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Wisbech Local Peace Association Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-042

Scope and Contents

The records of the Wisbech Local Peace Association contain membership blanks, annual reports of the organization's activities, tracts and other publications issued by the group, writings by Priscilla Peckover, and correspondence between Peckover and other peace leaders.

Dates

  • 1880-1931

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access Note

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at peacecollection@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Biographical Note

Priscilla Hannah Peckover (1833-1931) devoted much of her life toward mobilization for peace. She believed that every person had a duty to perform in consolidating public opinion against war. In 1879 she formed the Wisbech Peace Association to promote the development of women in work for peace. This group of men and women, eventually growing from hundreds to thousands, became a center for peace activity. They concentrated on establishing peace by means of arbitration and disarmament. The organizers of the Wisbech Peace Association condemned war based on Christian theology.

To further mutual understanding and internationalism the Wisbech Local Peace Association [W.L.P.A.] published many tracts of short moral tales and worked with peace organizations in other countries. Through a member of the society they were joined by a Baptist congregation in the north of France and by a group of German Baptists at Wiesbaden. Priscilla Peckover also contacted groups in Scandanavia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and Denmark.

Extent

1.6 Linear Feet (1.6 linear ft.)

Overview

Priscilla Hannah Peckover (1833-1931) devoted much of her life toward mobilization for peace. In 1879 she formed the Wisbech Peace Association to promote the development of women in work for peace. This group of men and women became a center for peace activity in Great Britain. They concentrated on establishing peace by means of arbitration and disarmament, based on Christian theology.

Arrangement

Many of the tracts and other forms of literature, the annual reports, and other organizational items were arranged into five scrapbooks, most likely by Priscilla Peckover (Boxes 1-3). These scrapbooks date from 1880 to 1931. Other materials, such as correspondence, biographical items on Peckover, and miscellaneous peace material are organized into Box 4. The material in Box 4 has been microfilmed. The scrapbooks have not been filmed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of E. Miller, Wisbech, England.

Existence and Location of Copies

Part of this collection, Box 4, is available on microfilm (reel 87). Microfilming funded by NEH Grant No. RC 27706-77-739. Microfilm is available on-site by appointment and through interlibrary loan from the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

Related Materials

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Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 76.

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

This finding aid was prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone in August, 2009.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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