David Dawley papers, 1963-2014 Rauner Manuscript MS-1329

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Title:

David Dawley papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1329

Collection Dates:

1963-2014

Size of Collection:

4.9 linear ft., 5 boxes, 1 oversize (flat)

Abstract:

David Dawley, Dartmouth College class of 1963. David Dawley’s files on his involvement with civil rights, the Vice Lords, Peace Corps, The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, Washington earmarks and other ventures.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

David Dawley controls the Intellectual Property Rights in some or all of the donated materials in the collection. Dartmouth College has permission to make copies for users of the material for scholarship and research purposes.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of David Dawley consist of biographical information, academic records, resumes, correspondence, personal and professional writings, reports, meeting minutes, a journal, research notes, speeches, articles, pamphlets, publications, memos, program proposals, photographs, news clippings, selective service objector form, audio and video files and materials related to the creation and publication of his book, "A Nation of Lords, the autobiography of the Vice Lords". The material documents his life and career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, his involvement as a civil rights activist and lobbyist for the Michigan Social Work Council, and his work on federal funding projects such as the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. In addition the material documents his community organizing efforts in Chicago as a member of the Vice Lords, a street gang from the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side and his involvement with initiatives focusing on youth and gang prevention programing and consulting. Of note are Dawley’s written reflections and audio recordings of the MLK assassination riots in Chicago, correspondence with Bobby Gore on his incarceration and impending trial, a report on the Chicago Police Department, Dawley’s Congressional testimony to the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Human Services, an interview with Buckminster Fuller and a day-by-day journal documenting Dawley’s Peace Corps experience in El Triunfo, a rural town in southern Honduras and Tela on the northern coast. Other contributors to the collection include: Alfonso Alford and Bobby Gore lead members of the Vice Lords. Correspondents include: Edward M. Kennedy, Daniel Walker, Adlai Stevenson III, Adele Smith Simmons, Sargent Shriver and Dartmouth classmates, Kevin Lowther, David Butler and Bill King.

Biography

David Dawley, Dartmouth College class of 1963, was born on August 26, 1941 in Westminster, Massachusetts. Dawley earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1967 and graduated in 1979 from OPM, the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School in 1979. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras from 1963 through 1965, and from 1967 through 1969, he was a community organizer with a street gang in Chicago where he was known as “the only white Vice Lord.” He has worked in business, government and social services as a civil rights activist, company president, consultant to Fortune 500 companies, lobbyist and special assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts who nominated him as one of "Greater Boston's Outstanding Young Leaders." He received presidential appointments to the National Advisory Council of Peace Corps under Chairman Neil Armstrong, and the White House Conference on Small Business. In 1968, he was selected by Esquire Magazine as one of “Twenty Seven People Worth Saving.”

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Personal, 1965-2014

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Includes Resumes, biographical information, company profiles, news clippings, academic records, recognitions and awards relating to Dawley’s personal life, education and career.

Box: 1, 1963-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Personal: Biographical, background, education, 1965-2014
  • Folder: 2, Personal: Awards, circa 1986-1991

Box: 4, 1968-1970

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "Twenty-seven People Worth Saving" article, undated

Series: 2, Peace Corps, 1963-2007

Includes pamphlets, programs, news clippings, and correspondence to Dartmouth classmates, Kevin Lowther, David Butler and Bill King; also personal notes, papers, and a day-by-day journal of Dawley’s time in El Triunfo, Choluteca, a rural village in the southern region of Honduras and Tela on the northern coast during his two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Also included are pamphlets and articles related to an internship program that Dawley conceived at Dartmouth.

