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Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace Records

Identifier: 95-01
The original arrangement of the collection was alphabetical by subject/folder label. After the collection was re-foldered in acid-free folders discreet rearrangement was carried out to make certain materials more accessible. The administrative records of SIAP were gathered together and became Series I. All other subject files became Series II. Titles of some folders were changed slightly to bring together all material on a specific subject, such as Middle East and Gulf War. Articles or lectures are listed by the last name of the author, rather than by title.

This collection is a rich source of information about the peace and justice movement in Nevada. In addition to chronicling activities of the Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace it documents the peace work of the American Friends Service Committee, Campus Peace Studies Group, Reno/Sparks Metro Ministry, Citizen Alert, Nevada Desert Experience, Nevadans Against the War, Pace e Bene, and Nevada Rainbow Coalition. Other western peace organizations include The Pecos Benedictine, Plumas People for Peace, Redding Peace Center, Redlands Peace Group, Resource Center for Nonviolence, and Sacramento Religious Community for Peace. A sampling of national organizations' newsletters and publications in included.

Subjects well documented by this collection include the American Peace Test, conflicts in Central America, child abuse prevention, Children's Creative Response to Conflict Conference, the United States' defense policies, Fridays for Peace, Martin Luther King Day activities, war in the Middle East, Native American homelands, the Nevada peace movement, nuclear testing in Nevada and protests, prison concerns (including the death penalty), vigils for peace, and the Yucca Mountain storage site for nuclear wastes.

William and Ann Scott have donated many of their personal papers and their records of the American Friends Field Service to the Special Collections Department and those materials also document both the Nevada peace movement and the Scott's involvement. The records of the Reno Friends Meeting (Quakers) in the Special Collections Department also contain similar materials.


  • 1956-1994



Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


5 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)


Included are bylaws, minutes, newsletters, correspondence, mailing lists, financial records, program files, and subject files.,Included are materials about a predecessor organization, Campus Peace Studies Group (1983-1984)

Administrative History

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation of Washoe County, Nevada. It was organized largely through the efforts of William and Ann Scott in 1986 and incorporated in 1987. Its general purpose is to work together for peace and justice at home and throughout the world. Specific goals are:

To present to the public, speakers, workshops and educational forums concerning peace. To renew, strengthen, and inspire peacemaking efforts through interfaith worship services. To coordinate and participate with other groups in offering opportunities to witness peace. To encourage development of educational resources and training in non-violent conflict resolution. To provide assistance to religious groups seeking to explore the relation between peacemaking and their own faith by providing resource persons and or educational materials. SIAP works together with the Reno-Sparks Metro Ministry, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, individual church leaders, and other northern and southern Nevada organizations toward their peace and justice goals. Specific issues around which SIAP has focused have included the Nevada nuclear test site, the Gulf War (1990), and conflicts in Central America. Vigils, protest marches, picnics, pot lucks, tree plantings, lectures, pre-Lenten interfaith worship services, retreats, and workshops are examples of their activities. SIAP publishes a monthly newsletter called Peace Calendar; the first issue was dated May 31, 1987.

SIAP is not a membership organization but over one hundred individuals take part in their activities. Financial support comes from donations and sales of items at a yearly gift bazaar called "Joyful Alternatives."

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace was predated by a small peace organization which centered around a core group of instructors and students at the University of Nevada, Reno, called the Campus Peace Studies Group. This group, which was active in about 1983-1984, sponsored a weekly series of informal lecture-discussion meetings and worked toward establishing an interdisciplinary course-for-­credit in peace studies. William Scott was very active in that organization.


The records of Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace have been divided into the following series and subseries: Series 1. Administration

Subseries 1.1 Bylaws

Subseries 1.2 Minutes

Subseries 1.3 Newsletters

Subseries 1.4 Finances

Subseries 1.5 Correspondence

Subseries 1.6 Mailing Lists

Subseries 1.7 Programs

Series 2. Subject Files

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Special Collections Department in 1995 by Barbara Scott.

Separated Materials

Video tapes transferred to the photographic archives of the Special Collections Department as collection number UNRS-P1997-61.

A Part of

Nevada women's archives.


A Guide to the Records of the Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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