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Woman's Peace Party Records

Identifier: SCPC-DG-043-part I


Consists of general organizational files of the national office (in Chicago) such as meeting minutes and correspondence, as well as material from the State Branches. There may be some overlap between the files of the State Branches of the WPP and of what is in the State Branch files of WILPF [see Part II, Series B]. Includes minutes, speeches, and correspondence relating to the organization conference, Jan. 1915; executive board minutes (1915-1919); correspondence (1914-1919); and membership lists, statements, resolutions, reports, releases, literature, and clippings; together with materials relating to the International Congress of Women (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) at The Hague, Apr. 1915, and American delegation of the International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace (1915-1919); records of New York and Massachusetts branches of Woman's Peace Party including scattered minutes, correspondence, resolutions, releases, and literature; and 8 scrapbooks, primarily clippings, assembled by the Massachusetts Branch. Correspondents include Jane Addams, Emily Greene Balch, Carrie Chapman Catt, Katherine D. Cumberson, Crystal Eastman, Rose Dabney Forbes, Zona Gale, Hannah Clothier Hull, Eleanor Daggett Karsten, Margaret Lane, Louis Paul Lochner, Lucia Ames Mead, Alice Thacher Post, Rosika Schwimmer, May Wright Sewall, Rebecca Shelley, Anna Garlin Spencer, Harriet P. Thomas, Julia Grace Wales, Agnes D. Warbasse, and Ruth C. Williams.


  • 1914-1920


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions. When available, microfilm must be used. Consult Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff for more information.

Biographical / Historical

The Woman's Peace Party (WPP) was formed in January 1915 with a platform calling for a conference of neutral nations, limitations on armaments, organized opposition to militarism in the U.S., democratic control of foreign policy, and extension of franchise to women; in Apr. 1915 became the American Section of International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace; in November 1919 it became U.S. Section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.


11.75 Linear Feet (11.75 linear ft.)


Organized in 3 series: A. Historical records; B. Correspondence; C. Scrapbooks.

Alternate Form Available

Series A and B: available in Microfilm reels 12.1-12.23.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of Four Lights, 1917-1919, newsletters of the New York Branch of the WPP.

Related Materials

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section Records

Bibliographic References

Described in: Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed. (1981), p. 77, and Guide to Sources on Women in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection [compiled and] edited by Wendy E. Chmielewski (1988), p. 30.

General Note

Forms part of: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Records and collected records, 1914- (Document Group 43)

General Note

This entry replaces MS 62-687.


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