Swarthmore College Peace Collection


Peter Weiss Collected Papers, 1949-1967

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 the official repository for these papers/records.
Creator
Weiss, Peter (1925 - )
Title
Peter Weiss Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1949-1967
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
1.3 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Peter Weiss was born in Austria and moved to the U.S. in 1941. He worked has as a lawyer from 1955 to 2006 and is interested in nuclear policy and other human rights and peace issues. He is married to activist Cora Weiss.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Cora Weiss, 2007 [Acc. 07A-044]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder (Archivist), September 2009; this finding aid revised by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Peter Weiss Collected Papers (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
Cora Weiss Papers (DG 222)

Historical Background
Peter Weiss was born in Vienna (Austria) in 1925, and came to the United States in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946, and with the U.S. Military Government in Berlin (Germany) in 1947. After graduating cum laude from St. John's College in Annapolis (Maryland), he attended Yale Law school in 1949-1952. After graduation, he founded and became the executive director of the International Development Placement Association, a precursor of the Peace Corps. He practiced law from 1955 to 2006, dividing his time between representing multinational companies, as a specialist in trademark law, and doing pro bono work in the fields of human rights, constitutional law, and nuclear weapons law.

Weiss is currently President of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, and Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Americans for Peace Now, which supports the Peace Now movement in Israel. He was a founder, and later President, of the American Committee on Africa.


Collection Overview
The material in this small collection were removed from the papers of Peter's Weiss' wife, Cora. They represent primarily his involvements with the Foundation for World Government in 1946-1951 (including his research trip to Israel in 1950), the International Development Placement Association (IDPA) in 1952-1954, and the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats in 1966-1967 (which led to his being a delegate from the Bronx to the Democratic National Convention in 1968, where he was arrested).





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Foundation for World Government: general
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: general
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1949
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1950
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1951 (January - July)
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1951 (August - December)
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1952
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1953
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: attendance at conferences, 1949-1950
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: trip to Israel [Project Kibbutz I], 1950 [see also 1949-1950 correspondence folder]
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: trip to Israel [Project Kibbutz I], 1950—writings; notes
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: development of bibliography re: Judaism/Israel [operation Kibbutz]
Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: writings; research; speech
International Development Placement Association, Inc.: general, 1954
 
Box 2
International Development Placement Association, Inc: meeting minutes, 1951-1953
International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence (general)
International Development Placement Association, Inc: financial records
Involvement with International Development Placement Association, Inc: in-house memos, etc.
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1952-1953
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1954 (April - August)
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1954 (September - December)
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1955-1956
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa, 1954 -- general
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa, 1954 -- reports; notes [see also trip correspondence folder]
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa, 1954 -- correspondence
Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa, 1957
Involvement with the Gandhi Society for Human Rights, 1962
Efforts in support of peace message (etc.) by Professor Georgio LaPira, 1965-1966
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: general, 1966-1967
 
Box 3
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: meeting minutes, 1966-1967
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: plans for New York Times advertisement, circa 1966-1967
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: signed statements of principles by Advisory Council members, 1967
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: Democrat clubs’ responses, 1966-1967
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: Vietnam meeting, Manhattan Center (NYC), 1966 (April 11)
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: “ Vietnam & Israel: There is a Difference” rally, Manhattan Center (NYC), 1967 (June 22)
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: correspondence, 1966 (March - July)
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: correspondence, 1966 (August - December)
Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: correspondence, 1967 (undated)
Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: reference material
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on Peter Weiss [folder 1]
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on Peter Weiss [folder 1 cont.]
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on Peter Weiss [folder 2]
Reference material



This file was last updated on June 27, 2012.