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Guide to the Committee to Frame a World Constitution Records 1945-1951

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Committee to Frame a World Constitution. Records

Dates:

1945-1951

Size:

28 linear feet (56 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The Committee to Frame a World Constitution was first convened in the fall of 1945 as part of the post-World War II World Federalist movement. The Records contain correspondence and miscellaneous material reflecting the close relations between the Committee and other organizations advocating some form of world government. The papers are comprised of the files of the Committee secretariat, which was also the editorial staff for the journalCommon Cause.

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Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Committee to Frame a World Constitution. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Committee to Frame a World Constitution was first convened in the fall of 1945 as part of the post-World War II World Federalist movement. Following a Chicago Round Table radio discussion on 12 August 1945 in which University of Chicago Chancellor Robert M. Hutchins emphasized the need for world government, Richard P. McKeon and G. A. Borgese wrote, to Hutchins asking him for financial and moral support for an institute to formulate a world constitution. On 16 September 1945. Hutchins gave his support and by November 1945 the first document was presented for consideration by the Committee. In 1947 The Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948) was published. From June 1947 through June 1951 the Committee published a journal, Common Cause.

The members of the Committee at the time of the publication of the Draft were: Robert M. Hutchins, G. A. Borgese, Mortimer J. Adler, Stringfellow Barr, Albert Guérard, Harold A. Innis, Erich Kahler, Wilber G. Katz, Charles H. McIlwain, Robert Redfield, and Rexford G. Tugwell. Additionally, Elisabeth Mann Borgese worked as a research assistant for the Committee and later editor of the journal Common Cause.

Scope Note

The Committee to Frame a World Constitution Records contains correspondence and miscellaneous material. This collection reflects the close relations between the Committee and other organizations advocating some form of world government. Specifically, the papers are comprised of the files of the Committee secretariat, which was also the editorial staff for Common Cause. They include the 150 documents used as the basis for the discussions in the thirteen meetings of the Committee; the stenographic transcriptions of the meetings; a complete set of Common Cause and a single copy of The Draft. The Records also include correspondence concerning Committee administrative matters, publication, and business arrangements, comments on Common Cause and the preliminary draft of the Constitution, and miscellaneous manuscript materials.

The Committee to Frame a World Constitution Records are divided into six series.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Administrative and Financial Papers

This series includes inter-office memoranda to the Committee staff; inter-University memoranda concerning housekeeping matters; some subscription matters; correspondence with authors concerning copies of articles; intra-Committee correspondence; magazine exchange arrangements; and correspondence relating to lay-out and publication of Common Cause. (This material is often supplemented in Series II: Correspondence.)

Box 1   Folder 1

"A" Administration

Box 1    Folder 2

"B" Administration

Box 1    Folder 3

Budget, July 1948--June 1949

Box 1    Folder 4

Business

Box 1    Folder 5

Buildings and Grounds

Box 1    Folder 6

"C" Administration

Box 1    Folder 7

Central Administration (Inter-office memoranda)

Box 1    Folder 8

Copyright

Box 1    Folder 9

"D" Administration

Box 1    Folder 10

"E" Administration

Box 1    Folder 11

"F" Administration

Box 1    Folder 12

"H" Administration

Box 1    Folder 13

"K" Administration

Box 1    Folder 14

"L" Administration

Box 1    Folder 15

Office-Expenditures

Box 2    Folder 1

Office-Requisitions and Receipts

Box 2    Folder 2

Office-Personnel (Letters requesting positions; personnel records of employees)

Box 2    Folder 3

Office-Personnel (Correspondence relating to personnel)

Box 3   Folder 1

Office Personnel (Memoranda to employees of Committee; Phoenix Correspondence, November-December 1947)

Box 3   Folder 2

"P" Administration

Box 3   Folder 3

"S" Administration

Box 3   Folder 4

General Accounts

Series II: Correspondence

This series consists of the correspondence to Common Cause requesting copies, information, and subscriptions; correspondence with authors; concerning dissemination of the journal; personal-official letters with various leaders and organizations in the World Federation Movement; business arrangements of the Committee and its Journal with other organizations; publishing and printing matters; letters of transmittal of Preliminary Draft and copies of Journal; a few letters including individual plans for world government. This material is arranged alphabetically and in the order in which it was received from the Committee.

