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MS Am 785

League to Enforce Peace (U.S.). League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) additional records, 1917-1923: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard College Library


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© 1999 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Last update 2015 February 19

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 785
Creator: League to Enforce Peace (U.S.).
Title: League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) additional records,
Date(s): 1917-1923.
Quantity: .33 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: A portion of the records of the League to Enforce Peace (U.S.), an organization founded in 1914 to promote the establishment of an international body to ensure world peace.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jan M. Dovenitz

Acquisition Information:

98M-31. Gift of League of Nations Non-Partisan Association; received: 1925 June 4.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) Additional Records, 1917-1923 (MS Am 785). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) [LEP] was founded in New York City in 1914 by wealthy citizens alarmed at the outbreak of WWI. Its purpose was to work in the U.S. to establish an international organization to ensure world peace. The League's secretary was William H. Short; it's president, former U.S. President William Howard Taft. The League did not associate itself with pacifist opposition to WWI. With the establishment of the League of Nations,the LEP took upon itself organizing political and grassroot support for the association of the U.S. with the League of Nations. The LEP was moribund after the elections of 1920 and ceased to exist in 1923.


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Scope and Content

Includes correspondence, clippings, interviews, memoranda, and minutes. Topics documented include: finances, relations with individual members, actions of LEP president, organizational decisions, national conferences, relations with sympathizing foreign organizations, and LEP campaigns.

Related Material

For related materials see Houghton collections: League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) Records (Int 6722.8.25*) and the the Abbott Lawrence Lowell Peace Papers (*2005-481). Also see the papers of A. Lawrence Lowell in the Harvard University Archives.

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