Inventory of the George Weigel papers

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Title: George Weigel papers
Date (inclusive): 1978-1992
Collection Number: 2010C7
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 13 manuscript boxes (5.4 Linear Feet)
Abstract: The papers consist of correspondence, writings, memoranda, minutes, and printed matter relating to Weigel's role as a theologian and scholar, the role of religion, specifically from the Christian and Catholic point of view, in American foreign policy, peace and disarmament movements, and activities of the World without War Council and the Ethics and Public Policy Center..
Creator: Weigel, George, 1951-
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2010.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Weigel papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

1951, April 17 Born, Baltimore Maryland
1973 B.A. (magna cum laude), St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD
1974-1975 Lecturer in theology, Christian Brothers College, Orangeville, Ontario
1975 M.A. (summa cum laude), University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, Ontario
1975-1977 Assistant professor of theology and assistant dean of studies, St. Thomas Seminary, Washington, DC
1975-1978 Instructor in religion and pastoral theology, Religious Education Center, Seattle, WA
1977-1984 Scholar in residence, World without War Council of Greater Seattle, Seattle
1980-1984 Founder and director of Cathedral Fellowships in World Affairs
1980-2005 Member of executive committee, Institute on Religion and Democracy
1981-1984 Co-director of American Initiatives Project, World without War Council
  Member of Board of Regents, Seattle University
1982-1984 Member of advisory committee on ethical values, U.S. Information Agency
1983-1995 Member of board of directors, Rural Development Institute
1984 Mars Lecturer on theology, ethics, war, and peace, Northwestern University
1984-1985 Research fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1985-1989 President, James Madison Foundation, Washington, DC
1986-1989 Associate, Center on Religion and Society
1987-1992 Member, Keston-USA; Member, Puebla Institute
1987-Present Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty; Editor and principal author, American Purpose; Co-director, U.S. Institute of Peace Seminar
1989-1996 President, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC
1996-2007 Senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
1996-Present Director of the Catholic Studies program, Ethics and Public Policy Center
2005 Author, The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics without God, Basic Books (New York, NY)
2008-Present Distinguished senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Sources and Other Resources:
"George Weigel." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 24 Sept. 2010
George Weigel. n.d. Web.  24 Sept. 2010
"The Syndicated Column of George Weigel: The Catholic Difference." Denver Catholic Register: The Archdiocese of Denver, 2010. . Web. 24 Sept. 2010

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers consist of correspondence, writings, memoranda, minutes, and printed matter relating to Weigel's role as a theologian and scholar, the role of religion, specifically from the Christian and Catholic point of view, in American foreign policy, peace and disarmament movements, and activities of the World without War Council and the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
The bulk of material relates specifically to Weigel's work as a member of the World without War Council, the James Madison Foundation, and the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Extensive documentation is also present regarding Weigel's role in the Millennium Appeal for freedom of religion in the Soviet Union that was sent to Mikhail Gorbachev.
Materials of interest include booklets regarding the role religious leaders can play in world peace and disarmament.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States -- Foreign relations
Religion and international relations
United States -- Religion
Catholic Church
World Without War Council
Ethics and Public Policy Center (Washington, D.C.)


Correspondence 1979-1988

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence between Weigel and private individuals as well as correspondence with members of related organizations. Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
box 1, folder 1

Archdiocese of Baltimore 1980-1982

box 1, folder 2

Archdiocese of Seattle 1980-1982

box 1, folder 3

Kontos, C. William 1985

box 1, folder 4

Lutheran Church in America/Pacific Northwest Synod 1979 May

box 1, folder 5

Martin, Diarmuid 1988

box 1, folder 6

Schiffer, Richard 1987

Scope and Contents note

Ambassador, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, United States Department of State
box 1, folder 7

Zagano, Phyllis 1983 September 27


Organization and project records 1976-1992

Scope and Contents note

Contains documents related to organizations and specific projects Weigel was involved in. The bulk of the materials come from Weigel's involvement with the World Without War Council, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the Millennium Appeal to Mikhail Gorbachev (1988) for freedom of religion in the Soviet Union. Arranged alphabetically by name of project or organization.
box 1, folder 8-11

Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) 1988-1989

box 1, folder 12

EPPC Conference, September 16-18, 1988 1988

box 1, folder 13

EPPC Sollicitudo Rei Socialis Conference, March 18, 1988 1988


Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Senior Seminars 1985-1991

Scope and Contents note

Includes seminar materials, notes, and related correspondence. Arranged by seminar date
box 1, folder 14

