Search the Special Collections and Archives Portal

Sister Klaryta Antoszewska Photograph Collection (PH-00352)

Abstract

The Sister Klaryta Antoszewska Photograph Collection (1977-1991) consists of photographic slides that depict various Nevada, United States, and international nuclear test protests. The collection includes images of Sister Klaryta Antoszewska and Sister Rosemary Lynch, as well as images of the Lenten Desert Experience and numerous protests at the Nevada Test Site. Also included are images of nuclear testing, soldiers, and anti-nuclear testing promotional materials.

Finding Aid - PDF
Date
1977 to 1991
Extent
0.04 Cubic Feet (2 binders of slides)
0.50 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
Creator/Contributor Links
Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.

Collection Type
Scope and Contents

The Sister Klaryta Antoszewska Photograph Collection (1977-1991) consists of photographic slides that depict various Nevada, United States, and international nuclear test protests. The collection includes images of Sister Klaryta Antoszewska and Sister Rosemary Lynch, as well as images of the Lenten Desert Experience and numerous protests at the Nevada Test Site. Also included are images of nuclear testing, soldiers, and anti-nuclear testing promotional materials.

Biographical / Historical Note

Sister Klaryta Antoszewska was born as Ida Antoszewska on April 14, 1932 in Poniewierz, Lithuania to Maria Radziwilowicz and Wtadystaw Antoszewska. The Antoszewska family moved to Lodz, Poland shortly after her birth. During World War II, her father, Wtadystaw Antoszewska, took a position with the German forces in Russia as a doctor, and the Nazis captured and executed her mother, Maria Radziwilowicz, for assisting the Jewish population in the Lodz Ghetto. Sister Klaryta Antoszewska raised her two siblings until they were separated at the end of the war. She joined the Franciscan Sisters in Chojnice, Poland at the age of twenty. There, she taught courses and studied philology under Karol Jozef Wojtyla, better known as Pope Francis II . Sister Klaryta Antoszewska taught in Polish schools until she moved to Rome, Italy in 1969 to work at the Vatican Office of Peace and Justice. In 1976 she accompanied Sister Rosemary Lynch to the United States, and the two settled in Las Vegas, Nevada. They joined the anti-nuclear testing protesters immediately, and helped to establish the Lenten Desert Experience (LDE), a six week vigil at the Nevada Test Site, in 1982. The LDE, a precursor to the Nevada Desert Experience (NDE), actively protested nuclear testing in Nevada, the United States, and internationally. Sister Klaryta Antoszewska remained active in protesting nuclear testing until her death on March 17, 2014 at the Marian Convent in Santa Maria, California.

Sources:

Butigan, Kate. “A Nonviolent Lion for Justice.” Waging Nonviolence. March 22, 2014. Accessed January 9, 2020. https://wagingnonviolence.org/2014/03/nonviolent-lion-justice/

“NDE’s Historical Timeline.” Nevada Desert Experience. Accessed January 9, 2020. http://nevadadesertexperience.org/history/timeline.htm

“Sister Klaryta Anotszewska OSF: 1932-2014.” Santa Maria Times. March 19, 2014. Accessed January 9, 2020. https://santamariatimes.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/sister-klaryta-antoszewska-osf/article_9f0b6aca-8f89-5181-a5e9-28b120fb767d.html

Arrangement

Materials remain as they were received.

Related Materials

The following resources may provide additional information related to the materials in this collection:

Sister Rosemary Lynch Photograph Collection, approximately 1980-2002. PH-00176. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nevada Test Site Oral History Project. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nevada Desert Experience Records, 1951-2009. MS-00524. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

Sister Klaryta Antoszewska Photograph Collection, 1977-1991. PH-00352. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::PH00352
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 2007 by Sister Klaryta Antoszewska; accession number 2007-15.

Processing Information

In 2020, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Ryan DiPaolo entered the data into ArchivesSpace and wrote the finding aid.

Finding Aid Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
English