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American School Citizenship League Collected Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-American School Citizenship League
Founded in 1908 by Fannie Fern Andrews, the American School Peace League was intended to promote peace by introducing principles of international justice and fraternity into the curricula of U.S. schools. The League distributed circulars, leaflets and booklets for classroom use, including poetry, endorsements for peace from statesmen and military leaders, accounts of peace activity, information regarding other peoples and cultures, and a series of programs designed to further the message of international peace. The League continued to function until the death of Fannie Fern Andrews in 1950.

Dates

  • 1908-1930

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

None.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (15 linear in.)

Historical note

Founded in 1908 by Fannie Fern Andrews, the American School Peace League was intended to promote peace by introducing principles of international justice and fraternity into the curricula of U.S. schools. By 1915, it had branches in 40 states, primarily because of the energy of Andrews and her fellow peace workers, including Lucia Ames Mead.

The National Education Association urged all teachers to cooperate with the League, and in 1912, the U.S. commissioner of education, Philander Claxton, invited Andrews to serve as special advisor to his bureau. The movement spread to Europe, with French teachers organizing a similar league. On a trip to England in 1914, Andrews helped organize the School Peace League of Great Britain and Ireland.

The League distributed circulars, leaflets and booklets for classroom use. The material included poetry, endorsements for peace from statesmen and military leaders, accounts of peace activity, information regarding other peoples and cultures, and a series of programs, including pageants and essay contests, that were designed to further the message of international peace. Following the outbreak of World War I, the League changed its name to the American School Citizenship League. Although it was most active as an organization in its early years, the League continued to function until the death of Fannie Fern Andrews in 1950.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository of this collection of records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisitions information is unknown.

Related Materials

None.

Legal Status

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

Processing Information

Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, January 2000
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Revision Statements

  • 2017: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Tessa Chambers added the notes in Fall 2017.

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