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Guide to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Des Moines Chapter) records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1962-2002
Creator: Women's International League for Peace And Freedom (Des Moines Branch)
Extent: 1.75 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0240
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Members of the Des Moines chapter of WILPF studied government policy on nuclear testing, the draft , the war in Vietnam, and the arms race.  They held informational rallies and demonstrations and maintained a vigorous letter-writing campaign.

Access: The records are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 333) were donated by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Des Moines Branch) in 1996 and by Jane Magers (donor no. 873).

Preferred Citation: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom records, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

The Des Moines branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was officially formed April 18, 1962. Men were admitted from the beginning. Concerned about war and nuclear testing, the Des Moines members studied government policy on nuclear testing and fallout, the war in Vietnam, the universal draft, the national defense budget, and the arms race. Taking its cue from the original WILPF founded in 1915 by Jane Addams, the group stressed active participation in the form of letter writing, informational rallies, study groups and demonstrations. Eventually its concerns expanded to issues regarding the population explosion, apartheid in South Africa, United States-Cuba relations, and civil liberties.

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Des Moines branch records date from 1962 to 2002 and measure 1.75 linear feet. The records are arranged in six series: Administrative, Projects, Publicity, Other WILPF groups, Related peace organizations, and Members. The Members series includes information on Jane Magers, an activist for peace and the environment.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE
Series 2: PROJECTS
Series 3: PUBLICITY
Series 4: OTHER WILPF GROUPS
Series 5: RELATED PEACE ORGANIZATIONS
Series 6: MEMBERS

  • Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE
  • Box 1:
  • Board minutes - 1962-1967
  • Board minutes - 1967-1970
  • Board minutes - 1971-1976
  • Board minutes - 1977-1982
  • Board minutes - 1983-1991
  • Constitutions - 1963, 1974, 1983
  • Correspondence - 1962-1993
  • Financial records - 1967-1994
  • Membership lists, biographies, photos - 1962-1990
  • Series 2: PROJECTS
  • Box 1:
  • Armband project - 1969-1970
  • Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration - 1979-1992
  • Mothers Day March for Peace - 1981-1992
  • Series 3: PUBLICITY
  • Box 2:
  • Meeting and speech announcements - 1965-1995
  • Newspaper clippings - 1962-1994
  • Newsletters - 1968
  • Newsletters - 1970-1989
  • Newsletters - 1990-1993
  • Newsletters - 1994-
  • Box 3:
  • Scrapbooks (2 folders) - 1977-1979
  • Scrapbooks (2 folders) - 1979-1982
  • Series 4: OTHER WILPF GROUPS
  • Box 3:
  • International: International Women's Day - 1983
  • International: Publications - 1967, 1980, 1984
  • National: Conferences - 1969-1991
  • National: Publicity (2 folders) - 1968-1995
  • Box 4:
  • U.S. Section newsletters: Four Lights - 1968-1970
  • U.S. Section newsletters: Peace and Freedom - 1970-1974
  • U.S. Section newsletters: Peace and Freedom - 1977-1989
  • U.S. Section newsletters: Peace and Freedom - 1990-1994
  • Regional: Iowa City newsletter, September - 1972
  • Regional: Midwest Region newsletter, September and April - 1972, 1994
  • Regional: Rochester, Minnesota newsletter, Probe! Probe! Summer - 1971
  • Series 5: RELATED PEACE ORGANIZATIONS
  • Box 4:
  • Publications, programs, proposals - 1967-1993
  • Series 6: MEMBERS
  • Box 4:
  • Jane Magers - 1953-2002