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Herstory Microfilm Collection includes WSP Newsletters
Midwest Women’s Historical Collection – Women for Peace (Chicago Chapter)
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Swarthmore College Peace Collection – national and DC office (including correspondence and minutes)
University of Washington – Seattle Women Act for
Women Strike for Peace (WSP) was founded in 1961 to protest U.S. and Soviet atmospheric nuclear tests. WSP’s motto is “End the Arms Race – Not the Human Race.” Over the years WSP organized and participated in a variety of peace protests including demonstrating at the nuclear test site in Nevada, a seven city billboard campaign, and a lobby-by-proxy program.
In the Washington office, WSP’s national legislative coordinator monitored legislation and alerted women when pertinent issues were being addressed and lobbied Congress in support of the Limited Test Ban Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and in opposition to Star Wars and other Anti-Ballistic Missile systems.
WSP spearheaded a variety of initiatives including the following: Proposition #1 – A People’s Referendum for Survival; “I refuse to be one of Twenty Million Acceptable Dead”; and “Basic Primer on Star Wars for the Legitimately Confused.” WSP also protested U.S. “intervention” in Southeast Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. WSP was the first group to demonstrate against U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
In response to the proposed Reagan Gorbachev summit in 1985, WSP helped to found Women for a Meaningful Summit which became a network of international women’s organizations working for peace and justice.
Scope and Content Note
The historical files of the Washington, DC Office of Women Strike for Peace (1961-2000) include newspaper and magazine articles on disarmament, nuclear testing, and related topics, brochures and leaflets created by WSP and other peace organizations, correspondence to and from members of Congress and WSP, and WSP local and national newsletters and petitions. These files cover the activities of both the Washington, DC Legislative Office and the Washington, DC affiliate of WSP. The collection is divided into three series: administrative files; subject files: and Freedom of Information Act files.
The Washington, D.C. office of Women Strike for Peace donated their files to the American University Library in January 2001.
The Washington, DC Office of Women Strike for Peace established the arrangement used in this collection. The archivist maintained this order and interfiled all loose materials. WPS provided the See Also references. The archivist placed undated materials at end of each file.
Series Descriptions & Box & Folder Listing
Series A: Legislative/Washington Office Administrative Files (1962-2000) - 3.75 linear feet
This series comprises the historical administrative files of the Washington, DC office of Women Strike for Peace. WSP’s Legislative Coordinator, Edith Villastrigo, was based in the Washington, DC Office. Included in this series is correspondence to and from members of Congress, copies of local and national newsletters including Legislative Alert, programs documenting the organizations initiatives such as Proposition #1 – A People’s Referendum for Survival, the Disarmament Coloring Book, and The Basic Primer on Star Wars for the Legitimately Confused.
Seattle Women Act for Peace, 1979, 1981, 1987, 1992-1996
Pauling, Linus, 1982
Peace Coloring Books, 1996
Peace Essay, 1983
Permits, 1975, 1977, 1986, 1989
Petitions, 1962, 1977, 1985, 1987, N.D.
Policy Issues, 1962, 1968, 1975-1978, 1980-1993
Press Releases, 1967-1997
Proposition #1, 1970, 1979-1981
Radiation Campaign, 1962
Regional Meetings, 1987-1990
Rental Agreements, 1990-1991
Research and Education Fund, 1980-1997
See Also: Star Wars Booklet and Slide Show
Save the Children, 1988
Star Wars Booklet and Slide Show, 1986-1988
Steering Committee, 1993-1995
Takoma Park Peace Task Force, 1990-1998
[Tax Return], 1976
Taylor, Ethel, 1978-1993
Villastrigo, Edith, 1975-1994
Visits Abroad, 1967, 1977, 1984
Walking Tour and Rally, 1982
Washington Post Editorial, 1982-1983
Women and Peace (Six Week Course)
Women for Peace Education Project, 1979-1981
Women Striker Award
Women’s Watch, 1989
Write-In Peace Contest, 1983-1986
Youth Project, 1979-1982
Series B: WSP Subject File (1962-2000) - 22 linear feet
This series contains a subject file created by the Washington, DC office of Women Strike for Peace. The subject file documents WSP’s interest in arms control, human rights, nuclear weapons, radiation, and peace movements through correspondence, flyers, and newspaper and magazine articles. WSP maintained a subject catalog for this file including cross references (see Box 18).