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Turn Toward Peace Collected Records

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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.

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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

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Access Restrictions

None.

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Use Restrictions

None.

Collection Inventory

History; purpose; by-laws.
Box 1
AFSC involvement in the beginnings of TTP, 1961 (September) - 1962 (February).
Box 1
Financial records, 1962-1966.
Box 1
Meeting minutes, 1961 (September) - 1962.
Box 1
Meeting minutes, 1962-1963.
Box 1
Meeting minutes, 1964-1967.
Box 1
Issues Committee: meeting minutes, 1964-1965.
Box 1
National Staff meeting, 1964 (October).
Box 1
International Liaison Committee, 1963.
Box 1
Youth Committee, 1962-1964.
Box 1
Correspondence, 1962-1966.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

mostly removed from SANE and FCNL files re: TTP

Correspondence by Homer A. Jack (SANE).
Box 1
Scope and Contents

including disarmament resolutions of organizations for TTP

Programmatic efforts [folder 1], 1961.
Box 2
Programmatic efforts [folder 2], 1961.
Box 2
Programmatic efforts [folder 1], 1962.
Box 2
Programmatic efforts [folder 2], 1962.
Box 2
Programmatic efforts [folder 1], 1963.
Box 2
Programmatic efforts [folder 2], 1963.
Box 2
Programmatic efforts, 1964 (January-April).
Box 2
Programmatic efforts, 1964 (May-July).
Box 3
Programmatic efforts, 1964 (August-December).
Box 3
Programmatic efforts [folder 1], 1965.
Box 3
Programmatic efforts [folder 2], 1965.
Box 3
Programmatic efforts, 1966-1967.
Box 3
Programmatic efforts: Committee for Free Elections in the Dominican Republic, 1966.
Box 3
Programmatic efforts, undated.
Box 3
Programmatic efforts: Interne Program.
Box 3
Sponsorship of Voluntary Organizations and A World Without War Conference, 1963.
Box 4
Sponsorship of Voluntary Organizations and A World Without War Conference, 1964.
Box 4
Sponsorship of Voluntary Organizations and A World Without War Conference, 1965-1966.
Box 4
Literature developed: "A Short Introduction to Turn Toward Peace".
Box 4
Literature developed: "Handbook for Community Peace Centers", 1962.
Box 4
Literature developed: additions to "Handbook for Community Peace Centers", 1963 (April).
Box 4
Literature developed: booklets in Questions for the Peace Movement series ("Congressional Investigations and the Peace Movement"; "Electoral Politics and the Work for Peace").
Box 4
Literature developed: "Peace and the American Community".
Box 4
Literature developed: misc. newsletters (national and regional).
Box 4
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): by-laws.
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1965.
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1966.
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1967 (January-May).
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1967 (June-December).
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1968-1969.
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, 1970.
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): programmatic efforts, n.d.
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): World Without War conferences/seminars -- Leadership Institutes.
Box 5
Midwest Office, Chicago (Illinois): reference material.
Box 5
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1961-1962.
Box 6
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1963.
Box 6
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1964-1965.
Box 6
New England Region: programmatic efforts, 1966-1967, n.d.
Box 6
New England Region: literature developed -- A Guide to Mass Media Work in the Community Peace Center", n.d.
Box 6
New England Region: literature developed -- A Literature Program Guide for Use in Community Peace Centers", n.d.
Box 6
Western Area: Robert Pickus (Director) -- correspondence, etc.
Box 6
West Coast Central Region.
Box 6
Pacific Central Region, Berkeley (California): programmatic efforts.
Box 6
Peace Center of Marin (California): cooperation with TTP.
Box 6
Sacramento Peace Center (California): cooperation with TTP.
Box 6
Pacific Northwest Region, Seattle (California): programmatic efforts.
Box 7
Pacific Northwest Region, Seattle (California): literature developed -- packet " Viet Nam: Education and Action Guide".
Box 7
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) area: programmatic efforts.
Box 7
Other regions: programmatic efforts.
Box 7

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