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Miriam Davidson Papers, 1979-1989

MS 433


Collection Summary

Creator: Miriam Davidson
Collection Name:Miriam Davidson Papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1979-1989
Physical Description:5 linear feet
Abstract:Papers, 1979-1989. This collection contains Miriam Davidson's manuscripts and research files for her 1988 book,Convictions of the Heart regarding the 1980's Sanctuary Movement and Trial. Materials include several drafts of the book and Davidson's research materials, the bulk of which include: news clippings, Davidson's trial notes, Sanctuary Movement materials, and cassette tape recordings of Davidson's interviews with various members of the Movement and Trial. The majority of the material is in English, some is in Spanish.
Collection Number:MS 433
Languages RepresentedEnglish
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL:http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical and Historical Note

Miriam Davidson (b.1960) grew up in the Boston, Massachusetts, area and became a Quaker when she was eleven years old. She graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a B.A. in English and later earned her master's degree in international journalism from the University of Southern California. Davidson has worked as a reporter, editor, journalism professor, freelance writer, and author. In 1982 she moved to Texas and worked as a reporter and Lifestyle editor for the Laredo News and later served as managing editor of Third Coast magazine. Davidson was a University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, adjunct professor of journalism, 1988-89. From 1993-1996, she worked for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona, as a correspondent covering Tucson and Nogales. As a freelance journalist her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, the NACLA Report on the Americas, and The Progressive. Davidson's three books include Convictions of the Heart: Jim Corbett and the Sanctuary Movement (1988), Changing Childhood Prejudice: the Caring Work of the Schools written with Florence H. Davidson (1994) and Lives on the Line: Dispatches from the U.S.-Mexico Border with photographs by Jeffry Scott (2000).

The bulk of Davidson's work has been on the U.S.-Mexico border. In 1985, she moved from Texas to Tucson, Arizona, to cover the Sanctuary Movement and subsequent trial. She covered the trial for the Christian Science Monitor and the Religious News Service; her book, Convictions of the Heart was published by the University of Arizona press in 1988. The Sanctuary Movement originated in Tucson, Arizona, during the early 1980s as a means of aid to Central American refugees, especially people fleeing from the political violence in El Salvador and Guatemala. Jim Corbett (1933-2001) along with the Tucson Ecumenical Council, Rev. John Fife (b. 1940), and his congregation declared sanctuary for the refugees. The grass roots movement soon became a national movement with churches all over the United States declaring sanctuary. In 1985, sixteen activists were indicted, eleven - including Corbett and Fife - went to trial and eight were convicted of alien smuggling and other charges. Although the trial ended in 1986, the movement itself has continued and evolved over the past twenty-five years in its original mission to aid refugees.


Scope and Content Note

Papers, 1979-1989. This collection contains Miriam Davidson's manuscripts and research files for her 1988 book, Convictions of the Heart: Jim Corbett and the Sanctuary Movement regarding the early 1980's Sanctuary Movement, which aided Central American political refugees, and the 1985-1986 Trial held in Tucson, Arizona. Materials include several drafts of the book and Davidson's research materials, the bulk of which include: news clippings, Davidson's trial notes, Sanctuary Movement materials, and cassette tape recordings of Davidson's interviews with various members of the Movement and Trial; the bulk of the interviews are with Jim Corbett. The majority of the material is in English, some is in Spanish.


Organization

This collection is organized into 4 series
Series I: Writings, 1987
Series II: Research Files, 1979-1989
subseries 1: Printed Materials, 1980-1989
subseries 2: Subject Files, 1979-1987
Series III: Audio Materials, 1982-1987
Series IV: Oversize Materials, 1984-1986

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions for this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Related Material

Papers of the Sanctuary Movement Trial, 1982-1988 - MS 362


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Corbett, Jim, 1933-2001
Davidson, Miriam
Fife, John M. (John Macmillan), 1940-

Subject(s)
Church work with refugees--United States
Political refugees--Central America
Sanctuary movement--Arizona--Tucson
Sanctuary movement--United States


