IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM (DES MOINES BRANCH)
1.75 linear feet
The records (donor no. 333) were donated by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Des Moines Branch) in 1996 and (donor no. 873) by Jane Magers.
The records are open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
In Boxes 1 and 4.
Margaret Richardson, 1996; Lindsay E. Shannon, 2009.
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.
Scope and Content Note
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Des Moines branch records date from »1962 to 2002and measure 1.75 linear feet. The records are arranged in 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.
Box no. Description
1983-1991 and undated
Constitutions, 1963, 1974, 1983
Correspondence, 1962-1993 and undated
Financial records, 1967-1994 (scattered)
Membership lists, biographies, photos 1962-1990
Armband project, 1969-1970
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration, 1979-1992
Mother’s Day March for Peace, 1981-1992, undated
Meeting and speech announcements, 1965-1995, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1962-1994
Other WILPF groups
International Women's Day, 1983 and undated
Publications, 1967, 1980, 1984
U.S. Section newsletters
Four Lights, 1968-1970
Peace and Freedom
Iowa City newsletter, September 1972
Midwest Region newsletter, September 1972 and April 1994
Rochester, Minnesota newsletter, Probe! Probe! Summer 1971
Related peace organizations
Jane Magers, 1953-2002 and undated