The collections cover peace movements in the United States and Europe during World War I and the interwar period. Among them are the papers of pacifist Alice Park and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Alfred Fried. The library holds many rare pamphlets issued by peace organizations. Other archival collections concern disarmament and peace movements in the Vietnam War era.

Irwin Abrams Papers

US educator; director, foreign service training, American Friends Service Committee, 1943–46

George Davis Herron Papers

Unofficial adviser to President Woodrow Wilson

Guenter Lewy Collection

Miscellaneous materials related to pacifist groups in the United States and Germany

World Without War Council Records

US nonprofit organization that  promoted peace

Fellowship Of Reconciliation Records

US nondenominational pacifist organization

Wolfgang Janisch Papers

East German artist and peace activist

Alice Park Papers

US pacifist and feminist; member, Henry Ford Peace Ship expedition, 1915

Peace Subject Collection

Miscellaneous materials

Alfred Hermann Fried Papers

Austrian pacifist; winner, Nobel Peace Prize, 1911

David Starr Jordan Papers

US educator and pacifist; president, Stanford University, 1891 –1913

Rosika Schwimmer Papers

Hungarian pacifist and feminist


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Shattered Peace: The Road to World War II

This exhibition of documents, photographs, posters, books, and audiovisual materials from the Hoover Institution Library and Archives illustrates the diplomatic failures and the military actions that paved the way to World War II, highlighting the plight of civilians and the personal stories of witnesses.

January 13, 2009
Featured Find: Peace Posters

From 1935 to 1940, students from all over the United States participated in a contest to create posters inspired by the theme of Peace. The National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters, based in Philadelphia, sponsored the contest; in 1940, the winning posters were reproduced and sold as collectible, stamp-sized stickers. The sponsoring organization was founded by Nancy Babb, a Quaker who volunteered with the American Relief Administration's famine relief efforts in Russia in 1921.

May 15, 2013
Tower of Peace

In his 1970s radio addresses, Ronald Reagan often featured a “desk-clearing day,” where he would tackle a few different, smaller issues in one sitting. In the same spirit, here’s a Hoover Archives’ desk-clearing blog.

August 08, 2012
Hoover Institution Library and Archives Host Exhibition “Shattered Peace: The Road to World War II”

STANFORD—Next year marks the seventieth anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. “Shattered Peace,” an exhibition by the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, chronicles the events leading up to the war by drawing on their rich holdings.

December 03, 2008
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