Special Collections on Peace, Politics and Social Change
This is our largest subject area and may be our best known internationally. Bradford itself has long been seen as a radical city, its rapid development in the 19th century driving pressure for improvements to society. The University was thus a natural home for a new chair in Peace Studies in 1973. The department thrives to this day and in its turn attracted a unique independent library which provides resources on nonviolent social change: Commonweal. Our extensive peace-related collections came to us through these organisations and their networks of links in academia and activist groups.
Our collections span the 20th century, with greatest strength probably the late 1950s and early 1960s material relating to the use of nonviolence in anti-nuclear campaigning. There is also much from 1980s nuclear disarmament, and a great deal concerning the role of the University, city and region in peace campaigns. Our archives are useful not only for peace studies and modern history but for many other subjects including local history and even design.
Our collections in this area include:
- Archives of Peace News.
- Collections of printed books and journals: Commonweal Rare Books, Quaker, Socpol.
- Peace Pamphlets.
David Hoggett, Commonweal, Gandhi and India
- Papers of Barbara Bruce. British Quaker nurse who was active in Gandhian circles.
- Archives of the Commonweal Collection. Independent library for nonviolent Gandhian ideas.
- Papers of Geoffrey Ostergaard. Academic and activist interested in sarvodaya movement, India.
1950s and early 1960s nuclear disarmament movement
- Papers of the European Organiser of the American-European Peace March.
- Papers of Hugh Brock.
- Archives of the Committee of 100 collected by Derry Hannam.
- Archives of the Direct Action Committee against Nuclear War.
- Papers of Margaret Gardiner.
- Archives of Jacquetta Hawkes and J.B. Priestley, who played key roles in early days of CND.
- Papers of David Markham relating to tax refusal.
- Nuclear Disarmament Symbol Drawings, by Gerald Holtom. The originals, from the 1958 Aldermaston march.
- Papers of Michael Randle.
- Papers of Mary Ringsleben relating to the Committee of 100.
- Papers of Richard Taylor.
1980s and 1990s peace camps
- Fraser Collection on Nuclear Disarmament.
- Papers of Ian and Jennifer Hartley on the Molesworth Peace Camp.
- Papers of John Steel concerning the Gulf Peace Team.
- Papers of Sarah Meyer relating to Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp.
- Papers of Tim Wallis on the Molesworth Peace Camp.
Bradford and Yorkshire groups
- Records of the Bradford Nuclear Disarmament Group.
- Bradford Peace Action Group Archive.
- Papers of Colin Hunter. Bradford councillor active in the creation of the city's nuclear free zone.
- The Grassington and District Peace Group Archive.
- Records of the West Yorkshire European Nuclear Disarmament Group.
Campaigns by professions
- Records of Architects for Peace.
- Archive of Book Action for Nuclear Disarmament
- Craig Medical Peace Movements Archive.
- Archive of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War.
Academics and campaigns based at Bradford or other universities
- Alternative Defence Commission Archive.
- Archives of the Campaign against Military Research on Campus.
- Archives of the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support.
- Archives of the Quaker Peace Studies Trust.
- Adam Curle Archive. First professor of Peace Studies at Bradford.
- Ted Edwards Archive. Our first Vice-Chancellor, active peace campaigner.
- Fred Singleton Archive. Academic and campaigner.
Other groups and campaigns
- Archive of the Campaign to Free Vanunu.
- Archive of the Community Projects Charitable Trust. A charity which worked with communities in Northern Ireland during the 1970s.
- Records of London Greenpeace. Anarchist collective, campaign against nuclear testing in 1970s.
- Records of Operation Namibia. Direct action against South Africa's role in Namibia, 1970s.
- David Hardisty PAX Collection.
- Records of the Peace Tax Campaign.
- Records of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
- Windscale Inquiry Records.
Other active individuals
- Papers of William H. Allchin. Far East POW who sought reconciliation.
- Papers of Eric Baker. A Quaker visiting Cyprus, campaigned against torture, helped found Amnesty.
- Dorothy Freeborn Martin Peace Archive.
- Research Papers of David J. Mitchell on Military Nonconformity. Correspondence with WW1 absolutist conscientious objectors and the "awkward squad" of the Second World War.
- Dmitrije Mitrinovic and the New Atlantis Foundation Library and Archive. A Serbian philosopher and his circle trying to create a New Age.
- Arthur Raistrick. WW1 conscientious objector.
- Joseph Rotblat. Books on nuclear science and disarmament.
- Peggy Smith Drawings. 1930s images of famous people, by a Peace News activist.
- Constance Willis Peace Archive.