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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the World Republic Records 1947-1953

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

World Republic. Records

Dates:

1947-1953

Size:

9.5 linear feet (16 boxes)

Repository:

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

Abstract:

World Republic, organization, Chicago Based, 1947-1951. The papers include business and personal correspondences pertaining to the group’s organization, member newsletters, conference plans and records, organization bylaws and statements of intent, publications including brochures, pamphlets, flyers, and their weekly publication The Planet, member photographs, and newspaper and magazine articles written for, by, and about the World Republic.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

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

Historical Note

The organization known as World Republic was formed on February 3, 1947 as an outgrowth of a Northwestern University student group called Students for Federal World Government, formed May 15, 1946. The World Republic maintained a platform of achieving a world federal government that was different from many other such groups of the same time. They advocated a world government with the authority to establish, maintain, and enforce world law. This would require, in the group’s opinion, the direct control of nuclear energy and all weapons of mass destruction by the World Federal Government itself. This new structure was to be achieved at an international constitutional convention, to accomplish “multilateral transfer of national war sovereignty with world federal sovereignty” (quoted from the organization’s statement objectives). World Republic based its program on the organization of seminars, distribution of relevant literatures to its members, and general education of the public at large on issues concerning world government. By 1951, due to lack of membership and financial support, World Republic was forced to merge with the then newly formed organization, The World, effectively ending its activities as an independent group.

Scope Note

The World Republic papers documents the group’s organization in 1947 to its dissolution in 1951. The papers provide a record of personal and professional correspondence, conference plans and notes, general organizational proceedings, publications, speeches, and the evolution of its purpose. There is a particularly extensive record of the World Republic’s primary weekly publication, The Planet, as well as articles on and about the World Republic from major national magazine and newspaper publications.

The collection has been processed and divided into four series: I. Correspondence, II. Subject Files, III. Print and Public Materials, IV. Oversize. The series divisions reflects the general original order of the collection but are reoriented towards a more linear chronology.

Series I, Correspondence, contains primarily business correspondence between various members of the World Republic. Most of these pertain to organizational, financial, and membership matters. There are also some personal correspondence, though all generally relate to the World Republic.

Series II, Subject Files, contains an assortment of materials such as records of general group proceedings. There is extensive material documenting particularly significant group meetings such as annual director conferences and member recruitment meetings. There are also legal documents and financial records collected here. In addition, there are documents pertaining to World Republic affiliate groups, such as World Movement for a World Federal Government, and specific World Republic projects, such as the Illinois Federalist Campaign.

Series III, Public and Print Materials, contains pamphlets, flyers, and brochures produced by the group and distributed to the public. There is an extensive collection of the World Republic’s primary weekly publication—The Planet. There are also extensive newspaper and magazine clippings from major national publications reporting on the World Republic. There are public speeches and articles composed by members of the World Republic as well as photographic documentation of affiliated individuals, events, and buildings.

Series IV, Oversize Materials, contains photographs and newspaper clippings collected and preserved in large-sized scrapbooks.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

