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Mennonite Central Committee Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section Collected Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Mennonite Central Committee-Peace Section

Scope and Contents

This collection includes meeting minutes, printed material (brochures, reports, newsletters) and print-outs of emails, and is foldered in chronological order. There was a Peace Section as well as a U.S. Peace Section in the 1980s, and a Peace Committee existed as well during that time; material is separated accordingly. Most of the collection was received at the SCPC as mailings and has been kept in the same order as it was received.

The bulk of MCC's archives is held by Mennonite Archives USA in Goshen, Indiana (see the finding aid at http://www.mcusa-archives.org/MCC/IX-00-00(MCC).html).

Dates

  • 1942-

Creator

Language of Material

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 note

The Peace Section of the Mennonite Central Committee was established in January 1942, as successor to the Mennonite Central Peace Committee organized in 1939. It was composed of delegated representatives of the peace committees of the constituent conferences, plus the MCC Executive Secretary ex officio, and two members at large. It functioned through an executive committee of five and a full-time executive secretary with office at the MCC headquarters in Akron (Pennsylvania). J. Harold Sherk was a long-time executive secretary 1950-1958. H. S. Bender served as chairman continuously from 1942. The Peace Section had two representatives on the International Mennonite Peace Committee. The Peace Section served as an agency for counseling on problems related to conscription and the draft, a representation to government, a center for study, research, and writing regarding the peace position, and a central agency for peace education. For more information, see http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/M4658.html. Currently there is no Peace Section per se; peace efforts are carried out by MCC through its peace education staffperson/s.

Extent

2.71 Linear Feet (32.5 linear in.)

Abstract

The Peace Section of the Mennonite Central Committee was established in January 1942, as successor to the Mennonite Central Peace Committee organized in 1939. It served as an agency for counseling on problems related to conscription and the draft, a representation to government, a center for study, research, and writing regarding the peace position, and a central agency for peace education.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

Other Finding Aids

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received via mail.

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, and checklist prepared, by Anne Yoder, Archivist, January 2010.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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