Box: 1, 1963-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 3, Peace Corps: Honduras, guide, manual, writing , 1963-1966
  • Folder: 4, Peace Corps: Letters to K. Lowther and other Dartmouth Classmates, 1963-1965
  • Folder: 5, Peace Corps: El Triunfo: A Day by Day Journal, 1963-1964-10-05
  • Folder: 6, Peace Corps: El Triunfo: A Day by Day Journal, 1964-10-05-1965-08-04
  • Folder: 7, Peace Corps: In the Press, 1967-2007
  • Folder: 8, Peace Corps: Publications, handbook, history, reports, 1968-1970
  • Folder: 9, Peace Corps: Internship Program , 1985-20021985-2002bulk

Series: 3, Dartmouth, 1983-2008

Correspondence, reports, speeches, and news clippings document Dawley’s work with Dartmouth College funding projects such as Thayer School of Engineering and Thayer Center for Cold Regions Science and Engineering. Also included are pamphlets from The Foundation Years program.

Box: 1, 1963-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 10, Dartmouth: The Foundation Years, 1983-1986
  • Folder: 11, Dartmouth: Thayer School of Engineering Federal Appropriation case history, 1984-1985
  • Folder: 12, Dartmouth: Thayer School of Engineering Appropriation Research, 1984-1986
  • Folder: 13, Dartmouth: Thayer Center for Cold Regions Science and Engineering, history, status, outlook, 1986
  • Folder: 14, Dartmouth: Speeches, 1985-1986
  • Folder: 15, Dartmouth: Dawley Press, 1983-2008

Series: 4, Activism, 1963-2005

Includes articles, news clippings, reports, and research relating to Dawley’s involvement as a civil rights activist, a lobbyist for the Michigan Social Work Council and his objection to the Vietnam War. Included is a copy of Dawley’s Selective Service Conscientious Objector form.

Box: 1, 1963-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 16, Activism: 1960's History, 1963-1989
  • Folder: 17, Activism: Civil Rights- articles, research, propaganda, 1965-2005
  • Folder: 18, Activism: Michigan, Research, notes, writing , 1966-1967
  • Folder: 19, Activism: Vietnam , 1966-1968
  • Folder: 20, Activism: Civil Rights, "Eyes on the Prize" guide to series publication, 1987

Box: 4, 1968-1970

Box Contents

  • Folder: 2, Eye magazine cover, 1968

Series: 5, Writings, 1967-2009

Contains copies of Dawley’s speeches, notes and press related to the creation and publication of his book, A Nation of Lords. Also included are two movie proposals, a report on the Chicago Police Department and writings on the Vice Lords and other street gangs. The series also includes a first edition and second edition of A Nation of Lords and a laminated copy of Dawley’s interview with Buckminster Fuller.

Box: 1, 1963-2015

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 21, Writings: Vice Lords, Inc., "Where all the Fellows Meet" , 1967
  • Folder: 22, Writings: Speeches, 1968-2003
  • Folder: 23, Writings: Movie proposal, "A Lord Thing", 1969
  • Folder: 24, Writings: "A Nation of Lords": notes, clippings, press, 1969-1972
  • Folder: 25, Writings: Report on Chicago Police Department, 1970
  • Folder: 26, Writings: Dawley, "Street Gangs" bound notebook, 2000
  • Folder: 27, Writings: Dawley, "Vice Lords" bound notebook, 2006
  • Folder: 28, Writings: Reason Pictures Movie Option, undated

Box: 4, 1968-1970

Box Contents

  • Folder: 3, "Buckminster Fullerrrraps" interview, 1968

Series: 6, Correspondence, 1963-2015

Included is extensive correspondence home from Honduras, correspondence from prisoners, correspondence with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to the Freedom of Information Act, correspondence regarding "A Nation of Lords", Thayer School of Engineering appropriation and general correspondence arranged alphabetically. Of note is correspondence between Dawley and Vice Lord member, Bobby (Robert) Gore regarding his incarceration and trial. Correspondents include: Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, Treasurer of the State of Illinois, Adlai E. Stevension III, Governor of Illinois, Daniel Walker, Sargent Shriver, foudning Director of Peace Corps and Adele Smith Simmons who later became President of the MacArthur Foundation.

