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Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace Records

Identifier: SCPC-DG-160
This collection includes correspondence, administrative files, manuscripts, minutes of meetings, tearsheets of articles and newspaper clippings, reference files, and photographs. Correspondents include W.H. Ferry.


  • 1985-1991


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection


Copyright and Rights Information



10.5 Linear Feet (10.5 linear ft.)


The Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace, founded by W. H. Ferry, was established at Boston College in 1987 to explore the conditions for a sustainable peace. The group worked on concepts such as "peace systems" and "war systems", and its members developed the Citizens' Peace Treaty. After relocating to Washington, D.C., the organization ceased operation 1990 or 1991.

Historical note

The Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace was established in 1987 by W. H. Ferry as a forum to explore the conditions needed for a sustainable peace, and to develop positive alternatives for security in the nuclear age. The organization's headquarters were located first at the Sociology Department of Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts), and later in Washington D.C. The group published peace-related books and background papers until it ceased operationin 1990 or 1991.


This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was received.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace, 1991 [Acc. 91A-132]; 1992 [Acc. 92A-007 and Acc. 92A-026]

Related Materials

There are no related materials for this collection. For the collection's catalog record, search the library's online catalog.

Separated Materials

Items removed: Periodicals Published Books and Pamphlets

Legal Status

Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was received. This finding aid was created by Amanda Cardillo on July 30, 2012.
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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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