Swarthmore College Peace Collection

National Peace Council Collected Records, 1909-2000

Collection: CDG-B Great Britain [formerly DG 024]


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 these papers/records.
Creator
National Peace Council
Title
National Peace Council Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1909-2000
Call Number
CDG-B Great Britain

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
2 linear feet and 1 inch [papers only]
Abstract
The National Peace Council, established in 1905 as the National Council of Peace Societies and later also known as the National Council for the Prevention of War, brought together national groups and organizations that held a common interest in peace, disarmament, and internationalism in support of radical and constructive solutions to problems related to war and violence. Its affiliated groups included peace societies as well as religious, social, and industrial organizations. A major task in its early years was organizing the National Peace Congress.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
Yes, periodical "Peace" (1938-1941) on microfilm
Acquisitions Information
Received 1946-1947
Processing Information
Collection and checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, Archivist, June 2005; this finding aid created by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the National Peace Council Collected Records (CDG-B Great Britain), 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
National Council for Prevention of War Records (DG 023)
Twenty-five boxes of material from the NPC are available at the London School of Economics and Political Science


Historical Background
This group originated in 1905 (1904?) as the National Council of Peace Societies, but it was permanently established as the National Peace Council after the 17th Universal Peace Conference took place in London in 1908. Carl Heath was appointed General Secretary and was succeeded in 1919 by F.E. Pollard, who served until 1921 when J.H. Hudson assumed the position. Later Secretaries included Rennie Smith (M.P.) and Gerald Bailey. In 1923 [1924?] the group began using the name National Council for Prevention of War, but then resumed its previous name in 1931. The NPC brought together national groups and organizations that held a common interest in peace, disarmament, and internationalism in support of radical and constructive solutions to problems related to war and violence. Its affiliated groups included peace societies as well as religious, social, and industrial organizations. A major task in its early years was organizing the National Peace Congress; it also arranged conferences on specific issues. Many of the pamphlets the NPC produced are speeches given or findings made at such gatherings. The NPC was superceded by the Network for Peace in ca. 2001.

Collection Overview
This collection includes the NPC's constitution, annual reports (1921-1964), form letters and minutes sent to the executive committee (1927-1929), publications such as periodicals, pamphlets, and leaflets, and mimeographed releases, form letters, statements, and reports. It includes two pamphlet series published by the council, Peace Aims Pamphlets (1940-1957) and Peace Aims Documents (1942-1944); Peace Year Book (1910-1957); and periodicals of various titles (1931-1962).

Items removed:
Major newsletters of this group are available in the Periodical Collection (also see below in box 3 for uncatalogued periodicals)
A set of its annual "Peace Year-Book" is available in the Book Collection






Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
National Peace Council: history; goals/purpose; constitution
National Peace Council: general efforts and literature, 1909-1919
National Peace Council / National Council for Prevention of War: general efforts and literature, 1920-1923
National Council for Prevention of War: general efforts and literature, 1924-1930
National Peace Council / National Council for Prevention of War: general efforts and literature, 1931
National Peace Council: general efforts and literature, 1932-1933

Box 2
National Peace Council: general efforts and literature, 1934-1944

Box 3
National Peace Council: general efforts and literature, 1945-2000, undated

Box 4
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "American Opinion" #3-5, 1948 (February - April)[incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "American 'Outlawry' Memo," #4-14, 1928 [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "The Disarmament Conference: Special Reports...", 1932-1933 [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "International Affairs: Special Reports...", 1934-1938 [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "NPC Bulletin" #1-2, 4, 1937 [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "NPC Digest", 1944 (January 17) [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "NPC Forum", 1944-1945 [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "NPC Papers", 1946-1949 [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "Opinion", 1943-1944 [incomplete set]
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "Progress Bulletin" (National Petition for A New Peace Conference) #1, 1938 (November 23), #3, 1939 (January 19)
National Peace Council: periodicals (misc.) -- "Towards Disarmament" #2-10, 1931-1932

Box 5
National Peace Council: Leaflet Series -- "Disarmament Series" #1-9 [missing #8], ca. 1921-1922
National Peace Council: Pamphlet Series -- "Disarmament Pamphlets" #1, 3, ca. 1921
National Peace Council: Pamphlet Series -- "Economic Series" #1, 4-5, ca. 1911-1913
National Peace Council: Pamphlet Series -- "Education Series" #7-8, ca. 1912
National Peace Council: Pamphlet Series -- "Political Series" #4, 6, 8, ca. 1911-1912
National Peace Council: Pamphlet Series -- "Peace Aims Documents" #1-4, ca. 1942-1944
National Peace Council: Pamphlet Series -- "Peace Aims Pamphlets" #1-61, ca. 1940-1957
National Peace Council: Pamphlet Series -- "Towards World Government" #1-3, 1948-1949
National Peace Council: Leaflet/Pamphlet Series -- "What About Germany" #1-3, 1945
(June)


This file was last updated on June 20, 2012