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Larry Kamanitz collection

Identifier: MS 3186


This collection contains manuscript items, photographs, and ephemera related to anti-Vietnam War efforts and 1960s political culture. There are also prints by Baltimore political activist and artist Thomas Lewis, a member of the Baltimore Four and Catonsville Nine.


  • 1937 - 1998


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The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Thomas Lewis

Thomas Lewis was born on March 17, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated at local schools, including Mount St. Joseph High School, where he graduated in 1958. He later enlisted in the National Guard, a decision he later explained as “a slow process of waking up to the problems of war.” After meeting the Catholic priest Philip Berrigan, Lewis began attending protest demonstrations where he sketched scenes of activism. His observations soon evolved into active participation, and he joined the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) in 1964.

Three years later he protested as one the “Baltimore Four,” a group of activists who poured blood on draft files at the Baltimore Customs House as a statement against the Vietnam War. In 1968 Lewis and the other “Catonsville Nine” openly defied the government by burning A-1 military draft files. Despite being incarcerated numerous times, Lewis continued his activism, both through his artwork and demonstrations into his later years. In 2005 he was arrested at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. after protesting for an end to the genocide in Darfur. Lewis passed away at age 68 on April 4, 2008 from natural causes.


1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 1 OS folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Larry Kamanitz, 2015.


Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, “Tom Lewis-An Artist/Activist,” Jonah House, 2011. Accessed July 28, 2016,

Fire and Faith: The Catonsville Nine File, “Tom Lewis,” Enoch Pratt Library, 2005. Accessed July 28, 2016,

Tom Pelton, “Activist and artist known as one of ‘Catonsville Nine’,” Baltimore Sun, 2008, accessed July 28, 2016.

Scope and Contents

MS 3186, the Larry Kamanitz Collection consists of papers, correspondence, photographs, ephemera and prints totaling four boxes. The collection spans seven decades from the late 1930s to the late 1990s. The collection is broken down into eight series.

Series I: Larry S. Kamanitz (Box 1)

This series consists of correspondence between the political organizer and activist Larry Kamanitz, and several political figures, in addition to his campaign for the State Central Committee, edited speeches and other miscellaneous items.

Series II: June Wing (Box 1)

This series consists of materials related to prominent political activist June Wing and her husband Wilson Wing. The series contains her correspondence with notable politicians, including President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Paul Sarbanes, Senator George McGovern, and Senator Hubert Humphrey. June Wing’s campaign material and speeches before Congress are also highlights of this series.

Series III: Senator Eugene McCarthy (Box 1)

This series consists of items related to Minnesota Senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. Materials include papers from political organizations, congressional meeting minutes, correspondences, photographs, speeches, and newspaper articles.

Series IV: Political Organizations (Box 1 – 2)

This series consists of manuscript items and ephemera related to various political organizations including the New Democratic Coalition of Maryland, Baltimore’s Peace and Justice Elders, Eastern Coalition for Democratic Reform, Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE), and other groups.

Series V: Political Campaigns and Fundraising (Box 2)

This series consists of ephemera related to various campaign and fundraising events. There is also a photograph of Sargent Shriver at a McGovern-Shriver Rally.

Series VI: Newspapers and Publications (Box 2 - 3a)

This series consists of items from newspapers and other publications, most related to national politics and the anti-war movement.

Series VII: Miscellaneous (Box 3a, 3b)

This series consists of miscellaneous correspondence, notes, interviews, and other items. Items in box 3b are restricted due to mold. Photocopies of the materials can be found in Box 3a, folder 125.

Series VIII: Anti-War Prints and Photographs (Box 4, Oversize Folder)

This series consists of prints created by political activist and Baltimore Four member Thomas Lewis. There is also one framed photograph taken by Robert Z. George in 1969 of the October 15th Moratorium.

Guide to the Larry Kamanitz collection
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  • 2020-04-15: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States