Swarthmore College Peace Collection

National Peace Conference Records, 1933-1951

Collection: DG 049



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
National Peace Conference
Title
National Peace Conference Records
Inclusive Dates
1933-1951
Call Number
DG 049

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
16 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
The National Peace Conference was formed in 1933 to unify and coordinate the efforts of various organizations interested in world justice and peace. The organization was active until 1951.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of National Peace Conference
Processing Information
Updated by Anne Yoder, Archivist, July 2015
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the National Peace Conference Records (DG 049), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

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
The National Peace Conference was formed in 1933 to unify and coordinate the efforts of various U.S. organizations interested in world justice and peace. The main function of the organization was to relate peace organizations to the public and to each other. The NPC member organizations coordinated some programs, activities and joint projects. Dr. Walter Van Kirk was director at the time of founding of the NPC. The main issues covered by the NPC included: neutrality, economics and peace, military training in schools and colleges, freedom of conscience, immigration policy, the League of Nations, and U.S. national defense policies. The organization had international contacts, especially with the National Peace Council in London, and the Rassemblement Universel pur la Paix (International Peace Council), in Geneva, Switzerland. The NPC was active until 1951.

Collection Overview
The collection includes organizational meeting minutes, correspondence, statements of policy, annual reports, financial records, releases, serial publications, and literature. The bulk of the correspondence is with local peace groups, 1936-1944. There is additional correspondence with international peace organizations. In addition there are documents relating to various NPC committees and project, such as the Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939.

Arrangement of Collection
The collection is organized first by internal administrative records, then correspondence with local U.S. peace organization and group by state. Correspondence with international peace organizations forms the next section of documents. The remaining boxes contain material on NPC projects and literature.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1 [stored off-site]
Report of Conference for Peace, 1935 (October)
Organization and policy, 1935 [2 folders]
Membership, policy, and organization
Organization of local peace councils
Personnel, officers, committees
Washington Bureau
Financial records: statements
Financial records: auditor's reports
Financial records: fundraising (individual and organization)

Box 2
[stored off-site]
Financial records: fundraising appeals to foundations
Annual report of the Director, 1935-1940
Meeting minutes, 1933
Meeting minutes, 1934
Meeting minutes, 1935
International Goodwill, 1936
Meeting minutes, 1936
Meeting minutes, 1937
Meeting minutes, 1938
Meeting minutes, 1939-1943
Meeting minutes, 1944
Meeting minutes, 1945-1951

Box 3
[stored off-site]
Committees: College Committee
Committees: Consumer Committee
Committees: Committee on Cooperation
Committees: Committee on Current Issues
Committees: Committee on Domestic Planks
Committees: Committee on Economics and Peace
Committees: Committee on the Far East
Committees: Farm Committee
Committees: Field Committee
Committees: Field Committee -area conferences, 1938-1939
Committees: Finance Committee
Committees: Committee on Food Relief
Committees: Committee on Suggestions for Foreign Policy Planks, 1948
Committees: Geneva Bureau
Committees: Labor Committee
Committees: Literature Committee


Box 4 [stored off-site]
Committees: Committee on Military Training in Schools and Colleges
Committees: Committee on National Defense Police
Committees: Committee on National Peace Enrollment
Committees: Neutrality Committee
Committees: Nominating Committee
Committees: Program Committee
Committees: Committee on Reorganization
Committees: Committee on Revision of By-Laws, 1944
Committees: Steering Committee, 1933-1938
Committees: Steering Committee, 1939-1943
Committees: Steering Committee, 1944-1951
Committees: Steering Committee (Pacific Coast)

Box 5 [stored off-site]
Committees: Washington Committee
Committees: World Government Day Committee
Committees: Committee on Youth
Correspondence With/About Local Peace Groups [multiple folders, listed below]:
- Alabama: Decatur, 1942
- Alabama: Auburn Peace Council
- Arkansas: Hot Springs Peace Council
- California: Los Angeles Peace Council
- California, 1936-1942
- California: Palo Alto Peace Council
- California: San Francisco Peace Council
- California: San Mateo Peace Council
- California: South Bay Peace Council
- Colorado: Denver Peace Council
- Connecticut
- Connecticut Peace Conference, 1935-1942 [2 folders]
- Connecticut Peace Council, 1937-1943
- Connecticut: New Haven Peace Council

Box 6 [stored off-site]
Correspondence With/About Local Peace Groups [multiple folders, listed below]:
- Delaware Peace Council
- Florida
- Georgia
- Illinois
- Illinois Peace Conference, 1937-1938
- Illinois: Chicago Peace Council
- Illinois: Chicago area office
- Indiana
- Indiana: Indianapolis (Midwest Council on International Relations)
- Iowa
- Iowa: Ames Peace Council
- Iowa: Des Moines Peace Council
- Kansas
- Kansas: Topeka Peace Council
- Kentucky
- Louisiana
- Maine
- Maryland Peace Conference

Box 7 [stored off-site]
Correspondence With/About Local Peace Groups [multiple folders, listed below]:
- Massachusetts, 1937-1940
- Massachusetts: Greater Boston Peace Council, 1940-1942
- Massachusetts: Worcester Peace Council, 1938-1941
- Michigan
- Michigan: Jackson County Peace Council, 1940-1946
- Minnesota
- Minnesota: Minneapolis Peace Council, 1937-1942
- Minnesota: St. Paul Council for Peace Education, 1939-1943
- Mississippi
- Missouri, 1939-1940
- Missouri: Cape Girardeau Peace Council
- Missouri: St. Joseph Peace Council
- Missouri: Peace Council of Greater St. Louis, 1937-1940
- Missouri: Peace Council (World Peace Council) of Kansas City, 1937-1938
- Missouri: Peace Council (World Peace Council) of Kansas City, 1939-1944
- Montana: Missoula Peace Council

