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Peter Weiss Collected Papers

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Peter Weiss was born in Vienna (Austria) in 1925, and came to the United States in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946, and with the U.S. Military Government in Berlin (Germany) in 1947. After graduating cum laude from St. John's College in Annapolis (Maryland), he attended Yale Law school in 1949-1952. After graduation, he founded and became the executive director of the International Development Placement Association, a precursor of the Peace Corps. He practiced law from 1955 to 2006, dividing his time between representing multinational companies, as a specialist in trademark law, and doing pro bono work in the fields of human rights, constitutional law, and nuclear weapons law.

Weiss is currently President of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, and Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Americans for Peace Now, which supports the Peace Now movement in Israel. He was a founder, and later President, of the American Committee on Africa.

The material in this small collection was removed from the papers of Peter Weiss' wife, Cora. They represent primarily his involvements with the Foundation for World Government in 1946-1951 (including his research trip to Israel in 1950), the International Development Placement Association (IDPA) in 1952-1954, and the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats in 1966-1967 (which led to his being a delegate from the Bronx to the Democratic National Convention in 1968, where he was arrested).

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.

Gift of Cora Weiss, 2007 [Acc. 07A-044]

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Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, September 2009

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Collection Inventory

Foundation for World Government: general.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: general.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1949.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1950.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1951 (January - July).
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1951 (August - December).
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1952.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: correspondence, 1953.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: attendance at conferences, 1949-1950.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: trip to Israel [Project Kibbutz I] [see also 1949-1950 correspondence folder], 1950.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: trip to Israel [Project Kibbutz I]—writings; notes, 1950.
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: development of bibliography re: Judaism/Israel [operation Kibbutz].
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Involvement with the Foundation for World Government: writings; research; speech.
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International Development Placement Association, Inc.: general, 1954.
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International Development Placement Association, Inc: meeting minutes, 1951-1953.
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International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence (general).
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International Development Placement Association, Inc: financial records.
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Involvement with International Development Placement Association, Inc: in-house memos, etc.
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1952-1953.
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1954 (April-August).
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1954 (September-December).
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: correspondence, 1955-1956.
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa -- general, 1954.
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa -- reports; notes [see also trip correspondence folder], 1954.
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa -- correspondence, 1954.
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Involvement with the International Development Placement Association, Inc: trip to Africa, 1957.
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Involvement with the Gandhi Society for Human Rights, 1962.
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Efforts in support of peace message (etc.) by Professor Georgio LaPira, 1965-1966.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: general, 1966-1967.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: meeting minutes, 1966-1967.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: plans for New York Times advertisement, ca. 1966-1967.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: signed statements of principles by Advisory Council members, 1967.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: Democrat clubs' responses, 1966-1967.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: Vietnam meeting, Manhattan Center (NYC), April 11, 1966.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: " Vietnam and Israel: There is a Difference" rally, Manhattan Center (NYC), June 22, 1967.
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: correspondence, 1966 (March-July).
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: correspondence, 1966 (August-December).
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Involvement with the Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: correspondence, 1967, n.d.
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Foreign Policy Council of New York Democrats: reference material.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on Peter Weiss [folder 1].
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on Peter Weiss [folder 1 cont.].
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on Peter Weiss [folder 2].
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Reference material.
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