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COLLECTION Identifier: 83-M23

Records of the Massachusetts Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1977

Correspondence, newsletters, financial records, etc., of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Massachusetts Branch, which organized protest marches, obtained funds for the relief of the poor in many parts of the world, and organized community action for the repeal of unjust laws and for the passage of disarmament and anti-war bills.

Dates

  • 1915-1977

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of records of membership and contributions, which are closed for 50 years.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Massachusetts Branch of the Women's International League for Peace is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

2 linear feet (2 cartons)

This collection primarily contains correspondence, newsletters, financial records, membership lists, minutes of board meetings, and flyers of the Massachusetts branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), with some papers of local branches throughout the state. Also included are correspondence, newsletters, and minutes of the WILPF national branch in Washington (and later in Philadelphia), and flyers and newsletters of other Massachusetts organizations with which the Massachusetts branch has cooperated, including the Greater Boston Peace Action Coalition, the Coalition to Fight Political Repression, and People's Coalition for Peace and Justice.

The collection is arranged chronologically; papers are those of the Massachusetts branch unless otherwise noted. Folder headings (except for dates) are those of the Massachusetts branch, with information added by the processor in square brackets.

HISTORY

The Women's International Committee for Permanent Peace was organized in April 1915 at an International Congress of Women at The Hague. Jane Addams was appointed as its first International Chairman. In May 1919, members of the Women's International Committee for Permanent Peace met in Zurich, Switzerland, to discuss postwar problems; this was "the first international group to point out the dangers to permanent peace contained in some of the provisions of the treaty of Versailles." At this meeting, the name of the organization was changed to Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The "Statement of Objects" adopted at the Fifth International Congress (Dublin, Ireland, 1926) set its "aims at uniting women in all countries who are opposed to every kind of war, exploitation and oppression, and who work for universal disarmament and for the solution of conflicts by the recognition of human solidarity, by conciliation and arbitration, by world cooperation, and by the establishment of social, political and economic justice for all, without distinction of sex, race, class or creed." The United States Section contains branches in many states and at present has its national office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. WILPF has organized protest marches, obtained funds for the relief of the poor in many parts of the world, and organized community action for the repeal of unjust laws and for the passage of disarmament and anti-war bills.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 83-M23

These records were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Massachusetts Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in January 1983.

SEPARATION RECORD

The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in the Schlesinger Library book collection, January 1983 and March 1983:
  1. Balch, Emily. Toward Human Unity or Beyond Nationalism
  2. Cleghorn, Sarah. Poems of Peace and Freedom
  3. Vietnamese Women in Society and Revolution
  4. WILPF, Sixth Congress
  5. WILPF, Twelfth Congress
  6. WILPF 1915-1938, A Venture in Internationalism
  7. Not from the Victor, Poems for Peace and Freedom
  8. Ruth Gage-Colby testimonial dinner, January 20, 1972
  9. Peace and Freedom, September - October 1952
  10. LOWUN International Newsletter, May 1951 - April 1953
  11. Report of work with United Nations, August 1952
  12. Statement submitted to UN Commission on Status of Women, March 1952
  13. Pax International, October 1927-October 1930
  14. Pax International, Section for the United States, June - May 1925
  15. Pax et Libertas, November 1950 - April 1953
  16. Pax International, March 1926 - October 1950
  17. Four Lights, January 1917 - February 1969

CONTAINER LIST

  1. Carton 1: 1-23
  2. Carton 2: 24-41

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: April 1983

By: Christine C. Marshall
Link to catalog
Title
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Massachusetts Branch. Records of the Massachusetts Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1977: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch00985

Repository Details

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