Swarthmore College Peace Collection

League of Nations Union Collected Records, 1915-1945

Collection: CDG-B Great Britain


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
League of Nations Union
Title
League of Nations Union Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1915-1945
Call Number
CDG-B Great Britain

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
1.75 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
The League of Nations Union was formed on October 13, 1918 by the joining of the League of Nations Society with the Free Nations Society. The League of Nations Society began in 1916 with the purpose of examining the forms of international organization that would be possible at the end of WWI. It lobbied for an agreement among countries that would serve as a basis for permanent peace by providing for settlement of disputes, mutual defense, and the observance of international treaties. The influence of the LoNU waned during WWII, and in 1946 it merged into the already formed United Nations Association of Great Britain. Previously the League of Nations Union had been a member of the International Federation of League of Nations Societies, which had its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of unknown
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff; Checklist revised by Anne Yoder, January 1999; this version of the finding aid was created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, July 2009; updated by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the League of Nations Union 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
(CDG-B Great Britain) British Universities League of Nations Society
(CDG-B Switzerland) Geneva Research Center
(CDG-B Great Britain) Ronald E. Gundry

Historical Background
The League of Nations Union was formed on October 13, 1918 by the joining of the League of Nations Society with the Free Nations Society. The League of Nations Society began in 1916 with the purpose of examining the forms of international organization that would be possible at the end of WWI. It lobbied for an agreement among countries that would serve as a basis for permanent peace by providing for settlement of disputes, mutual defense, and the observance of international treaties.

The League of Nations Union was from the beginning a highly influential organization, unlike its predecessors, with an imposing list of supporters. It became one of the most influential peace organizations yet known in Great Britain. The League's purpose was to win public support for the League of Nations by educating the public about it, and by helping to make practical its aims. It maintained a large office in London, and a corps of organizers and speakers toured the country. In addition, its propaganda was distributed to nearly every school, church, social and political group possible.

The peak of the League's activity was represented by the Peace Ballot of 1935, when voters were asked to vote on five issues, the most important being those concerning international disarmament and collective security. Over 11 million people participated in the ballot, expressing an unmistakable desire for peaceful negotiation of international differences. The results of the Peace Ballot were publicized worldwide.

The influence of the League waned during WWII, and in 1946 it merged into the already formed United Nations Association of Great Britain. Previously the League had been a member of the International Federation of League of Nations Societies, which had its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Collection Overview
The Records of the League of Nations Union consists of some correspondence, administrative records, and the main body of the collection-publications issued by the LoNU.

Items removed:
Newsletters of the League of Nations Union [SCPC Periodical collection].






Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Program work & correspondence, 1916-1945
Book / pamphlet lists
Annual reports, 1920-1944 [incomplete set]


Box 2
Miscellaneous publications, 1915-1943, undated
Periodical "Church & World," undated -1945
Periodical "League News," 1932 (June), 1933 (February ), 1937 (June )
Periodical "News Sheet," 1932 (Winter ), 1937 (June), 1937 (July )
Pamphlets (2) in German
Series "Preachers' Notes"
Series "Speakers' Notes," 1930, 1932, 1936, 1938
Pamphlet Series [1]: #1-81, ca. 1920-1922 [incomplete set]

 
Box 3
Pamphlet Series [1]: #82-276, 1922-1929 [incomplete set]

 
Box 4
Pamphlet Series [1]: #277-447, 1929-1945 [incomplete set]
Pamphlet Series [2]: #011-0980, ca. 1922-1936 [incomplete set]
 
Box 5
Welsh National Council, ca. 1923-1935
London Regional Federation, ca. 1927-1934
Branches: Kensington, Kent, Oxford, Windermere, circa. 1920-1930 

 




This file was last updated on June 20, 2012..