Photo by Ed Hedemann

Photo by Ed Hedemann

Coming to this site you probably know that David McReynolds died early on Friday, August 17 after a fall. We are so grateful that many obituaries are including a link to this website so that you can see the extent of his work and interests throughout his adult life.

A memorial will be held Saturday, December 1, Noon, at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square South in New York City. (Directions)

Our original intro to the site is below, but here is what David wrote about the collection in April 2018:

In some ways this is a personal collection, since pretty much all the photos are mine. We realized, as I advanced in years, that with my camera I have taken pictures of the movement (and friends, cats, dogs, etc.) since the 1950’s. The early ones were black and white, then color prints, then color slides, and now (but we have not sorted those yet) hundreds of digital photos from the past twenty years.
Some of the photos are good, some not so good. But they are a chronicle not so much of my own life as of the work in which the pacifist and socialist movements were involved, such as the demonstration in support of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, or shots from Prague in 1968.
One of the early photos of a large civil rights rally in Madison Square Garden, with Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and others, shows the beginning of the vast movement. Other photos take us to Vietnam during the war years, or to Cambodia. Or to the Soviet Union before its collapse [coming soon].
There is also the large collection of non-political photos from the East Village of NYC before it was gentrified.

In an earlier email from January 2017 he wrote:

I am grateful beyond words for the chance to put up on a web page those who shaped my life — Bayard Rustin, A.J. Muste, Igal Roodenko, Allen Ginsberg, Norma Becker, Ralph DiGia (the real saint of WRL) and on through boxes of prints and negatives. And the people of Vietnam, Libya, and Iraq. 

See the War Resisters League website for links to many obituaries and tributes.


Please note: Photos on this site are © David McReynolds. Please use the contact form to ask for permission to use any of them or for proper crediting. Thanks.

David McReynolds is well known in peace and social justice circles for his 40-year career on the War Resisters League (WRL) staff, his years of leadership in the Socialist Party (SPUSA), and his political writings. Many more came to know him as a result of political campaigns for Congress from Lower Manhattan in 1958 and 1968, for President of the United States as the SPUSA candidate in 1980 and again in 2000, and for the U.S. Senate from New York in 2004 on the Green Party ticket. Through WRL’s connection to War Resisters’ International and the worldwide antiwar movement, David travelled extensively. As a young adult in Ocean Park, California, David met his political mentor Vern Davidson. In the spring of 1956, he moved to the East Village in New York City and began working for Liberation Magazine where he met and worked with Bayard Rustin, David Dellinger, Barbara Deming, A.J. Muste, Dorothy Day, among others.

Throughout his life David McReynolds has been an avid and accomplished photographer. His photo collection of more than 50,000 black and white and color negatives, slides, and prints is full of history. David’s friends and colleagues, aware of this unique collection, are working with him to identify people and places and make the photos available to a wider community while preparing the collection for archiving. More on David McReynolds with links to many obituaries and tributes is on the War Resisters League website.

Please note, these photos are the tip of the iceberg — a sampling. There are so many more travels, demonstrations, street shots, and people to add to the site. Please check in periodically — and use the contact form if you have questions, to inquire about photo use, or want to help.