SANE'S "ELEANOR ROOSEVELT PEACE AWARD" PRESENTED TO ALASKA GOVERNOR AND SENATOR ERNEST GRUENING IN 1972, WITH LARGE BRONZE PLAQUE FEATURING HER IMAGE IN PROFILE
(ROOSEVELT, Eleanor) SANE. Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award. No place: SANE, December 3, 1972. Wooden mount measures 14 by 18 inches, bronze plaque of Eleanor Roosevelt's face in profile measures 8 inches in diameter, bronze lettering piece measures 8 by 6 inches. $3800.
The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy's "Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award," as presented to Ernest Gruening "for his leadership in the cause of peace" on December 3, 1972. Gruening (1887-1974) was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1939-53, and one of two inaugural U.S. Senators after Alaska gained statehood, serving from 1959-69. Prior to that he served in various roles during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy was founded in the New York apartment of Lenore Marshall in 1957. Quickly attracting sponsorship by powerful antinuclear voices from Hollywood to Washington, D.C., SANE sought to expand its grassroots appeal by forming student chapters on college campuses and through advertisements targeted at mass audiences. Eleanor Roosevelt was an early supporter… SANE endorsed Eugene McCarthy for the presidency in 1968 and in 1973 led the successful effort to secure passage of the War Powers Act" (Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project). According to SANE's records, held at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, the "Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award" was presented to Max Youngstein (1964), George McGovern (1965), George E. Brown, Jr. (1967), Eugene McCarthy (1968), Martin Luther King, Jr. (1969), United Auto Workers union (1971), Allard K. Lowenstein (1971), Gruening (1972), Wayne Morse (also 1972), Daniel Ellsberg (1973), Andrei Sakharov (1973), I.F. Stone (1975) and Edward M. Kennedy (1978), a total of 13 recipients.