Guide to the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (Essex County, N.J. Branch) Collectionca. 1925-1994 MG 1633


Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Container List

WILPF Materials

Guide to the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (Essex County, N.J. Branch) Collection
ca. 1925-1994
MG 1633

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Inventory prepared by Abby Zackin.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. July 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid writtenin English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom
Title: Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (Essex County, N.J. Branch) Collection
Dates: ca. 1925-1994
Abstract: This collection consists of various correspondence, flyers, newsletters, pamphlets, financial statements and photographs pertaining to the Essex County, New Jersey branch of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom.
Quantity: 0.7 linear ft. (2 boxes + 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number: MG 1633

Historical Note

The Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915 in response to World War I. The WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.

The Essex County Branch was founded in 1925 and reactivated in 1955 at a conference at Upsala College. The branch continues to operate with 50 members. Lauretta Freeman served as president in 1955 and served again in 2005. Many of the branch’s activities are based in Montclair and include current events discussions, letter writing sessions, voter registration drives, and funding scholarships.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of educational and informational pamphlets created or distributed by the WILPF, newspaper articles about events held by the Essex County branch of the WILPF and persons in the organization, documents detailing the day-to-day workings of the branch such as meeting minutes and newsletters, personal correspondence between members, bank ledgers and other financial documents, numerous group photographs of WILPF members, and WILPF promotional material dating from 1925 to 1994. Included also are pamphlets and documents related to the United Nations.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, and forms documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935.
Subject Organizations:
League of Nations.
United Nations.
Woman’s Peace Party.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Subject Topics:
Nonprofit organizations–New Jersey.
Peace movements.
Political activists–New Jersey.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975.
Women–Societies and clubs.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945.
Subject Places:
Essex County (N.J.)
Document Types:
Financial Statements.
Ledgers (Account books)
Letters (Correspondence)

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 572, Mary Philbrook (1872-1958), Women’s rights leader

Manuscript Group 770, New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association.

Manuscript Group 1051, Amelia Berndt Moorfield (b. 1876), Suffragist.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1633, Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (Essex County, N.J. Branch) Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Warren Grover, 2005.

Processing Information

Some of the documents, especially the older meeting minutes and the newspaper articles, are brittle and torn; these materials should be handled with care.

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Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom. 19 July 2005. <>

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Container List

WILPF Materials

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Accounts ledger, with treasurer’s reports & correspondence 1938-ca. 1943
1 2 Accounts ledgers listing membership dues, receipts, disbursements, etc. 1937-1949
1 3 Fliers 1926-1994
1 4 Newsletters 1926-1994
1 5 Meeting Minutes/Program Schedules 1926-1994
1 6 WILPF seals in original envelopes; “Peace” Dove Painting n.d.
1 7 Correspondence/Speeches/Notes 1936-1994
1 8 Financial Documents/Checks 1926-1990
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Pamphlets– assorted, anti-war related 1925-1944
2 2 Pamphlets– WILPF 1924-1990
2 3 Pamphlets– United Nations/League of Nations 1926-1954
2 4 Newspaper Clippings-articles about WILPF activities 1936-1990
Box Folder Title Date
OS 1 Group Photographs of WILPF Members; Portrait photograph of Jane Addams ca. 1927-1937

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