Box 4   Folder 1

"A" General Correspondence (old)

Box 4   Folder 2

Aa-Ak General Correspondence

Box 4   Folder 3

A-Az General Correspondence

Box 4   Folder 4

Advertising and Sales

Box 5    Folder 1

Advertisements (From c. June 1950)

Box 5    Folder 2

Advertisements, Common Cause (To c. June 1950)

Box 5    Folder 3

Altrocchi, Rudolph

Box 5    Folder 4

All Members (Correspondence to)

Box 6    Folder 1

"B" General Correspondence (old)

Box 6    Folder 2

Ba-Bh General Correspondence

Box 6    Folder 3

Bi-Bz General Correspondence

Box 6    Folder 4

Baldanzi, George

Box 7   Folder 1

Barr, Stringfellow

Box 7   Folder 2

Bellanca, August

Box 7   Folder 3

Benitez, Jaime

Box 7   Folder 4

Bibliography: World Government

Box 7   Folder 5

Biography: Common Cause

Box 7   Folder 6

Brown, Harrison

Box 7   Folder 7

Brünning, Heinrich

Box 7   Folder 8

"C" General Correspondence (old)

Box 8    Folder 1

Ca-Ci General Correspondence

Box 8    Folder 2

Ck-Cz General Correspondence

Box 8    Folder 3

Common Cause, Vol. 1, No. 9 (March 1949)

Box 8    Folder 4

Common Cause

Box 9    Folder 1

Exchange Publication

Box 9    Folder 2

Common Cause (Magazine Exchanges)

Box 9    Folder 3

Common Cause (Letters on expiration)

Box 9    Folder 4

Constitution, Preliminary Draft (Amendments to)

Box 9    Folder 5

Constitutional Conventions

Box 9    Folder 6

Cousins, Norman

Box 9    Folder 7

Cranston, Alan

Box 10    Folder 1

"D" General Correspondence (old)

Box 10    Folder 2

"D" General Correspondence

Box 10    Folder 3

Davis, Garry

Box 10    Folder 4

Distributors of Common Cause

Box 10    Folder 5

Distributors of Common Cause (Foreign Agencies)

Box 10    Folder 6

Documents

Box 10    Folder 7

Dunham, Vera Sandomirsky

Box 10    Folder 8

Duke University Cooperative Project

Box 11    Folder 1

"E" General Correspondence (old)

Box 11    Folder 2

"E General Correspondence

Box 11    Folder 3

"F" General Correspondence (old)

Box 11    Folder 4

"F" General Correspondence

Box 11    Folder 5

Faculty News Bulletin

Box 12    Folder 1

Farmer Fyke

Box 12    Folder 2

Federalist Press

Box 12    Folder 3

Foundation Book

Box 12    Folder 4

Fund Raising

Box 12    Folder 5

"G" General Correspondence (old)

Box 12    Folder 6

"G" General Correspondence

Box 13    Folder 1

Goethe Bicentennial

Box 13    Folder 2

Guérard, Albert (old)

Box 13    Folder 3

Guérard, Albert (new)

Box 13    Folder 4

"H" General Correspondence (old)

Box 14    Folder 1

Ha-Hm General Correspondence

Box 14    Folder 2

Hn-Hz General Correspondence

Box 14    Folder 3

Hansson, Johan

Box 14    Folder 4

Hart, Hornell

Box 14    Folder 5

Hotels

Box 14    Folder 6

"I" General Correspondence (old)

Box 15    Folder 1

"I" General Correspondence

Box 15    Folder 2

Inagaki, Morikatsu

Box 15    Folder 3

Ingalls, Jeremy

Box 15    Folder 4

Information Letters (concerning Common Cause or the Committee)

Box 15    Folder 5

Inquiries and Contributions

Box 15    Folder 6

"J" General Correspondence (old)

Box 15    Folder 7

"J" General Correspondence

Box 16    Folder 1

Japan, World Federal Government

Box 16    Folder 2

"K" General Correspondence (old)

Box 16    Folder 3

Ka-Kl General Correspondence

Box 16    Folder 4

Km-Kz General Correspondence

Box 17    Folder 1

"L" General Correspondence (old)

Box 17    Folder 2

La-Lh General Correspondence

Box 17    Folder 3

Li-Lz General Correspondence

Box 17    Folder 4

Lang, Reginald D.

Box 18    Folder 1

Library, the Committee

Box 18    Folder 2

Letters to the Editor

Box 18    Folder 3

Library of International Relations

Box 18    Folder 4

"Mc" General Correspondence (old)

Box 18    Folder 5

"Mc" General Correspondence

Box 18    Folder 6

McIlwain, Charles

Box 18    Folder 7

McCormick, Ada P. "Letter" Magazine

Box 18    Folder 8

McKeon, Richard P.

