Dr. Estelle Brodman, Librarian of Becker Medical Library wanted documentation of the moratorium movement at the medical center and wrote a memo to Kennell, [professor of] microbiology immediately on October 15, 1969.
Since the Doctors for Peace and the moratorium Day Rally in the Cancer Building Courtyard is part of the history of the Washington University School of Medicine, would you be willing to collect and deposit in the Library Archives all the material still extant and not necessary for your use? I refer to such things as handouts, placards, agenda, memos on plans, a review of sums of money collected and disbursed – or anything else you think someone in the future wishing to write the history of the movement would like to see.Kennell’s papers (now in the archives) contain all of the above except placards. They also include buttons, ribbons, armbands, flyers, clippings, new releases and Kennell’s correspondence documenting the activities of St. Louis Doctors for Peace from 1969 to 1973. Of special interest in his correspondence are the remarks of Bernice A. Torin, MD, the only woman who spoke at the Oct. 15 rally, and William H. Danforth’s statement to be read at that rally “either in full or not at all.” Danforth’s later reflections on protests in this era are included in his 2007 oral history.
For photographs and an article about the three moratoria events held at Washington University Medical Center in 1969, the university’s Outlook Magazine from the winter of 1970 is invaluable. It covers two other moratorium observances in the medical center on Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, 1969. About 250 people gathered in North Auditorium on Nov. 14 for a teach-in, “Peace in Vietnam, the Medical Community and the War,” led by Washington University professors Theodore Von Laue (history) and Dan Bolef (physics), and Moisy Shopper, MD, of St. Louis University. Approximately 250 people also marched for peace around the Medical Center and assembled in North Auditorium on Dec. 12 at a memorial service for the dead.
1000 rally at First of three moratoria. (Winter 1970). Outlook Magazine, 7(1), 19-20. Retrieved September 14, 2017, from http://digitalcommons.wustl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1021&context=outlook
David E. Kennell Oral History, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine. (2017, September 13). Retrieved from Washington University School of Medicine, Oral History Project: http://beckerexhibits.wustl.edu/oral/interviews/kennell.html
David E. Kennell Papers, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives [FC011]. (2017, September 13). Retrieved from Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives Database: http://beckerarchives.wustl.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=8493&q=peace
The Vietnam War: A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. (2017, September 14). Retrieved from PBS 9 Nine Network: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/
William H. Danforth Oral History, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. (2017, September 15). Retrieved from Washington University School of Medicine, Oral History Project: http://beckerexhibits.wustl.edu/oral/interviews/danforth.html