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Guide to the Turn Toward Peace Records
BANC MSS 71/68 z  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational Statement and History
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Turn Toward Peace records,
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1968
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 71/68 z
    Creator: Turn Toward Peace (Organization)
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes, 15 cartons

    Linear feet: 20.40
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Contains the office files and working papers of a national organization committed to promoting world peace through law. Arranged in six series: National Office, Regional Division, Youth Advisory Council, International Liaison, Current Issues Files, and Participating Organizations. Includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, memoranda, statements, press releases, papers, drafts, leaflets, brochures, pamphlets, and booklets.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Turn Toward Peace records. BANC MSS 71/68 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Turn Toward Peace Records were given to The Bancroft Library by the World Without War Council on Jan. 21, 1971. Turn Toward Peace changed its name to World Without War Council in 1966.


    Funding for processing provided by Free Speech Movement Project.

    Organizational Statement and History

    Turn Toward Peace is a joint national effort of over 70 organizations working for a disarmed world under law, in which free societies can flourish. Turn Toward Peace does not pretend to speak for any of these organizations, but serves as a coordinating channel for their peace concerns. TTP has established a framework within which individuals and organizations representing the mainstream of American public opinion, along with pioneers in political and social thought, can explore the possibilities of finding alternatives to war and the threat of war -- alternatives that do not involve surrender of freedom or democratic values.
    In a continuing effort, TTP stresses these primary activities: (1) Community Peace Centers; (2) Peace Interne Program (a course of study and work for young people interested in community peace leadership); (3) peace research (encouraging new research, and making increased use of it); (4 conferences for voluntary organizations; (5) liaison with peace groups in other countries. [from: Turn Toward Peace leaflet, 1963]
    Turn Toward Peace (TTP) was organized in New York City in the early 1960's by Robert W. Gilmore, at that time, also director of the American Friends Service Committee in New York. In 1966, Turn Toward Peace incorporated, and changed it's name to World Without War Council. At the time of it's disbanding, World Without War Council was headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., under the direction of Robert Pickus.

    Scope and Content Note

    Turn Toward Peace Records, 1955-1968, consist of the office files and working papers of this national organization committed to promoting world peace through law. The collection includes the files of the National Office, Regional Divisions, Youth Advisory Council, and International Liaison Committee, as well as files relating to Current Issues and Participating Organizations, and contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, memoranda, statements, press releases, papers, drafts, leaflets, brochures, pamphlets, and booklets. Primary correspondence is generally included with other material about or relating to a project, conference, program, committee, peace center, or organization.