St. Germain
RI US Senator John H. Chafee
RI US Senator Claiborne Pell
RI Governor Edward D. DiPrete
Subjects Activists
Government facilities
Government officials
Government policy
Military facilities
Nuclear war
Protest movements
Protest posters
Radio antennas
Radio broadcasting
Communication facilities
Received as Gift
Date Received 9/01/2016