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83-M23

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

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 83-M23
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Massachusetts Branch
Title: Records of the Massachusetts Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1977
Date(s): 1915-1977
Quantity: 2 linear feet (2 cartons)
Abstract: 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.

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.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: April 1983
By: Christine C. Marshall

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.

Preferred Citation:

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Massachusetts Branch Records, 1915-1977; item description, dates. 83-M23, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SEPARATION RECORD

The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in the Schlesinger Library book collection, January 1983 and March 1983:

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

CONTAINER LIST

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Civil rights
Clubs--Massachusetts
Disarmament
International cooperation
Minutes
Newsletters
Peace
Peace--Societies, etc.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Women and peace
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961
Coalition to Fight Political Repression
Greater Boston Peace Action Coalition
Luscomb, Florence, 1887-1985
People's Coalition for Peace and Justice
Woman's Peace Party

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