The archives focus on the work of pressure groups, activists, international organisations, and individuals working for peace, disarmament and greater international cooperation from the late 19th century to the present day. It includes a variety of material such as minutes of meetings, leaflets, posters, badges, diaries and correspondence.
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The League of Nations and the United Nations
The League of Nations was founded in 1920 after the end of the first world war with the goal of maintaining world peace. It was eventually replaced by the United Nations in 1945.
Disarmament, Peace and Cooperation
The 20th century saw the establishment of a number of organisations that worked towards peace on an international scale. Some of the major collections in the archives include:
Federalism and the EU
Ideas of a federated Europe and/or world government have been supported by a number of individuals in the archives, including:
For Britain's relationship with the development of the European Union and early ideas of a federated Europe, see the Britain and Europe page.
Other international groups
Our archives hold many other international groups working towards peace, including:
Campaigners and activists
As well as international organisations, many individuals campaigned for peace. These include:
How do I search?
This is just a snapshot of the material we hold that covers this subject. You can find these items and many more by using the following tools:
How do I access?
Most of the material highlighted here is part of our special collections, which are open to all but must be consulted in our reading room. Find out how to book your place and order material on our access archives and special collections page.
How do I get further help?
If you need help with any of the collections mentioned here get in touch with our Curator Politics and International Relations, Daniel Payne, or on Twitter.