Box: 1, 1963-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 29, Correspondence: Letters from Honduras (Dawley); typed copies, 1963-1965
  • Folder: 30, Correspondence: Peace Corps; Personal letters and notes , circa 1965
  • Folder: 31, Correspondence: David Dawley: Sargent Shriver, circa 1963-2002
  • Folder: 32, Correspondence: Vice Lords: General , circa 1967-1973
  • Folder: 33, Correspondence: Vice Lords; Legal Matters , 1968
  • Folder: 34, Correspondence: Bobby Gore's Defense , 1970-1979
  • Folder: 35, Correspondence: Vice Lords; Grant Funding , 1968-1969
  • Folder: 36, Correspondence: David Dawley: Bobby Gore, 1969-1979
  • Folder: 37, Correspondence: General, A-K , 1967-2015
  • Folder: 38, Correspondence: General, L-W , 1968-2005
  • Folder: 40, Correspondence: Re: A Nation of Lords, 1971-2009
  • Folder: 39, Correspondence: FBI, Freedom of Information Act, 1968-1977
  • Folder: 41, Correspondence: Re: Censorship of Prisoners' Correspondence, 1972-1974
  • Folder: 42, Correspondence: Re: Thayer School of Engineering Appropriation and Resignation from Dartmouth, 1983-2002
  • Folder: 43, Correspondence: Prisoners, 1963-1992
  • Folder: 44, Correspondence: Transcentury; Dawley's Assignment in Chicago , 1967-1968

Series: 7, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy, 1967-2009

Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, memos, program proposals, organizational reports, newsletters, research, personal notes, and news clippings relating to Dawley’s work as a community organizer, a member of the Vice Lords gang, and his involvement and contribution to various programs and initiatives focusing on programming for youth and gang violence prevention.

Box: 2, 1964-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: TransCentury, Summer Research Evaluation, 1967
  • Folder: 2, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: TransCentury, "From the Street" Evaluation, 1967
  • Folder: 3, Community Organizaing/Gang Prevention and Policy: TransCentury; Pamphlets, clippings, articles , circa 1968
  • Folder: 4, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: TransCentury, "Our Thing" program overview, 1969
  • Folder: 5, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Gang theory and notes, circa 1968-2006
  • Folder: 6, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Youth Organizations United (YOU), 1968-1975
  • Folder: 7, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Gang research, Chicago maps, 1968-2004
  • Folder: 8, Community Organization/Gang Prevention and Policy: "Corrections 71, A Citizens Report", 1971
  • Folder: 9, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Dawley notes on MLK Riot, 1968
  • Folder: 10, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords: VL membership certificate and stationary, 1968
  • Folder: 11, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Meeting Minutes, 1968-1969
  • Folder: 12, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Dawley notecards , 1968-1969
  • Folder: 13, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Dawley notes and reflections, 1967-2006
  • Folder: 14, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Dawley press, 1969-2003
  • Folder: 15, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, "In the News, Vol. I." 1960-1967; photocopies , undated
  • Folder: 16, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, "In the News, Vol. II." 1967-1970; photocopies, undated
  • Folder: 17, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, "In the News, Vol. III." 1970-2005; photocopies , undated
  • Folder: 18, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, newspaper clippings, circa 1966-1970
  • Folder: 19, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, newspaper clippings, 1970-2005
  • Folder: 20, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, A Report to the Public, 1968-2005bulk
  • Folder: 21, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Press Releases, 1968-2006bulk
  • Folder: 22, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, newsletters, 1968-1969
  • Folder: 23, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Memos, 1968-1969
  • Folder: 24, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, IRS and Tax Exemption, 1968-1969
  • Folder: 25, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Program Proposals, 1967
  • Folder: 26, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Program Proposals, 1968
  • Folder: 27, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Program Proposals continued, 1968-1969
  • Folder: 28, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, "Operation Bootstrap" Program, 1967-1969
  • Folder: 29, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Management of programs, notes and progress reports, 1967-1968
  • Folder: 30, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Robert (Bobby) Gore Defense, 1967-1987
  • Folder: 31, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Death stats, 1967-1987
  • Folder: 32, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: General Program Ideas, 1989-1992
  • Folder: 33, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Vice Lords, Elkus Paper: Dawley's edits and notes, undated
  • Folder: 34, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention: Articles on Police Meeting with Communities (1969); photocopies , 2015