1987 October 5-7

box 1, folder 15

1988 March 2

box 2, folder 1

1988 April 18-22

box 2, folder 2

1988 June 2-3

box 2, folder 3

1988 September

box 2, folder 4

1988 September 14-16

box 2, folder 5

1989 March 7-8

box 2, folder 6

1989 May 18

box 2, folder 7

1989 September 25-26

box 2, folder 8

1990 May 23-24

box 2, folder 9

1991 January 15


James Madison Foundation file 1986-1987

box 2, folder 10-11

Congressional work 1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, newsletters, collected materials and clippings, and other materials related to the foundation and their work with Congressman John Miller
box 3, folder 1

Congressional work, (contd.) 1986

box 3, folder 2

Weigel's resignation from Congressman Miller's staff and related materials 1987

box 3, folder 3

Closure information 1987 August


Millennium Appeal project 1988-1989

Scope and Contents note

Consists of materials pertaining to an appeal to Mikhail Gorbachev for freedom of religion in the Soviet Union. Includes correspondence, notes, and related documents
box 3, folder 4

Book project 1988-1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes documents in Russian and Ukrainian
box 3, folder 5

Chronology 1988

box 3, folder 6-8

Correspondence 1987-1988

box 3, folder 9-10

Database 1987-1988

box 4, folder 1-2

Distribution, first and second edition 1988-1989

box 4, folder 3

Distribution, third edition 1989

box 4, folder 4

Press conference 1988 April


Press coverage 1988

box 4, folder 5

America 1988 May 14

box 4, folder 6

Christianity Today 1988 June 17

box 4, folder 7

Congressional Record 1988 May 17

box 4, folder 8

Keston News Service 1988 May 12

box 4, folder 9

National Catholic Register 1988 May 15

box 4, folder 10

New York Times 1988 April 26

box 4, folder 11

Washington Post 1988 April 29

box 4, folder 12

Washington Times 1988 April 26, April 29

box 4, folder 13

Miscellany 1988 April-September

box 4, folder 14

Press coverage set 1988

box 5, folder 1-3

Project records 1987-1988

box 5, folder 4

Project report 1988 June

box 5, folder 5

World Without War Council (WWWC) regional projects 1988

box 5, folder 6-9

Signatories circa 1988, undated

Scope and Contents note

Consists of completed forms and related correspondence for those whose signatures appeared on the appeal
box 6, folder 1-2

"Assessing Religious Freedom in the Soviet Union: One Year After the Millennium" conference 1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes follow-up information to the Millennium Appeal and other related documents

National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and Peace, Freedom, and Security Studies (PFSS) materials 1984-1992

box 6, folder 3

Advisory committee 1984-1987

box 6, folder 4

Correspondence course 1989 May 24

Scope and Contents note

Includes course materials and related documents
box 6, folder 5-8

General information 1984-1992

box 6, folder 9-10

Guidelines on Peace Freedom and Security Studies booklet, critiques, responses, and other information circa 1985-1986

box 7, folder 1

Northwest Regional PFSS Program 1987 November 23

box 7, folder 2

Programs 1988-1989

box 7, folder 3

NAE/Union Seminary consultation 1987 December 10

box 7, folder 4

WWWC involvement and Bob Pickus correspondence 1984-1986

box 7, folder 5-6

Washington World Affairs Fellows (WWAF) records and financial information circa 1986-1987


World Without War Council (WWWC) records 1986-1992

box 7, folder 7-10

General documents 1986-1992

box 7, folder 11

Board of directors meetings and related documents 1987-1988

box 7, folder 12

Chicago office 1988-1989

box 8, folder 1

Introductory materials circa 1980-1984

box 8, folder 2

Midwest office 1985-1986

box 8, folder 3-7

Northern California office 1985-1989

box 8, folder 8-9

Seattle office 1985-1986

box 9, folder 1-6

Seattle office 1985-1991

box 9, folder 7

Study Guide to Bishops Statement The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response 1983


Other organizations, projects, and collected items 1983-1988

box 9, folder 8-9

Ad-Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty 1987-1988

box 10, folder 1

Evangelicals 1983-1985

box 10, folder 2

"Reestablishing and Extending the Idea of the Common Good" project 1993

Scope and Contents note

A joint project between the James Madison Foundation and the WWWC
box 10, folder 3

Simon, William E. speech at University of Notre Dame 1985 October 15 and 1976-1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes text of speech, related correspondence, and other writings by Simon
box 10, folder 4

