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Guide to the World Citizens Association Central Committee Records 1939-1953

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Descriptive Summary


World Citizens Association. Central Committee. Records




5.5 linear ft. (11 boxes)


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


The World Citizens Association was founded in Chicago in 1939 under the patronage of Anita McCormick Blaine. The Association worked for world community awareness and toward promoting the practice of solving problems from an international point of view.

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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: World Citizens Association. Central Committee. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The World Citizens Association was an outgrowth of S. de Madariaga's attempts at founding an American division of the World Foundation. Madariaga advanced this endeavor with the help of Ruth Cranston of Boston and Ann Morgan of New York. The World Citizens Association was founded in Chicago in 1939 and was financed solely by Mrs. Anita (Emmons) McCormick Blaine. It was a membership organization with fees of one dollar, which entitled members to all the Associations publications. Additionally, members at large, that are those members who were not part of the Central Committee of which the Executive Committee was a part, offered no direct voice in the development of the organization.

The Central Committee, headed by Ray Lyman Wilbur and later by Mrs. Blaine herself, met rarely. The majority of the work of the Association was carried on by an Executive Committee composed of: Anita Blaine (Chairman), Quincy Wright (Secretary), Edwin H. Cassels (Treasurer), and an executive director and other staff. The executive directors were Roger S. Greene (1939), Edwin C. Clough (1940-1941), Henri Bonnet (1941-1943), Jean Miner (1943-1945), and Virginia Roderick (1945-1953) consecutively.

The Association did not advocate a specific plan for world political organization, but rather was primarily interested in arousing an interest in and a sense of the importance of a new approach to international relations, pointing towards the creation of a climate of opinion in the United States that would permit the United States Government to participate more fully in some kind of reorientation of political relations of national states.

In an attempt to increase public awareness around international issues, the Association published various reports and articles and distributed them via a free mailing list that at one time was composed of as many as 150,000 names. The Association also held a conference in 1941, which they had hoped to be the first of a series. The Owentsia Conference led to the production of a report that was eventually circulated widely, and whose object was the examination of the questions regarding a system of international relations.

Like Madariaga's World Foundation, the Association favored establishing and sponsoring local groups owing allegiance in principle to the Central Committee. Only one group however, the Chicago Group (whose papers are now in the MSS collection of the University), was ever established. The papers of the Association contain much material relating to the Chicago Group.

Scope Note

Contains correspondence, financial records, minutes, and information on the history of the Association and World Foundation groups, manuscripts, publications, speeches, reports, membership files, and a scrapbook. Material relates to the administration of the Association, publications and activities sponsored by the Association, and cooperative efforts with similar organizations. Includes files of Edwin H. Cassels, treasurer and an executive director. Also includes correspondence of members and officers of the Association, including Frank Aydelotte, Anita M. Blaine, Henri Bonnet, Edwin Clough, Edwin Embree, Paul Kellogg, Adlai Stevenson, Henry W. Toll, Ray Lyman Wilbur, and Quincy Wright.

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World Citizens Association. Chicago Group. Records, 1939-1943.

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Series I: Edwin H. Cassels' Files

Box 1   Folder 1

Financial Reports, 1 January, 1940-June, 1953

Box 1   Folder 2

Treasurer's File, 1945 on

Box 1   Folder 3

Treasurer's File, 1944

Box 1   Folder 4

Treasurer's File, 1943

Box 1   Folder 5

Treasurer's File, 1942

Box 1   Folder 6

Treasurer's File, 1941

Box 1   Folder 7

Treasurer's File, 1940, I

Box 1   Folder 8

Treasurer's File, 1940, II

Box 2   Folder 1

Treasurer's Files, 1930-1939, I

Box 2   Folder 2

Treasurer's Files, 1930-1939, II

Box 2   Folder 3


Box 2   Folder 4

Assistant Treasurer's Account Book

Box 2   Folder 5

Book of the Conference

Box 2   Folder 6

Owentsia Conference

Box 2   Folder 7

Cassels, Edwin H.: World Foundation I

Box 3   Folder 1

Cassels, Edwin H.: World Foundation II

Box 3   Folder 2

[J.F.C. (Jay Franklin)]