Committee to Frame a World Constitution. Records

World Movement for World Federal Government. Records

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: General Correspondence

Box 1   Folder 1

March-April, 1946

Box 1   Folder 2

May-June, 1946

Box 1   Folder 3

July, 1946

Box 1   Folder 4

August, 1946

Box 1   Folder 5

September-October 1946

Box 1   Folder 6

November-December 1946

Box 2   Folder 1

January-March 1947

Box 2   Folder 2

April-June 1947

Box 2   Folder 3

May-July 1947

Box 2   Folder 4

July-August 1947

Box 2   Folder 5

September 1947

Box 2   Folder 6

October 1947

Box 3   Folder 1

November-December 1947

Box 3   Folder 2

January-May, 1948

Box 3   Folder 3

June-December, 1948

Box 3   Folder 4

Central Congress for World Security held November 21-22 1947

Box 3   Folder 5

Central Congress for World Security held November 21-22 1947

Box 4   Folder 1

FBI, 1947

Box 4   Folder 2

Field Work, 1947

Box 4   Folder 3

Foreign Student Project, 1946

Box 4   Folder 4

Foreign Student Project, 1946

Box 4   Folder 5

Member, 1947-1951

Box 4   Folder 6

Member Newsletters, 1947

Box 4   Folder 7

Emmons Blaine, 1947-1952

Box 4   Folder 8

Charles Davis 1946-1947

Box 5   Folder 1

Garry Davis, 1948

Box 5   Folder 2

Fyke Farmer, 1947

Box 5   Folder 3

Frances Fenner, 1965

Box 5   Folder 4

Welstaat Liga, 1947

Box 5   Folder 5

World Government Week, April19-24, 1948

Box 5   Folder 6

World Government Crusade, Patrick Armstrong, 1949

Box 5   Folder 7

World Government Crusade, Henry Usborne, 1947-1948

Box 5   Folder 8

United World Federalists, 1948-1949

Box 5   Folder 9

World Student Federalists, Norman Hart, 1947-1950

Series II: Subject Files

Box 6   Folder 1

Administrative Documents and Bylaws

Box 6   Folder 2

Conference Activities, 1947

Box 6   Folder 3

Conference Pocono, 1948

Box 6   Folder 4

Conference on Citizenship, May 1948

Box 6   Folder 5

Conference, Rappaport Luncheon, March, 1949

Box 6   Folder 6

Conference, Annual Meeting, December 1949

Box 7   Folder 1

Conference, Annual Meeting, 1949

Box 7   Folder 2

Conference, Chicago World Government Week, 1949

Box 7   Folder 3

Conference, Chicago World Government Week, 1949

Box 7   Folder 4

Conference, Geneva, 1950

Box 7   Folder 5

Conference for Peace, 1950

Box 7   Folder 6

Finances, 1946-1953

Box 8   Folder 1

Finances, 1951-1953

Box 8   Folder 2

Legal Documents, 1946-1949

Box 8   Folder 3

Peace Republic, 1951-1953

Box 8   Folder 4

Planning Committee Proposals, 1949

Box 8   Folder 5

Proceedings, 1946-1947

Box 8   Folder 6

Proceedings, 1947

Box 8   Folder 7

Proceedings, 1948

Box 9   Folder 1

Proceedings, 1951-1952

Box 9   Folder 2

Proceedings, 1951-1952

Box 9   Folder 3

Proceedings, 1951-1952

Box 9   Folder 4

Training Program, 1947

Box 9   Folder 5

Union Europeenne Des Federalistes, 1947

Box 9   Folder 6

Federal Union, Atlantic Union Committee, 1948-1949

Box 10   Folder 1

Illinois Federalist Campaign, Proposal, 1949

Box 10   Folder 2

Illinois Federal Campaign, 1949

Box 10   Folder 3

Illinois Federal Campaign Memos, 1949

Box 10   Folder 4

Illinois Federal Campaign Results, 1949

Box 10   Folder 5

United World Federalists, 1949

Box 11   Folder 1

World Movement for World Federal Government, 1946-1948

Box 11   Folder 2

World Movement for World Federal Government, 1949

Box 11   Folder 3

World Movement for World Federal Government, 1950

Box 11   Folder 4

World Movement for World Federal Government, 1950-1952

Box 11   Folder 5

World Government Newsletter, 1947

Box 12   Folder 1

World Government Newsletter, 1948-1949

Box 12   Folder 2

World Government Newsletter, 1950-1952

Box 12   Folder 3

Anti-World Government

Series III: Print and Public Materials

Box 12   Folder 4

Application for Memberships, Undated

Box 12   Folder 5

Clippings, Newspapers Reprints, 1946-1948

Box 12   Folder 6

Clippings, Newspaper, 1946-1949

Box 12   Folder 7

Clippings, Newspaper, 1946

Box 12   Folder 8

Clippings, Newspaper, 1947

Box 13   Folder 1

Clippings, Newspaper, 1948

Box 13   Folder 2

Clippings, Newspaper, 1949

Box 13   Folder 3

Clippings, Newspaper, 1951

Box 13   Folder 4

Clippings, Magazines, 1947-1951

Box 13   Folder 5

Event Invitation and Stationary, 1947

Box 13   Folder 6

Event Tickets, 1948-1949

Box 13   Folder 7

Manuscripts, Rally Speeches, 1946-1950

Box 13   Folder 8

Manuscripts, 1949-1950

Box 13   Folder 9

Manuscript, "The Right of the People to Create Government," Undated

Box 14   Folder 1

Photographs

Box 14   Folder 2

Photographs, Commentary, 1946-1948

Box 14   Folder 3

Publications, 1943-1951

Box 14   Folder 4

Publications, Bibliographies, 1947-1951

Box 14   Folder 5

Publications, Brochures, 1946-1947

Box 14   Folder 6

Publications, Brochures, 1949-1950

Box 14   Folder 7

Publications, Dissertation, Umberto Reinthal, 1953

Box 15   Folder 1

Publications, Flyers, Undated

Box 15   Folder 2

Publications, Pamphlets, 1947-1951

Box 15   Folder 3

Publications, The Planet, July 1946-March 1948

Box 15   Folder 4

Publications, The Planet, August 1948-July 1949

Box 15   Folder 5

Students for a World Federal Government Brochures, Flyers and Pamphlets, 1946-1947

Box 15   Folder 6

United Nations Film Strip Commentary, 1947-1948

  • Series IV: Oversize
Box 16   Folder 1

Photographs

Box 16   Folder 2

Scrapbook, Newspaper Clippings,

Box 16   Folder 3

Scrapbook