Two hundred and fifty-six recordings of oral history interviews conducted with more than 90 members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) are now available online through Stanford University’s library catalogue, Searchworks.
The interviews were conducted and recorded between approximately 1979 and 1989, as part of the Women’s Peace Oral History project. Interviews were conducted with members of California local branches as well as other U.S. branches. Also featured are recordings from the 1967 WILPF National Conference at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, Calif.
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Collection was released in conjunction with the anniversary of the league’s formation on April 28, 1915. The group was formed when 1,200 women from neutral and warring nations met in the Hague, Netherlands with the aim of negotiating the end of World War I. They also wanted to urge peaceful resolution and “continuous mediation” to avoid future conflicts, according to the Stanford University Libraries blog.