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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Detroit Branch Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001870
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Detroit Branch Records contains the records of WILPF's Detroit chapter with some materials from the Michigan state branch. Much of the collection is comprised of records from meetings for the two chapters and their various subgroups. These reports and meeting minutes reflect the goals and activities of the local WILPF chapters. Other notable sections are the records for WILPF's Peace Day Camp, compiled materials on prominent local WILPF members, numerous subject files, WILPF publications and pamphlets advocating various issues, planning materials for special events, legislative activities with local and federal politicians, newsletters, and scrapbooks documenting the organization's history.

Important Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations Detroit (Mich.) Nuclear disarmament Peace movements Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States Women’s Organizations Women’s rights Women’s rights -- United States -- History --20th Century

Important Names: Addams, Jane, 1860-1935 Herz, Helga, 1912-2010 Riseman, Meta Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Dates

  • 1910 - 2009
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 2003

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

16.5 Linear Feet ((14 SB, 2 OS), 14 envelopes)

Overview

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to ending war and bringing about world peace. Formed in 1919 along with the Michigan branch, Detroit's WILPF branch has been active in pushing for peace and equality throughout the region and nationally. These actions reflected in the collection include lobbying politicians (notably Michigan governors, Representative John Dingell, and Detroit mayor Coleman Young), writing publications advocating their positions on various issues, holding public demonstrations for numerous causes, and more. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Detroit Branch Records contains the records of WILPF's Detroit chapter with some materials from the Michigan state branch. Much of the collection is comprised of records from meetings for the two chapters and their various subgroups. Other notable sections are the records for WILPF's Peace Day Camp, compiled materials on prominent local WILPF members, numerous subject files, WILPF publications and pamphlets advocating various issues, planning materials for special events, legislative activities with local and federal politicians, newsletters, and scrapbooks documenting the organization's history.

History

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to ending war and bringing about world peace. Formed in 1919 along with the Michigan branch, Detroit's WILPF branch has been active in pushing for peace and equality throughout the region and nationally. These actions reflected in the collection include lobbying politicians (notably Michigan governors, Representative John Dingell, and Detroit mayor Coleman Young), writing publications advocating their positions on various issues, holding public demonstrations for numerous causes, and more. WILPF has continually operated since its formation, but activity and membership spiked in the 1960s in response to the Vietnam War. Noteworthy past members include Meta Riseman (who would go on to serve as the head of WILPF's US branch), former president Agnes Bryant, and Alice Herz (the first American to commit self-immolation in protest of the war in Vietnam).

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Reuther Library by Terry Futvoye-Micus on July 27, 2004 and February 2, 2007.

Related Material

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: Meta Riseman Records

Transfers

Audiovisual materials such as audio and video and cassettes were transferred to the Reuther's Audiovisual Department (see box 16 in the inventory). 14 envelopes of photographic negatives were also transferred to the Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Gavin Strassel on August 14, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Detroit Branch Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Gavin Strassel; encoded by Gavin Strassel.
Date
2014-08-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA