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National Peace Council (Great Britain) Collected Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-B-Great Britain-National Peace Council

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the NPC's constitution, annual reports (1921-1964), form letters and minutes sent to the executive committee (1927-1929), publications such as periodicals, pamphlets, and leaflets, and mimeographed releases, form letters, statements, and reports. It includes two pamphlet series published by the council, Peace Aims Pamphlets (1940-1957) and Peace Aims Documents (1942-1944); Peace Year Book (1910-1957); and periodicals of various titles (1931-1962). Many of the pamphlets have been catalogued on Tripod.

Dates

  • 1909-2000

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss retrieval of off-site materials.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Historical

This group originated in 1905 (1904?) as the National Council of Peace Societies, but it was permanently established as the National Peace Council after the 17th Universal Peace Conference took place in London in 1908. Carl Heath was appointed General Secretary and was succeeded in 1919 by F.E. Pollard, who served until 1921 when J.H. Hudson assumed the position. Later Secretaries included Rennie Smith (M.P.) and Gerald Bailey. In 1923 [1924?] the group began using the name National Council for Prevention of War, but then resumed its previous name in 1931. The NPC brought together national groups and organizations that held a common interest in peace, disarmament, and internationalism in support of radical and constructive solutions to problems related to war and violence. Its affiliated groups included peace societies as well as religious, social, and industrial organizations. A major task in its early years was organizing the National Peace Congress; it also arranged conferences on specific issues. Many of the pamphlets the NPC produced are speeches given or findings made at such gatherings. The NPC was superceded by the Network for Peace in ca. 2001.

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet (2.25 linear ft.)

Overview

The National Peace Council, established in 1905 as the National Council of Peace Societies and later also known as the National Council for the Prevention of War, brought together national groups and organizations that held a common interest in peace, disarmament, and internationalism in support of radical and constructive solutions to problems related to war and violence. Its affiliated groups included peace societies as well as religious, social, and industrial organizations. A major task in its early years was organizing the National Peace Congress.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for these papers/records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received in 1946-1947.

Existence and Location of Copies

Yes, periodical "Peace" (1938-1941) is available on microfilm.

Related Materials

  1. National Council for Prevention of War Records (DG 023)
  2. Twenty-five boxes of material from the National Peace Council are available at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Separated Materials

Major newsletters of this group are available in the Periodical Collection (also see below in box 3 for uncatalogued periodicals); A set of its annual "Peace Year-Book" is available in the Book Collection

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 49.

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

Collection and checklist prepared by Anne M.Yoder, Archivist, June 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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