Mennonite Central Committee Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section Collected Records
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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The Peace Section of the Mennonite Central Committee was established in January 1942, as successor to the Mennonite Central Peace Committee organized in 1939. It was composed of delegated representatives of the peace committees of the constituent conferences, plus the MCC Executive Secretary ex officio, and two members at large. It functioned through an executive committee of five and a full-time executive secretary with office at the MCC headquarters in Akron (Pennsylvania). J. Harold Sherk was a long-time executive secretary 1950-1958. H. S. Bender served as chairman continuously from 1942. The Peace Section had two representatives on the International Mennonite Peace Committee. The Peace Section served as an agency for counseling on problems related to conscription and the draft, a representation to government, a center for study, research, and writing regarding the peace position, and a central agency for peace education. For more information, see http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/M4658.html. Currently there is no Peace Section per se; peace efforts are carried out by MCC through its peace education staffperson/s.
This collection includes meeting minutes, printed material (brochures, reports, newsletters) and print-outs of emails, and is foldered in chronological order. There was a Peace Section as well as a U.S. Peace Section in the 1980s, and a Peace Committee existed as well during that time; material is separated accordingly. Most of the collection was received at the SCPC as mailings and has been kept in the same order as it was received.
Arranged in chronological order.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for these records.
Received via mail.
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Processed, and checklist prepared, by Anne Yoder, Archivist, January 2010.
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