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Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Records

Identifier: WSR000486

Scope and Content

This collection contains 3 series: Departmental Files, Publications, and Oversize and Audiovisual. The Departmental Files contains materials pertaining to the history and the inner-workings of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS), including a number of meeting minutes, workshop programs, and event fliers. The Publications series published works dealing with topics of interest to CPCS, such as global education, international affairs, and military issues. The Oversize and Audiovisual series contains two oversize items, photographs, VHS tapes, cassettes, and photographic slides.

Series 1: Department Files, 1963-2003 Series 2: Publications, 1983-1998 Series 3: Oversize and Audiovisual, 1960-2003


  • 1960-2003


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) was created on November 20, 1965 and directed by Russell Broadhead. It was originally monikered as the Center for Teaching About War and Peace. In 1987, the Wayne State University Board of Governors changed the name to its current iteration. The center's founding mission focused on the means to develop and implement projects, programs, curricula, research and publications in areas of scholarship related to international and domestic peace, war, social injustice, arms control, globalization, multicultural awareness, and constructive conflict resolution. CPCS has developed over the past few decades as a provider in community outreach through programs that emphasize conflict resolution, development of intercultural understanding, and enhancement of local knowledge of global affairs.


10.25 Linear Feet (10 SB, 1 OS.)


The Wayne State Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) was formed in 1965 as the Center for Teaching About War and Peace, until 1987 when it was changed to its current moniker. The files mainly reflect the center's activities from 1960 to 2003.


The collection is arranged into 3 series. Series 1 (Boxes 1-9), Series 2 (Box 9), and Series 3 (Boxes 10-11). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are semi-arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


Materials were deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library through several sources, including by Lillian Genser in 1979 and 1981, Elizabeth Sherman in 1990, Frederic Pearson in 1992 and 2006, and Melissa Tate in 1992.

Related Materials

Topics covered in the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Records are featured in other Reuther Library collections, including the Ruthven (Rudy) Simons Papers.


Series 3, Box 11, is located in the Audio-Visual Department of the Walter P. Reuther Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Mark Prindiville on August 20, 2017.
Guide to the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Records
Processed by Mark Prindiville.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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