Box 19    Folder 1

"M" General Correspondence (old)

Box 19    Folder 2

Ma-Me General Correspondence

Box 19    Folder 3

Mf-Mz General Correspondence

Box 19    Folder 4

Mann, Thomas

Box 20   Folder 1

Marzullo, Sal Gene

Box 20   Folder 2

Mayer, Milton

Box 20   Folder 3

Meyer, Cord

Box 20   Folder 4

Miscellaneous, Common Cause

Box 20   Folder 5

Miscellaneous, General Correspondence (1Dec. 1948-14 Sept. 1949) I

Box 20   Folder 6

Miscellaneous, General Correspondence (1 Dec. 1948-14 Sept. 1949) II

Box 21    Folder 1

Momdadori

Box 21    Folder 2

Mumford, Lewis

Box 21    Folder 3

"N" General Correspondence (old)

Box 21    Folder 4

"N" General Correspondence

Box 21    Folder 5

Nagel, Louis-Editions

Box 21    Folder 6

Nation, The

Box 21    Folder 7

Nef, John U,

Box 22    Folder 1

"O" General Correspondence (old)

Box 22    Folder 2

"O" General Correspondence

Box 22    Folder 3

Office

Box 22    Folder 4

Office Memoranda

Box 22    Folder 5

Ogilvy, Stewart

Box 22    Folder 6

Oliver, Stauffer

Box 23   Folder 1

Orders, for Pamphlets, etc.

Box 23   Folder 2

Orders for Documents

Box 23   Folder 3

"P" General Correspondence (old)

Box 23   Folder 4

Pa-Pe General Correspondence

Box 23   Folder 5

Pf-Pz General Correspondence

Box 24    Folder 1

Parallel Organization, National Peace Council (London)

Box 24    Folder 2

Parallel Organization, Students for Federal World Government (Student Federalists)

Box 24    Folder 3

Parallel Organization, The United World Federalists

Box 24    Folder 4

Parallel Organization, Wereld Federalisten Beweging Nederland

Box 24    Folder 5

Parallel Organization, Miscellaneous-Declarations, etc.

Box 24    Folder 6

Peck, George T.

Box 24    Folder 7

Pocono Conference

Box 25   Folder 1

Poole Brothers

Box 25   Folder 2

Posin, D. Q.

Box 25   Folder 3

Press Releases

Box 25   Folder 4

Publicity Material, N.B. Press, University of Chicago: see University of Chicago Press.

Box 26    Folder 1

"R" General Correspondence (old)

Box 26    Folder 2

"R" General Correspondence

Box 26    Folder 3

Railway Express

Box 27   Folder 1

Rawnsley

Box 27   Folder 2

Redfield, Robert

Box 27   Folder 3

Round Table

Box 27   Folder 4

Ruopp, Phillip

Box 27   Folder 5

"S" General Correspondence (old)

Box 28    Folder 1

Sa-Sk General Correspondence

Box 28    Folder 2

Sl-Sz General Correspondence

Box 28    Folder 3

Subscriptions: Periodicals (General); General Material and Subscriptions to Magazines

Box 28    Folder 4

Sohn, Louis B.

Box 29    Folder 1

"T" General Correspondence (old)

Box 29    Folder 2

"T" General Correspondence

Box 29    Folder 3

Taylor, Glen H.

Box 29    Folder 4

Tchou, Thomas

Box 29    Folder 5

Tugwell, R. G.

Box 30   Folder 1

"U" General Correspondence (old)

Box 30   Folder 2

"U" General Correspondence

Box 30   Folder 3

U.N.E.S.C.O.

Box 30   Folder 4

University

Box 30   Folder 5

University of Chicago Press

Box 30   Folder 6

Usborne, Henry

Box 31   Folder 1

"V" General Correspondence (old)

Box 31   Folder 2

"V" General Correspondence

Box 31   Folder 3

"W" General Correspondence (old)

Box 32    Folder 1

Wa-Wk General Correspondence

Box 32    Folder 2

Wl-Wz General Correspondence

Box 32    Folder 3

Wofford, Harris and Clare

Box 33   Folder 1

World Federation

Box 33   Folder 2

World Government News

Box 33   Folder 3

Wright, Quincy

Box 33   Folder 4

Wynner, Edith

Box 33   Folder 5

X,Y,Z General Correspondence

Series III: Common Cause and the Preliminary Draft Files

This series includes letters to the Committee and the Journal commenting upon the Draft Constitution and/or the Journal of the Committee, Common Cause, and its articles. Many of the letters are from correspondents who have plans of their own and are bringing them to the attention of the Committee and the Journal.