Box 3   Folder 3

Mrs Blaine's Guarantees to the Association

Box 3   Folder 4

American Friends of Poland

Box 3   Folder 5

Bureau of Education, United Nations

Box 3   Folder 6

International Relations Speakers Bureau

Box 3   Folder 7

Jean Miner

Box 3   Folder 8

The World At the Crossroads, Pam. IV

Series II: History of the Association

Box 4   Folder 1

World Foundation-Institutional Origin of the WCA, Material on

Box 4   Folder 2

World Foundation, Membership List

Box 4   Folder 3

World Foundation, Group I and II, New York, correspondence to Mrs. Edward Longstreth

Box 4   Folder 4

World Foundation, Group I Bulletins

Box 4   Folder 5

World Foundation Groups

Box 4   Folder 6

World Foundation, Shanghai Group

Box 4   Folder 7

World Foundation, Stanford Group

Box 4   Folder 8

World Foundation, various printed material sent in connection with

Box 4   Folder 9

World Citizens Association, Chicago Group (information dealing with its dissolution)

Box 4   Folder 10

Inquiries and Replies, re history and activities of the Association

Box 4   Folder 11

Dissolution of the Association

Series III: Publications of the Association

Box 4   Folder 1

Proposed Publications

Box 4   Folder 2

Proposed Handbook of the Association

Box 4   Folder 3

General Correspondence, re Distribution of Pamphlets and Books

Box 4   Folder 4

The Price of Peace

Box 4   Folder 5

World Government or Anarchy, Clarence Streit (Union Now)

Box 4   Folder 6

This Shrinking World, Eugene Staley

Box 4   Folder 7

W. A. White Folder

Box 4   Folder 8

Publications, drafts

Box 5   Folder 1

"Current Publications of the WCA"

Box 5   Folder 2

WCA Mailing List, report by Jean Miner

Box 5   Folder 3

The United Nations, What They Are, What They May Become

Box 5   Folder 4

The United Nations on the Way

Box 5   Folder 5

Outlines of the Future

Box 5   Folder 6

The World's Destiny and the United States

Box 5   Folder 7

The World's Destiny and the United States

Box 5   Folder 8

Letters of Acknowledgment, The World's Destiny and the United States

Box 5   Folder 9

Letters of Acknowledgment, The United Nations on the Way, The United Nations, What They Are, What They May Become (comment on)

Box 5   Folder 10

The World at the Crossroads, ms, typed, with corrections

Box 5   Folder 11

The World at the Crossroads, ms and correspondence relating thereto

Box 5   Folder 12

Stuart Haydon, 1947, 1948

Box 5   Folder 13

Stuart Haydon, 1946

Box 5   Folder 14

Stuart Haydon, 1945

Box 5   Folder 15

Notes on Conference

Box 5   Folder 16


Box 5   Folder 17

Reviews and Listings

Box 5   Folder 18

Acknowledgements (World At the Crossroads)

Box 5   Folder 19

Acknowledgements with Comments, World At the Crossroads

Series IV: Conference of Experts (Owentsia Conference, 1941)

Box 6   Folder 1

The World's Destiny and the United States, Summary of Proceedings

Box 6   Folder 2

Form Invitations

Box 6   Folder 3

Conference of Experts

Box 6   Folder 4

Committee for Conference on World Affairs

Series V: Cooperation with other organizations

Box 6   Folder 1

American Friends of Poland

Box 6   Folder 2

Chicago Group, WCA

Box 6   Folder 3

Chicago Group, WCA, Student Council

Box 6   Folder 4

Commission to Study the Organized of Peace

Box 6   Folder 5

International Relations Center

Box 6   Folder 6

International Relations Speaker Bureau

Box 6   Folder 7

League of Nations Associations

Box 6   Folder 8

Library of International Relations

Box 6   Folder 9

Pan American Council

Box 6   Folder 10

Plans for Cooperation with other Organizations

Box 6   Folder 11

Provisional Coordinating Committee, WCA

Box 6   Folder 12

William Allen White Committee

Box 6   Folder 13

Wright, Mrs. Quincy

Box 6   Folder 14

Bonnet, Henri

Box 6   Folder 15

Clough, Edwin C.

