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Murray Polner papers

Identifier: MSS0073

Scope and Contents

The Murray Polner papers reflect the research of Polner as he wrote Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Life and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. Research materials for the book included in this collection were primarily gathered by Polner in 1993-1996 from publications, archives, the Berrigan family, those who knew them, and Polner's collection of materials on the peace and anti-nuclear movements. Reactions to the release of Disarmed and Dangerous are also included.


  • 1959-2013
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Murray Polner is one of the authors of Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Life and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. Other works by Polner include Branch Rickey: A Biography, No Victory Parades: The Return of the Vietnam Veteran, and We Who Said No to War.


7.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Murray Polner papers are arranged into six series: 1. Berrigan Biographical Files; 2. Peace Actions; 3. People Files; 4. Subject Files; 5. Notes and Research; 6. June 2013 Addition. Most series are further divided into subseries; see series level descriptions for further details. Arrangement of the materials is based on Polner's original organization, which includes folder labels present at the time materials were donated, as well as Polner's annotations on materials that were not in labeled folders. When neither folder labels nor item annotations were available, items were examined by the processor to determine their placement. Within the series, materials are arranged to reflect where Polner collected them, including published materials such as clippings and book excerpts, archival sources such as Cornell University and government agencies, and individuals who provided writings and recollections such as Daniel Berrigan or Liz McAlister. The June 2013 Addition series includes all of those materials from accession 2013.21.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2000.20; 2012.44; 2013.21

Related Materials

Disarmed and Dangerous. Bgn.322.440922B533Yp 1998

Processing Information

T. Mayse-Lillig 2013; revised by P. Chavez 2018

Guide to Murray Polner papers
T. Mayse-Lillig 2013; revised by P. Chavez 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614