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World Peace Council Collected Records

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-B-Finland-World Peace Council

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection were gathered together by SCPC staff but in no way represent the entire body of records of the WPC. This collection includes literature created and distributed by the WPC, reports from some WPC conferences, form letters. There are no unique documents in the collection.


  • Creation: 1949-1996


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access


Conditions Governing Use



The World Peace Council (WPC) was founded in 1948 and had its first international meetings in Paris and Prague the following year. Frederic Joliot-Curie served as the first president of the WPC. The WPC currently represents over 100 nations and national peace movements. According to its website, the WPC's principles and goals include actions against imperialist wars and occupation of sovereign countries and nations; prohibition of all weapons of mass destruction; abolition of foreign military bases; universal disarmament under effective international control; elimination of all forms of colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination; respect for the right of the peoples to sovereignty and independence, which are essential for the establishment of peace; non-interference in the internal affairs of nations; peaceful co-existence between states with different political systems; and negotiations instead of use of force in the settlement of differences between nations. The headquarters of the WPC were in Finland until 1999. Since 2000, the WPC has been located in Greece. The WPC is a registered NGO at the United Nations and cooperates primarily with the Non-Aligned Movement.


1.5 linear ft. (1.5 linear ft.)


The World Peace Council (WPC) is an international organization representing over 100 countries. Currently, its headquarters are in Greece. The organization was founded in 1948 and Frederic Joliot-Curie was its first president. According to the WPC website, it is described as an "anti-imperialist, democratic, independent and non-aligned international movement of mass action. It is an integral part of the world peace movement and acts in cooperation with other international and national movements" (2011).


World Peace Council records are arranged chronologically.

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Separated Materials

Poster removed to Oversized Poster Collection

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 by SCPC staff. This finding was created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, March 2011.


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Revision Statements

  • 2017: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Min Cheng in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Elisabeth Miller added the notes in Fall 2017.

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