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LSE Library completes Swords into Ploughshares catalogue project

Seeking shelter at the Hungerford Club, c.1941-c.1944LSE Library has completed a major cataloguing project which opens up the archives for the British section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Fellowship of Reconciliation: London Union (FOR).

Supported by the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, “Swords into Ploughshares” began in August 2013 aiming to make the vast collection of original material from the influential peace organisations accessible for research. The cataloguing project amounted to 1,250 files of manuscript material, photographs and memorabilia.  

There is currently an exhibition on  Swords into Ploughshares in the LSE Library 'Escape Area', near the main entrance, until the 1st August.

Carys Lewis, lead Archivist on the project, said, 

Cataloguing these two archives has been fascinating; WILPF and FOR not only campaigned for world peace but also strove to change the world through ending racial discrimination and providing support to those living in deprivation. The many different people captured in the archive are inspirational when one considers their views were sometimes unpopular with the current national mood.”

James Travers, Secretary to the Cataloguing Grants Panel at the National Archives said,
"These two collections collectively have a regional, national and international significance. The project has produced insights into two major pacifist groups to sit alongside the upcoming commemorations of the First World War in 2014 and beyond."

A photograph gallery featuring selected classic images from the Swords into Ploughshares archive is available to media outlets: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjSpr6LV

The collection is now catalogued and accessible online though the LSE Library’s Catalogue.

Notes for Editors:

Contact: Peter Carrol, LSE Library Communications, 07825 727722, p.carrol@lse.ac.uk
Swords into Ploughshares is a project encompassing the cataloguing of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, London Union archives. The project has been supported by a grant from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives.

WILPF was founded at the International Women’s Congress in The Hague in 1915. Attended by women from neutral and opposing nations during the first world war, the congress united activists in their commitment to peace and began almost 100 years of campaigning by the organisation.

FOR is an international movement of people committed to active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of personal, social, economic and political transformation. They were founded as a faith-based organisation in 1914 and have permanent representation at the UN.

The exhibition, Swords into Ploughshares, is running from Thursday 3 July to Friday 1 August 2014 in the Escape Area of LSE Library and is open to members of the public.

Files from the collection can also be viewed by appointment in LSE Library’s Reading Room: please contact library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk for further information.
London School of Economics (LSE) Library was founded in 1896 as the British Library of Political and Economic Science. The Library has the aim of systematically collecting all available material from around the world on the subjects studied by the School.
The Library’s collection currently contains over four million separate items, including rare books, unique archives, photographs, campaigning objects such as badges, posters and pamphlets, as well as the extensive electronic research collections required of a modern international research library.
For more information on LSE Library please visit www.lse.ac.uk/library