United Peace Chest of Philadelphia Records, 1935-1955
Collection: DG 194
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
United Peace Chest of Philadelphia
United Peace Chest of Philadelphia Records
Language of Materials
Materials in English
23 linear inches [papers only]
The United Peace Chest of Philadelphia coordinated and integrated Philadelphia organizations interested in promoting international peace. The name was often shortened to "United Peace Chest." The UPC was founded in 1938, though it was conceptualized in 1936 at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Restrictions to Access
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
Gift of United Peace Chest, 1947, 1956
Checklist revised by Anne Yoder, December 1997; this finding aid was prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone, August 2009
[Identification of item], in the United Peace Chest Philadelphia Records (DG 194), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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
Emergency Peace Campaign (DG 12)
Fellowship of Reconciliation (DG 13)
National Council for Prevention of War (DG 23)
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (DG 43), Pennsylvania State Branch
The United Peace Chest was begun as a coordinating and integrating organization for peace groups in the Philadelphia area. Over 125 organizations cooperated in its work. Its principal activity was fundraising through an annual campaign called the Peace Chest Campaign. It also provided a nucleus of support for the Philadelphia Peace Council to serve all peace groups and activities in the Philadelphia area.
The main organizations participating in the campaigns and receiving the bulk of its funds were: The National Council for Prevention of War; The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Pennsylvania Branch; The Philadelphia Peace Council; the Fellowship of Reconciliation; and, the Committee on Militarism in Education. The Peace Council and the Committee on Militarism in Education did not continue after their work was given up in the 1940's.
When the United Peace Chest moved from 1924 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, to 2006 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Margaret Doty, a retiring finance secretary, was asked to prepare a quantity of records for deposit in the Peace Collection. This was received in January 1947.
After the Peace Chest was disbanded early in 1956, its remaining records were received and processed. Its work was continued in a reduced form by the Pennsylvania Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom under the name of Funds for Peace and Freedom. The Fellowship of Reconciliation and the National Council for Prevention of War withdrew at that time.
An additional box of material was received with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom accession of 1966. This was processed and put with the other Untied Peace Chest materials in May 1970.
This collection is comprised of minutes, reports, treasurer's statements, fundraising material, publicity material, and literature, with correspondence from Fredrick J. Libby and with cooperating organizations, publicity on meetings, and literature, etc. There is also a small amount of material on the work of the Baltimore Peace Chest, 1938-1940.Correspondents include Frederick J. Libby and Muriel Lester.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Box 1 [off-site]
Minutes and reports, 1936-1940
Treasurer's statements and reports, 1937-1940
Peace schools, 1940-1941
Youth Committee Against War: Report to Untied Peace Chest, 1941
Box la [off-site]
Bank statements, 1946
Checks and voucher copies, 1946 (January-April), 1947 (April-December)
Monthly Financial Statements and Treasurers' Reports, 1941-1951
Misc. financial statements, 1946-1948
Box 2 [off-site]
Libby (Frederick J.) correspondence and publicity, 1938-1941
Schools and colleges correspondence: peace organizations and personnel, 1939-1940
War Resisters League correspondence, 1937-1940
Box 2a [off-site]
Tax exempt status
Literature and releases
Clergymen's luncheons and other events
Campaign correspondence and lists, 1937-1939
United Peace Chest, Baltimore, Maryland, 1938-1940
Correspondence with and speaking engagements of Muriel Lester, 1940-1948
Box 3 [off-site]
Invitations and programs
Clergy, Philadelphia: luncheons and miscellaneous, 1937
Lester, Muriel, 1940-1948
Literature, 1938, 1950
Baltimore Peace Chest, 1938-1940