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Guide to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Collection MS 185
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 185
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.5 Linear feet (9 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1985
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of the San Diego branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) from 1925 through its closure in 1991.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English, Spanish, and Russian.
    creator: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Katrina White on September 6, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Collection, MS 185, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was established as an international peace organization at The Hague in 1915; the U.S. delegation was led by Jane Addams. The delegates advocated a Society of Nations, universal disarmament, and the end of World War I through continuous peaceful mediation by a commission of neutral parties. Since its founding, the WILPF has had as its core motivation: “unit[ing] women in many countries who work by democratic and nonviolent means to remove the causes of war and to create the conditions in which peace and freedom can flourish.” The WILPF was brought to San Diego by Helen Marston (who later became Helen Marston Beardsley) in 1924. Helen (b. 1892; d. 1982) was the youngest daughter of George White Marston, a wealthy San Diego businessman and civic activist. It was during her studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts that Helen became interested in political reform. After college, she spent time volunteering and teaching, but ultimately found that her passion was in politics and the struggle for peace. While in Europe working to alleviate some of the suffering caused by WWI, she attended the third international congress of WILPF in 1921. She returned to San Diego and in 1924, started the WILPF San Diego Chapter. Since then the local WILPF has been active in educational programs involving subjects as diverse as nonviolent resistance and the social structure of China. The main activities of the WILPF have included sponsoring conferences and ongoing community discussions, peace rallies, correspondence campaigns and educational exhibits.

    Scope and Content

    This collection includes papers related to the San Diego branch of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF) throughout its existence from 1925 to 1991. It contains administrative, financial and membership documents as well as correspondence and ephemera related to WILPF local, national and international events and causes. Items of note include the personal correspondence of Helen Marston Beardsley and Florence Stevens, an original signed letter by Cesar Chavez, and photographs of Beardsley and other prominent San Diegans.


    Collection is arranged by series:
    Series I: WILPF - San Diego Branch Papers
    Series II: WILPF - National / International Papers
    Series III: WILPF - Sponsored Events
    Series IV: U.S.-Soviet Women’s Conference
    Series V: Research Resources
    Series VI: Florence Stevens Papers
    Series VII: Helen Marston Beardsley Papers
    Items in each series are arranged by subject.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession numbers 860920A, 890809, 920709.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
    Arms Control Association (Washington, D.C.).
    Balch, Emily
    Ballantyne, Edith
    Bates, Jim
    Beardsley, George Marston
    Beardsley, Helen Marston
    Beardsley, John
    Bishop, Helen
    Bishop, Jane
    Boehm, Marjorie
    Boulding, Elise
    Bowring, Ursula
    Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1996
    Burgener, Clair W.
    Camp, Kay
    Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
    Chalmers, Ruth
    Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993
    Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (San Diego, Calif.).
    Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation.
    Conyers, John, 1929-
    Cranston, Alan, 1914-2000
    D'Vincent, Donna
    Delaney, Patricia
    Edwards, Don, 1915-
    Filner, Barbara
    First Unitarian Church (San Diego, Calif.).
    Frank, Libby
    General Dynamics Corporation. Convair Division.
    Guthrie, David W.
    Halper, Leah
    Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
    Harper, Frank
    Harper, J. C. (Jacob Chandler), 1858-1939
    Harper, Liliane
    Hasegawa, Marii
    Hatcher, Richard G., 1933-
    Hatfield, Mark O., 1922-2011
    Headley, Harriet
    Hoskins, Alice B.
    Huerta, Dolores, 1930-
    Hunter, Duncan, 1948-
    Imutan, Andy
    Inouye, Daniel K., 1924-
    Johnson, Glenna
    Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
    Korman, Phyllis
    Kraus, Phyllis
    Lessner, Milton
    Linton, Etta
    Livingston, Millie
    Lowery, Bill, 1947-
    Mandeville, Ernest W. (Ernest Wyckoff), 1896-
    McClure, James A.
    Midgley, Jane
    Mobilization for Peace, Jobs and Justice (Organization).
    New Hope Foundation.
    Olmstead, Mildred Scott
    Pendell, Ann Chalmers
    Pendell, Carol
    Physicians for Social Responsibility (U.S.).
    Plastas, Melinda
    Progress for Labor San Diego.
    Reagan, Ronald
    Reynolds, Barbara (Barbara Leonard)
    Reynolds, Jessica
    Rhoads, Anne
    Rider, Pam
    Schroeder, Pat
    Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932
    Seagall, Edith
    Seneca Army Depot.
    Sevigny, Therese P.
    Shapiro, Sylvia
    Sills, Joe
    Simmons, Robert (Bob)
    Somerville, Rose M. (Rose Maurer), 1908-
    Steffens, Dorothy R.
    Steinmetz, Doris
    Steinmetz, Harry
    Stevens, Florence
    Stevens, Robert
    Taller, Dolores S.
    United Nations Association.
    United States Institute of Peace.
    Vogel, Robert
    Walshok, Mary Lindenstein
    Whitney, Norman J. (Norman Jehiel), 1891-1967
    Wickler, Beth
    Women's History Reclamation Project.
    Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
    Arms control
    Nuclear weapons
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Soviet Union
    Women -- Societies and clubs
    Women political activists