Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The United World Federalists mss., 1928-1988 (bulk 1946-1986), are the inactive office files of the United World Federalists. This organization was founded in Asheville, North Carolina on February 23, 1947 as the result of a merger of five existing world government groups: Americans United for World Government; World Federalists, U.S.A.; Student Federalists; Georgia World Citizens Committee; and the Massachusetts Committee for World Federation. In the mid-1970s it adopted its present name of World Federalist Association.

The World Federalist Association is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with members in forty-eight states. It has 350 chapters in thirty-nine states, a chapter in Hawaii and state-wide branches in twenty-seven states. The primary purpose of the organization is: (1) to achieve permanent peace through universal disarmament enforced by law; (2) to release for the satisfaction of human needs the resources that at present must be used in continuous preparation for war; (3) to maintain and promote human freedom, and to mobilize support for free institutions among all peoples; (4) to secure to all peoples the right to develop according to their own customs and traditions. Based entirely in the United States it is one of the largest member organizations of the World Federalist Movement. While the two organizations work closely together on many programs they are incorporated separately, with separate staffs, headquarters, and governing boards.

The collection consists of correspondence and internal memoranda; records relating to the United World Federalists's history, organization, policies and programs, committee reports, student chapters, general assemblies held annually in different cities; financial accounts and membership records; and manuals and other publications issued by the national office on a variety of issues. In addition there are scrapbooks, audio tapes, films and phonograph albums. The arrangement and contents of the files have been retained and listed as received. Box/folder lists are available:

Gift. 1956-1992

Collection size: 500,000 items

Related manuscripts: United World Federalists mss. II, United World Federalists mss. V

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