Target Seattle 1982

box 10, folder 5

Wilson Quarterly project 1986


Speeches, writings and conference materials 1978-1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes materials related to conferences, workshops, seminars and other speaking engagements in which Weigel participated, as well as some of his writings and related materials. Arranged by organization or title.
box 10, folder 6

American Bar Association (ABA) National Security Workshop, Deception and Deterrence in "Wars of National Liberation," State-Sponsored Terrorism, and Other Forms of Secret Warfare 1987 May 20-21

box 10, folder 7

ABA workshop, The Vietnam Debate: A Fresh Look at the Arguments 1986 October 17-18

Scope and Contents note

Includes Weigel's article "'Vietnam' and the transformation of the American Catholic Debate on War and Peace"
box 10, folder 8

"An Appeal for the Religious Freedom in the Soviet Union on the Occasion of the Millennium of Christianity in the Kievan Rus" 1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes drafts and related correspondence
box 10, folder 9

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency/Strategic Defense Initiative correspondence 1986-1987

box 10, folder 10

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Campus Ministers 1981 February 28 and 1981 January-March

box 10, folder 11

Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation Conference 1986 April 19

box 10, folder 12

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Seminar 1986 December 12

box 10, folder 13

Christian Century Colloquium 1983 February 18 and 1981-1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, clippings and information regarding Bishop Armstrong
box 10, folder 14

Christian College Coalition American Studies Program Seminar 1985 December 4

box 10, folder 15

"Christian-Marxist Dialogue on Human Rights" 1989 September 29-October 7 and 1989 January-November

box 11, folder 1

"Christian Responsibility in an Election Year" at St. Marks Church 1980

box 11, folder 2

Communion and liberation lecture, Catholic University 1988 May

box 11, folder 3

CRS/James Madison Foundation "After the Threat" conference 1989 January-April

box 11, folder 4

CSIS/ Washington Quarterly colloquium 1988 June

box 11, folder 5

Denominational executives retreat 1981 June 2

box 11, folder 6

English Speaking Union Lecture 1981 May 2 and 1981 April-May

box 11, folder 7

"Exorcising Wilson's Ghost: Morality and Foreign Policy in America's Third Century," Washington Quarterly 1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes draft and copy of published version
box 11, folder 8

Foreign Policy Association, "1985 National Great Decisions Leadership Conference" 1985 September 8-10

box 11, folder 9

George Mason University, Nuclear War Education Conference 1986 April 10-12

box 11, folder 10

"Great Thinkers and the Arms Race" 1979-1980, undated

box 11, folder 11

"International Human Rights Quotient" undated

box 11, folder 12

Lithuanian Catholic groups 1987

box 11, folder 13

Lithuanian Catholic Religious Group and the 100th U.S. Congress 1987

box 11, folder 14

National Federation of Priests Council Disarmament Resolution 1978

box 11, folder 15

1979 Northwest Religious Education Congress, Yakima, WA 1979 January-October

box 11, folder 16

1980 Northwest Religious Education Congress, Seattle 1980

box 12, folder 1

Seafirst Retreat 1982 March 3-5

box 12, folder 2

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Conference on Peace Research in History (CPRH) Seminar 1986 June 26 and 1986 February-May

box 12, folder 3

UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance: UNHRC; meeting with Schifter 1986 September 10

box 12, folder 4

US State Department Relations with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) discussion 1985 October 11

box 12, folder 5

US State Department Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe briefing 1988 April 7 and 1987-1988

box 12, folder 6

USIA Worldnet 1988 April

box 12, folder 7

US Institute of Peace (USIP) Public Workshop on Pacifism and Citizenship 1988 September 28

box 12, folder 8

USIP Democracy and Peace Workshop 1989 April 17 and 1989 April-May

box 12, folder 9

University of Washington course "Arms, Citizens and the Shape of the Future" 1981-1983

box 12, folder 10

University of Washington Spectrum course, "Understanding the Arms Race" 1982

box 12, folder 11

University of Washington Strategic Seminar 1981-1983

box 12, folder 12-14

Peace Bishops and the Arms Race (PB/AR) booklet and related materials 1982-1983

box 13, folder 1

PB/AR booklet 1982-1984

box 13, folder 2-5

PB/AR reprints from Catholic newspapers and publications 1981


Memorabilia and Photographs 1979-1984

Scope and Contents note

Name tags from various speaking events and engagements as well as photographs of Weigel alone or with colleagues.
box 13, folder 6

Name tags from various events 1979-1984

box 13, folder 7

Photographs of Weigel at various speaking engagements and gatherings undated