Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Turn Toward Peace Collected Records, 1961-1970

Collection: CDG-A


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081-1399
U.S.A.
Telephone: 610-328-8557 (curator)
Fax: 610-690-5728
Email: wchmiel@swarthmore.edu (curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for these papers/records.
Creator
Turn Toward Peace
Title
Turn Toward Peace Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1961-1970
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
2.7 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Turn Toward Peace was founded in 1961 as a cooperative national effort of about 60 peace and liberal internationalist organizations; Norman Thomas was Chairman of TTP, and Robert Gilmore was the Executive Director. There eventually were offices in several large cities and 38 national organizations were affiliated with the organization. But by 1963, serious discord divided TTP and several years later a group split off to became the World Without War Council; some regional offices retained the name of "Turn Toward Peace."

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
From various sources
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder, November 2006; this finding aid revised by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Turn Toward Peace 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
Robert W. Gilmore Papers (DG 163)
World Without War Council Collected Records (CDG-A)
World Without War Council Midwest Records (DG 128)
Center for War/Peace Studies Collected Records (CDG-A)


Historical Background
The group was founded in 1958 as Acts for Peace, by Robert Pickus. The name was changed to Turn Toward Peace in 1961, and became a cooperative national effort of about 60 peace and liberal internationalist organizations. Norman Thomas served as Chairman of TTP, and Robert Gilmore was the Executive Director. There eventually were offices in New York, Washington, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and other cities. By 1962, 38 national organizations were affiliated with Turn Toward Peace. In 1963 the organization held its first "Voluntary Organizations and a World Without War Conference,"; from these conferences emerged the Center for War/Peace Studies. But soon serious discord divided TTP and it essentially ended around 1967, when a group split off and became the World Without War Council. Some regional offices retained the name of "Turn Toward Peace."

Collection Overview
This collection came to the SCPC through various sources, especially from the papers of Robert W. Gilmore (removed in October 2006). It is arranged loosely as: general organizational records, programmatic efforts, conferences sponsored, literature developed, and regional efforts.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
History; purpose; by-laws
AFSC involvement in the beginnings of TTP, 1961 (September) - 1962 (February)
Financial records, 1962-1966
Meeting minutes, 1961 (September) - 1962
Meeting minutes, 1962-1963
Meeting minutes, 1964-1967
Issues Committee: meeting minutes, 1964-1965
National Staff meeting, 1964 (October)
International Liaison Committee, 1963
Youth Committee, 1962-1964
Correspondence, 1962-1966 [mostly removed from SANE and FCNL files re: TTP]
Correspondence by Homer A. Jack (SANE) [and disarmament resolutions of organizations for TTP]

Box 2
Programmatic efforts, 1961 [2 folders]
Programmatic efforts, 1962 [2 folders]
Programmatic efforts, 1963 [2 folders]
Programmatic efforts, 1964 (January-April)

Box 3
Programmatic efforts, 1964 (May-July)
Programmatic efforts, 1964 (August-December)
Programmatic efforts, 1965 [2 folders]
Programmatic efforts, 1966-1967
Programmatic efforts, 1966: Committee for Free Elections in the Dominican Republic
Programmatic efforts, undated
Programmatic efforts: Interne Program

Box 4
Sponsorship of Voluntary Organizations and A World Without War Conference, 1963
Sponsorship of Voluntary Organizations and A World Without War Conference, 1964
Sponsorship of Voluntary Organizations and A World Without War Conference, 1965-1966
Literature developed: "A Short Introduction to Turn Toward Peace"
Literature developed: "Handbook for Community Peace Centers," 1962
Literature developed: additions to "Handbook for Community Peace Centers," 1963 (April)
Literature developed: booklets in Questions for the Peace Movement series (1/ "Congressional Investigations and the Peace Movement"; 2/ "Electoral Politics and the Work for Peace")
Literature developed: "Peace and the American Community"
Literature developed: misc. newsletters (national and regional)

Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): by-laws
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1965
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1966
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1967 (January-May)
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1967 (June-December)
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1968-1969
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1970
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, undated
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): World Without War conferences/seminars -- Leadership Institutes
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): reference material

Box 6
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1961-1962
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1963
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1964-1965
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1966-1967, undated
New England Region: literature developed -- A Guide to Mass Media Work in the Community Peace Center," undated
New England Region: literature developed -- A Literature Program Guide for Use in Community Peace Centers," undated
Western Area: Robert Pickus (Director) -- correspondence, etc.
West Coast Central Region
Pacific Central Region, Berkeley (California): programmatic efforts
Peace Center of Marin (California): cooperation with TTP
Sacramento Peace Center (California): cooperation with TTP

Box 7 (1/2 box)
Pacific Northwest Region, Seattle (California): programmatic efforts
Pacific Northwest Region, Seattle (California): literature developed -- packet " Viet Nam: Education and Action Guide"
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) area: programmatic efforts
Other regions: programmatic efforts




This file was last updated on June 27, 2012.