Box 8 [stored off-site]
Correspondence With/About Local Peace Groups [multiple folders, listed below]:
- Nebraska
- Nebraska Peace Council
- Nevada, 1940-1942
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Jersey Committee on the Cause and Cure of War
- New Jersey: Camden Council on International Relations
- New Jersey: Joint Council on International Relations
- New Jersey: Ridge wood Council for Furtherance of International Understanding
- New York [2 folders]

Box 9
[stored off-site]
Correspondence With/About Local Peace Groups [multiple folders, listed below]:
- New York: Brooklyn Peace Council
- New York: Buffalo Peace Council
- New York: Mt. Vernon Peace Council
- New York: Olcan Peace Council
- New York: Rochester Peace Council
- New York: Rockland County Peace Association
- New York: Staten Island Peace Council
- New York: Syracuse Peace Council
- New York: Yorkers Peace Council
- North Carolina
- North Carolina: Greenville Council for Peace Action
- North Dakota
- Ohio
- Ohio: Cincinnati Peace League
- Ohio: Cleveland Peace Committee

Box 10
[stored off-site]
Correspondence With/About Local Peace Groups [multiple folders, listed below]:
- Ohio: Peace Action for Franklin County (Columbus)
- Oklahoma
- Oregon
- Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania: Luzerne County Peace Council (Wilkes-Barre)
- Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Peace Council
- Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh
- Rhode Island Council for Peace Action
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Texas
- Texas: Houston International Relations Council
- Utah
- Vermont
- Virginia
- Washington
- Washington: Seattle Peace Council
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin Peace Conference (Milwaukee)

Box 11 [stored off-site]
Correspondence With/About Local Peace Groups [multiple folders, listed below]:
Wisconsin, 1937-1939
Wyoming Peace Conference
Correspondence (International) [multiple folders, listed below]:
- British National Peace Council, 1940-1943
- British National Peace Council, 1940-1943
- British National Peace Council, 1940-1943
- British National Peace Council, 1944-1945
- International Liason of Organizations for Peace, 1947-1948
- International Consultative Group (Geneva, Switzerland), 1933-1935
- World Peace Conference (Brussels, Belgium), 1936 / International Peace Campaign, 1936
- World Peace Conference (Brussels, Belgium), 1936 / International Peace Campaign, 1936-1938 [2 folders]
Releases, 1933-1935
Releases, 1936

Box 12 [stored off-site]
Releases, 1937
Releases, 1938
Releases, 1939
Releases, 1940
Releases, 1941-1944
Releases, 1945
Releases, 1946-1951
Releases, 1938-1940
Project: aid to Greece and Turkey, 1947
Project: anti-military legislative work -- naval appropriations, 1936
Project: anti-military legislative work -- Sheppard-Hill bill, 1937
Project: anti-military legislative work -- May bill, 1938
Project: anti-military legislative work -- Congressional hearings, 1940
Project: Bretton Woods proposal, 1945
Project: Carnegie Hall meeting, May 27, 1935

Box 13 [stored off-site]
Project: Conference on World Organizations, March 1941
Project: Displaced persons, 1946-1948
Project: Dunbarton Oaks, 1944
Project: European crisis, 1939
Project: Jane Evan's letters from Geneva, 1946
Project: Feeding occupied europe, 1943-1944
Project: Foreign policy statements (post-war)
Project: Forum on World Affairs, 1945
Project: Manifesto to President on Conference for Economic Cooperation and Disarmament, 1938
Project: Marshall Plan, 1947
Project: Peace platforms, 1936, 1940, 1944
Project: Proposed peace journal, 1936
Project: Peace stamp proposal, 1937-1940
Project: Peacetime conscription, 1944-1945
Project: Petitions to government and reports of discussions, 1933-1950
Project: Poster campaign, 1937-1939
Project: Radio program -- correspondence, 1935-1937
Project: Radio program -- reports, etc, 1935-1938
Project: Reciprocal trade agreements, 1937-1947
Project: Reciprocal trade agreements -- Open letter to the President, 1937

Box 14 [stored off-site]
Project: Correspondence with State Department, 1945-1946
Project: Statement on Korea, 1951
Project: Trade organization statements, 1947-
1950
Project: United Nations charter, 1945
Project: United Nations conference, San Francisco (California), 1945
Project: Application for United Nations consultivestatus, 1946-1948
Project: Conference Group on the United Nations, 1950-1951
Project: Wheat to India, 1951
Project: World Affairs Group, 1935-1940
Project: World Government Day, 1941-1942
Project: World Government Day, 1943-1944
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- meeting minutes
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- financial records
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- merger with Emergency Peace Campaign
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- New York Institute, 1937 (September)
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- opening international broadcast, September 19, 1937
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- Washington Conference - preliminary arrangements
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- Washington Conference - miscellaneous
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- Washington Conference - report of Committee of Experts

Box 15 [stored off-site]
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- local group organization
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- visual aids, literature
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- regional speakers
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- radio program campaign
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- Information Bulletin, 1937
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- releases
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- second phase
Project: Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939 -- Staley memo and CWEC revival, 1939
Project: Commission on the World Community, 1939-1951
Project: World's Fair
Literature, 1935-1939 [2 folders]

Box 16 [stored off-site]
Literature, 1940-1949
Literature: sample kits -- Marathon Round Table
Literature: sample kits -- World Government Day, 1942-1943



This file was last updated on August 27, 2015