Swarthmore College Peace Collection


Mennonite Central Committee: Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section
Collected Records, 1942-1999

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
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
MCC staffpersons
Title
Mennonite Central Committee: Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1942-1999
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
32.5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
The Peace Section of the Mennonite Central Committee was established in January 1942, as successor to the Mennonite Central Peace Committee organized in 1939. It served as an agency for counseling on problems related to conscription and the draft, a representation to government, a center for study, research, and writing regarding the peace position, and a central agency for peace education.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Boxes are stored off-site
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Received via mail
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder (Archivist), January 2010
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mennonite Central Committee: Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section 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 in the online library/archival catalog.
See tripod


Related Collections
Mennonite Central Committee Collected Records (CDG-A)

Historical Background
The Peace Section of the Mennonite Central Committee was established in January 1942, as successor to the Mennonite Central Peace Committee organized in 1939. It was composed of delegated representatives of the peace committees of the constituent conferences, plus the MCC Executive Secretary ex officio, and two members at large. It functioned through an executive committee of five and a full-time executive secretary with office at the MCC headquarters in Akron (Pennsylvania). J. Harold Sherk was a long-time executive secretary 1950-1958. H. S. Bender served as chairman continuously from 1942. The Peace Section had two representatives on the International Mennonite Peace Committee. The Peace Section served as an agency for counseling on problems related to conscription and the draft, a representation to government, a center for study, research, and writing regarding the peace position, and a central agency for peace education. For more information, see http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/M4658.html. Currently there is no Peace Section per se; peace efforts are carried out by MCC through its peace education staffperson/s.

Collection Overview
This collection includes meeting minutes, printed material (brochures, reports, newsletters) and print-outs of emails, and is foldered in chronological order. There was a Peace Section as well as a U.S. Peace Section in the 1980s, and a Peace Committee existed as well during that time; material is separated accordingly. Most of the collection was received at the SCPC as mailings and has been kept in the same order as it was received.

The bulk of MCC's archives is held by Mennonite Archives USA in Goshen, Indiana (see the finding aid at http://www.mcusa-archives.org/MCC/IX-00-00(MCC).html).

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss your research needs. Note that there may be a limit to the number of boxes you are able to request from off-site storage for any one visit.

 




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Peace Section
General, 1942-1949
Meeting minutes, 1950-1951
General, 1950
Study Conference , Winona Lake (Indiana), 1950 (November)
General, 1951
General, 1952
General, 1953
General, 1954
General, 1955
General, 1956-1964
European Committee, 1956
-1969 [John Howard Yoder was active on this committee]

Box 2
Peace Section
General, 1965-1969
Booklet "A Manual of Draft Information for Ministers and Other Counselors," 1966
Peace Witness Seminar, 1967
Booklet "A Manual of Draft Information for Conscientious Objectors," 1968
General, 1970-1974
General, 1975 [2 folders]
General, 1976

Box 3
Peace Section
General, 1976 [continued]
General, 1977 [2 folders]
General, 1978 [2 folders]

Box 4
Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section
General, 1979
General, 1979 (cont.)
Peace Section: general, 1980
U,.S. Peace Section, general, 1980
Booklet "Mennonites and Conscientious Objection in 1980"
"Source Listing of I-W Material," 1980 [pages taken out of binder]
Peace Section: general, 1981

Box 5
Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section
U.S. Peace Section: general, 1981
Peace Section: general, 1982
U,.S. Peace Section, general, 1982
Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section: general, 1983 [2 folders]
Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section: general, 1984

Box 6
Peace Section/ U.S. Peace Section
U.S. Peace Section: general, 1984
Peace Section, 1985
U.S. Peace Section: general, 1985
Peace Section/U.S. Peace Section: general, 1986 [2 folders]
Peace Section/U.S. Peace Section: general, 1987

Box 7
Peace Section/U.S. Peace Section
Peace Committee, 1988
U.S. Peace Section, 1988
U.S. Peace Section / Peace Committee, 1989
U.S. Peace Section, 1990
U.S. Peace Section, 1991-1999
U.S. Peace Section, 2000-



This file was last updated on August 6, 2014.