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Inventory of the World Without War Council records
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Index to WWWC Programs

  • Title: World without War Council records
    Date (inclusive): 1940-2011
    Collection Number: 84029
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 250 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 cardfile box, 265 cubic foot boxes (372.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: 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.
    Location note: Hoover Institution Archives.


    Boxes 1 to 508 may not be used without permission of the archivist. The remainder of the collection is open for research.

    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], World without War Council records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1984.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Historical Note

    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 War.
    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 of materials.

    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.
    World politics--1945-1989.