Scope and arrangement
The records of the Women's Peace Union span the years 1921 to 1941 and include correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, writings and ephemera.
The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1929 to 1940 and includes letters among working committee members regarding planning and strategy, fundraising appeals, news from other pacifist organizations and general correspondence. Most of the outgoing letters were written by Tracy Mygatt for the WPU. The correspondence also includes information on conferences and meetings attended by WPU members, notably Frieda L. Lazarus's letters from the League of Nations Disarmament Conference in 1932. Correspondents include: Devere Allen, Caroline Lexow Babcock, Elinor Byms, Vaughn Bachman Brockaw, Edmund Chaffee, Louise and William Floyd, Zona Gale, Jessie Wallace Hughan, Abraham Kaufman, Frieda L. Lazarus, Lola Maverick Lloyd, Tracy Dickinson Mygatt, Mary B. Orr, Sidney Strong and Mary Winsor.
Minutes are included for the first organizing conference in 1921. In later years working committee minutes are included for the years 1923 to 1932, 1936 and 1940 with varying degrees of completeness. Reports of Committee members document their activities on behalf of the WPU and also report on conferences which they have attended. Financial records for the years 1922 to 1939 include treasurer's reports, records of expenditures and records of contributions for some years.
Writings of WPU members and supporters include articles, addresses, speeches, fiction and poetry which reflect the pacifist position. Ephemera and unsorted papers include historical notes on the WPU, press releases, leaflets of the WPU and other peace organizations, membership lists, signed petitions and appeals (including those signed by American authors in 1939), 2 photographs and the minutes of the United Pacifist Committee for 1939.