Box 34   Folder 1

General

Box 34   Folder 2

Constitution, Preliminary Draft, Comments on

Box 34   Folder 3

A-F

Box 34   Folder 4

G-M

Box 34   Folder 5

N-Z

Box 35   Folder 1

A

Box 35   Folder 2

B

Box 35   Folder 3

C

Box 36   Folder 1

D

Box 36   Folder 2

E

Box 36   Folder 3

F

Box 36   Folder 4

G

Box 36   Folder 5

H

Box 36   Folder 6

I-J

Box 36   Folder 7

K

Box 36   Folder 8

L

Box 37   Folder 1

M

Box 37   Folder 2

N

Box 37   Folder 3

O-P

Box 37   Folder 4

Q-R

Box 37   Folder 5

S

Box 37   Folder 6

T

Box 37   Folder 7

U-V

Box 37   Folder 8

W

Box 37   Folder 9

X-Z

Series IV: Manuscript Material

This series consists of manuscript copies of articles appearing in the Journal, lectures, and speeches by men prominent or connected with the Committee or the Journal relevant to the World Federation Movement, e.g., Borgese, Hutchins, Quincy Wright, and others. The series also includes typescript, holograph, and mimeographed copies of the documents issued by the Committee in the Document Series 1-150.

Box 38   Folder 1

Banfield-Bradley

Box 38   Folder 2

Brockway-Holt

Box 38   Folder 3

Hutchins-Jackson

Box 39   Folder 1

Joyce-Odne

Box 39   Folder 2

Papanek-Teller

Box 39   Folder 3

Tugwell

Box 39   Folder 4

Usborne-Wood-Unsigned

Box 40    Folder 1

Original and unmimeographed copies of Documents 1-19

Box 40    Folder 2

Document 7

Box 40    Folder 3

Original and unmimeographed copies of Documents 20-53

Box 41   Folder 1

Original copies of Documents 54- 4

Box 41   Folder 2

Original copies of Documents 75-90

Box 41   Folder 3

Original copies of Documents 91-110

Box 42   Folder 1

Original copies of Document 111

Box 42   Folder 2

Document 111

Box 42   Folder 3

Original copies of Documents 112-113

Box 43   Folder 1

Draft II-Third Edition (Original)

Box 43   Folder 2

Document 113

Box 43   Folder 3

Original copies of Document 114

Box 43   Folder 4

Original Documents 128-134

Box 43   Folder 5

Original Documents 135-140

Box 44   Folder 1

Original Document 141

Box 44   Folder 2

Miscellaneous

Box 44   Folder 3

Drafts of the Constitution

Box 44   Folder 4

Original Manuscript of Document 127

Box 45   Folder 1

Document 147, Constitutional Drafts basis for Document 147

Box 45   Folder 2

Original copies of Document 148 and 149, includes detailed comment upon various segments of the Constitution by individuals whose opinions had been solicited.

Series V: Documents

This series is made up of mimeographed copies of Committee Documents 1--150. These documents consist of the original proposals and plans for the Committee, and the various papers submitted by its members to be used as a basis for discussion and the eventual formation of a Preliminary Draft Constitution.

Box 46

Index and Documents 1-20

Box 47

Documents 21-42

Box 48   Folder 1

Documents 43-58

Box 48   Folder 2

Documents 59-73

Box 48   Folder 3

Documents 74-86

Box 49    Folder 1

Documents 87-98

Box 49    Folder 2

Documents 99-109

Box 49    Folder 3

Documents 110-114

Box 50    Folder 1

Documents 115-128 (Document 122 missing)

Box 50    Folder 2

Documents 129-141 (Documents 129 and 133 missing)

Box 50    Folder 3

Documents 142-150 (Document 145 missing)

Series VI: Meeting Minutes

This series includes the stenographic transcripts of the Committee Meetings, mimeographed.

Box 51   Folder 1

Proceedings, New York, 17:18 Dec., 1945

Box 51   Folder 2

Proceedings, Chicago, 4-5 Feb. 1946, revised

Box 51   Folder 3

Proceedings, Chicago, 4-5 Feb. 1946, typewritten copy

Box 52   Folder 1

Proceedings, New York, 29-30 March 1946

Box 52   Folder 2

Proceedings, Chicago, 15-16 April 1946

Box 52   Folder 3

Proceedings, New York, 17-18 May 1946

Box 53   Folder 1

Proceedings, Chicago, 18-19 June 1946

Box 53   Folder 2

Proceedings, New York, 19-20 July 1946

Box 53   Folder 3

Proceedings, New York, 16-17 August 1946

Box 54   Folder 1

Proceedings, Chicago, 24-25 Oct. 1946

Box 54   Folder 2

Proceedings, Chicago, 6 Feb. 1947

Box 54   Folder 3

Proceedings, Chicago, 7 Feb. 1947

Box 55   Folder 1

Proceedings, Chicago, 31 March, 1947

Box 55   Folder 2

Proceedings, Chicago, 1 April 1947

Box 55   Folder 3

Proceedings, Chicago, 2 April 1947

Box 56   Folder 1

Proceedings, Chicago, 14 July 1947

Box 56   Folder 2

Proceedings, Chicago, 15 July 1947