Files of a member of the "Milwaukee Fourteen" concerning this Vietnam War protest action, the trial, and his subsequent imprisonment, including newspaper clippings, statements, and notes on prison conditions.

Gift; Rev. Antony Mullaney, 2012


Biographical Note

Father Antony “Tony” Mullaney (1929-) is a Catholic priest ordained in 1956, and Fordham University-educated psychologist who earned his Ph.D. in psychology in 1962.  He became a Benedictine monk in 1950, but lived apart from the monastic community from 1967 until he was dispensed from his vows in 2010.  From 1958 to 1959, he served as an instructor of psychology at the Benedictine St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and from 1961 to 1967, he served as its director of guidance.  At the time of the Milwaukee Fourteen action Rev. Mullaney was on the staff of Warwick House in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He is now a diocesan priest in Portland, Maine. 

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sept. 14, 1968, Father Mullaney was one of fourteen faith-based activists (included four other Catholic priests and one religious brother), who stole and burned thousands of Selective Service files, for which they were convicted and subsequently served time in prison.  Their protest action was one of several such anti-draft and anti-military actions across the United States that were inspired by the draft file destruction in May of that year by the “Catonsville Nine” in Catonsville, Maryland.  Globally, 1968 was a year of escalating social conflict characterized by popular rebellions against military and bureaucratic elites. 

Related records in repository include the Michael Denis Cullen Papers and Social Action Vertical Files.


Box Folder Folder Title
1 1 Pre-Trial Materials, 1968-1969
1 2 Speeches before Trial, 1969
1 3 Opening and Closing Statements at Trial, 1969
1 4 Media Coverage, 1969
1 5 Prison Notes, 1968-1970
1 6 Rationale for Action, ca. 1968, 1970