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Miriam Davidson papers(MS 433). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Writings, 1987
Arrangement: Chronological. This series contains four drafts of Davidson's book Convictions of the Heart as well as her early book notes.
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11-2 Early Book Notes - Convictions of the Heart. , undated
13-4 Manuscripts - Convictions of the Heart Draft 1. , undated
15-6 Manuscripts - Convictions of the Heart Draft 2. , undated
17 Manuscripts - Convictions of the Heart Draft 3. , undated
18-9 Manuscripts - Convictions of the Heart Draft 4. , 1987
Research Files, 1979-1989
Subseries 1: Printed Materials, 1980-1989 Arrangement: Alphabetical. This subseries contains printed materials such as essays/statements, government documents, magazine and news clippings, as well as newsletters and pamphlets pertaining to the Sanctuary Movement and Trial as well as materials relating to Central America and immigration issues in general. More printed materials, specifically magazines and newspapers, can be found in Series IV: Oversize Materials.
Subseries 2: Subject Files, 1979-1987 Arrangement: Alphabetical. This subseries contains materials grouped by topic based on Davidson's original organization. Materials include Davidson's notes, news clippings, articles, newsletters, some legal materials, and information packets regarding refugee stories. The bulk of the material is Davison's Trial Notes; she was in court for the duration of the Sanctuary Trial. In most cases, original folder titles have been retained. More subject files materials, specifically regarding John Fife, can be found in Series IV: Oversize Materials.
Printed Materials, 1980-1989
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110 Essays/Statements. , undated
111 Essays/Statements - "The Covenant as Sanctuary" by Jim Corbett. , undated
112 Essays/Statements - "Dear Friends." , 1981-1982
113 Essays/Statements - Defendants' Statement Following Their Arraignment. , 1985
114 Essays/Statements - "Education Strategy" by Tim Nonn to the TEC Task Force for Central America. , 1985
115 Essays/Statements - "Military Operations: What is Legal and What is Illegal" by Karen Parker. , 1984
116 Essays/Statements - "Obligation of United States to Political Refugees" by Gary MacEoin. , undated
117 Essays/Statements - "Pilgrim's update - - - October, '83." , 1983
118 Essays/Statements - "The Politics of Sanctuary" by Miriam Davidson. , 1985
119 Essays/Statements - "Some Proposals for Integrating Smuggling, Refuge, Relay, Sanctuary, and Bailbond Networks, January-February, '84 (for consideration by the Tucson refugee support groups)." , 1984
120 Essays/Statements - Talk in Austin, Oct. 28, 1982. , 1982
121 Essays/Statements - "Unindicted co-Conspirators: A Position Paper." , 1985
122 Essays/Statements - "A View from the Border." , 1984
123 Government Materials - Bill - Central American Studies and Temporary Relief Act. , 1987
124 Government Materials - Briefing Reports - Asylum and Illegal Aliens. , 1987
125 Government Materials - Congressional Records - House. , 1987-1988
126 Government Materials - Correspondence. , undated, 1987-1988
127 Government Materials - Miscellaneous. , undated, 1980-1989
128 Magazines. , 1984-1987
129 Magazine Articles and Clippings. , undated, 1984-1988
130 News Clippings. , undated, 1983-1985
131 News Cippings. , 1986-1989
132 Newsletters. , undated, 1984-1988
133 Pamphlets. , undated, 1984-1986
134 Seasonal Missalette - Lent. , 1986
Subject Files, 1979-1987
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135 Arrest at Naco, Ariz. , 1986
136 Corbett, Jim - Desert - Goats. , undated, 1979
137 Corbett, Jim - International Law and Refugees. , undated, 1981-1987
138 Fife, John - Southside. , undated, 1985-1986
139 Government Informant - Frank Varelli - Dallas FBI. , 1983-1987
140 Miscellaneous Materials and Notes. , undated
141 Nonn, Tim - TEC - Sanc. , undated, 1982-1984
142 Opposition to Sanc. - Carroll, Reno, and the Gov't. , undated, 1985-1986
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21 Refugee Stories. , undated, 1982-1985
22 Salvadorans - Organ Pipe National Monument. , undated, 1984-1985
23 Sanctuary Related Burglaries. , undated, 1985-1986
24 Trial - Defendants. , undated
25 Trial - Defense and Reno - openings and closings. , undated, 1985-1986
26 Trial - Government Informant - Jesus Cruz. , undated, 1985-1986
27 Trial - Government Informant - John Nixon. , 1986
28 Trial - House Arrest. , undated, 1986
29 Trial - Jury. , undated, 1985-1986
210 Trial - Pre-Trial. , undated, 1985-1986
211 Trial - Trial Notes. , undated, 1985
212 Trial - Trial Notes. , 1985-1986
213 Trial - Trial Notes. , 1986
214 Trial - Refugee Testimony - Jose Rene Argueta. , 1986
215 Trial - Refugee Testimony - Juana. , 1985-1986
216 Trial - Refugee Testimony - Rodriguez and Ana B. , 1986
217 Trial - Verdict. , undated, 1986
Audio Materials, 1982-1987
Arrangement: Alphabetical. This series contains the taped interviews conducted by Davidson of various members involved in the Sanctuary Movement and Trial. The majority of the tapes are Davidson's interviews with Jim Corbett. Two tapes include a recording of a service that took place on March 24, 1982 in Southside United Presbyterian Church.
