Turn Toward Peace Collected Records
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
The group was founded in 1958 as Acts for Peace, by Robert Pickus. The name was changed to Turn Toward Peace in 1961, and became a cooperative national effort of about 60 peace and liberal internationalist organizations. Norman Thomas served as Chairman of TTP, and Robert Gilmore was the Executive Director. There eventually were offices in New York, Washington, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and other cities. By 1962, 38 national organizations were affiliated with Turn Toward Peace. In 1963 the organization held its first "Voluntary Organizations and a World Without War Conference,"; from these conferences emerged the Center for War/Peace Studies. But soon serious discord divided TTP and it essentially ended around 1967, when a group split off and became the World Without War Council. Some regional offices retained the name of "Turn Toward Peace."
This material is arranged loosely as: general organizational records, programmatic efforts, conferences sponsored, literature developed, and regional efforts.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for these papers/records.
This collection came to the SCPC through various sources, especially from the papers of Robert W. Gilmore (removed in October 2006).
Processed, and finding aid, by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, November 2006
- Swarthmore College Peace Collection
- Access Restrictions
- Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
- Use Restrictions
mostly removed from SANE and FCNL files re: TTP
including disarmament resolutions of organizations for TTP