Swarthmore College Peace Collection

American League for Peace and Democracy Collected Records, 1933-1939

Collection: CDG-A




Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399 U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of records.
Creator
American League for Peace and Democracy
Title
American League for Peace and Democracy Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1933-1939
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
1.25 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
A coalition of liberal and left-wing organizations united to oppose war and the fascist governments in Europe.


Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Unknown
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, 2000. Finding aid revised by Anderw Ciampa, June 9, 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the American League for Peace and Democracy Collected Records (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record


Related Collections
Comite Mondial Contre la Guerre et la Fascisme Collected Records (CDG-B France) 

Historical Background
In September 1933, the American League Against War and Fascism was organized at a United States Congress Against War and Fascism. It was a coalition of liberal and left-wing organizations united to oppose war and the fascist governments in Europe that threatened peace. It had a paper membership of several million, but because it included such disparate groups as the American Communist Party and pacifist groups (as well as individual pacifists such as Devere Allen, A.J. Muste and Ray Newton), it was difficult to secure cooperation within the organization. Within a year of its founding, members of the American Communist Party broke up a Socialist demonstration at a League meeting in New York City. After that, several important groups left the League, including the Socialist groups, most pacifists, the League for Industrial Democracy, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Nevertheless, the League remained fairly vigorous through the 1930s, periodically sponsoring huge demonstrations, and sending out newsletters to both farm and labor groups. It changed its name to the American League for Peace and Democracy in November 1937 and adopted the slogan "Keep America Out of the War by Keeping War Out of the World." It promoted collective security until the German-Russian nonaggression pact of 1939, after which it was disbanded.

[Sources: "Rebels Against War"; "The ABC-CLIO Companion to the American Peace Movement in the 20th Century"; "For Peace and Justice: Pacifism in America, 1914-1941"]






Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
American League Against War and Fascism, 1933
American League Against War and Fascism, 1934
American League Against War and Fascism: 2nd U.S. Congress Against War and Fascism, Chicago, Illinois, 1934 (September 28-30)
American League Against War and Fascism, 1935 -
American League Against War and Fascism, 1936
American League Against War and Fascism, press releases, 1936 (June - August)
American League Against War and Fascism, press releases, 1936 (September - December)
American League Against War and Fascism: 3rd U.S. Congress Against War and Fascism, Cleveland, Ohio, 1936 (January 3-5)
American League Against War and Fascism: Anti-War Parade, New York, New York, 1936 (August 15)
American League Against War and Fascism: 1st National Conference of American League Secretaries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1936 (August 28-30)
American League Against War and Fascism: Critique of ALAWF by Hillman Bishop, 1936
American League Against War and Fascism, 1937
American League Against War and Fascism, press releases, 1937 (January - March)
American League Against War and Fascism, press releases, 1937 (April - August)

American League Against War and Fascism, press releases, 1937 (September - December)

Box 2
American League Against War and Fascism: Washington Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C., 1937 ( March 6-7)
American League Against War and Fascism: 4th National Congress, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 1937 (November 26-28)
American League Against War and Fascism: Critique (revised) of ALAWF by Hillman Bishop, 1937 [catalogued]
American League Against War and Fascism, undated
American League Against War and Fascism: Anti-Nazi Committee / Citizens' Anti-Nazi Committee, Philadelphia / Anti-Nazi Deptment, New York City Division
American League Against War and Fascism: National Youth Committee / Youth Section
American League Against War and Fascism: United Citizens Committee
American League Against War and Fascism: California -- events
American League Against War and Fascism: D.C. Chapter
American League Against War and Fascism: Illinois -- Chicago Committee
American League Against War and Fascism: Maryland League Against War and Fascism
American League Against War and Fascism: Massachusetts -- Worcester Branch
American League Against War and Fascism: Michigan -- Detroit Committee Against War and Fascism
American League Against War and Fascism: Missouri -- St. Louis Branch
American League Against War and Fascism: New York -- New York City Committee / Hudson Committee
American League Against War and Fascism: New York - New York City Division
American League Against War and Fascism: Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia League Against War and Fascism / Philadelphia Branch / Philadelphia Chapter / Philadelphia Section
American League Against War and Fascism: Wisconsin -- Milwaukee Chapter / Madison Council for Freedom and Peace
American League Against War and Fascism: [Unknown State] -- Dorcester Chapter
American League for Peace and Democracy, 1937 (December)
American League for Peace and Democracy, 1938
American League Against War and Fascism, press releases 1938 (January - May)
American League Against War and Fascism, press releases 1938 (June - December)

Box 3
American League for Peace and Democracy: 5th National Congress (American Congress for Peace and Democracy), Washington, D.C., 1939 (January 6-8)
American League for Peace and Democracy, 1939
American League for Peace and Democracy, press releases, 1939
American League for Peace and Democracy, undated
American League for Peace and Democracy: Citizens' Anti-Nazi Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1938 - 1939
American League for Peace and Democracy: China Aid Council
American League for Peace and Democracy: Religious Committee
American League for Peace and Democracy: Connecticut -- Connecticut League for Peace and Democracy / New Haven Chapter / New Haven Branch
American League for Peace and Democracy: District of Columbia -- Washington Branch
American League for Peace and Democracy: New York -- New York City Division
American League for Peace and Democracy: New York -- New York City Division "Peace Year Book,"1938 - 1939
American League for Peace and Democracy: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Office / Philadelphia Committee / Delaware County Branch
American League Against War & Fascism periodical "Educational Bulletin" #1-4, 1938 (February) [catalogued]
American League Against War & Fascism/American League for Peace and Democracy periodical "The Anti-Nazi News," 1937 - 1939 (4 issues) [catalogued]
American League Against War & Fascism/American League for Peace and Democracy miscellaneous periodicals





This file was last updated on November 21, 2011.