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Clint Fink papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 300

Content Description

The Clint Fink papers document Fink's life and career as a peace activist and educator. The papers documenting his career reflect his research while in graduate school and various proposals and presentations from after he received his doctorate. This series is also particularly strong in its coverage of Fink's involvement in and work with peace activism and advocacy. The collection contains records pertaining to the Peace Groups he led and participated in as well as a number of serial publications with which he was affiliated. The collection series which documents his personal life contains notes and records from the schools he attended, family genealogy (including a folder of Civil War era letters), correspondence and cards from friends and family, and materials documenting his relationship with and the research of Dr. Berenice Carroll. This collection would be of particular use for researchers interested in peace activism and research, political science, activism on campus, peace advocacy groups, the life of Berenice Carroll, and Civil War history. The collection includes articles and notes, correspondence, personal artifacts, photographs, and publications.


  • 1864 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1995


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Majority of the collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Dr. Clinton F. Fink was born on March 12, 1933 to Fred Fink and Clara Sabine in Cleveland, Ohio. He had three brothers: David, Gerald, and Robert. Fink graduated from Lakewood High School in Ohio in 1951, and continued his education at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. At Swarthmore, he earned a BA in Psychology and graduated in 1955. Fink attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, where he earned his PhD in social psychology in 1962. His dissertation was titled: "The Strength of Perceived Relations as a Factor in Cognitive-Affective Consistency: An Experimental Study."

After receiving his doctorate, Fink continued as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan's at the Center for the Study of Conflict Resolution. He also edited the Journal for Conflict Resolution there. In 1974 he began his tenure as a researcher at the Institute of Communications Research and the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois. There he engaged in independent and collaborative research on peace theory and action with Dr. Berenice Carroll. During the 1980s, Fink was also a chair and executive director of COPRED, and a co-editor of the COPRED Peace Chronicle.

After Berenice Carroll's appointment at Purdue University, Fink became a visiting scholar in the political science and sociology departments at Purdue. While here, he co-founded the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition which was started in response to the Gulf War in 1991. Fink also organized an alternative newspaper called the Community Times, which was in publication for ten years. Fink died on March 2, 2018 in Lafayette, Indiana.
MSP 300 Clint Fink papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


7.35 Cubic Feet (14 full width letter size manuscript boxes, 2 half width letter size manuscript boxes, 1 half width legal size manuscript box, 2 newspaper boxes, 1 shoebox)

0.009 Gigabytes (Digital files)



  1. Career
  2. Personal

Physical Access Information

Materials are stored off-site. At least 24 hours notice is required for review of materials. The collection is in good overall condition. A small number of older materials are in fragile condition and should be handled with care, particularly the Civil War era letters contained in Box 15.

Access to digital material is available on-site in the reading room. Please contact the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections for more information.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Fink family on August 22, 2018.

Digital files donated on 3.5" and 5.25" floppy disks. Digital copies were made on March 27, 2019 to for preservation and ease of access.


No further additions to the collection are expected.

Condition Description


Processing Information

The original order of the materials has been retained whenever possible. Newspaper clippings have been photocopied and originals have been discarded. All materials have been rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes and rusted fasteners removed. Materials with no discernible original order have been grouped topically or by type and arranged chronologically. Portions of the collection have sensitive information and have been restricted. These items have been sepaerated from their original location in the collection. Digital files have been transformed to PDF for access.


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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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