Box: 3, circa 1963-2006

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: FBI reports on Intelligence Activities and Rights of Americans, 1975-1976
  • Folder: 2, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: National Center for Gang Policy, 1990-1991
  • Folder: 3, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: National Center for Gang Policy, Connections interview, 1991
  • Folder: 4, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: National Center for Gang Policy, Dawley Testimony to Congress, 1991
  • Folder: 5, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: National Center for Gang Policy, Report to Atlantic Foundation, 1991
  • Folder: 6, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Youth Gang Drug Prevention conference programs , 1991-1992
  • Folder: 7, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: National Center for Gang Policy, Public Service Announcement, 1992
  • Folder: 8, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: History Channel Interview notes and correspondence, 1999-2000
  • Folder: 9, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Hagedorn's Gang Website, Research and correspondence, 2003-2007
  • Folder: 10, Community Organizing/Gang Prevention and Policy: Management Sciences International, Jamaica-gang consulting, 2006

Series: 8, Photographs , circa 1963-1993

Contains photographs and negatives documenting Dawley's time spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Honduras with the Peace Corps and in Chicago with the Vice Lords. Also includes photographs from Acapulco, Mexico and Portillo, Chile.

Box: 3, circa 1963-2006

Box Contents

  • Folder: 11, Photographs: Honduras, Portillo, Albuquerque, circa
  • Folder: 12, Photographs: Vice Lords , circa
  • Folder: 13, Photographs: unidentified , 1986
  • Folder: 14, Photographs: Vice Lords; Negatives , undated

Box: 4, 1968-1970

Box Contents

  • Folder: 4, Photographs: Dawley in White House , 1970

Series: Addendum, 1964-1978

Contains typescripts of "El Triunfo: A Short Study" about Dawley's Peace Corps experience and "Has Anyone Seen Bullitt?" a paper on police brutality. Also includes two photocopies of articles written by Dawley on the topics of social work and Peace Corps.

Box: 2, 1964-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 35, "El Triunfo: A Short Study", Parts I, II, III; typescript, 1964-1965

Box: 3, circa 1963-2006

Box Contents

  • Folder: 15, "Legislative Action: New Vistas for Student Placement" by David Dawley, Judson Stone, and John Erlich; photocopy , 1968
  • Folder: 16 , "Did Anybody See Bullitt?"; typescript, 1969
  • Folder: 17 , Review of "Keeping Kennedy's Promise" by Kevin Lowther and C. Payne Lucas for Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, by David Dawley, 1978

Series: Addendum 2, 1963-2009

Box: 5, 1963-2009

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Vice Lords: Publishing Contracts for "A Nation Called Lords", 1971-1974
  • Folder: 2, Vice Lords: E-mails with Jack d'Annibale, script writer (bound), 2006-2007
  • Folder: 3, Peace Corps: "Seventh Annual Report", 1968
  • Folder: 4, Peace Corps: Correspondence, 1971
  • Folder: 5, Peace Corps: "A Report to the National Advisory Council of the Peace Corps," by David Dawley, 1971
  • Folder: 6, Peace Corps: Correspondence, 1984-1989
  • Folder: 7, Peace Corps: Clippings, 1987-2004
  • Folder: 8, Peace Corps: Correspondence, 2002-2009
  • Folder: 9, Peace Corps: "Returned Volunteer," brochure, undated
  • Folder: 10, Peace Corps: Notes and biographical writings, undated
  • Folder: 11, Selective Service: Registration Certificate with classification, 1959
  • Folder: 12, Selective Service: Correspondence and Notes, 1963-1967
  • Folder: 13, Selective Service: FBI Freedom of Information Files for David Dawley, 1969-1970, undated
  • Folder: 14, Selective Service: "The Making of a Conscientious Objector", 2016
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence: David Butler (Playboy Magazine), 1964-1985
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence: The White House, 1977-1978

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