Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Wisbech Local Peace Association Records, 1880-1931

Collection: DG 042


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
Wisbech Local Peace Association
Title
Wisbech Local Peace Association Records
Inclusive Dates
1880-1931
Call Number
DG 042

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
1.6 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Priscilla Hannah Peckover (1833-1931) devoted much of her life toward mobilization for peace. In 1879 she formed the Wisbech Peace Association to promote the development of women in work for peace. This group of men and women became a center for peace activity in Great Britain. They concentrated on establishing peace by means of arbitration and disarmament, based on Christian theology.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
Yes, this collection is stored off-site. Please contact SCPC staff at least two weeks in advance of visit to arrange for retrieval of this collection.
Alternate Form of Material
Yes, on microfilm reel 87 (only the Box 4 is microfilmed)
This collection was microfilmed under N.E. H. Grant No. RC 27706-77-739.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of E. Miller, Wisbech, England
Processing Information
This finding aid was prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone, August 2009
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Wisbech Local Peace Association Records (DG 042), 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.
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Historical Background
Priscilla Hannah Peckover (1833-1931) devoted much of her life toward mobilization for peace. She believed that every person had a duty to perform in consolidating public opinion against war. In 1879 she formed the Wisbech Peace Association to promote the development of women in work for peace. This group of men and women, eventually growing from hundreds to thousands, became a center for peace activity. They concentrated on establishing peace by means of arbitration and disarmament. The organizers of the Wisbech Peace Association condemned war based on Christian theology.

To further mutual understanding and internationalism the Wisbech Local Peace Association [W.L.P.A.] published many tracts of short moral tales and worked with peace organizations in other countries. Through a member of the society they were joined by a Baptist congregation in the north of France and by a group of German Baptists at Wiesbaden. Priscilla Peckover also contacted groups in Scandanavia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and Denmark.

Collection Overview
The records of the Wisbech Local Peace Association contain membership blanks, annual reports of the organization's activities, tracts and other publications issued by the group, writings by Priscilla Peckover, and correspondence between Peckover and other peace leaders.

Arrangement of Collection
Many of the tracts and other forms of literature, the annual reports, and other organizational items were arranged into five scrapbooks, most likely by Priscilla Peckover (Boxes 1-3). These scrapbooks date from 1880 to 1931. Other materials, such as correspondence, biographical items on Peckover, and miscellaneous peace material are organized into Box 4. The material in Box 4 has been microfilmed. The scrapbooks have not been filmed.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1 off-site
Scrapbook:
Volume 1, 1880-1886
Volume 2, 1887-1891; index inside back cover

Box 2 off-site
Scrapbook :
Volume 3, 1892-1908; index inside front cover

Box 3 off-site
Scrapbook:
Volume 4, 1909-1925; detailed index, volumes 1-4 inclusive, inside front cover
Volume 5, 1926-1931; index inside back cover
Box 4 off-site [Microfilm Reel 87]
Correspondence concerning books donated to libraries, Wisbech Local Peace Association
Annual Reports, membership blanks, etc.
Miscellaneous letters to Priscilla Peckover
Letters from Frederick Bajer, 1888-1891
Memorial and writings of Priscilla Peckover
Miscellaneous peace materials
Wisbech Local Peace Association literature



This file was last updated on May 24, 2010.