National Peace Conference (U.S.) Records
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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The National Peace Conference was formed in 1933 to unify and coordinate the efforts of various U.S. organizations interested in world justice and peace. The main function of the organization was to relate peace organizations to the public and to each other. The NPC member organizations coordinated some programs, activities and joint projects. Dr. Walter Van Kirk was director at the time of founding of the NPC. The main issues covered by the NPC included: neutrality, economics and peace, military training in schools and colleges, freedom of conscience, immigration policy, the League of Nations, and U.S. national defense policies. The organization had international contacts, especially with the National Peace Council in London, and the Rassemblement Universel pur la Paix (International Peace Council), in Geneva, Switzerland. The NPC was active until 1951.
The collection includes organizational meeting minutes, correspondence, statements of policy, annual reports, financial records, releases, serial publications, and literature. The bulk of the correspondence is with local peace groups, 1936-1944. There is additional correspondence with international peace organizations. In addition there are documents relating to various NPC committees and project, such as the Campaign for World Economic Cooperation, 1937-1939.
The collection is organized first by internal administrative records, then correspondence with local U.S. peace organization and group by state. Correspondence with international peace organizations forms the next section of documents. The remaining boxes contain material on NPC projects and literature.
Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 48.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Gift of National Peace Conference.
Updated by Anne Yoder, Archivist, July 2015
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merger with Emergency Peace Campaign
New York Insitute
opening international broadcast
Washington Conference - preliminary arrangements
Washington Conference - miscellaneous
Washington Conference - report of Committee of Experts
local group organization
visual aids, literature
radio program campaign
Staley memo and CWEC revival
Marathon Round Table
World Government Day