Guide to the Records of the Trees and Life for Vietnam, Undated, 1971-1973; 1990
 
*I-542

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Robert Walters as MS Word document, 2013. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on February 6, 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Trees and Life For Vietnam
Title: Trees and Life for Vietnam Records
Dates:undated, 1971-1973; 1990
Abstract: This collection is comprised of photographs, one bank book, pamphlets, clippings and personal correspondence regarding the organization, Trees for Vietnam (later named Trees and Life for Vietnam). Trees and Life for Vietnam’s goals came out of the Jewish Campaign for the People’s Peace Treaty, which sought to establish a treaty of peace between the United States and North Vietnam from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 folder in consolidated box
Identification: I-542
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

Trees and Life for Vietnam was a countercultural organization from the late 1960s through the early 1970s. Trees and Life for Vietnam was the last and final title of an organization originally called the Jewish Campaign for the People’s Peace Treaty. It then became Trees for Vietnam and lastly it was Trees and Life for Vietnam. The first organizational title, the Jewish Campaign for the People’s Peace Treaty (JCPPT) was started by Arthur Waskow, a social activist during the 1960s. JCPPT was one of several adjunct organizations he started in addition to the main organization started by Waskow, in addition to the main organization begun by him—Fabrangen. Among the goals of Fabrangen was to provide an organizational platform for Jewish study, prayer, community-building, and social action. The main focus of JCPPT was social action against the Vietnam War. Planting trees became a symbol of renewing and reconstructing the areas of Vietnam that were deforested by American bombers during the war. This idea of replanting comes directly from the Torah and is why the organization became Trees and Life for Vietnam. Trees and Life for Vietnam essentially linked the effect of the war on Vietnam to the effect of the holocaust on Jewish people. Trees and Life for Vietnam did several things to attain its goals. It attempted to raise funds for the reforestation of Vietnam from the United States and Canada. It took part in peaceful anti-war ceremonies and the group raised funds for humanitarian aid as well. In addition to fundraising, Trees and Life for Vietnam had at least one meeting with the leadership of North Vietnam to champion their cause.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of photographs, pamphlets, clippings and personal correspondence from Trees and Life for Vietnam. It is a one file collection. The collection contains photographs and clippings of an unknown meeting that took place with Vietnamese officials and a Trees and Life for Vietnam representative, postcards and a bank book and several pamphlets. There is a small biography of Toby Brooks attached to the North Viet delegation clipping. The postcards were sent by or to Toby Brooks. The bank book shows the remaining balance in the Trees and Life for Vietnam account when closed in 1990. The pamphlet is promotional material used by the organization to solicit donations from the public. There are four newsletters in the collection – two from the organization, one sent to the organization and one published after the organization ended. The first one from the organization, called the People’s Peace Treaty in the newsletter at the time, states that the B’nai B’rith Hillel Federation of Boston endorsed the People’s Peace Treaty. The second one states the political position of the PPT. The Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation to Paris sent a newsletter to Trees and Life for Vietnam to highlight what—in terms of relief aide—had been done and was still needed to be done in each Vietnamese province. The last newsletter—sent in 1990 by a Vietnam veteran to Toby Brooks—shows how this veteran continued the work of Trees and Life for Vietnam many years later. Much of the correspondence is letters to and from Toby Brooks—dealing with the finances of Trees and Life for Vietnam, a Vietnamese orphanage and a sponsorship of a Vietnamese student in a Canadian university. Included are letters from another member of Trees and Life For Vietnam, Rabbi Robinson and the Jewish Peace Fellowship. Four correspondences exist in the collection not affiliated with Toby Brooks. Three of them deal with Trees and Life for Vietnam finances. Two are from the Mid-Atlantic Federation of Temple Youth and one is from a group only identified by the address 2111 Florida Avenue, Washington D.C. The remaining correspondence is from a Vietnamese man thanking Rabbi Robinson for his donation of $2000.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

I-189 Jewish Peace Fellowship

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Trees and Life for Vietnam Records; I-542; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Toby Brooks.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Organizational Records and Photographs, undated, 1971-1972; 1990

English.
1 Folder.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
Consolidated Box 61Organizational Records and Photographsundated, 1971-1972; 1990
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