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Forest, Jim (James H.)


Biographical note

James H. Forest, peace activist and author. Forest, born 1941, left the Navy as a conscientious objector (1961) and became involved with Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker community as managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper. During this time, he became acquainted with Thomas Merton; the two corresponded and became friends. In 1969-1970, Forest served a short prison sentence for his involvement in the "Milwaukee Fourteen," Catholic priests and lay people who burned draft cards. Later he worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, eventually serving as General Secretary. Forest has written many books, including Living with wisdom: a life of Thomas Merton (1992).

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Jim Forest papers regarding Thomas Merton


These papers document the friendship and scholarly relationship between twentieth-century Catholic authors Jim Forest and Thomas Merton. The papers contain Merton's correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs. Forest's papers include his own manuscripts, most on Merton or their mutual friend Dorothy Day, correspondence with others regarding Merton, newspaper clippings, articles, and a recording of a lecture he gave on Merton.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1915-1996, undated; Majority of material found within 1962 - 1996