Student Peace Union (U.S.)

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Founded at University of Chicago in 1959 as an organization of young people who believed that neither war nor the threat of war can be successfully used to settle international disputes; headquartered in Chicago until 1964 when SPU office was closed down and re-opened in New York; Feb. 1967 merged with Campus Americans for Democratic Action to become Independent Student Union.

From the description of Records, 1959-1967. (Swarthmore College, Peace Collection). WorldCat record id: 154691397

The Student Peace Union (SPU) was an intercollegiate student group organized in 1959 to study the causes of war and to seek constructive alternatives and coordinate the work for peace among young people. It merged with the College Peace Union in 1960. The founders and leaders of the SPU were associated with the Trotskyist Young Peoples Socialist League and pacifists associated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the American Friends Service Committee. The SPU took a "Third Camp" position, criticizing the foreign policies of both the United States and the Soviet Union. SPU membership peaked in 1962 at 3500, but declined with the rise of the New Left and Students for a Democratic Society, and dissolved in 1964.

From the description of Records, 1959-1964. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 81402833

Founded at University of Chicago in 1959 as an intercollegiate student group which believed that neither war nor the threat of war could any longer be successfully used to settle international disputes; merged with the College Peace Union in 1960; membership peaked in 1962 at 3500; Philip G. Altbach was national chairman; headquartered in Chicago until 1964 when SPU office was closed down and re-opened in New York; Feb. 1967 merged with Campus Americans for Democratic Action to become Independent Student Union.

From the description of Student Peace Union records, 1959-1967. (Swarthmore College, Peace Collection). WorldCat record id: 28415350

Photocopied collection of records pertaining to the Student Peace Union, an intercollegiate student group organized in 1959 “to study the causes of war and seek constructive alternatives,” and “to coordinate the work for peace among students and young people.” Later (1960) merged with College Peace Union. The founders and leaders of the SPU were associated with the Young Peoples Socialist League and pacifists associated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the American Friends Service Committee. The SPU took a “Third Camp” position, criticizing the foreign policies of both the United States and the Soviet Union. SPU membership peaked in 1962 at 3500, but declined with the rise of the New Left and Students for a Democratic Society, and the organization dissolved in 1964.

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For more information, see the entry in the Encyclopedia of the American Left. See also: Altbach, Philip G., Student Politics in America: a Historical Analysis(1974).

From the guide to the Student Peace Union Records, 1959-1964, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Student Peace Union Records, 1959-1964 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Student Peace Union (U.S.). Records, 1959-1964. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Student Peace Union (U.S.). Records, 1959-1967. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn O'Brien, James P. Interviews, 1969-1970. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Richard G. Wilson papers, 1967-1969 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Student Peace Union (U.S.). Records, 1958-1964. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Lesser, Michael. Recordings [sound recording], ca. 1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Morey, R. Hunter, 1940- . Papers, 1962-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Student Peace Union (U.S.). Student Peace Union records, 1959-1967. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Altbach, Philip G. person
associatedWith Altbach, Philip G., person
associatedWith Altback, Philip G. person
associatedWith Amdur, Stephen, person
associatedWith American Friends Service Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Bassford, Abraham, person
associatedWith College Peace Union. corporateBody
associatedWith College Peace Union. corporateBody
associatedWith College Peace Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Committee for Nonviolent Action. corporateBody
associatedWith Dunsavage, William, person
associatedWith Dworkin, Andrea, person
associatedWith Edelman, Marc, person
associatedWith Feiffer, Jules, person
associatedWith Fellowship of Reconciliation (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hassler, Alfred, 1910- person
associatedWith Hook, Charles, person
associatedWith Karen, Robert, person
associatedWith Kearns, Joseph, person
associatedWith Kelly, Gail Paradise, person
associatedWith Kissinger, Charles C. person
associatedWith Lesser, Michael. person
associatedWith Lyttle, Bradford. person
associatedWith McReynolds, David. person
associatedWith Ment, Robert F., person
associatedWith Morey, R. Hunter, 1940- . person
associatedWith National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith O'Brien, James P. person
associatedWith Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994. person
associatedWith Pickus, Robert. person
associatedWith Riesman, David, 1909-2002. person
associatedWith Rustin, Bayard, 1910- person
associatedWith Seegar, Daniel A. person
associatedWith Seeger, Daniel A., person
associatedWith Silver, James, person
associatedWith Student Peace Union Bulletin. corporateBody
associatedWith Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Suffet, Stephen L. person
associatedWith Suffet, Steve, person
associatedWith Swarthmore College. Peace Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Turn Toward Peace (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith United States National Student Association. corporateBody
associatedWith War Resisters League. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Richard G. person
associatedWith Young People's Socialist League. corporateBody
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United States
United States
United States
United States
Protest movements--United States
Subject
Students
Students
Students
Students
Students
War
War
Militarism
Militarism
Nuclear disarmament
Pacifism
Pacifism
Peace
Peace
Peace movements
Peace movements
Peace movements
Student movements
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Youth and peace
Antinuclear movement
Civil rights movement
Civil rights movements
College students
College students
College students
College students
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
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Active 1958

Active 1964

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