Although most of the tapes are undated, the interviews took place at some point between 1985-1987. The alphabetical arrangement is based on the interviewee's last name; although two different people may be on the same tape, the arrangement is based on the interview recorded on Tape Side A. Note that the titles listed are based on the overall subject matter discussed during the interview and do not necessarily reflect the tapes' original titles. Also note, the job positions listed were those at the time of the interview or positions of significance during the early 1980's Sanctuary Movement.
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31 Tape 1 Sides A and B Jim Corbett Life Pre-Sanctuary Movement. , 1986
32 Tape 2 Sides A and B Jim Corbett Life Pre-Sanctuary Movement & May 4, 1981 Events. , 1986
33 Tape 3 Sides A and B Jim Corbett Life Pre-Sanctuary Movement & Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services. , undated
34 Tape 4 Side A Jim Corbett El Centro Detention Center - Regarding the May 30, 1981 Events &Sanctuary Movement Activities and ServicesInterview date: May 1986. Side B Lupe Castillo, paralegal for the Manzo Area Council Manzo Area Council and Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services Interview date: June/July 1986. , 1986
35 Tape 5 Sides A and B Jim Corbett Visits to Central America Interview date: August 1986. , 1986
36 Tape 6 Sides A and B Jim Corbett Side ASanctuary Movement Activities and Services Side BSanctuary Movement Activities and Services &Thoughts on the Trial Interview date: Summer 1986. , 1986
37 Tape 7 Sides A and B Jim Corbett Side ASanctuary Movement - various topics Side BThoughts on the Trial. , undated
38 Tape 8 Side A Jim Corbett Thoughts on US-Central America Side B Blank. , 1987
39 Tape 9 Sides A and B Jim Dudley, Quaker - friend of Corbett and Shutts & high-school math teacher from AlbuquerqueRegarding the May 4,1981 Events, Quaker Organizations, & Immigration Experiences Interview date: August 1, 1985 Last Third of Side B Jim Corbett Topics: Jesus Cruz and Judge Carroll Interview date: undated. , undated, 1985
310 Tape 10 Sides A and B John Fife, pastor of Southside United Presbyterian Church Life Pre-Sanctuary Movement & Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services. , undated
311 Tape 11 Sides A and B John Fife, pastor of Southside United Presbyterian Church Life Pre-Sanctuary Movement, Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services, Thoughts on US-Central America Policy & Thoughts on the Trial Interview date: February 3, 1987 Second Half of Side B Jim Corbett Sanctuary Movement - various topics Interview date: undated. , undated, 1987
312 Tape 12 Sides A and B Marianne Fife, John Fife's wife and sanctuary worker Life Pre-Sanctuary Movement, Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services, & Thoughts on the Trial. , undated
313 Tape 13 Sides A and B Robert Hirsh, defense attorney for John Fife Thoughts on the Trial Interview Date: 1987. , 1987
314 Tape 14 Sides A and B Ken Kennon, pastor of Broadway Christian Church and Tucson Ecumenical Council (TEC) Task Force on Central America member TEC and Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services Interview date: June/July 1986 Second Half of Side BMarch 24, 1982 Southside Church Service Last Third of Tape is Blank. , 1982,1986
315 Tape 15 Side A Barry Lazarus, Tucson jeweler - friend of Corbett Regarding the "Naco Five" Incident on February 2, 1986 in Naco, Az Interview date: November 1986 Side B Jim CorbettSanctuary Movement - various topics Interview date: undated. , undated,1986
316 Tape 16 Side A Tim Nonn, seminary student at St. Mark's and TEC Task Force on Central America project director 1981-1982TEC and Sanctuary Movement Activities and ServicesInterview date: August 26, 1985 Last Third of the Tape is Blank Side B Gary MacEoin, journalist, lawyer, and author Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services Interview date: undated. , undated,1985
317 Tape 17 Side A March 24, 1982 Southside Church Service Side B Dave Sholin, chief pastor at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and TEC member TEC and Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services Interview date: undated. , undated,1982
318 Tape 18 Sides A and B Frank Shutts, member of the Claremont, California, Friends Meeting Regarding the May 4, 1981 Events Interview Date: July/August 1985 Side B: Bill Johnston, Director of the Tucson INS Regarding the June 26, 1981 Events, INS Policy, & Thoughts on the Sanctuary Movement Interview Date: June 1986. , 1985-1986
319 Tape 19 Sides A and B Mike Smith, assistant pastor at St. Mark's and president of the TEC in 1981 and appointed chairman of the TEC Task Force on CA TEC and Sanctuary Movement Activities and Services Note: Side B is Mostly Blank. , undated
Oversize Materials, 1984-1987
Arrangement: Alphabetical. This series contains materials pertaining to Davidson's Research Files; contents include oversize magazines and newspapers.
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41 Research Files; Printed Materials: Magazines. , 1985-1986
42 Research Files; Printed Materials: Newspapers. , 1984-1986
43 Research Files; Subject Files: Fife, John - Southside. , 1985