Box 6   Folder 16

Greene, Roger S.

Box 6   Folder 17

Win-the-Peace Committee (Washburne, Carleton)

Series VI: Plans and Proposals

Box 7   Folder 1

Proposed Programs for the Work of

Box 7   Folder 2

Pins (for the Student Council)

Box 7   Folder 3


Box 7   Folder 4

Resolution and Telegrams to the President and Officials of the Government and Public Leaders

Box 7   Folder 5

Documentary Films

Box 7   Folder 6

Committee on Policy and Purpose

Series VII: Correspondence of Members and Officers of the Association

Box 7   Folder 7

Aydelotte, Frank

Box 7   Folder 8

Blaine, Anita

Box 7   Folder 9

Burlingham, Charles C.

Box 7   Folder 10

Cassels, Edwin H.

Box 7   Folder 11

Embree, Edwin R.

Box 7   Folder 12

Kellog, Paul K.

Box 7   Folder 13

Ptaszek, Melaine

Box 7   Folder 14

Stevenson, Adlai

Box 7   Folder 15

Toll, Henry W.

Box 7   Folder 16

Wilbur, Ray Lyman

Box 7   Folder 17

Wright, Quincy

Box 7   Folder 18

Wymack, W. W.

Box 8   Folder 1

Former Members of the Central Committee

Box 8   Folder 2

Circular Letters to Members of Committee from Roger S. Greene

Box 8   Folder 3

Clough, Edwin C.

Box 8   Folder 4

Memoranda for Henri Bonnet for Executive Committee

Box 8   Folder 5

Bonnet, Henri

Series VIII: Membership Files of the Central Committee

Box 8   Folder 1

Proposed Members of the Central Committee

Box 8   Folder 2

Letters by Quincy Wright to Prospective Members of the Central Committee

Box 8   Folder 3

Members of the Central Committee, WCA

Series IX: Tax Matters

Box 8   Folder 1

Federal Income Tax on Association's Exemption

Series X: Inventories

Box 8   Folder 1

, 1946

Box 8   Folder 2

of National Office and Chicago Group, WCA

Series XI: Director's Office Financial Matters

Box 8   Folder 1

Director's Office Account Book

Series XII: Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Reports

Box 8   Folder 1

Haydon, Stuart Mss, typewritten

Box 8   Folder 2

Mowrer, Edgar A., Special Representative in Europe for Association; correspondence and reports

Series XIV: General Correspondence

Box 9   Folder 1


Box 9   Folder 2


Box 9   Folder 3


Box 9   Folder 4

"D" - "E"

Box 9   Folder 5


Box 9   Folder 6

"G" - "H"

Box 9   Folder 7

"I" - "K"

Box 9   Folder 8

"L" - "M"

Box 9   Folder 9

Membership Letter, 1947-1949

Box 9   Folder 10

Membership Letters

Box 9   Folder 11

"N" - "O"

Box 9   Folder 12

Postage Meter

Box 9   Folder 13


Box 9   Folder 14


Box 9   Folder 15

"T" - "U"

Box 9   Folder 16

United National

Box 9   Folder 17

"V" - "Z"

Box 9   Folder 18

Wetter, A. H., Lessor of WCA Offices

Series XV: Minutes, Agenda, and Material Related Thereto

Box 10   Folder 1

Executive Committee Meeting

Box 10   Folder 2

Executive Committee, For Attention of

Box 10   Folder 3

Material of Roger S. Greene, in re Executive Committee Meeting

Box 10   Folder 4

Minutes, April 20, 1938-November 18, 1938

Box 10   Folder 5

Minutes, December 5, 1938-February 10, 1953

Box 10   Folder 6

Minutes, April 9-10, 1938-November 8, 1941

Box 10   Folder 7

Minutes, December 9, 1941-March 31, 1943

Box 11

Scrapbook 1: Book Reviews and Notices