Scope and Contents note
Index to WWWC Programs
Title: World without War Council records
Date (inclusive): 1940-2011
Collection Number: 84029
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
250 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 cardfile box, 265 cubic foot boxes
(372.5 linear feet)
Minutes, resolutions, correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records, serial issues, bulletins, newsletters, and other
printed matter, relating to peace movements in the United States, pacifism, conscientious objectors, disarmament, nuclear
weapons, American foreign policy, world affairs, and the Vietnamese War.
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Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1984.
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The World Without War Council was a private, nonprofit American organization to promote peace.
In 1958, Robert Pickus founded Acts of Peace. In 1961, the organization changed its name to Turn Toward Peace. In 1967, a
group split off to become the World Without War Council.
Scope and Contents note
The World Without War Council records contain minutes, resolutions, correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records,
serial issues, bulletins, newsletters, other printed matter, and audiovisual materials related to peace movements in the United
States, pacifism, conscientious objectors, disarmament, nuclear weapons, American foreign policy, world affairs, and the Vietnam
The World Without War Council was a United States organization committed to ending war. In a statement of their goals and
principles, the Council wrote, "Conflict is the nature of things; war, as a means of resolving conflict, is not. We will never
rid the world of personal and small-group violence, but we can end the organized mass violence of war." ("Clarifying the Council's
Work," Box 510). The Council envisioned the United States as an international leader in the work to end war and championed
an interventionist strategy. Unlike many peace organizations, the Council rejected solutions that focused only on the reduction
of United States military power. They believed that democratic policies were a requisite for peace and that international
agreement would be needed to bring about the end of organized violence.
The WWWC had regional offices in Berkeley, New York, Chicago, and Seattle. As part of their mission, they assisted volunteer
organizations and NGOs with developing their own programs, and created guidelines for other peace groups. The WWWC consulted
for a variety of peace, education, labor, and religious organizations, such as the National Council on Philanthropy and the
AFL-CIO. Meeting minutes, correspondence, and administrative files documenting their work can be found throughout the collection,
often under the heading of "Office file" or "Chronological file."
The WWWC implemented many programs geared toward creating peace. Since the collection has not been arranged, the Index to
WWWC Programs can serve as a guide to these materials. Although this index highlights large groupings of documents pertaining
to specific programs, other program materials can be found throughout the collection.
The collection includes papers of Robert Pickus, founder of Acts of Peace and president of the WWWC. The Robert Pickus File
(Box 509 to 520) includes correspondence, biographical documents, and printed matter relating to his life and work.
As noted throughout the finding aid, some boxes have been removed from the collection due preservation issues or rehousing
Index to WWWC Programs
- 145, 349-351
- Alliance for Education in Global and International Studies (AEGIS)
- 91, 104, 143, 144, 440, 441
- American Initiatives Project
- 54, 231, 429-430, 444-446
- Assessing the Public Effort for Peace
- Bay Area Americans and World Affairs Fellows Program
- 77, 80, 82, 89, 153, 236, 355-356, 409-410
- Conscience and War
- 8, 37, 91
- Diablo Valley Peace Education Project
- 37, 57, 99
- Diablo Valley School Project
- 15, 257, 262
- Diocese of Oakland
- 37, 147, 152, 266
- Diocese of California, Episcopal
- 20-21, 210, 226
- East Bay Draft Information and Counseling Service
- 294-295, 381-391, 503
- Good Global Governance
- 44, 61, 360-361, 406-408
- Historians Project
- 2, 12, 31, 35, 128, 455-456, 474-475, 478-479, 486
- Immigrants and Citizenship Project (Common Good)
- 22-23, 33, 140, 164, 240
- Improving American Competence in World Affairs
- 9, 27, 100, 127, 164, 208, 243, 413-414
- International Conflict and American Organizations Project
- 6, 127, 154, 158, 161, 190, 223
- National Council on Philanthropy
- 33-35, 54
- Organizational Map Project
- 28, 243
- Peace Ballot and Peace Platform
- 28, 100, 104
- Peace and Elections
- 184, 195, 251
- Project South Africa
- Religious Leadership
- 56, 157, 164, 209
- State Department/Independent Sector Project
- Television Project
- 91, 132, 231, 243
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- 44, 143, 198, 206
- U.S. Response to the Arms Race
- 18, 85
- 91, 206, 243
- Voluntary Organizations and a World Without War
Subjects and Indexing Terms
World without War Council.
United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989.
United States--Foreign relations.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.