One of the longest running women’s peace organization, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom was established in 1915 as a reaction to World War I. Following World War I, the group took an ever broader look at the causes of war, promoting peace education, pressing for disarmament, and looking at the problems of refugees, ethnic strife, and racism. Their national sections, such as those in Germany and Austria were suppressed and persecuted prior to World War II. But new sections sprung up around the world after 1945. The multiple accruals of the Geneva-based International Secretariat of WILPF are held here at the CU Boulder Archives.
The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Archives on June 6, 2018. This is story #19 in our series: 100 Stories for 100 Years from the Archives!