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TitleLeague of Nations Union
Extent155 volumes and 5 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryThe League of Nations Union (LNU) was formed by the merger of the League of Free Nations Association and the League of Nations Society, two groups working for the establishment of a new world order based upon the ideals of the League of Nations. It became the largest and most influential organisation in the British peace movement, played an important role in inter-war politics, and launched education programmes that had a lasting impact on British schools. The LNU's popularity dwindled during World War Two, and when the United Nations Association (UNA) was founded in 1945 to promote the work of the United Nations, the LNU arranged for the wholesale transference of its organisational structure and its membership to the UNA. However, under the provisions of its Royal Charter, the LNU was able to continue until the mid-1970s, albeit in a limited capacity, in order to handle bequests, and administer the payment of pensions to former employees. The administrative structure of the LNU consisted of a General Council, which met twice a year and held final responsibility for LNU policy under the Royal Charter of Incorporation granted in 1925; an Executive Committee, which met every two weeks and co-ordinated campaigns, analysed branch reports and resolutions, monitored the work of the numerous specialist sub-committees, supervised the staff, and generally acted as the central policy-making body of the LNU; and regional LNU branches, which had their own independent management structures.
DescriptionRecords of the League of Nations Union, 1918-1971, including minutes of the General Council, 1919-1945, with some background papers; minutes of the Executive Committee, 1918-1946, including some minutes of its predecessor, the League of Free Nations Association; minutes of the Organisation Committee of the League of Free Nations Association and the LNU, 1918-1919; minutes of the LNU Administration Committee, 1936-1939 and 1944; minutes of the LNU Management Committee, 1918-1929; financial material, namely minutes of the Finance Committee, 1922-1938, and accounts, 1945-1975; material relating to specialist committees and sub-committees of the LNU, 1918-1957, notably the Advisory International Committee, 1940-1941, the Appeals Committee, 1930-1936, the Branches Committee, 1930-1939, the National Youth Committee, 1933-1936, the Christian Organisations Committee, 1921-1939, the Council for Education in World Citizenship, 1940-1944, the Economics Committee, 1928-1939, the Editorial Committee and the Publicity Committee, 1925-1938, the Education Committee, 1919-1939, the Industrial Advisory Committee, 1930-1944, the International Policy Committee, 1919-1925, the Overseas Committee, 1931-1939, the Refugees Committee, 1935-1939, the Regions Committee, 1930-1937, the Religious Ethics Committee, 1921-1930, the Research Committee, 1918-1919, the Services Committee, 1931-1932, the Women's Advisory Committee (later Council), 1937-1957, and the Standing Committee of National Youth, 1935-1939; material relating to branches of the LNU, namely the British Universities League of Nations Society, 1926-1936, the Geneva Institute of International Relations, 1925-1938, the Hampshire Federation of the LNU, 1932-1938, and the London International Assembly, 1941-1945; pamphlets, reports and leaflets produced by the LNU, [1918]-1962; miscellaneous material removed from the volumes of minutes and retrieved from the United Nations Association collection, [1919]-1971, including papers relating to the LNU Peace Ballot, [1934-1935], the transfer of the LNU membership to the UNA, [1945-1946], and the LNU Youth Groups.
Related MaterialSwarthmore College Peace Collection holds an additional collection of LNU records.
Access ConditionsOriginals withdrawn; microfilm must be used (Archives MF 416-445)
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the depositor
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