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COLLECTION Identifier: 2005-481

Abbott Lawrence Lowell peace papers


This collection, commonly called the "Peace papers" consists of pamphlets, leaflets, booklets, books, clippings, fliers, a few manuscripts and letters, and other miscellaneous printed materials concerning peace, war, and the organizations supporting international peace.

Collection also includes two handwritten card indexes listing some subjects, authors, and titles. References are either to the assigned document number or to another heading. There is a substantial section on the League of Nations with subheadings.


  • Creation: circa 1913-1933


Language of Materials


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


17.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Abbott Lawrence Lowell was a lawyer, government scholar, president of Harvard University, and the chairman of the executive committee of the League to Enforce Peace. The League was organized to encourage support for the United States to join the League of Nations. This material was collected by Lowell for his work with this and other peace organizations.


Organized in apparently random order, with materials assigned document numbers from 1 - 1198.


Collection is unprocessed; brief box list available in Houghton Reading Room grey file.

Ownership and Custodial History

Accession information unknown. Probably gift of A. Lawrence Lowell.

Related Archival Materials

Custodian--For related materials see Houghton collections: League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) Records (Int 6722.8.25*) and League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) Additional Records (MS Am 785). Also see papers of A. Lawrence Lowell in the Harvard University Archives.

Processing Information

Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Betts Coup, 2020.

Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943, collector. Abbott Lawrence Lowell peace papers, circa 1913-1933 (2005-481): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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