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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Records

Identifier: SCPC-DG-043


Includes minutes, resolutions and general historical records; anniversary celebrations, committee minutes, literature and releases; office files from the legislative office, the finance and the executive director; includes miscellaneous records from branches, including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, among others; a large correspondence file includes general office correspondence as well as that of the National Organizational Secretary, the Washington Legislative Secretary, and others; also contains approximately 2150 photographs and/or negatives, periodicals, posters, banners, scrapbooks, postcards, graphics, audiovisual material, campaign buttons, lapel ribbons and pins, bumperstickers and other stickers, and other memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1915-


Conditions Governing Access

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 at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Historical Note

The United States Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was established in January 1920, replacing the Woman's Peace Party as the official arm of the WILPF in the United States; its aim was to "promote methods for the attainment of that peace between nations which is based on justice and good will and to cooperate with women from other countries who are working for the same ends.".


392 linear ft.

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Organized in 22 series.

Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm. Microfilm is available on-site by appointment and through interlibrary loan from the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

Reels 12.1-12.23 contain Part I of this collection. Reels 12.1-12.7 correspond to Series A, reels 12.8-12.23 to Series B. Microfilm produced by Scholarly Resources (Wilmington, Delaware), 1988. The Swarthmore College Peace Collection has two additional sets of this microfilm stored off-site.

Reels 130.1-130.97 contain Part III, Series A, C, and E of this collection. Reels 130.1-130.37 correspond to Series A, reels 130.38-130.92 to Series C, and reels 130.93-130.97 to Series E. Microfilm reproduction produced by Scholarly Resources (Wilmington, Delaware), 1988.

Reels 133.1-133.114 contains International WILPF materials 1915-1978 produced by University Microfilms. A guide to this microfilm collection produced by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1983. Reels 104.1-104.9 contain duplicates of some of the records of WILPF International from the University of Colorado, Boulder. These duplicates include records from 1915-1938 and periodicals from 1915-1978.

Reels 100.1-100.25 contain selected boxes in series A1 and A2.

Reels 141.1-141.4 contain International Congress Reports, 1915-1998.

Related Materials

Other repositories also have material related to Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The University of Colorado Boulder has a large collection with an international focus, including records originally sent from the Geneva headquarters of WILPF to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection and subsequently sent to the University of Colorado at Boulder Archives. WILPF materials from local branches also exist at many institutions often local or regional to those branches. World Cat contains catalog records for where these collections may exist.

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 78-79.
Guide to Sources on Women in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, p. 33-36.
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